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Breaking News!!: Erie, PA: Nationwide manhunt for Steve W. Stephens ends with Facebook murder suspect killing himself.

Breaking News!!: Erie, PA: Nationwide manhunt for Steve W. Stephens ends with Facebook murder suspect killing himself.

The nationwide manhunt underway for Facebook murder suspect accused of shooting death of an elderly man in Cleveland, Ohio has ended on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 when his body was found in a vehicle in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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The Pennsylvania State Police confirmed that 37 year old Steve W. Stephens was spotted by employees at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant on Buffalo Road.

An employee at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant called 911 well employees held up the suspect’s order until authorities arrived.

According to TMZ, Steve W. Stephens’ order of a 20 piece McNugget and a large fry, and employees at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant made it seem the fries weren’t ready so they could buy time.

Steve W. Stephens later shot and killed himself as authorities approached his vehicle.

Steve W. Stephens was filmed himself killing an elderly man, identified as 74 year old Robert Godwin Sr., who walking along East 93rd Street collecting aluminum cans on Sunday, April 16, 2017 then posting the video on Facebook.

A nationwide manhunt was launched for Steve W. Stephens on Monday, April 17th, 2017 with the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to his arrest.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

News Alert!!: Cleveland, OH: Nationwide manhunt for Facebook murder suspect Steve W. Stephens.

News Alert!!: Cleveland, OH: Nationwide manhunt for Facebook murder suspect Steve W. Stephens.

A nationwide manhunt underway for Facebook murder suspect accused of shooting and killing an elderly man in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, April 16, 2017 then posting the video on Facebook.

The Cleveland Division of Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the United States Marshals Service are working together on the nationwide manhunt for the murder suspect, identified as 37 year old Steve W. Stephens,

According to the Cleveland Police Department, Steve W. Stephens filmed himself killing an elderly man, identified as 74 year old Robert Godwin Sr., who walking along East 93rd Street collecting aluminum cans.

Steve W. Stephens is seen in the video walking up to Robert Godwin Sr., ask him to say some name, pointed a gun at him, and shooting him.

Steve W. Stephens then is seen running to his vehicle where he then driving off leaving Robert Godwin Sr. behind on the sidewalk.

The video of the killing was then posted to Facebook where Steve W. Stephens bragged about having committed many other homicides.

The video has since been removed from Facebook, but has been spotted reported on YouTube.

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Mourners gathered at a vigil on Monday, April 17th, 2017 to remember Robert Godwin Sr., who’s described by family and friends as a man who loved his kids and would never hurt anybody.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to Steve W. Stephens’ arrest.

Steve W. Stephens may be driving a white, 4 door 2017 Ford Fusion with temporary Ohio tags: E363630.

Steve W. Stephens has ties to Euclid, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio.

Steve W. Stephens is considered armed and dangerous.

Anybody with information should call 911 or 1 (800) CALL-FBI.

** Tips may also be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Tips Website at: **

https://tips.fbi.gov

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Apple Valley, CA: Father arrested for the murder of his 8 year old son.

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Apple Valley, CA: Father arrested for the murder of his 8 year old son.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 4:59pm PT on Thursday, January 5th, 2017, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Apple Valley Station and medical aid responded to a residence in the 13000 block of Navajo Road in Apple Valley, California following a 911 call of a child not breathing.

Deputies and paramedics arrived at the home where they discovered 8 year old Dominic Nunn unresponsive inside the residence.

C.P.R. was performed and Dominic Nunn was transported to Desert Valley Hospital.

Despite lifesaving measures, Dominic Nunn was pronounced deceased at 7:28pm PT.

Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children and Homicide Details were summoned and are conducting the investigation.

Detectives determined Dominic’s father, 38 year old Shakir Nunn from Apple Valley, California, was responsible for Dominic Nunn’s death.

Shakir Nunn was arrested during the early morning hours of Friday, January 6th, 2017 and booked into High Desert Detention Center for Murder.

San Bernardino County Children and Family Services responded to assist and took custody of the other juveniles in the home.

Dominic Nunn’s mother was determined to be out of the area at the time of the incident and there is no evidence to suggest she was involved in the crime.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Scott Stafford or Sergeant Robert Warrick at: 1 (909)387-3589.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline website at: http://www.wetip.com

** Press Release: **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2017/January/AppleValley-HomicideInvestigation.aspx

** Picture from Photojournalist Alex Vasquez of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

News Update!!: Glendale, AZ: Murder suicide shooting at Independence High School.

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News Update!!: Glendale, AZ: Murder suicide shooting at Independence High School.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the shooting at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona that occurred on Friday, February 12th, 2016.

According to the Glendale Police Department, the shooting of 2 sophomore students, both 15 years old females, was a murder suicide by a single gunshot each with the weapon was found near their bodies found near the cafeteria under a covered patio on campus and a suicide note was found at the scene.

Authorities are saying that evidence found on scene lead them to believe that one of the girls took the life of the other girl before taking her own life, and detectives also said that the girls were in a relationship.

The Glendale Police Department has not released the identifies of the 2 victims, but friends and family members are identifying the 2 victims to the news media.

A family member told NBC affiliate KPNX Channel 12 that the identified of one of the 2 victims is named May Kieu.

CBS affiliate KPHO Channel 5 and KTVK TV3 (AZ Family) are both reporting that friends from the school are identified the 2 victims as Dorothy Dutiel and May Kieu.

The shooting occurred just before 8:00am MT on Friday, February 12th, 2016.

Authorities responded to Independence High School within 2 minutes after receiving reports of the shooting.

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According to Glendale Police Department Spokesperson Tracey Breeden, there were no suspects or persons of interest in this case and there were not aware of any threats to any individual person at the school before or after the shooting.

“We realized it was not an active scene when we got here and then contained once we knew that,” said Glendale Police Department Spokesperson Tracey Breeden.

Authorities closed 75th Avenue from Glendale Avenue to Bethany Home Road during the response.

Posted on their Facebook, Glendale Union High School District confirmed no active shooter was on campus and the school was in a lockdown.

While the school was on lockdown, the students were not allowed to use their cellular phones leaving parents worried wanting to know if they were alright and safe.

Just before 9:00am MT, the principal at Independence High School emailed teachers to allow their students to contact their parents via cellular phone.

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Worried parents were asked to wait at the Walmart at 75th Avenue and Glendale Avenue in Glendale, Arizona where a Mercy Maricopa Crisis Mobile Team was set up on scene.

Parents were visibly anxious with many of the parents waiting to meet their children for more than an hour until they were taken to the Independence High School to meet and pick up their children.

According to Glendale Unified High School District Superintendent Brian Capistran, the cellular phone ban during lockdowns is in place to keep rumors from spreading on social media.

“Typically in this situation we don’t use phones, but we got a flood of calls from parents not getting social media or automated calls so we worked with teachers to get students to contact their parents,” said Glendale Unified High School District Superintendent Brian Capistran.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said that he has faith in the safety of the school saying, “We are very very sad to see this tragedy, but I do feel that IHS is one of the safest high schools and they’ve done great things to prepare for something like this.”

The Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey released a statement following the shooting which said, “As details of this morning’s tragic shooting continue to be released, our hearts remain with the students, educators and families of Independence High School and the entire Glendale community. I commend the police officers, first responders, school safety officials, teachers and school administrators for their swift response and diligent work to secure the area and protect the students at the school. The state of Arizona continues to watch the situation closely, and stands at the ready to offer any support the school or community need. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, with everyone on scene and with the community during this difficult time.”

As of 2:30pm MT, authorities reopened 75th Avenue from Glendale Avenue to Bethany Home Road.

According to Glendale Unified High School District Superintendent Brian Capistran, students at Independence High School should expect to attend school on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 after the Presidents’ Day Holiday.

According to the Independence High School’s website, about 2,000 students are enrolled at Independence High School.

The Crisis Response Network that was set up following the shooting is still available at: 1 (800) 203-2273 (CARES).

ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends of the victims from Independence High School.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

Needles, CA: Attempted murder incident at the Route 66 Bar.

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Needles, CA: Attempted murder incident at the Route 66 Bar.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 11:30pm PT on Saturday, January 31st, 2016, a fight broke out at Route 66 Bar located at 1900 Needles Highway in Needles, California.

During the fight an unknown Hispanic or Indian male struck the victim on the back of the head with a glass bottle.

The victim was knocked unconscious immediately and fell to the floor.

While lying motionless on the floor 41 year old John Garcia of Mohave Valley, Arizona and 39 year old Jacob Knox of Las Vegas, Nevada kicked the victim’s head.

The victim’s girlfriend and friends continually attempted to fend off John Garcia and Jacob Knox, but the 2 continued to kick the victim in the head.

While attempting to protect the victim, one of the friends fell to the floor and John Garcia kicked him several times, rendering him unconscious as well.

The 3 suspects left the bar prior to the deputies arrival.

The victim was flown to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for treatment and is in critical condition.

On Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, Jacob Knox was located by Needles Detectives in Las Vegas, Nevada with the help of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and arrested without incident.

Jacob Knox was booked on a fugitive warrant for attempted murder into the Clark County jail.

John Garcia was located and arrested by Needles Detectives in Needles, California for attempted murder without incident and booked into the Needles, California jail.

The third suspect has not been identified, but is described by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as a Hispanic or Native Indian male, approximately 38-40 years old, 5’08” to 5’10” tall, and 200 pounds.

He has long black hair, is possibly a truck driver, and identified himself as “Manuel” the night of the incident.

Anyone one with information regarding this incident should contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200, or those who wish to remain anonymous can call: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463).

News Update!!: Kingman, AZ: Superior Court Judge denied moving Justin James Rector’s murder trial elsewhere.

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News Update!!: Kingman, AZ: Superior Court Judge denied moving Justin James Rector’s murder trial elsewhere.

A Superior Court Judge in Kingman, Arizona ruled on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 has denied a request to move a murder trial elsewhere for the suspect accused of killing a little girl in September 2014.

The suspect, 27 year old Justin James Rector, is accused of killing 8 year old Isabella “Bella” Grogan Cannella on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 and leaving her body in a shallow grave near her Lakeside Drive home in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Justin James Rector is charged with first degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse, and abandonment of a dead body.

Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen ruled that media coverage has not been outrageous and has not created a carnival like atmosphere, and denied a motion filed by Justin James Rector’s Attorney Gerald Gavin to change the murder trial’s location to another county.

Justin James Rector’s Attorney Gerald Gavin argued that seating an impartial jury would be nearly impossible because of the gravity of the allegations against him.

But, Prosecutor Gregory McPhillips says the defense attorneys had no evidence to support their request for moving the trial out of Mohave County, Arizona.

Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen wrote in an order that the court has ways to ensure that Justin James Rector’s case is heard by a fair and impartial jury. Jantzen also denied several other defense motions.

Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen denied several items, including denied a motion to insulate the jury by not releasing their personal information, denied was a motion to ban contact between the judge and the jury after the verdict is read, and denied a motion to allow Justin James Rector access to a laptop computer in his cell at all times to review his case, denied Justin James Rector’s objections to the death penalty, and denied a motion to ban law enforcement officers from wearing their uniforms or displaying their weapons in the courtroom.

Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen granted a defense motion allowing a delay in Justin James Rector’s mental health exam until relevant records can be obtained.

Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen will rule on other pending motions and set future hearings to argue motions if necessary.

Justin James Rector’s next status hearing for Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, and Justin James Rector’s murder trial is set to begin on Monday, October 17th, 2016, with a pre-trial hearing set for Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016.

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Isabella “Bella” Grogan Cannella was reported missing on the morning of Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 sparking a whole community of people searching for the missing girl.

On Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, a tracking unit from the Mohave County Search and Rescue came across a body in a shallow grave near her Lakeside Drive home.

Authorities later confirmed that the body found was that of missing Isabella “Bella” Grogan Cannella.

On Thursday, September 4th, 2014, Bullhead City Police Department made an arrest in connection to the disappearance of 8 year old Isabella “Bella” Grogan Cannella.

Justin James Rector was arrest and later charged with first degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a dead body in the kidnapping and murder of 8 year old Isabella “Bella” Grogan Cannella.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

 

 

Riverside, CA: Suicidal man sentenced for attempted murder of California Highway Patrol Officer who saved his life.

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Riverside, CA: Suicidal man sentenced for attempted murder of California Highway Patrol Officer who saved his life.

A man who attempted to jump off an overpass in October 2012 is heading to jail for attempted murder of a California Highway Patrol Officer who was stabbed in the eye as the California Highway Patrol Officer tried to save his life and kept the man from attempting to jump from an overpass.

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On Friday, July 31st, 2015, 48 year old Javier Hernandez of Riverside, California was sentenced to 18 years to life by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michelle Levine.

On Thursday, October 25th, 2012, California Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem responded to a call of a possibly suicidal man on the La Sierra Avenue overpass above the State Route 91 (91 Freeway) in Riverside, California.

The man, later identified by authorities as Javier Hernandez, spotted the patrol car and climbed onto the overpass fence.

California Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem, worried the man could potentially killing himself and endangering motorists, grabbed the leg of Javier Hernandez in an effort to prevent that from happening.

But, Javier Hernandez had a knife on him and reportedly slashed or stabbed California Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem numerous times including a stab wound to his right eye which blinded him.

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** Pictures of off duty Riverside Police Department Officer Nathan Asbury and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant John Walker from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

California Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem continued to hold onto the man so he couldn’t climb over the fence, still trying to save his life, until several Good Samaritans, including off duty Riverside Police Department Officer Nathan Asbury and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant John Walker, came to help California Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem.

Javier Hernandez, who also goes by Javier Hernandez Rios, was ultimately taken into police custody.

The incident left California Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem partially blind.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office filed numerous charges against Javier Hernandez, including attempted murder with the enhancement that the victim is a peace officer.

On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, a Superior Court Jury found Javier Hernandez guilty of several felonies including mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury against the Good Samaritans, but a jury was unable to agree on a verdict on the attempted murder count.

The jury was reportedly deadlocked 10 to 2 in favor of guilty on the attempted murder of the peace officer.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office then retried that charge and on Friday, June 26th, 2015, another jury found Javier Hernandez guilty of that count of attempted murder.

California Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem spoke for the first time since the incident to Tony Shin, NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 News Reporter, about the knife attack that nearly blinded him as he tried to save the man’s life.

** You can watch the news interview with California Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/CHP-Officer-Brutally-Attacked/320361531

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** Picture of California Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem from the California Highway Patrol: **

For saving the man’s life, the State of California presented California Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem with the Gold Medal of Valor for his extraordinary act of heroism extending far above and beyond the normal call of duty.

California Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem unselfishly risked his own life to save others; for his strong determination to prevent Javier Hernandez from jumping to his death off the overpass and possibly injured or killed motorists traveling below on State Route 91 in Riverside, California.

** More information regarding the California Governor’s Medal of Valor awards and about the officers who received the Medal of Valor is at the following California Highway Patrol website address: **

https://www.chp.ca.gov/home/about-us/medal-of-valor