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Thursday
Feb022012

FBI Locates Missing Georgia Girls in Tennessee

Amber Henry and Kirsten Kamradt (Lamar County Sheriff Office)(LAMAR COUNTY, Ga.) -- Authorities have found two teenage girls from Georgia who apparently were taken in the middle of the night.

Amber Henry, 16, and Kirsten Kamradt, 14, went missing from their homes early Wednesday, said Capt. Todd Pippin of Lamar County Sheriff's Department.

According to Pippin, U.S. marshals and the FBI found the girls in Tennessee.

"Amber was released at a gas station and called for help," Pippin said. "Kirsten was still in the suspect's vehicle. Detectives found the vehicle in Hamblen County and pulled it over moments ago."

Kirsten was picked up by Joshua Crowe, 19, in a white Buick around 1 a.m. Wednesday, Pippin said. Dustin Elliot, 19, was with Crowe at the time. Detectives said what started off as a joy ride turned ugly when the men forced the girls across state lines.

"We are just happy they've been found and the families can have peace," Pippin said.

Kirsten's mother, Jennifer Kamradt, discovered her daughter missing when she woke up.

"I woke up to get her to school at about 7 in the morning -- she wasn't there," Kamradt said.

The girls know the two men through social networking websites, said Sgt. Mark Barry, also with Lamar County Detective Unit. According to Barry, one of the men may have a psychological condition that put the girls in danger.

Both men face kidnapping charges and remain in custody at this time.

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Sunday
Jan222012

Teacher Who Assigned Math Homework With Slavery Questions Resigns

Hemera Technologies/ThinkStock(ATLANTA, Ga.) -- The third-grade teacher in Gwinnett County, Ga., who assigned math homework that asked questions about slavery and beatings, has resigned and apologized for the incident.

Luis Rivera, who taught at Beaver Ridge Elementary School since 2008, wrote a letter to school officials saying he “cannot apologize enough.”

Rivera resigned during the course of an investigation into the incident.

On Wednesday, district spokeswoman Sloan Roach released a statement regarding the resignation saying, “The principal will move forward immediately to fill the vacancy created by this resignation. As this is a personnel matter, the district will not elaborate further.”

Rivera assigned math homework that included the question, “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”

Another math problem read, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

Another question asked how many baskets of cotton Frederick filled.

Christopher Braxton told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta that he couldn’t believe the assignment his 8-year-old son brought home from of Beaver Ridge Elementary school in Norcross.

“It kind of blew me away,” Braxton said. “Do you see what I see? Do you really see what I see? He’s not answering this question.”

“I was furious,” Braxton said.

“This outrages me because it just lets me know that there’s still racists,” said Stephanie Jones, whose child is a student at the school.

“Something like that shouldn’t be imbedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade,” parent Terrance Barnett told WSB-TV. “I’m having to explain to my 8-year-old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts.”

“In this one, the teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity,” Roach said.

Roach said the teachers were attempting to incorporate social studies into math problems.

“We understand that there are concerns about these questions, and we agree that these questions were not appropriate,”
she said.

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Sunday
Jan082012

‘If Fred Got Two Beatings Per Day…’ Homework Asks

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Third graders in in Gwinnett County, Ga., were given math homework Wednesday that asked questions about slavery and beatings.

Christopher Braxton told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta that he couldn’t believe the assignment his 8-year-old son brought home from of Beaver Ridge Elementary school in Norcross.

“It kind of blew me away,” Braxton said. “Do you see what I see? Do you really see what I see? He’s not answering this question.”

The question read, “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”

Another math problem read, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

Another question asked how many baskets of cotton Frederick filled.

“I was furious at that point,” Braxton said.

“This outrages me because it just lets me know that there’s still racists,” said Stephanie Jones, whose child is a student at the school.

“Something like that shouldn’t be imbedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade,” parent Terrance Barnett told WSB-TV. “I’m having to explain to my 8-year-old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts.”

“In this one, the teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity,” Gwinnett County school district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

Roach said the teachers were attempting to incorporate social studies into math problems.

“We understand that there are concerns about these questions, and we agree that these questions were not appropriate,” she said.

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Friday
Jan062012

Baby Kidnapper Says She Was Trying to Replace Miscarried Baby

Jas'mere Brown cuddles her child. (ABC News)(ATLANTA) -- The Georgia woman who attempted to steal a mother’s newborn is back in custody after a judge denied her bond early Thursday morning. Naquelle Ballard, 19, of Morrow, Ga., sneaked into Southern Regional Medical Center on Wednesday in hopes of replacing the baby she had lost in a miscarriage.

Police and hospital officials say that Ballard walked into the hospital Wednesday morning, clad in scrubs. She went into the room of Jas’mere Brown, also 19, where the mother was nursing her newborn daughter, Khloe. Masquerading as a nurse’s technician, Ballard told Brown that she would be back after she was done nursing. In a few minutes Ballard returned and told Brown she would be taking the child to the nursery. Brown handed little Khloe to her, and Ballard tucked the newborn into her large purse.

Karletta Woods, Brown’s mother, had searing questions for the hospital. “How was she able to just go in my daughter’s room, see that she’s nursing and come back a second time and nobody noticed her?” Woods told ABC News.

Ballard was noticed by one person though. Woods actually said hello to Ballard in an elevator, not knowing her newborn granddaughter was inches away from her, sleeping and silent. Luckily, the sensor system that the hospital had in place worked. Each newborn has an ankle bracelet with a sensor inside. Hospital officials say that as soon as Ballard rounded a corner as she headed downstairs, the alarms went off. Two eagle-eyed maintenance workers went after Ballard and managed to wrestle the purse from her. She kept on running and managed to get in her car and drive away but not without the two workers taking down her license plate number and the make of her car.  Clayton County Police were able to nab her within an hour.

“We’re really pleased with the way that the system worked and the employees reacted,” said Southern Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Amanda Bartlett. “The workers thought it was a drill but they reacted appropriately and we’re thrilled.”

Though Woods and Brown are happy to have Khloe back, they still can’t rid themselves of the minutes that their “angelic blessing” (as Woods put it) was gone from them. The family had just lost another child a few days ago when Woods’ other daughter had a premature baby that died four weeks after birth.

According to a police affadavit, Ballard told police that she had lost a baby due to a miscarriage and was trying to steal another to present to her boyfriend as her own. The magistrate court set her next hearing for Jan. 17.

Both mother and daughter have no sympathy for the woman who almost stole their child.

“After all the hard work I’ve done, and I just went through all of this pain to get her here, you don’t do that to someone,” Brown told ABC affiliate WSB-TV.

“I have no compassion for her,” Woods added.

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Thursday
Dec082011

Mother of Jorelys Rivera Calls for Death Penalty

David J. Sams/Getty Images(CANTON, Ga.) -- The mother of the little girl stabbed, sexually assaulted, beaten and left in a dumpster is calling on prosecutors to seek the death penalty against suspect Ryan Brunn.

Brunn is expected to plead not guilty in the death of Jorelys Rivera, but it could be a month or more before the 20-year old maintenance worker faces an indictment.

"I expect it will be weeks," Cherokee County District Attorney Garry Moss told ABC News. "There'll be no public announcement concerning the indictment until such time as there is one."

Investigators declined to say what evidence they used to arrest Brunn, but told reporters he had access to the building's trash compactor.

Jorelys disappeared Friday evening from the playground at the River Ridge apartment complex in Canton, Ga., where she lived with her mother. Her body was discovered Monday underneath a pile of trash in one of the complex's dumpsters and Brunn was arrested the following day.

She was believed to have been assaulted and bludgeoned in an empty apartment at the complex where Brunn worked as a maintenance man.

Jorelys' mother, who speaks Spanish, spoke to ABC News affiliate WSB through a translator.

"I don't want any charges brought against him. What I want is the death penalty," Jocelyn Rivera said while standing near a small memorial the family had erected for Jorelys inside their apartment. "He's an animal. He killed my little angel."

Zulaika Rivera, Jorelys aunt, told the station she could not fathom what was in the mind of the killer, saying nobody in their right mind would do something like this.

Jocelyn Rivera told WSB she wants to leave the state, but because she lost custody of her other two children, she'll need to stay put for awhile longer. It wasn't immediately known why she lost custody of the children.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Suspect Arrested in Jorelys Rivera Sex Assault, Murder

ABC News(CANTON, Ga.) -- Police on Wednesday arrested a maintenance worker who lives at the same apartment complex where 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera is believed to have been bludgeoned, stabbed and sexually assaulted in a vacant apartment near the playground where she disappeared.

Ryan Brunn, 20, doesn't have a criminal history, investigators said, but Georgia Bureau of Investigation director Vernon Keenan told reporters, "We are confident that Brunn is the killer and that is why he is in custody."

Jorelys disappeared Friday evening from the playground at the River Ridge apartment community, where she lived with her mother in Canton, Ga. Her body was discovered Monday in one of the complex's dumpsters.

"This investigation will continue on for several months," Keenan said Wednesday. "This is a mammoth case. We believe this horrendous crime was planned and calculated and we've recovered a lot of evidence that will require processing."

Prior to being arrested on murder charges Wednesday, Brunn had been under surveillance since the night prior, Keenan said.

"We reached a point this afternoon where we had sufficient evidence to obtain arrest warrants for murder of the 7-year-old child," he said.

Keenan would not say what evidence police had gathered, but did say Brunn "had access to the trash compactor."

Brunn was well known in the apartment complex because he was employed there.

"To the extent he was known to the family of the child, I don't know," said Keenan.

A neighbor told ABC News affiliate WSB, "I just knew it was him."

The neighbor also told the TV station that investigators had removed the suspect's car and items from his apartment and that Brunn lives with the property manager's son.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Jorelys Rivera Stabbed, Assaulted in 'Calculated' Murder

Comstock/Thinkstock(CANTON, Ga.) -- Jorelys Rivera, the 7-year-old girl whose body was found in a Georgia dumpster, was bludgeoned, sexually assaulted and stabbed in a remarkably vicious attack by a killer who police believe lives in her apartment complex.

The wounds to the girl's body were so severe that Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan refused to describe them beyond that fact that she had blunt force trauma to the head and stab wounds.

Keenan described the crime as a "very horrific and brutal murder."

Jorelys had been missing since Friday and was last seen at her apartment community's playground in Canton, Ga. Her body was pulled from a dumpster Monday and an autopsy was completed Monday night.

"We don't know if the child was targeted or not. We do know from what was determined through the autopsy and other evidence this was a very calculated and planned crime," Keenan said.

Police believe the murderer is still nearby.

"The investigators feel very strongly the killer of the child resides in the apartment complex or has ready access to the apartment complex," said Keenan. "It's very important that persons who live in that apartment complex....If they have any information that could have bearing on this case, to let us know."

The scene of the murder may have been an unlocked apartment at the River Ridge apartment complex where Jorelys lived.

Investigators believe Jorelys was abducted near the River Ridge playground, taken to a vacant apartment within the complex, assaulted and murdered, and then tossed in the dumpster.

"We have found evidence in [the vacant apartment] we believe is blood," said Keenan. "We are awaiting results of the investigation. The lab worked all night long."

Preliminary DNA test results were expected to be released Tuesday.

The award for any information that leads to the capture or conviction of the murderer is now $15,000, up $10,000 from Monday.

Canton Police Chief Jeff Lance told reporters Monday, "What we need is help from the public -- that's the key to this right now."

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call 770-704-7074.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Jorelys Rivera Stabbed, Assaulted in 'Calculated' Murder

Handout, Cherokee County Sheriffs Department(CANTON, Ga.) -- Jorelys Rivera, the 7-year-old girl whose body was found in a Georgia dumpster, was bludgeoned, sexually assaulted and stabbed in a remarkably vicious attack by a killer who police believe lives in her apartment complex.

The wounds to the girl's body were so severe that Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan refused to describe them beyond that fact that she had blunt force trauma to the head and stab wounds.

Keenan described the crime as a "very horrific and brutal murder."

Jorelys had been missing since Friday and was last seen at her apartment community's playground in Canton, Ga. Her body was pulled from a dumpster Monday and an autopsy was completed Monday night.

"We don't know if the child was targeted or not. We do know from what was determined through the autopsy and other evidence this was a very calculated and planned crime," Keenan said.

Police believe the murderer is still nearby. "The investigators feel very strongly the killer of the child resides in the apartment complex or has ready access to the apartment complex," said Keenan. "It's very important that persons who live in that apartment complex...If they have any information that could have bearing on this case, to let us know."

Keenan said there are several registered sex offenders who have resided in the River Ridge apartment complex, but they have all been interviewed and, "we have no reason to believe at this point that [those] sex offenders are involved."

The scene of the murder may have been an unlocked apartment at the River Ridge apartment complex where Jorelys lived.

Investigators believe Jorelys was abducted near the River Ridge playground, taken to a vacant apartment within the complex, assaulted and murdered, and then tossed in the dumpster.

"We have found evidence in [the vacant apartment] we believe is blood," said Keenan. "We are awaiting results of the investigation. The lab worked all night long."

Preliminary DNA test results are expected to be released Tuesday.

The award for any information that leads to the capture or conviction of the murderer is now $15,000, up $10,000 from Monday.

Canton Police Chief Jeff Lance told reporters Monday, "What we need is help from the public -- that's the key to this right now."

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call 770-704-7074.

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Monday
Dec052011

Missing Georgia Girl: Body Found in Dumpster

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CANTON, Ga.) -- A brutally disfigured body discovered in a dumpster may be that of a 7-year-old girl who went missing at her family's apartment complex in Canton, Ga., investigators told reporters Monday.

"This is going to be a very, very horrendous crime. I am convinced of that after having observed the body," Georgia Bureau of Investigation director Vernon Keenan said. "A child who dies under extreme violence is the absolutely the worst thing that can happen to a human being."

The body, thought to be missing girl Jorelys Rivera, was badly beaten and sexually assaulted, Keenan said. Autopsy results, still pending, will confirm the identity and cause of death.

Keenan said the body was discovered around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Canton Police Chief Jeff Lance told reporters, "What we need is help from the public -- that's the key to this right now."

Authorities had searched a mile and a half radius from the River Ridge apartment community where Jorelys lived with her mother, enlisting the help of state officers specially trained in child abductions before finally narrowing their search to one dumpster at the complex.

On Monday they took the dumpster to a barren field and emptied it there, pulling a body from the trash.

Now investigators are asking for the public's help in finding the person responsible.

A $5,000 reward is being offered in the hopes of generating more leads.

Jorelys was last seen Friday evening at the playground in her apartment complex. She reportedly left to get drinks for her friends and never returned.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call 770-704-7074.

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Wednesday
Nov022011

Four Elderly Terror Suspects Have Trouble Hearing Judge

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Four senior citizens accused of plotting terror attacks on the federal government appeared in court Wednesday in shackles and struggled to hear what the judge was saying.

The suspects, who all had gray or white hair and wore glasses, did not enter a plea. Instead they asked for more time to prepare for a bail hearing.

The men named in the charging documents, Frederick Thomas, 73, of Cleveland, Ga., and Toccoa, Ga., residents Dan Roberts, 67, Ray H. Adams, 65, and Samuel J. Crump, 68, were all members of a fringe militia organization, according to investigators.

During their court appearance Wednesday, several of the defendants had trouble hearing the judge even though U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Susan Cole was using a microphone.

Despite their age, the defendants were shackled in court.

In court documents the FBI said the men referred to themselves as "the covert group," and met several times throughout the year to discuss killing federal employees with rifles, explosives and ricin, a dangerous toxin that can be extracted from castor bean seeds using acetone and lye.

An undercover agent recorded several of the meetings, including one in April where Adams said, "The first ones that need to die is the ones in the government buildings."

By April, Thomas was telling one of the FBI's confidential informants about the illegal weapons they wanted to buy, providing a long list of firearms, silencers and explosives. And in May, he began surveying buildings in Atlanta, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the IRS, as potential targets.

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