Jacksonville, Fla. — A registered sex offender recently released from jail was charged Saturday with murder in the death of an 8-year-old Florida girl abducted while shopping with her mother. Donald James Smith of Jacksonville was taken into custody after police cornered his white van on Interstate 95, said Mike Williams, director of investigations at the Jacksonville Sheriff´s Office. Authorities had put out an Amber Alert with details of Smith´s van early Saturday, hours after receiving a 911 call from Charish Perriwinkle´s mother about the missing girl. Prior to the alleged abduction Friday night, Smith, 56, befriended Charish and her
Comments: Hardcore sicko well-known to the system for more than 2 decades is released from government custody, and 3 weeks later commits a brazen murder. Familiar story? Red flags everywhere, ignored.
Meanwhile, in measures necessary to keep us safe, loyal Americans are supposed to celebrate government tracking of our every purchase, phone call, e-mail, letter mailed, etc.
Not excusing this piece of snake vomit, but somewhere along the line, Mothers should learn that it´s not wise to allow one´s children to go off with strangers. I´m just so sorry. That poor baby...she was dead within an hour.
Apparently the father of this child was fighting for her custody. Mother showed colossally stupid judgement here, allowing a stranger to take the girl away from her, even if she thought it was just to go to another part of the store. There´s definitely more here than we can know at this point, but my sympathy is with this poor child. Ramona (the Pest)
There are no words to adequately express the sadness I feel at this horrible loss. It is made all the worse by the fact that it was entirely avoidable. We can throw around blame down the road somewhere. Right now I just want to sit here and cry.
Just sickening, predator should have been executed years ago.
Mother of this child must be either terminally naive or a complete idiot. Who allows a total stranger to walk off with a young girl? Even at age 5, I knew never to go off with anyone, male or female, not even a family friend.
Every judge who let this piece of you-know-what go free is as guilty of this crime. These types do no recover from the alledged illness...it is their way of life and they will repeat. I swear, the judges of this country must secretly condone this kind of hideous crime. The mother either is a moron or money exchanged hands before the abduction.
FTA: "Smith has been a registered sex offender since a 1993 conviction in Duval County for attempted kidnapping and selling obscene materials. He has been arrested several times since then, most recently in 2009 on a charge of child abuse after making obscene phone calls to a 10-year-old girl, making verbal threats, and impersonating a social worker with the Florida Department of Children and Families who claimed to be investigating the girl´s family."
#16 is correct. This type of sexual offender can´t ever be cured. I am not talking about the 16 year old kid who has consensual sex with his under age girlfriend but deviants like this animal who molests children and then kills them.
This man has had his chances. He now faces the death penalty which will take years to enact but is exactly what he deserves.
I am a firm believer of one room jails for people like this. A very large, secure room for about 500 violent offenders that need to be permanently kept out of society. A large secure room with a single floor drain where a side of meat is thrown in once a day. Let these pieces of excrement figure out how to survive there...or not! Maybe a few of them juuuust might think about that as their fate before doing bad things to innocent kids!
My close friends on the local police force (with decades of experience in law enforcement) have told me that, as some above have written, there is no cure for pedophiles, and that recidivism rates, given a couple of years of freedom, hover around 100%. Once these perverts have started abusing and harming children, they cannot stop.
About the only cure for that kind of compulsive criminal activity would be death or a surgically induced vegetative state: a PFL (pre-frontal lobotomy) of the sort that McMurphy got at the end of One Flew Over the Cuckoo´s Nest. Those who prey on children should never, ever get out of prison. And those who murder children should be executed as rapidly as possible.
At least we’re not New York. New Jersey once again has been declared one of the least-friendly states in the nation when it comes to business taxes. The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan Washington D.C. group, has ranked New Jersey 49th on its annual index of state taxes, in a report released today. The good news is that the Garden State´s ranking improved slightly over last year, when it was 50th. New York state captured that distinction this year. The bad news is that the state could end up slipping back to last place next year. The authors of the
They are more commonly seen being transported on ships and at ports around the world. But with the addition of flatscreen TVs, en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, these shipping containers are now being billed as a solution to London’s housing crisis. The containers come from China and are transformed into studio apartments in Britain which can be stacked on top of each other - and are available to rent for only £75 a week. The scheme looks set to take off after the council granted planning permission to the Forest Young Man´s Christian Association (YMCA) to establish two sites in Waltham
A man standing on a crowded Muni train pulls out a .45-caliber pistol. He raises the gun, pointing it across the aisle, before tucking it back against his side. He draws it out several more times, once using the hand holding the gun to wipe his nose. Dozens of passengers stand and sit just feet away - but none reacts. Their eyes, focused on smartphones and tablets, don´t lift until the gunman fires a bullet into the back of a San Francisco State student getting off the train. Investigators say this scene was captured by a Muni camera on Sept. 23,
U.S. Navy SEALS from SEAL Team Six cut short their targeted operation against a top al-Shabaab commander in Somalia after a firefight at his seaside compound ended when they saw children and realized they could not capture their target. As details began emerging about the Friday night raid to capture Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, known as “Ikrima,” Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a statement Monday the military personnel “conducted the operation with unparalleled precision.” Military sources told Fox News that military gear that was left behind, then photographed and tweeted out by al Shabaab, was typical of the gear
The former president of California´s biggest union local was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for stealing from his low-income members to finance an expensive lifestyle that included being married to two women at the same time. Declaring that Tyrone Freeman betrayed the "sacred trust" of the workers he represented, U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins also ordered him pay to about $150,000 in restitution and barred him from holding office in any union for 13 years after he is released from prison. "He lost sight of his mission," Collins said of Freeman, once a rising star in the
The UK´s school leavers are ´among the least literate and numerate in the developed world´ with millions of Britons no better at English or maths than a 10-year-old, it was revealed today. A ´deeply worrying´ new study has found the UK´s 16-to 24-year-olds are almost rock bottom of key global education league tables and ´considerably behind peers in other countries´. Standards are so poor that England is the only developed nation where those approaching retirement and the middle-aged are better at English and maths than those about to start work. Overall, in England, young people
Washington — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength — American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday. Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on
Three soldiers have been arrested over the fatal stabbing of one of their comrades from their own unit on their own base, it emerged today. The trio were held when one of them allegedly bragged to a friend that he had murdered somebody over the weekend and cut his hand on a knife. The victim, Tevin Geike, 20, was left for dead in a parking lot near his base in Lakewood, Washington. Previously police said they believed the attack was racially motivated because the attackers - allegedly a group of five African American men - called Tevin a ‘cracker’, a racist term for
Paterson – Just 26 of the 598 high school students in Paterson Public Schools who took the SAT tests this year had scores that reached the college and career readiness benchmark, according to statistics released by city education officials. That rate of 4.3 percent of pretty much matches last year’s performance when 4.4 percent, or 26 of 591 students, reached the college-career ready mark, the data shows. In 2011, 21 of 513 were college-career ready, or 4 percent. (Snip) “That scares me immensely,’’ said school board member Jonathan Hodges when asked about the disparity between the SAT performance and the
A 20-year-old white soldier was stabbed to death on Saturday in what authorities believe could be a hate crime. After a desperate 911 call, officers discovered Tevin A. Geike, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, in a parking lot in Lakewood, Washington suffering multiple stab wounds just after 2:30 a.m. He died at the scene. The victim´s two friends, also soldiers and also white, told police they were walking south on Pacific Highway when a vehicle approached them and someone inside called out a racial slur. One of the soldiers yelled back something about those in the car
Ray Widstrand, who sustained serious brain injuries after being viciously attacked as he walked home in Minneapolis in August, is slowly making a recovery. Widstrand, 27, who has only just begun constructing sentences again, gave his first interview from his wheelchair at a fundraiser held in Minneapolis today to help the Widstrand family to pay for his treatments. Speaking slowly and haltingly, Widstrand told a local news station that he has no recollection of the night heartless youths robbed and beat him to the brink of death. The 27-year-old was walking home in his neighborhood on St Paul’s East
Gov. Chris Christie has gained national popularity for his everyman persona and ability to summarize complicated matters into easily understandable terms. But when he went into a rant on Thursday during which he blamed $120 million of damaged trains during Hurricane Sandy on a mid-level NJ Transit manager, he apparently didn’t have his facts straight. Not only did Christie blame the hundreds of waterlogged locomotives and rail cars on the worker, he also told the editorial board of the Record of Woodland Park that the employee, being a civil servant, couldn’t be fired. Several sources said Friday the employee was
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Families of fallen military service members usually receive a "death gratuity" of $100,000 for interment and expenses within days, but not during government shutdown. They paid the ultimate price serving their country — but their government can’t spare a cent to cover their funerals. The stooges on Capitol Hill added insult to tragedy Tuesday when it was revealed that the families of four soldiers and a Marine who were killed in Afghanistan have not received a $100,000 “death gratuity” because of the government shutdown....
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, chief ecclesiastical leader and executive officer of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., said in a sermon on Sunday that “homophobia” and “heterosexism” are sins. “In its wisdom, the church came to its senses and labeled both racism and sexism as sinful,” Hall said. “And now we find ourselves at the last barrier—call that barrier homophobia, call it heterosexism. “We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are,” Hall said. “They are sin. “Homophobia is a sin,” Hall said. “Heterosexism is a sin.
Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" rally. Organizers of the three-day ride want to call attention to a litany of trucker frustrations and express their disapproval of national political leaders. Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling logistics for the protest, told U.S. News tractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway "three lanes deep" as he rides with other participants to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen
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President Obama ordered the weekend raids that captured a top al Qaeda operative in Libya and failed to capture a senior leader of the al-Shabab terrorist network in Somalia, the White House said Monday. Presidential press secretary Jay Carney said the Libya raid, in which U.S. agents seized Abu Anas al-Libi, were carried out under authorization granted by Congress in 2001. It was a “rendition” of the kind that Mr. Obama railed against when he was a candidate for president. “This operation was made possible by the superb work and coordination across our national security agencies and the intelligence
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Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney intends to buy a $9million Park City, Utah ski chalet to complement his family homes in California, Boston, and New Hampshire. The 8,730 foot vacation mansion is in the ski destination´s Deer Valley resort and, while it doesn´t have a $55,000 car elevator like Romney´s La Jolla home, the chalet does rest right on the slope and may be skied into and out of. The six bedroom home´s most noticeable features is its prevalence of wood. The lodge-like home features wooden floors, walls, and furniture that brokers call Utah rustic. The home was once featured
WASHINGTON- The NFL is prepared to meet with an Indian tribe pushing for the Washington Redskins to drop the team´s nickname. Just not this week. As league owners gathered Monday in the nation´s capital for their fall meetings, the Oneida Indian Nation held a symposium across town to promote their "Change the Mascot" campaign. Oneida representative Ray Halbritter said the NFL was invited to attend. Instead, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, a meeting has been scheduled for next month - and could happen sooner. "We respect that people have differing views," McCarthy said.
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While the U.S. has always been a beacon of medical advancement for the world, American women today are expected to live shorter lives than their mothers. Two recent studies found that life expectancy for women have decreased the last two decades. ´Health care is far from the whole story,´ David Kindig, co-author of one of the studies, told the Atlantic. ´More and more people are beginning to realize that the non-health-care factors are at least as important.´ [Snip] Kindig said he was so shocked by it´s outcome, that he and his research partner went back and did the numbers again
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I also told [Speaker Boehner] that having such a conversation, talks, negotiations, shouldn´t require hanging the threats of a government shutdown or economic chaos over the heads of the American people. Think about it this way, the American people do not get to demand a ransom for doing their jobs. You don´t get a chance to call your bank and say, ´I´m not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an Xbox.´ If you´re in negotiations around buying somebody´s house, you don´t get to say, ´well let´s talk about the