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Utah Doctor Accused of Drowning Wife Appears in Court

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Utah doctor accused of killing his wife made his first court appearance on Monday and came face-to-face with his daughters, who say they always believed their father had a plan to kill their mother.

Martin MacNeill, 56, was formally charged in the death of his wife, Michele, in April 2007.  MacNeill has been held on $1 million bond at Utah County jail since Friday, and is due to return on Sept. 4 to choose an arraignment or an evidentiary hearing.

He has denied the allegations.

Two of his daughters and other family members held up pictures of their mother as they glared at their shackled father in the courtroom.

"She [Michele MacNeill] means so much to so many people and this is who he took away from everyone, this is our mother," MacNeill's daughter, Alexis Somers, said outside court.  "I think he drugged my mother and drowned her.  It's been horrifying, and horrifying that we had to wait for this day so long."

An initial autopsy report stated that Michele MacNeill, 50, had died of natural causes eight days after having a facelift.  Authorities now believe Martin MacNeill drugged and drowned his wife, who was found unconscious in the bathtub.  Prosecutors believe MacNeill gave his wife a dangerous combination of valium, Percocet and Ambien in an elaborate plot to kill her.

It's a twisted family tale that began when MacNeill, a father of seven, turned 50.  His daughters said he became obsessed with his looks and started to tan and exercise.  Their mother began to suspect an affair.  Then, MacNeill focused on his wife's looks, insisting she get a facelift.

While caring for her mother after the surgery, Somers said, she heard a bombshell days before her mother died.

"A few days before her death, I was helping her wash her hair and she turned to me and said, 'Alex, if anything happens to me, make sure it was not your father,'" Somers said.

On the day Michele MacNeill died, Martin MacNeill had arrived home after picking up his then 6-year-old daughter from school.  They found Michele in the bathtub.

In a series of screaming 911 calls, Martin McNeill hung up on the operator three times in five minutes.  During that time, prosecutors say, he removed his wife's pants, lied to the dispatcher about performing CPR and gave the wrong address of his residence, further delaying emergency responders.

"We know he's guilty," daughter Rachel MacNeill said.  "We know he'll harm again.  If he's let out, he will come after us."

MacNeill's attorney, Randy Spencer, said, "He's adamantly professed his innocence from the beginning and continues to do so.  I'm confident when all the evidence is heard that the jury will conclude he's not guilty."

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Annoyed Wife Turns In Husband to Police for ‘Getting on My Nerves’

Courtesy La Crosse County Sheriff's Department(LA CROSSE, Wis.) -- A woman who turned in her husband to Wisconsin police on an outstanding warrant said she did it because he was getting on her nerves.

Adrienne Bolds, 55, told ABC News Wednesday night that her husband’s friends called her around 1:30 a.m. Monday to ask her to pick him up from their house.  When she arrived, she said she found her husband drunk and belligerent.  She had to be at work at 5 a.m.

“I’ve always just went and got him and just ignored him,” she said, speaking of similar calls she’s had in the past to pick up her husband, Johnnie Bolds.

This time things were a little different.  She picked him up, drove him to the La Crosse Police Department and turned him in, even though she knew he would likely be held on the warrant.

“He was getting on my nerves really bad.  I was already nervous and shaky about going over there” to pick him up, she said, adding that it was safer for him to be off the street and she wanted him to get help.

Her husband was held on a warrant from a felony drunken driving conviction, the La Crosse Tribune reported.  County jail records online indicated no bond was set.

Adrienne Bolds added that her husband’s situation was taking its toll on her.

“It’s the kind of relationship, no matter how many times I pick him up, he keeps falling down,” she said.  “And all I’m doing is I keep picking him up, but he just can’t see to stand up on his own.”

The Bolds have been married since 1995.  They don’t have children together, but they and their children from other relationships are a close-knit family, she said.

Bolds said her husband wasn’t a bad person, but that he had serious medical problems and had trouble finding a job because of that.

Despite their trouble, she said, they get along well.

“We love each other,” she said, adding that even though their relationship isn’t like it used to be, “he’s still my husband and I’m still his wife, and so I’ll go and get him.”

Johnnie Bolds wasn’t angry when she heard from him on Wednesday evening, she said.

“He called me about an hour or so ago …  asked me when I was coming to see him,” she said, adding that she would definitely visit him in jail.

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Wife Blogs ‘What a Guy!’ As She Plots to Kill Husband, Say Cops 

AbleStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- The wife of a Houston firefighter was blogging about their plans to renew their vows and gushing “What a guy!” about her husband while also making arrangements for a hit man to kill him, according to court documents and her personal blog.

Brittany Rachelle Martinez, 24, was sad and scared to death as she appeared before a judge Thursday morning on charges of solicitation of capital murder, her lawyers claimed, according to ABC News affiliate KTRK.

“It’s a bizarre scenario, and we are going to delve into it and talk to as many witnesses as we possibly can,” defense attorney George Parnham told KTRK.

Martinez, an EMT and the mother of two children, was arrested Tuesday and is being held at the Harris County Jail without bail.

Prosecutors said Thursday in court that Martinez tried to arrange the murder plot of her husband, Adrian Martinez. According to court records, Martinez provided a friend with $1,000, along a picture of her husband and a copy of his work schedule, to hire a hit man.

Martinez approached a friend, the manager of a north Houston restaurant call Casa Ole, on Jan. 17 about her marital problems and admitted she wanted him killed, court papers state.

She gave the manager a $500 down payment on Feb. 4 and promised another $1000 to $2,000 after her husband was dead, according to court papers. Martinez said she did not want to have contact with or meet the hit man, the papers state.

On Feb. 21, Brittany Martinez posted lovingly to her blog, Crew de Martinez, about the couple's upcoming wedding anniversary.

“In the overall plan of the year, Adrian and I will be celebrating our 5th anniversary this coming October, for which we will be throwing a formal party/vow renewal,” the blog states. “We will be able to have the wedding we didn’t get to have and say our vows again, this time truly understanding what those words mean. I have picked out the dress, we decided on the venue and the rest is a simple case of creativity and saving. Eeek, I’m so excited! J”

Martinez’s post goes on to comment about the couple’s life in their new home, and updates the progress her two children have made in the past months.

She boasted on her blog about her husband’s career, pointing out that he is a certified firefighter and nationally registered paramedic.

“He also works part-time as a paramedic for the Cy-Fair VFD on their massive ambulances. What a guy!” she posted.

Martinez reached out to her friend again to say she wanted her husband killed as soon as possible, particularly before he noticed she took more money from the bank, the court documents state.

That day, Brittany Martinez dropped off another $500 with her husband’s work schedule, with the dates March 3 and 5 circled. Along with the schedule was a note that indicated her husband’s physical description, vehicle description and the warning, “cameras at the car lot across the street,” court papers allege.

Later that day, the manager recorded a phone conversation he had with Brittany Martinez. According to documents, she was giving detailed instructions on how and when the murder of her husband should occur.

If convicted of the charges, Martinez could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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Jerry Sandusky's Wife Denies She Ignored Rapes

Centre County Correctional Facility via Getty Images(CENTRE COUNTY, Pa.) -- Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky's wife has denied allegations that her husband sexually abused boys in their home and that she ignored cries for help.
Sandusky was arrested Wednesday on 10 new counts of child sex abuse charges based on the testimony of two new alleged victims. The new allegations bring to 10 the number of alleged sex abuse victims.
Dottie Sandusky, who delivered a $50,000 check Thursday to help bail her husband out of jail, was named in the testimony of one of the new alleged victims.
Mrs. Sandusky has been implicated in the alleged sex abuse crimes by three of the men who claim to have been assaulted by her husband.
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office, which is leading the investigation, would not confirm whether Dottie Sandusky was a target of their investigation or could face charges based on the testimony now available.
"I'll just say that it remains an ongoing investigation, driven by evidence and fact," said a spokesman for the department.
The accuser, known in the grand jury presentment as Victim 9, told a grand jury that while he was allegedly being raped in the basement of the couple's home once, he called out for her help, knowing Dottie Sandusky was upstairs. But she never came down to help him, he said.
"I have been shocked and dismayed by the allegations made against Jerry, particularly the most recent one that a now young man has said he was kept in our basement during visits and screamed for help as Jerry assaulted him while I was in our home and didn't respond to his cries for help," she said.
Jerry Sandusky, 67, is now charged with 50 counts relating to child molestation, and will appear in court for the first time to face his accusers on Tuesday. The preliminary hearing is expected to last several days.
Dottie Sandusky was not able to be reached for this story. The attorney representing her husband, Joe Amendola, did not return calls for comment.
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Harry Reid's Wife Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s wife of more than 50 years has been diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer.

Landra Reid, 71, was just recently diagnosed and is already receiving treatment, including chemotherapy, in Washington, D.C., Reid’s office confirmed Friday.

As Landra Reid works with doctors and specialists through her treatment, Sen. Reid will be by her side throughout the process, his office says, emphasizing that her diagnosis will not affect his work as Majority Leader.

"Senator and Mrs. Reid appreciate the thoughts and concerns expressed during this time. They ask that they be afforded the respect and privacy that any family would want,” Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement.

The Reids met in high school and were married in 1959. They have five grown children together and 16 grandchildren.

In March of 2010, Mrs. Reid and her daughter were involved in a serious car accident, but they both fully recovered from their injuries.

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Manny Ramirez Arrested After Fight with Wife

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(WESTON, Fla.) -- Former baseball slugger Manny Ramirez was arrested Monday night, accused of hitting his wife during an argument in their Weston, Fla., home.

Ramirez, a former World Series MVP and 12-time All-Star who retired this year after testing positive for drugs for a second time, smacked his wife so hard she hit her head against the headboard of their bed, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

He told police that she hit her head when he grabbed her by the shoulders and “shrugged her,” but officers on the scene said evidence showed he was “the primary aggressor” and that her account was more accurate, the arrest report said.

Ramirez, 39, was charged with battery.

Ramirez was one of baseball’s greatest hitters throughout his 19-year career, primarily with the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. In 2004, he helped the Red Sox win their first World Series in 84 years, and then again in 2007. Over the last three years of his career, he bounced between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox before ending his career in April with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Mom of Four Kids Disappears After Holiday Party

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WLS-TV Chicago(CHICAGO) -- Footprints in a snowbank are the only clues for officers searching for a Chicago woman who vanished after walking away from a late night car crash that left her husband dead in the driver's seat. A massive manhunt is underway for Tanya Shannon, a 40-year-old mother of four, who has been missing since early Sunday morning when authorities from the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office located her crashed car on the side of a rural road. In the driver's seat of the car was Shannon's dead husband, 41-year-old Dale Shannon, according to Sheriff Tom Templeton.

"She and her husband were at a company Christmas party Saturday night. They left the party heading to a family's house and on the way had a traffic-related accident in which Mr. Shannon was killed," Templeton told ABC News. "From the evidence that we've seen, Shannon was able to get out of the vehicle and go up to the roadway."

"From there we have no idea where she went," he said, adding that while alcohol was available at the party it does appear that the car crash was an accident. Further toxicology reports are being ordered, he said.

Footprints from a "slipper-like" shoe were found leading away from the car and up to the road, said Templeton, and one of the slippers was also located by the first responders. Inside the car, a pair of high-heeled shoes was also found.

Shannon is five-feet, two inches tall and weighs 125 pounds, has shoulder length strawberry blond hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a red dress and a gray fleece hooded jacket. She also wears glasses.

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