Monthly Archives: January 2018

Guilty Plea In Suburban Cold-Case Murder

O-Wrap: St James state of emergency… Unsolved murder of 74-yo man… Changes to scrap metal export

In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE’s top 10 stories for today:

1. State of emergency in St James; military takes charge
Several sections of the crime-infested parish of St James are now saturated with members of the Jamaica Defence Force, as they search properties and people in what is said to be a state of public emergency in the parish. Full story here

2. #StJamesSOE: High-powered rifle found in rice bag in Flankers
The joint military and police team deployed in Montego Bay, St James is reporting that during today’s major security operations a rifle and ammunition were found in the Flankers area some time around noon. Full story here

3. PNP supports crime fighting effort in St James
The People’s National Party (PNP) says it lends qualified support to the state of public emergency effort declared in the parish of St James and will await the regulations governing the

Read more at: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/O-Wrap:_St_James_state_of_emergency..._Unsolved_murder_of_74-y-o_man..._Changes_to_scrap_metal_export?profile=1228

Guilty plea brings ‘day of reckoning’ in ’85 rape, murder of DuPage County teen Kristy Wesselman

The mystery behind the murder of Kristy Wesselman — a crime that haunted her friends and family for more than three decades — was resolved Thursday when a downstate man pleaded guilty to the teenager’s 1985 slaying.

Michael R. Jones, a former Chicago-area resident with a history of sexual violence, stood in a DuPage County courtroom Thursday and pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing the 15-year-old, leaving her body in a field near her Glen Ellyn-area home. She had also been sexually assaulted, authorities said.

As part on an 11th-hour plea deal with prosecutors, Jones, who is 64, agreed to an 80-year prison term, meaning he will all but certainly spend the rest of life in prison, even if he earns all available time credits. The sentence — the maximum available term — will be formally imposed at a Tuesday hearing before Judge George Bakalis.

Jones did not speak during the hearing Thursday,

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ct-met-dupage-cold-case-murder-plea-20180118-story.html

DPS offering reward of up to $6K in cold case involving murder of 19-year-old woman

AUSTIN, TX (KTRE) –

Almost 35 years after Susan Lee Eads’ body was found in a vacant lot, detectives from the Seabrook Police Department and the Texas Rangers have reopened the case.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is offering an increased reward of up to $6,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for Eads’ death.

According to a press release, if the tip is received before next month’s featured case is announced, the reward will be $6,000. A reward of up to $3,000 is usually offered for information on all cases on the Texas Rangers’ Unsolved Homicides website.

At the time of her death, Eads was 19, and she had her whole life ahead of her. Her body was found in a vacant lot near NASA Road 1 and Elam Street

Read more at: http://www.ktre.com/story/37297593/dps-offering-reward-of-up-to-6k-in-cold-case-involving-murder-of-19-year-old-woman

UPDATE: Police release new footage in unsolved murder of 13-year old BC girl

On the six-month anniversary of the random, unsolved murder of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen, police have released new video footage of the last time the Burnaby teen was seen alive.

No one has been arrested or charged in connection with the murder, but Integrated Homicide Investigation Team Cpl. Frank Jang said police have spoken to hundreds of people since the teenager was killed.

“We don’t have a suspect,” Jang acknowledged during a press conference Thursday.

“There are more people we need to follow up with.”

Marrisa was reported missing by her family on the night of July 18.

Her body was found in the southeast side of Burnaby’s Central Park at about 1:10 a.m. on July 19.

Investigators have launched a new website to help compile what they know so far,” said Jang.

“This website contains new video, believed to show the last known

Read more at: https://www.thefreepress.ca/news/police-to-provide-update-on-unsolved-13-year-old-girls-murder/

UPDATE: Police launch website for unsolved murder of 13-year old BC girl

It’s been exactly six months since the body of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen was discovered in a Burnaby park, which brought concerns around safety and the reality of tragedies happening right at home to the forefront in communities across the province.

In an update on the investigation, Integrated Homicide Investigations Team’s Cpl. Frank Jang said investigators have launched a website for the public.

The website details a timeline – including a map – and new footage detailing Shen’s last known whereabouts.

“We want to find who murdered Marrisa Shen,” Jang said, imploring anyone who has any information on the 13-year-old’s murder to come forward.

The 13-year-old Burnaby girl was last spotted at a Tim Horton’s near Central Boulevard

Read more at: https://www.thefreepress.ca/news/police-to-provide-update-on-unsolved-13-year-old-girls-murder/

Former Las Vegas Police Officer Arrested In 1997 Cold Case Murder

A former Las Vegas police officer was arrested this week in connection to a 20-year-old murder. Arthur Lee Sewall Jr., 51, was charged with raping and killing Nadia Iverson, who was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in 1997, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Iverson, 20, was last seen May 5, 1997 at a motel in downtown Las Vegas. Construction workers found her body May 8 of the same year near an apartment undergoing renovations. Authorities said she had been raped and shot. 

Sewall was arrested as a result of a rape kit that was finally sent to be tested in 2016.  In 2017, authorities discovered that the DNA from Iverson’s rape kit matched Sewall’s DNA.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Jan. 12.

After two years of employment as a jail guard, Sewall became a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer in 1992, according Read more at: http://www.ibtimes.com/former-las-vegas-police-officer-arrested-1997-cold-case-murder-2642810

Four years after unsolved murder in Northern Liberties, Amber …

Death anniversaries are hard.

Stephanie Long, whose daughter Amber was killed four years ago Friday, commemorates what for her is a difficult time of year by going to Florida and riding roller coasters, something her daughter loved.

Anything to escape the cold and awful memories of that dark night when she and her daughter were attacked while walking in the 900 block of North Front Street in Northern Liberties. Two assailants, both with light-colored hoodies pulled over their heads, approached and reached for their handbags. It all happened quickly. One of the thieves snatched Stephanie Long’s bag.

Amber, who was about 5 feet-tall and weighed around 100 pounds, managed to hold onto hers, so her assailant shot her at point-blank range with a .22-caliber pistol. She collapsed onto a sidewalk and later died at Hahnemann University Hospital. She was 26.

“I had a visual image looking up,

Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/jenice_armstrong/four-years-after-unsolved-murder-in-northern-liberties-amber-longs-mom-tries-to-move-on-jenice-armstrong-20180118.html

Four years after unsolved murder in Northern Liberties, Amber Long’s mom tries to move on | Jenice Armstrong

Death anniversaries are hard.

Stephanie Long, the mother of Amber Long who was killed four years ago Friday, commemorates what for her is a difficult time of year by going to Florida and riding roller coasters, something her daughter loved.

Anything to escape the cold and awful memories of that dark night when she and her daughter were attacked four years ago while they were walking in  the  900 block of North Front Street  in Northern Liberties.  Two assailants, both wearing light-colored hoodies pulled over their heads, approached and reached for their handbags. It happened really quickly. One of the thieves snatched Stephanie Long’s bag.  Amber, who was only about 5-feet-tall and weighed around 100 pounds, managed to hold onto hers so her assailant shot her at point blank range with a .22 caliber pistol.  She collapsed onto a sidewalk and later died at Hahnemann University Hospital. She was only

Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/jenice_armstrong/four-years-after-unsolved-murder-in-northern-liberties-amber-longs-mom-tries-to-move-on-jenice-armstrong-20180118.html

Exclusive: AMPLE inks overall deal with John Henshaw

AMPLE Entertainment, the production studio set up by Ari Mark and Phil Lott, has signed an overall deal with acclaimed British executive producer John Henshaw.

Based in Culver City, California, Henshaw (pictured) will work closely alongside Mark and Lott to create, develop and produce content in the unscripted space with an eye towards high-end docuseries for the North American and UK marketplaces.

Henshaw has previously linked with AMPLE on series for Discovery Communications, including as an executive producer on Investigation Discovery’s Murder in the Heartland and Discovery’s Cooper’s Treasure.

Previously, Henshaw spent five years at Studio Lambert and All3Media where he met Lott and Mark, producing such formats as AMC’s The Pitch, on which Lott was showrunner and Mark was AMC executive.

Henshaw’s production credits include CBS’s Undercover Boss, which he worked on with Lott, and Pivot’s Read more at: http://realscreen.com/2018/01/18/exclusive-ample-inks-overall-deal-with-john-henshaw/