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News Bits: Paris Hilton pleads guilty to cocaine possession, sports drama in divorce court & Ben Affleck’s film wins Box Office gold

Paris Hilton’s guilty plea in Vegas  Hotel Heiress Paris Hilton pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor cocaine charges in a Las Vegas court today.  Hilton got a plea deal: one year probation, $2,000 fine, 200 hours of community service, and she must complete a drug abuse program.  Also, if  Hilton violates her probation she risks going to jail for a year! The drug charges followed the socialite’s arrest at the Wynn Las Vegas last month. At first, Hilton denied ownership of the cocaine and the purse it was found in. However, today... Read More →

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Another Vegas raid in the Michael Jackson death investigation

Federal agents and other law enforcement officers searched a Las Vegas pharmacy today in connection with the criminal investigation into the death of Superstar Michael Jackson. Last month, agents raided the Vegas medical office and home of Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. Photo: Justin M. Bowen/Las Vegas Sun Today’s search of the Applied Pharmacy Services on West Flamingo Road in Vegas is said to be a follow-up to last month’s searches. The agents reportedly went into the pharmacy looking for evidence of prescription drugs linked to Jackson. The... Read More →

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Michael Jackson criminal investigation focuses on his personal physician

Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray/Las Vegas Sun Doctor Conrad Murray continues to be the focus of a criminal investigation into the death of the late pop superstar Michael Jackson. Yesterday, a team of Federal DEA Agents, Las Vegas Police, and LAPD Detectives swooped down on Dr. Murray’s Las Vegas medical office and home. During the raids, investigators reportedly carted off boxes of documents, medical records, cellphones, and other materials. Earlier in the week, investigators searched the cardiologist’s Houston office as well. There are reports, authorities are looking for evidence that Murray may... Read More →

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Barack Obama: Then and Now

Photo (1980): Lisa Jack — from the Los Angeles Times In 1980, Occidental College student Lisa Jack got very, very lucky. A bright handsome freshman named Barry Obama agreed to a photo session for one of Jack’s class assignments. The session produced 36 shots of a cool, youthful Obama. The photo above shows Obama wearing a bomber-style jacket with swirls of smoke from his cigarette floating around him. Years later, President Barack Obama apparently has dumped the smoking thing; ah, no matter, he’s still pretty cool without it. Obama spent his first two... Read More →

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Ex-Wal-Mart employee recounts Black Friday experience — Part 2

    There is a lot of fallout from the Black Friday death of a temp employee at a New York Wal-Mart store. The worker, Jdimytai Damour, was 6-5 and tipped the scales at 270 pounds. Nevertheless, when a bargain hungry throng of two thousand or so shoppers rammed through the doors, Damour was trampled to death. A few days ago, Damour’s family named Wal-Mart as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit. Fred, not his real name, says he’s survived some dangerous Black Fridays at Wal-Mart. He remembers back... Read More →

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Ex-Wal-Mart employee recounts Black Friday experience — Part 1

 Like many I was shocked by the Black Friday death of a Wal-Mart store employee last month. In a totally out of control scene, a crowd of about two thousand eager shoppers broke down doors and stormed into a Wal-Mart in New York the morning after Thanksgiving. A temporary employee, 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour, didn’t move fast enough and was trampled to death. Several others, including a pregnant woman, suffered minor injuries in the stampede. Last week, the family of the trampled employee filed a wrongful-death lawsuit naming several defendants... Read More →

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O.J. Simpson sentenced to prison!

O.J. Simpson after his conviction in October/Las Vegas Metro Police photo/Las Vegas Sun   Former NFL star running back O.J. Simpson fell several more notches from glory and grace today. A tearful and somewhat remorseful Simpson was sentenced on kidnapping and armed robbery convictions by Las Vegas Judge Jackie Glass. On October 3, Simpson and his friend and co-defendant, Clarence C.J. Stewart, were convicted of 12 charges stemming from their involvement in a confrontation with two sports collectibles dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room in September of 2007.... Read More →

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Judge rejects new trial for O.J.

  O.J. Simpson booking photo The  Las Vegas judge who presided over former NFL star O.J. Simpson’s kidnapping and armed robbery trial declined a request from the defense for a new trial today. About a month ago, on October 3, a jury deliberated about 13 hours before convicting Simpson and his golfing buddy Clarence Stewart on all 12 counts. Both defendants were jailed immediately. The charges stem from a raid by Simpson and a group of cohorts on two sports collectibles dealers in a Vegas hotel room back in September of 2007. The defense claimed Simpson was just... Read More →

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Second person in custody in Las Vegas kidnapping case

Two so-called witnesses in the kidnapping of 6-year-old Cole Puffinburger are being held by U.S. Marshals today. Cole’s maternal grandfather, 51-year-old Clemons Tinnemeyer and his alleged companion, 42-year-old Terri Leavy, went before a federal magistrate in Riverside yesterday and then were turned over to the  Marshals. Both were apprehended on fugitive arrest warrants. Tinnemeyer was arrested in Riverside last Friday night. Leavy was picked up in Fontana on Sunday night. Meanwhile, new details are coming out on how young Cole was found on a street a few blocks from the Las Vegas Strip,... Read More →

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Las Vegas kidnapped boy found safe

“We got’m,” the emotional words from a delighted father, Robert Puffinburger, after his 6-year-old son was found walking a street in northeast Las Vegas, not far from the Strip last night. A tip from a citizen alerted police to the boy’s whereabouts. Puffinburger, Las Vegas police and detectives spoke to reporters at an early morning news conference. Las Vegas Police Captain Vincent Cannito says, “… Cole is in extremely good condition.” However, the investigation is not over. Authorities indicated they have shifted their focus now to the narcotics angle of their probe. Cole... Read More →

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Amber Alert canceled, but seach still on for missing Las Vegas boy

Las Vegas police held a news conference around 2 p.m. this afternoon and they say they have interviewed the grandfather of that kidnapped 6-year-old Las Vegas boy. Clemons Fred Tinnemeyer, a person of interest in the case, was arrested in Riverside last night and is being held at the Central Detention Center in the city of San Bernardino. A nationwide Amber Alert went out after Cole Puffinburger was snatched from his Las Vegas home by at least two suspects posing as cops on Wednesday, October 15. The first grader’s mother... Read More →

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Grandfather in Las Vegas kidnapping case arrested in Southland

Cole Puffinburger The heart wrenching story of a 6-year-old boy kidnapped from his Las Vegas home, allegedly to settle a multi-million dollar drug deal gone sour, now has a Southern California connection. The boy’s grandfather, a person of interest in the case, is in the Central Detention Center in the city of San Bernardino today after being arrested in Riverside by U.S. Marshals last night. There is a nationwide Amber Alert for young Cole Puffinburger. I spotted a huge billboard flashing that Amber Alert at La Brea Avenue and Olympic Boulevard in... Read More →

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O.J. found guilty in Vegas trial!!!!!!

Google file image Today, 61-year-old former NFL football star and celebrity O.J. Simpson is cooling his heels behind bars. Last night, Simpson was found guilty on all counts in his armed robbery and kidnapping trial. In a strange twist of fate, the Las Vegas jury returned its verdicts, after 13 hours of deliberations, on the 13th anniversary of the not guilty verdict in Simpson’s double murder trial in Los Angeles. In 1995, Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in what was called... Read More →

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O.J.’s Vegas trial nears an end

  Closing arguments are expected today in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery/kidnapping trial. Yesterday defense witness, Tom Scotto, testified that two of Simpson’s cohorts tried to extort $50 thousand out of him. Scotto pointed the finger at Michael McClinton and Walter Alexander who have admitted carrying weapons to an alleged raid on two sports memorabilia dealers in a Vegas hotel room in September of 2007. Scotto was in Vegas to get married. Simpson was supposed to be Scotto’s best man. The hotel confrontation occurred two days before Scotto’s wedding. Also, Scotto handed over... Read More →

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A break in the O.J. Simpson Vegas trial

  Google file image/O.J. signs a jersey. O.J. Simpson’s armed robbery/kidnapping trial in Las Vegas is on hold today — in observance of Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish new year. Yesterday, witness Michael McClinton continued his testimony which began last Friday. McClinton is the Simpson accomplice accused of brandishing a gun in a Vegas hotel room during a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers last September. On Friday, McClinton testified that Simpson told him to bring his weapon. McClinton has come under some tough questioning from defense... Read More →

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More interesting testimony in O.J.’s Vegas Trial

Google Image Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, site of the Simpson trial.    The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case today in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery/kidnapping trial in Las Vegas. Yesterday, Alfred Beardsley, one of the memorabilia dealers allegedly robbed during that encounter in a Vegas hotel room last September, called a key piece of evidence in the case, a “…work of art.” Beardsley was referring to the tape of the encounter that middle man Thomas Riccio sold to... Read More →

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Three key witnesses testify in O.J.’s Vegas Trial

  The O.J. Simpson armed robbery/kidnapping trial has hit a few bumps, however, it is still rolling right along in Las Vegas. Over the past two days, Simpson has had to listen to three cohorts give damaging testimony against him. Simpson’s ex-friend, Charles Ehrlich, was on the stand for a second day on Tuesday. Ehrlich was cross-examined by the defense, but held fast to his story that Simpson knew at least one member of his group was packing a gun when they confronted two sports memorabilia dealers in a Vegas hotel room a year... Read More →

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Busted: Thomas Riccio, O.J., and the Vegas case

Thomas Riccio, the resourceful collectibles dealer who is at the center of O.J. Simpson’s Las Vegas trial, has written a book about the case. It is called “Busted: The Inside Story of the World of Sports Memorabilia, O.J. Simpson, and the Vegas Arrests.” Busted was published last April. It’s on the Barnes & Nobles website for $25.95, if you don’t have a membership card. The price drops about five dollars, if you are a member. There are several used copies for $12.97 as well. The real bargain is over on Read More →

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A health scare and more dramatic testimony at O.J. trial

  Crime Writer Dominick Dunne O.J. Simpson’s armed robbery/kidnapping trial is kicking off day seven in Las Vegas, today. Yesterday, there were some anxious moments when celebrity crime writer Dominick Dunne was rushed to the hospital complaining of pain. Dunne, who is reportedly battling cancer, is covering the trial for Vanity Fair magazine. Dunne is well known for reporting on high profile trials. He took up the profession in the mid-1980s, after his daughter, actress Dominique Dunne, was strangled by John Sweeney, a former boyfriend, in the driveway of a West Hollywood home. She died... Read More →

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First week wrap up of O.J.’s Vegas trial

O.J. Simpson’s armed robbery/kidnapping trial is gearing up for a second week in glitzy Las Vegas. The highlights of the first week’s court drama include a string of colorful witnesses, the debate over the authenticity of audio tapes, and a surprise visit to the alleged scene of the crime by the jury. The trial got underway slowly last Monday with opening statements and two witnesses, one of them, Bruce Fromong, became ill on the stand. The next day, Fromong, a memorabilia dealer, was back to continue his testimony.  Fromong and another sports memorabilia dealer, Walter Beardsley,... Read More →

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Drama at the O.J. Simpson Vegas trial

  It’s day two in the O.J. Simpson Vegas kidnapping and robbery trial. Simpson and co-defendant Clarence  “C.J.” Stewart are facing a series of charges; the result of an alleged raid on two sports memorabilia dealers in a Vegas hotel room a year ago. Yesterday, attorneys for both sides presented opening statements and then prosecution witness Bruce Fromong took the stand. Fromong is one of the memorabilia dealers. After some hard hitting questioning Fromong, who has a history of heart attacks, became ill. The judge dismissed him for the day. Tuesday ended with... Read More →

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O.J. Simpson’s Vegas trial begins today

Google Image O.J. Simpson’s Las Vegas trial got underway with opening statements today. The trial kicked off a day after the one year anniversary of the alleged raid at a Sin City hotel that sparked the criminal charges.  Simpson and co-defendant Clarence ” C.J.” Stewart are charged with a dozen offenses including robbery and kidnapping. Last week, 9 women and 3 men were selected from a jury pool of 500 to serve on this jury. There are six alternate jurors, among them two African Americans.

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