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Monday
Jun132011

Conn. Mom, Accused of Stealing Son's Education, Arrested on Drug Charges

Creatas/Thinkstock(BRIDGEPORT, Conn.) -- Tanya McDowell, the Connecticut woman charged with stealing her son's education after sending him to a school allegedly outside of her district, was arraigned on drug charges Monday.

McDowell, 33, is being held on $200,000 bond. She was arrested Friday after she allegedly sold crack cocaine and marijuana to undercover officers.

McDowell's arrest came three days after she participated in an education reform rally with Rev. Al Sharpton that was organized by the NAACP. In April, McDowell was charged with first-degree grand larceny and conspiracy for allegedly stealing $15,686 in educational services from Norwalk Public Schools because she sent her six-year-old son to Brookside Elementary School, a school allegedly outside of her district.

Sharpton told ABC News that his appearance at the rally was not in response to McDowell's case and that he is not familiar with the intricacies of her case.

"My position is this young man, the son, should be treated like any other kid if their parent didn't live in the district," Sharpton said. "We don't play politics with the boy. If this mother is unfit to be a mother, it doesn't solve what happens to the boy."

McDowell claims that she registered her son in Brookside despite not being a resident there because she was homeless at the time and floating between a shelter, a friend's apartment in Norwalk and a home in Bridgeport when she registered her son for school.

Under federal law, children can continue to attend classes in a school district where they began their education if the family was homeless.

Her story became fuel for education activists, sparking reform rallies and garnering national attention. The Connecticut chapter of the NAACP, which flocked to McDowell's support in April, would not comment on the drug charges.

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Friday
May272011

Teacher Arrested After Bringing Explosive Material to School

Jetta Productions/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A popular California teacher was arrested for the second time this week when explosive material was found inside her chemistry classroom at a Los Angeles high school on Wednesday.

A bomb squad had to detonate a small vial of the highly explosive compound nitroglycerin after it was discovered at Livingston High School in the North Valley area of Los Angeles.

Detectives quickly arrested 34-year-old Japhia Huhndorf on explosives possession charges, according to ABC News affiliate KSFN-TV in Fresno, California.  Officers say that they have no idea why Huhndorf had the highly explosive compound in her school's chemistry lab.

"She got it through proper school channels but if something would have happened, lots of kids could be hurt," police told ABC News.

Police asked administrators to evacuate all of the students so they could search the room after one of the victims tipped off detectives that Huhndorf may be harboring explosives in her chemistry classroom, according to KSFN.

Huhndorf, 34, has not denied the accusations against her, but her general attitude is that she did nothing wrong, according to a police officer that spoke with KSFN.

Wednesday was the second time Huhndorf has been arrested in one week.  According to KSFN, Huhndorf was arrested Monday on child endangerment charges when she allegedly helped three students inhale the chemical chloroform to get high.

Huhndorf is being held at the Merced County Jail on a half-million dollar bail and is expected to appear in court Friday, according to KSFN.

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Thursday
May192011

Mother of Maine Mystery Boy Arrested for Murder

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CHELMSFORD, Mass.) -- A Texas woman has been arrested in connection with the killing and dumping of a 6-year-boy's body along a Maine rural road, according to the New Hampshire attorney general's office.

Julianne McCrery, 42, was arrested Wednesday on a Massachusetts fugitive of justice charge, according to a news release issued by the attorney general.

"The fugitive from justice charge arose from an arrest warrant issued in the State of New Hampshire on the charge of second-degree murder," the release stated.

On Wednesday, sources told ABC News that McCrery had confessed to killing and dumping her son's body.

The Irving, Texas woman told police that she accidentally gave her 6-year-old son, Camden Hughes, too much cough syrup, the sources said.

Initial autopsy results indicate asphyxiation was Camden's cause of death but final results are pending.

McCrery is expected to be arraigned Thursday morning in Concord District Court in Massachusetts.

She was taken into custody after a Massachusetts state trooper spotted her Wednesday morning at a rest area near Chelmsford, Massachussetts, police said.

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Wednesday
May112011

NYPD Arrests Two Men Suspected in Terrorist Plot

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two men described as home-grown radicals intent on committing a terrorist act in New York City were reportedly arrested by police Wednesday night.

Initial reports indicate the men were attempting to buy guns when they were arrested.

Details of the alleged terror suspects' identities are unknown.

The case, brought by the NYPD Intelligence Division, is currently slated for local prosecution under state terror statutes.

Though prosecuted in the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, it was not immediately known if the case had been developed prior to his death or if it arose afterward.

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Wednesday
May112011

Delta Airlines Passenger Tries to Open Emergency Door in Mid-Flight

Delta Airlines(BOSTON) -- An unruly passenger aboard a Boston-bound Delta flight was taken into custody Tuesday night after attempting to open an emergency exit door while the plane was in mid-air.

According to the airline, the passenger, who has not been identified, was subdued mid-flight by an off-duty police officer.  Delta Flight 1102, which originated in Orlando, Florida, was then able to continue its flight and landed safely at Boston Logan International Airport just after 10 p.m.

Upon landing, Massachusetts State Police took the disruptive passenger into custody.  The passenger was charged with interfering with a flight crew, and police said more charges may follow.

The Airbus 320 was carrying nearly 150 passengers and crew members on board but none of them appeared to be in any danger.  Delta said that air pressure in the plane's cabin wouldn't allow anyone to open the emergency exit door while in flight.

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Thursday
Apr072011

Suspect in Alabama College Shooting Turns Himself in

Opelika Police Department(OPELIKA, Ala.) -- The man believed to be behind a shooting at a college in Alabama that left one person dead and three others injured was arrested Wednesday, according to police.

About three hours after the shooting began at Southern Union Community College in Opelika, Thomas Franklin May III turned himself in, confessing to a group of reporters just before 7 p.m. that he was the gunman police were trying to find.

The shooting, which police say stemmed from a domestic dispute, killed a 63-year-old woman and injured two other women, ages 36 and 94.  A four-year-old girl was also wounded in the shooting by flying glass.

May, 34, remains in custody and was charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of attempted murder.

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Wednesday
Feb022011

Three Accused in Alleged Guggenheim Scam

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two men accused of impersonating members of the wealthy Guggenheim family were arraigned in federal court Monday, charged with trying to deceive investors into buying a billion dollars worth of diamonds.  Their accomplice, who pretended to be a countess, remains at large.

The FBI arrested the men, David Birnbaum and Vladimir Zuravel, in New York Monday but agents and California police are on the hunt there for Catarina Pietra Toumei.

Part of Toumei's alleged scam was to tell potential targets she was a "countess" and married to John Ratzenberger, the actor who played the beer-tippling mailman on the 1980s sitcom Cheers, according to federal prosecutors.

The three are accused of running a scam in which they tried -- and failed -- to lure potential investors into deals selling $1 billion worth of diamonds from the "private collection of the Guggenheim family," launching a venture to sell "Guggenheim Vodka," and a $4 billion transaction involving the sale of oil to a Chinese refinery, according to court documents.

After their arraignment and release on bail, Zuravel, 45, insisted that Birnbaum was a legitimate billionaire and scion of the Guggenheims, a U.S. family whose fortune dates from 19th century mining concerns and who have become synonymous with arts, philanthropy and building museums worldwide.

Zuravel, a former cab driver from Russia, told reporters that Birnbaum, 67, allowed him to use the Guggenheim name for business.

The three "used the Guggenheim surname and falsely claimed membership in the famous philanthropic family to gain access to highly regarded and/or wealthy individuals," according to the complaint.  "In reality, however, the defendants are not known descendants of, or have any relationship to, the famous Guggenheim family."

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Wednesday
Jan262011

Ohio Mom Jailed for Sending Kids to Better School District

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(AKRON, Ohio) -- An Ohio mother's attempt to provide her daughters with a better education landed her behind bars.

Kelley Williams-Bolar was convicted of lying about her residency to get her daughters into a better school district.

"It's overwhelming.  I'm exhausted," she said.  "I did this for them, so there it is.  I did this for them."

Williams-Bolar decided four years ago to send her daughters to a highly ranked school in neighboring Copley-Fairlawn School District.  But it wasn't her Akron district of residence, so her children were ineligible to attend school there, even though her father lived within the district's boundaries.

The school district accused Williams-Bolar of lying about her address, falsifying records and, when confronted, having her father file false court papers to get around the system.  Williams-Bolar said she did it to keep her children safe and that she lived part-time with her dad.

"When my home got broken into, I felt it was my duty to do something else," Williams-Bolar said.

While her children are no longer attending schools in the Copley-Fairlawn District, school officials said she was cheating because her daughters received a quality education without paying taxes to fund it.

The district hired a private investigator, who shot video showing Williams-Bolar driving her children into the district.  The school officials asked her to pay $30,000 in back tuition.  Williams-Bolar refused and was indicted and convicted of falsifying her residency records.

She was sentenced last week to 10 days in county jail and put on three years of probation.  She will also be required to perform community service, the Beacon Journal reported.

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Wednesday
Dec292010

Woman Charged in Death of Fifth-Grader

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- A family acquaintance has been charged with capital murder in the death of Jonathan Foster, a 12-year-old Texas boy missing since Christmas Eve, according to local media reports.

Mona Yvette Nelson, 44, an acquaintance of the missing boy's family, was named a person of interest early Wednesday and questioned by police, reported ABC News station KTRK in Houston. The Harris County, Texas, District Attorney's Office later told KTRK that it had accepted capital murder charges against Nelson.

The Houston Chronicle, citing police, reported Nelson was arrested Wednesday morning at her home.

Nelson's truck was seen on surveillance video from an office video near where Texas authorities found a burned body on Tuesday five miles from the fifth-grader's home.

Though Nelson has been charged, the body has yet to be identified, according to the reports.

"The body...is that of a child, but it was so badly burned that we can't determine the gender or identification," Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith told ABC News before the arrest was disclosed.  "The Medical Examiner's office has that unfortunate task to determine, and until that happens, we are treating these two incidents as separate cases.

"We are still running leads down on Jonathan Foster, and we'd very much like to find him alive," he said at the time.

A Houston 911 emergency supervisor declined to confirm or deny the report of Nelson's arrest directly to ABC News Wednesday evening. She referred all calls to the police media relations department, but a voicemail message indicated the department was closed.

Calls made to the Houston Medical Examiner's office were not immediately returned.

Jonathan is believed to have been last seen Christmas Eve at 1:45 p.m. by his stepfather, but a disturbing phone call between the child and his mother had authorities worried.

An Amber Alert was issued for Jonathan Foster Monday afternoon.

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