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    An Illinois prosecutor on Monday described a “bone-chilling” 911 call that captured the last moments of an Arlington Heights woman’s life, and that pointed a finger at the woman’s daughter, who stands accused of stabbing both of her parents to death.  Deborah Jane Martin, 43, of Arlington Heights, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Anne P. Martin, 71, and David G. Martin, 72. The couple were found slain just after 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the home they shared with their daughter at 3 South Derbyshire Lane, Arlington Heights police officials said.  Deborah Martin was ordered held without bond during a Monday court appearance.  According to a police statement, officers went to the home for a welfare check after a 911 call was made from inside the house.  “No discernable conversation took place and officers were dispatched to investigate the open telephone line,” police officials said in a news release.  Lorna Amado-Chevlin, a prosecutor with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, described in court Monday what investigators heard when they reviewed the audio of the 911 call, ABC7 in Chicago reported.  >> Read more trending news “The 911 audio captures the defendant’s mother gasping for air and moaning,” Amado-Chevlin said. “Within seconds of dispatch answering, sounds of movement are heard, followed by the mother of the defendant gasping and pleading, ‘No, Debbie.’ “The mother of the defendant is subsequently unable to respond to the 911 operator’s inquiries, but her dying gasps and moans are heard throughout the call.” First responders found Anne Martin lying on the kitchen floor “with obvious signs of violence,” the police statement said. According to The Daily Herald, the blood-covered portable phone she used to call 911 was lying on a kitchen counter.   David Martin, whose throat was slashed, was found near the front door, the Herald reported. A trail of blood led back to a living room recliner, where the attack on him appeared to have begun.  He had also suffered stab wounds to the chest, arm and leg, the Herald said. Anne Martin had seven stab wounds to her chest, two to her neck, one to her back and multiple defensive wounds on her hands.  “Initial assessment by investigating officers found two individuals who suffered traumatic injuries and were without any sign of life,” the police news release said. “Arlington Heights Fire Department paramedics were called to the scene. Paramedics determined the victims were beyond medical attention. The scene was secured by police.” As officers tended to the victims, Deborah Martin came downstairs from the second floor. The Chicago Tribune reported that her hair was wet as though she had just showered.  She was the only other person in the home at the time of the double homicide, the newspaper said. Police found a knife in an upstairs bathroom. In Deborah Martin’s bedroom, police said they found bloody clothes, a sheath for the knife and, inside her purse, a May 10 receipt for the purchase of the knife, the Tribune said. Investigators also found a journal in which Deborah Martin apparently wrote of her desire to kill her parents, ABC7 reported.  “The journal excerpts included multiple entries including her intent to kill her parents, one as recent as June 2, 2019 -- just days before this horrific murder,” Amado-Chevlin said Monday, according to the news station.  Arlington Heights police Cmdr. Joseph Pinnello told the Tribune that Deborah Martin’s motive for the slayings was not clear. Just hours before the killings, she had accompanied her parents to dinner at a neighbor’s home. Deborah Martin left the dinner abruptly around 8 p.m. and went home, the Tribune reported. Her parents followed a couple of hours later.  “It’s hard to determine what persuaded Deborah to take action against her parents at that particular time,” Pinnello told the newspaper.  Deborah Martin has no prior criminal history, though Pinnello said officers have been called to the family’s home in the past. He told ABC7 there were “more than a couple” of calls over the years stemming from family arguments involving Deborah Martin.  There were never any allegations of violence, Pinnello said. She wrote on her Facebook page in 2015 that she was recently divorced.  A neighbor, Madeleine Gerrish, told The Daily Herald that David and Anne Martin were “super nice people” who had lived in their home for more than 25 years. According to ABC7, the couple had two adopted children, three step-grandchildren and a grandchild.  Deborah Martin’s name was left out of her parents’ obituary.  David Martin was a U.S. Navy veteran who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, according to his LinkedIn profile.  He retired after nearly 16 years working for Motorola and described himself as a “grandpa, dad and friend.” Anne Martin was a retired schoolteacher, the Tribune reported. Jennifer Delgado, a spokeswoman for Township High School District 214, said Martin began working as a resource assistant at Prospect High School in 1988 and worked in that role until 1992.  Anne Martin then spent three years as a part-time English teacher and resource assistant at the high school, Delgado said. In 1995, she moved on to Wheeling High School, where she was an English and social sciences teacher, Delgado told the Tribune. She officially retired in 2014 but kept working. “She has been a substitute teacher for us each year since her retirement,” Delgado told the newspaper. “We’re so sorry to hear about this tragic loss. “Anne was very positive and uplifting and impacted so many lives.”
  • A Connecticut woman was arrested after police say she got upset about her McDonald’s order and fought a pregnant manager. According to the Norwich Bulletin, 21-year-old Shannelle Hanson was visiting a McDonald’s in Norwich, Connecticut, when she got into the altercation. The Day reported that the incident happened Friday night. >> Read more trending news  “She became irate with McDonald’s staff due to her displeasure with her McChicken sandwich,” police said, according to The Bulletin. The publication reported that Hanson forced her way behind the counter to make her own food and assaulted the manager. Hanson was charged with breach of peace and third-degree assault on a pregnant person, The Day reported. She was held on $5,000 bond. Hanson is scheduled to appear in Norwich Superior Court on June 13.
  • A 47-year-old man charged last month with a violent attempt to kidnap a 9-year-old girl and break into a Seattle apartment has been arrested 104 previous times in King County over the last 14 years, according to court records. Seattle police arrested Randolph Neil Humiston on May 30 after he allegedly grabbed and dragged a girl on a playground, according to charging documents. Prosecutors say the girl kicked and screamed at Humiston until he released her. >> Read more trending news  Ernesto Martinez, who lives a short distance from the playground, told KIRO he first saw Humiston when Humiston broke into Martinez's apartment while his family was having dinner. “I never saw him before, but I saw him, and I yelled and chased him,” Martinez said. Seattle police say Martinez chased Humiston for several blocks until patrol cars arrived and arrested Humiston for the 105th time since 2005. “I told the police that if he actually took a little girl, they would be arresting me instead of that guy,” Martinez said. “I mean, I’m not going to let that happen.” Court records indicate that, in many instances, Humiston was released within a day or two after being arrested, and he consistently listed his address as the Compass Housing Alliance in Seattle, indicating he is homeless.  Prosecutors noted Humiston was placed in the jail's psych ward in 2017, and would “likely commit an act of violence” if released. Records indicate a few of the cases were dismissed because Humiston was found to be incompetent, KIRO reported. Humiston’s career criminal conviction resume includes four felonies and 38 gross misdemeanors -- including threats to kill, assault, resisting arrest, stalking, escape, indecent exposure, possession of a dangerous weapon and multiple drug convictions, according to court records.  Humiston is currently being held on $150,000 bail at King County Correctional Facility. Martinez told KIRO he will look for Humiston “in case he gets out again.” “Somebody who’s trying to grab a little kid, especially when they’re all drugged up? He shouldn’t be out,” Martinez told the local news station. “If he gets out, it's not a threat or anything, but if I see him here? I’m not going to just chase him, I’m going to tackle him.”
  • Emmanuel Aranda, the Minneapolis man who threw a 5-year-old boy over a third-floor balcony in the Mall of America has been sentenced to 19 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder in court last month. Related: Man accused of throwing boy from Mall of America balcony pleads guilty KMSP reported that Aranda, 24, threw the boy, Landen Hoffman, from the balcony of the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall April 12. His 19-year prison sentence is part of his plea deal, in which he admitted his guilt. >> Read more trending news  NBC News reported that Aranda looked straight ahead or down during most of the hearing before Hennepin County District Judge Jeannice Reding. He declined to address the court when Reding offered him the chance to do so. At a previous court appearance, Aranda said that he was angry after being rejected by women at the mall for years. He told authorities he went to the mall “looking for someone to kill,” and chose Landen at random. Related: Police: Man who threw 5-year-old from third floor of Mall of America intended to kill someone Landen suffered broken arms and legs and had head trauma, but the pastor of his family’s church said he had no sign of permanent damage as he continues to recover. A GoFundMe page created to help with medical costs raised more than $1 million. The boy’s mother wrote in a victim impact statement that she has forgiven Aranda because God wants her to. Her full statement, from KMSP, can be read below: “You intended to harm him, but God intended it for good! To accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. “You chose to think about yourself that day, what you were feeling and wanted to do to someone else. I’m sad you chose anger and hatred. Something really bad must have happened to you for you to want to do this to a sweet, innocent little boy. I’m sorry for whatever you’ve gone through. I hope God can save you and show you what His love is all about someday. “I want you to know I forgive you. Not because what you did was okay, not because I want to; but [because] God wants me to. I’m not letting you take any part of our family. You’re not taking our love, ourjoy, our peace; you’re not taking anything! I refuse to be full of anger and hatred, I refuse to let you take my joy. My sweet, precious baby, my amazing gift from God is going to be okay because Jesus loves him so much and he loves me so much. He answered my prayers and gave him back to me. “You get to take nothing from us. You chose to listen to the Devil that day. I don’t get to judge you or hate you. Instead I am full of God’s love and I have overwhelming joy and peace in my body as I sit and watch my boy heal in miraculous ways right in from of my eyes. “The whole world is seeing God move in this little boy that I get to call mine. The Devil tried to take him out, but GOD Saves. God ALWAYS wins! “God will judge you someday and I have peace with that. I hand it off to him and you will take none of my thoughts EVER again, I am done with you. God, it is all in your hands.”
  • Authorities arrested a Florida man was Sunday night on a felony charge of animal cruelty after he was caught on video driving his truck at a dog and running it over, according to a news release from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Robert Joseph Kayat, 29, was arrested after the video was posted and widely shared on social media, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Andrew Gant. Witness statements also connected Kayat to the incident, Gant said. >> Read more trending news  The dog’s owner told deputies she found out at about 7 p.m. Thursday that her dog, Thomas, had been found dead on the side of the road in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, authorities said.  Gant said the dog’s owner reviewed a neighbor’s security camera footage the next morning and saw a white pickup run over Thomas. “The video showed the truck swerve sharply at the dog before running over him,” Gant said. “The driver then got out, walked over to the dog, nudged him with his boot and then kicked him before getting back in his truck and driving away. “A witness who drove up on the incident identified the driver as Kayat, who later contacted the Sheriff's Office to meet with a deputy and provide his account of the incident. Kayat claimed he intentionally swerved at the dog to spook it, not to run it over. He expressed remorse.” The dog did not survive. Kayat was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of animal cruelty. He remains in the Volusia County Branch Jail on $2,500 bail.
  • A Virginia Beach, Virginia, woman remains in jail Thursday after she allegedly left her two children at the beach while she attended a yearly party on Sunday. WTKR reported that, according to court documents, 27-year-old Shelby Ross Oliver approached Virginia Beach Police Department officers, saying her child was kidnapped. The officers were at the beach after someone called 911 to say a fight had broken out. >> Read more trending news  WVEC reported that court documents said Oliver was involved in the fight at Floatopia, a yearly event in which beachgoers and boaters meet up on Memorial Day weekend. WAVY reported that the event was in the city’s Chic’s Beach area and was unsanctioned. Related: Virginia Beach revelers leave behind 10 tons of trash after Memorial Day weekend event Police said they found a baby who was “extremely overheated with sand in eyes, eyes rolling in head, and Oliver denied the child was hers,” according to WTKR. Police documents said that two children, a 7-year-old and 11-month-old, were left for hours with no supervision.  Temperatures over the weekend were in the low 90s, WTRK reported. According to documents, police said Oliver was so intoxicated she did not know her last name, WVEC reported. Oliver was arrested and charged with child abuse and neglect causing serious injury, child abuse with reckless disregard for life and public intoxication. She is in jail with no bond.
  • A man and a woman were arrested after police say they left a pig in a hot car while they went to the mall. On Monday, May 27, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to The Avenues shopping mall in Jacksonville, Florida, to assist with an animal investigation regarding an animal in a vehicle. >> Read more trending news   According to the Sheriff’s Office, an officer used his department-issued window-breaking tool to free a small, multi-colored pig from the backseat. The officer then placed the pig in his own backseat with a bucket of water. Authorities and a witness were unable to initially locate the owner of the vehicle. While attempting to identify the vehicle, suspects Trinity Tavarez-Soto, 19, and Mark Gray, 20, walked out of the mall and to the suspect vehicle, according to JSO.  After determining the vehicle belonged to them, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested the two on animal cruelty charges. Animal Care & Protective Services removed the pig from the scene.
  • A grandmother is looking for answers and police are investigating after she says her 10-month-old grandson died after choking on a pine cone outside a day care, according to one local news report. WRAL reported that Helena Harris said she dropped off her grandchild, Areon Ellington, at A Hug A Day Care Wednesday morning. Hours later, she got a call from the Raleigh, North Carolina, day care. >> Read more trending news  “The day care lady called me and told me that I needed to get to the day care because Areon was choking on something,” Harris said. Harris said her grandson was choking on a pine cone while playing outside. The station did not make it clear whether or not day care staff called 911. The News & Observer reported that, according to the N.C. Division of Child Development and Early Education there have been past violations at the facility, which were discovered during unannounced visits. The Raleigh Police Department is investigating. No charges have been filed, WRAL reported.
  • A woman is facing charges after police say she hit and killed three teenagers while driving drunk in Florida over the weekend, according to officials with the North Miami Police Department. WFOR reported that police announced the arrest of 31-year-old Mariam Coulibaly Tuesday night. Authorities say she was driving a vehicle when she struck and killed truck Gedeon Desir, 13, Lens Desir 15, and Richecarde Dumay, 17, on impact Saturday morning. The three were walking to a bus stop in North Miami, Florida, to get a ride to a soccer tournament. >> Read more trending news  Coulibaly was taken to Aventura Hospital, where she is recovering from her injuries.  Coulibaly told Miami Herald Tuesday that she shattered her hip and chest, and had surgery on her stomach. “I came from a blackout,” she told the Miami Herald from her hospital bed. “When I woke up, I didn’t even know that I hurt people.” Related: Mother charged with felony DUI after twin boys die in crash WPLG reported that, according to court records, Coulibaly has a number of past driving infractions. The Miami Herald reported that investigators said Coulibaly was driving with a suspended license when she plowed her car at high speed into the three teens. Coulibaly is being charged with three counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of DUI manslaughter. The victims, who were not related, were teammates on the Little Haiti Football Club, which has set up a GoFundMe page to help funeral costs for each of the boy’s families. Additional funds raised will go toward the soccer club’s mission to help at-risk youth in the Little Haiti Miami neighborhood.
  • A Florida man has been arrested after police say he hit his mother with corn on the cob. WFLA reported that Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an incident Sunday morning in Zephyrhills, Florida. >> Read more trending news  According to police, 27-year-old Cody Cummins threw a corn cob at his mother. The corn cob hit her on top of her head, according to the arrest report, WFLA reported. Police said the victim was hurt, but did not have physical injuries.  Related: Florida man arrested for slapping girlfriend in the face with cheeseburger Cummings was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. He was booked into the Pasco County Jail and released on $150 bond after 9 p.m. Sunday, according to jail records.