An incriminating clue in a Facebook selfie was used as evidence to help convict a Canadian woman who strangled her friend to death. Cheyenne Rose Antoine pleaded guilty to killing 18-year-old Brittney Gargol in March 2015 after police used clues in the Facebook post, uploaded six hours before the victim's body was found, to identify her as a suspect. Investigators found a black belt matching the one worn by Antoine in the Facebook photo near the body of her victim on the side of a road near a landfill site in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CBC Saskatoon reports. Antoine was found guilty of manslaughter this week and sentenced to seven years in prison for strangling her friend. The pair had been drinking and were high on drugs when they got into an argument, Antoine told police. She had initially told investigators the pair were out drinking in a number of bars before her friend left with an unknown man. However police later discovered through a tip-off that Antoine had confessed to a friend she had killed Gargol and later found out she had lied to her uncle to try and cover up the killing. Brittney Gargol was killed in 2015 Credit: Facebook The 21-year-old had also intentionally tried to obstruct the investigation by misleading detectives with a Facebook post to her friend on the night she killed her. “Where are you?” she wrote. “Haven’t heard from you. Hope you made it home safe.” Antoine, who had initially faced a second-degree murder charge, admitted responsibility for her friend’s death but said she could not remember the details of what had happened on the night. Crown prosecutor Robin Ritter said it was “quite remarkable” how police discovered the information that helped solve the case, adding: “No doubt this young women has issues…and because of those issues she is dangerous.” Jennifer Gargol, Brittney's aunt, said in an impact statement read to the court: “Most days we can't stop thinking about Brittney, what happened that night, what she must have felt fighting for her life. “You feel darkened in your own dark world…you robbed this world of someone who had a special gift.” Antoine said in a statement released through her lawyer: “I will never forgive myself. “Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back. I am very, very sorry. It shouldn't have ever happened.” Lisa Watson, Antoine's lawyer, said it was a “tragic situation where drug and alcohol use exploded”. “My client had some very deep-seeded personal issues that she was not dealing with and unfortunately, for whatever reason, we’ll never know, they turned into a very tragic situation for all involved,” she added.
The number of U.S. children educated at home has doubled to about 1.7 million, or 3 percent of the nation’s school-age population, from 1999, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. “We would not say abuse is more common among home-schoolers, but when it does occur, there are fewer safeguards, less to stop it from spinning out of control,” said Executive Director Rachel Coleman. The organization has called for requiring annual contacts by outside officials and background checks for parents who run home schools.
A “deeply religious” couple whose 13 children were found imprisoned inside their home in squalid conditions will appear before a judge in California on Thursday. David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise, 49, were arrested on Sunday morning at their home in Perris and taken to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, 60 miles east of Los Angeles. The couple were offered bail on provision of $9 million bail each, but, unable to come up with the funds, were held in custody. Their children, aged between two and 29, freed from the bungalow, are currently in hospital. They were freed after one of the children, a 17-year-old girl, escaped and raised the alarm. She was so emaciated that police at first assumed she was aged 10. Police and prosecutors have prepared for the arraignment of each parent on nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment. The Turpin family “If you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished and having injuries associated with that — I would call that torture," said Sheriff’s Captain Greg Fellows, who serves as Perris chief of police. Child endangerment in California carries a maximum sentence in a state prison of six years, but torture is a felony for which the perpetrator can be sentenced to life. 'The whole house is a crime scene' On Wednesday, to burnish their case, police combed through the Perris property, taking away black plastic bags of evidence. “We have investigators on scene, combing through everything they can find for additional evidence,” said Mike Vasquez, Riverside sheriff’s deputy. “They’re trying to gather more information that may assist them in providing a full description of what was going on there. “The whole house is a crime scene.” Capt Fellows said conditions in the home were “horrific.” But authorities had never before been called to the Muir Woods road home, where the family moved to in 2014. Crowds outside the Turpin family home Prosecutors are yet to settle on any motive for the parents’ actions, but Capt Fellows said that Mrs Turpin did not seem to understand why deputies were at the home. “It seemed that the mother was perplexed as to why we were at that residence,” he said. It was not clear how her husband reacted. Capt Fellows said neither showed signs of mental illness. 'Deeply religious' couple were married when Louise Turpin was 16 The couple met in their youth, on the east coast. Mr Turpin was raised in Green Valley, in Mercer County, West Virginia, and attended Virginia Tech university. Mrs Turpin's younger sister, Elizabeth Jane Flores, now 41, said her family moved to Bristol, Tennessee while she was still at school. Mrs Flores studied at Lee University, which describes itself as “one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee”, and travelled with Pioneers for Christ, ministering internationally. Another sister, Teresa Robinette, said that Louise married Mr Turpin when she was 16. The couple are known to have lived in Fort Worth, Texas, with Mr Turpin working as a well-paid engineer. They were declared bankrupt in 1992, however, and in 1999 their house was sold by foreclosure. A picture from inside the couple's former home in Fort Worth, Texas They then moved to Rio Vista in Texas, from 1999 to 2010. Local media in Texas reported that the current residents of a house in Fort Worth where the family lived from 1992 to 1999 found a shocking scene inside that home after the Turpins moved out. There were scratch marks on the doors, closets turned into what appear to be cages and carpets caked in filth, it has been claimed. In 2010 they moved to California, initially living in a rented house in Murrieta. In 2011 they were declared bankrupt again. Three years later they moved 20 miles away to Perris, buying a house in a new-build cul de sac for $315,000. The family were living there when police were called on Sunday. Mr Turpin’s parents described them both as “deeply religious”, and both have estranged siblings who are committed Christians. Her sister, Mrs Flores, has written books about taking strength from God, while his brother Randy Turpin is president of Valor Christian College in Ohio. But investigators have no details as yet on any religious organisations connected to the case, the captain said on Tuesday. Both Mr and Mrs Turpin’s relatives have said they had no idea of the abuse inflicted on the children.
A group of fisherman were forced to dive into a freezing cold river to escape being crushed by a motorboat bearing down on their small vessel. Bryan Maess was fishing with friends near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon when the motorboat crashed straight into the small boat in August last year. Footage captured on a GoPro mounted inside the fishing boat shows Mr Maess frantically waving at the boat as it approaches to get the driver’s attention. He repeatedly shouts ‘hey!’ as the vessel gets closer, while another on board is heard saying ‘oh my god’ before the trio dive into the water. Mr Maess has filed a $372,500 (£270k) lawsuit against the driver of the boat, who told police he could not see the fishing party as the dash of his boat was blocking his view, The Oregonian reports. The trip were forced to dive into the water The fisherman suffered injuries to his ankle, leg and arms in the incident and has had vision problems and headaches since, the lawsuit says. Mr Maess claims in the suit that the boat driver, Marlin Lee Larsen, was distracted while using his mobile phone when the incident occurred. However Mr Larsen told local media the allegations were “fake news”. The 75-year-old has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of the reckless operation of a boat, fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering the lives of others. The case is ongoing. There are no laws prohibiting the use of a mobile phone when driving a boat in Oregon, however there are laws against operating a boat without due care. Investigators say the trio could have been killed or seriously injured if they hadn’t jumped into the water.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's largest airline, Emirates, announced Thursday it struck a deal with Airbus to purchase 20 A380 aircraft with the option to buy 16 more in a deal worth $16 billion, throwing a lifeline to the European-made double-decker jumbo jets.
Volunteers are said to have found hundreds of water gallons vandalised in a patch of Sonoran desert. United States border patrol agents routinely vandalise containers of water and other supplies left in the Arizona desert for migrants, condemning people to die of thirst in baking temperatures, according to two humanitarian groups. Volunteers found water gallons vandalised 415 times, on average twice a week, in an 800 sq mile patch of Sonoran desert south-west of Tucson, from March 2012 to December 2015, the report said.
The US military wants to overhaul its atomic arsenal and develop a new type of low-yield weapon that experts worry could lead to greater proliferation and heighten the risk of nuclear war. The proposed changes to the nuclear weapons program, outlined in a draft version of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review, mark a significant break from the vision for America’s nuclear future under Barack Obama, who during a famous speech in Prague in 2009 called for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Arguing today’s security environment is vastly more complex than in 2010 — the last time the Pentagon published a nuclear review — the draft document states that the US needs to realign its nuclear policy with a “realistic assessment” of the threats it now faces, including from North Korea, Russia and China.
After a report of planned federal immigration raids targeting undocumented individuals in Northern California ― supposedly to send a message to the new “sanctuary” state ― California politicians came out with condemnation and vows to protect the immigrants in their communities.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — City officials couldn't find any records that the fire marshal conducted required annual inspections at a California home that doubled as a private school where authorities say 13 malnourished siblings were kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents.