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  • California police chief says 'blood trail' runs from Washington to bedroom of murdered woman

    08/07/2015 8:33:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 7, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    Video at link, worth watching. A California lawman whose department is investigating the brutal rape and bludgeoning death of a 64-year-old Air Force veteran pointed the finger Friday at state and federal policies he said allowed the illegal immigrant suspect to roam the streets despite a lengthy arrest record. “I think this is a national issue - it starts with administration and their policies,” Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin said days after Marilyn Pharis died from injuries suffered in the July 24 attack. “You can draw a direct line to this governor and Legislature. “I am not remiss to...
  • Illegal accused of rape, murder had prior arrests accused-of-rape-murder-had-prior-arrest

    08/05/2015 8:52:21 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 13 replies
    wndusa ^ | Aug. 5, 2015 | CHERYL CHUMLEY
    Police arrested a man, Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez, 29, in the horrific hammer attack and rape of a 64-year-old woman – who died eight days later – and shortly after discovered he was an illegal immigrant who had been previously jailed several times. An autopsy is being conducted on the victim, Marilyn Pharis, to see if her death was directly tied to the attack. Get the hottest, most important news stories on the Internet – delivered FREE to your inbox as soon as they break! Take just 30 seconds and sign up for WND’s Email News Alerts! In the meantime,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Milky Way over Erupting Volcano

    04/13/2015 7:30:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | April 13, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The view was worth the trip. Battling high winds, cold temperatures, and low oxygen, the trek to near the top of the volcano Santa Maria in Guatemala -- while carrying sensitive camera equipment -- was lonely and difficult. Once set up, though, the camera captured this breathtaking vista during the early morning hours of February 28. Visible on the ground are six volcanoes of the Central America Volcanic Arc, including Fuego, the Volcano of Fire, which is seen erupting in the distance. Visible in the sky, in separate exposures taken a few minutes later, are many stars much further...
  • Has the ship [Santa Maria] Columbus discovered the New World in been found?

    05/12/2014 6:44:30 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 37 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 12 May 2014 | MARK PRIGG
    The ship that led Christopher Columbus' mission to discover America has been found after 500 years, it has been claimed. A recent expedition has left experts 'confident' a wreck found off the north coast of Haiti is the the Santa Maria. The 58foot ship was the flagship of the expectation, but its final whereabouts have never been known - until now. The Santa María was belived to be a 58 ft (17.7 m) long boat, described as 'very little larger than 100 toneladas' (About 100 tons, or tuns). It was used as the flagship for the expedition, along with the...
  • Brazil nightclub fire likely killed more than 200: police

    01/27/2013 3:57:57 AM PST · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 27, 2013
    -excerpt- Major Gerson da Rosa Ferreira, overseeing rescue efforts at the scene for the military police, told reporters that 159 bodies had already been identified and removed from the nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria.
  • Santa Maria TEA Party and Plunger Rebellion

    04/15/2009 8:57:30 PM PDT · by pointsal · 15 replies · 725+ views
    VANITY ^ | APRIL 15, 2009 | POINTSAL
  • Santa Maria police say principal molested teen

    04/10/2009 7:59:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 857+ views
    SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- A Santa Maria elementary school principal has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl. Police arrested 32-year-old Brookann Collier at her home Thursday morning. . . .
  • Santa Maria TEA Party

    03/27/2009 7:29:05 AM PDT · by pointsal · 14 replies · 1,458+ views
    VANITY | 03/27/2009 | POINTSAL
    TEA PARTY -Santa Maria, California- Wed. April 15th at 5:30 pm
  • City poised to commit $20K to restore shipNiña needs a new deck, Columbus Fleet:

    01/13/2009 12:56:40 AM PST · by BellStar · 35 replies · 747+ views
    CORPUS CHRISTI —Caller Times ^ | January 13, 2009 | By Sara Foley
    CORPUS CHRISTI — The city is likely to commit $20,000 toward restoring the one ship in the Columbus replica fleet that's still floating, Mayor Henry Garrett said Monday, describing a proposed partnership with the Consulate of Spain in Houston. "I believe spending $20,000 to get the ship in tip-top shape would be worth it," he said. Under the proposed agreement, the city's money would pay for iron and wood to restore the Niña, which is part of a replica fleet of the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed in 1492. In exchange, a group of donors that includes the Mitchell Foundation...
  • Sheep stranded near Santa Maria resist rescue efforts

    05/11/2006 10:39:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 236+ views
    Two sheep stranded without water on a rocky ledge above a highway have defied efforts to shoo them to safety. Officials from fire, wildlife and law enforcement departments on Wednesday shot non-lethal ammunition, explosives and water hoses at the sheep, and let loose dogs, threw rocks, blared sirens and hollered at them. The ram and ewe, however, refused to scale a steep trail that leads off the ledge 50 yards above Highway 166. "They're like a person. Do you want to take a chance or stay where it's safe?" said supervisory wildlife biologist Joe Bennett of the U.S. Department of...
  • Westwood One Launches 'The Monica Crowley Show' (debuts Sat April 1st at Noon ET)

    03/28/2006 4:58:35 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 12 replies · 2,886+ views
    Westwood One Press Release ^ | Monday March 20th, 2006 | Peter Sessa
    WESTWOOD ONE LAUNCHES THE MONICA CROWLEY SHOW --New Program to Air Saturdays, Noon - 3 p.m. ET-- Beginning Saturday, April 1, 2006 New York, NY Monday, Mar 20, 2006 - Westwood One (NYSE: WON) is proud to announce the national launch of The Monica Crowley Show, the three-hour talk program hosted by author and news personality Monica Crowley. The show begins Saturday, April 1, 2006, and will air from noon to 3 p.m. ET. The Monica Crowley Show will debut on major market stations across the country including: WABC-AM New York, WTKK-FM Boston and WTNT-AM Washington DC. The show will...
  • A Case of the Much-Too-Famous - (written BEFORE the verdict; stunning study of Michael Jackson)

    06/14/2005 8:02:07 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 725+ views
    Michael Jackson is surely not sleeping well these nights. In lieu of having him take the stand at his child-molestation trial in Santa Maria, his attorneys played nearly three hours of outtakes from the infamous Martin Bashir TV documentary, in which a tipsy Jackson revealed that the way he really loves to sleep is onstage under seven spotlights, all on him. Presumably, when the spotlights dim, what's next best is getting an endless string of little boys to share his bed. The sad truth is that were Jackson any other 46-year-old man with a history of alcohol use and prescription...
  • Jackson found not guilty - (Linda Deutsch's take on verdict)

    06/14/2005 4:22:49 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 671+ views
    SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- A jury acquitted Michael Jackson yesterday of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch -- exonerating the pop star who insisted that he was the victim of mother-and-son con artists and a prosecutor with a vendetta. Jurors also unanimously acquitted Mr. Jackson of giving the boy alcohol and of conspiring to imprison his accuser and the boy's family at the storybook estate. Mr. Jackson had faced nearly 20 years in prison. "Justice is done. The man's innocent. He always was," said his chief lawyer, Thomas Mesereau Jr. The verdict was a total legal victory,...
  • Jacko Prosecutors Celebrate Early - Jesse Jackson riding around area in unregistered Mercedes

    06/11/2005 4:32:09 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 16 replies · 1,377+ views
    The prosecutors in Michael Jackson's child molestation and conspiracy trial apparently feel they've already won their case. On Wednesday night, the whole lot of them — DA Tom Sneddon, Ron Zonen, Gordon Auchincloss, their wives and families — all celebrated at the Hitching Post restaurant in Casmalia. The Hitching Post, cousin of the Buellton restaurant featured in the movie "Sideways," is considered the best restaurant in the greater Santa Maria area. Sneddon was so happy that he actually embraced celebrity crime reporter Aphrodite Jones. She told me he was in a jubilant mood, and the most outgoing of all the...
  • 2,200 Journalists Await Verdict - That's More Than O.J. and Scott Peterson Trials Put Together

    06/10/2005 11:02:44 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 33 replies · 693+ views
    AOL NEWS.COM ^ | June 10, 2005 | Greg Risling, AP
    SANTA MARIA, Calif. (June 10) - About 2,200 members of the media received credentials to cover Michael Jackson's trial - more than the O.J. Simpson and Scott Peterson murder trials combined and enough to form a vast, humming tent city outside the modest courthouse. Reporters from every continent but Antarctica are covering a story that has attracted perhaps the largest-ever media contingent for a criminal trial. The satellite trucks and portable toilets function at all hours, since foreign correspondents must file past midnight to meet deadlines an ocean away. Major TV networks have committed dozens of staff members. Nearly four...
  • Hits, misses for stars cast in Jackson trial - (Leno,Macaulay Culkin,Chris Tucker fizzled)

    06/05/2005 8:34:01 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 22 replies · 1,054+ views
    NEWSDAY.COM ^ | JUNE 5, 2005 | Tina Susman
    There was lots of hype around celebrities for Michael Jackson’s defense, but their performances have been less than riveting. SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The man with the oversized chin walked confidently to the witness stand, turned to the court clerk and held up his right hand. "My name is Jay Leno. L-E-N-O," he said loudly, as if anybody didn't know. With that, the biggest name in the big-name trial of Michael Jackson took his turn before jurors, following actor Macaulay Culkin, preceding comedian Chris Tucker, and highlighting the celebrity current that has rippled through this case. Even celebrities who didn't...
  • Entire Jackson clan to hear verdict - (complaining not enough seats to accommodate all Jacksons)

    06/04/2005 6:55:35 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 66 replies · 1,675+ views
    MICHAEL Jackson's family wants the judge in the pop legend's child molestation trial to bend the rules and let them gather en masse around him for the fateful moment when jurors deliver their verdict. Family aides said today they were hoping that Judge Rodney Melville will give Jackson more than his allotted six seats for family members in the courtroom. "The family wants to be with Michael when the verdict is read ... everybody wants to be there to give support," Jackson family lawyer Debra Opri told reporters. Opri said she hoped special dispensation could be made for Jackson to...
  • Jackson Molestation Case Goes to Jury - (I wonder what the Vegas odds are on conviction?)

    06/03/2005 10:32:36 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 51 replies · 1,883+ views
    SFGATE.COM ^ | JUNE 3, 2005 | LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondant
    The child molestation case against Michael Jackson went to the jury Friday after the defense begged the panel to acquit the singer, portraying Jackson as a victim of grifters trying to pull "the biggest con of their careers." "They are trying to profit from Michael Jackson. They think they have pulled it off. They are just waiting for one thing — your verdict." Prosecutors painted a vastly different picture — one of Jackson as a serial child molester and his Neverland Ranch as a predator's lair. "Why would Mr. Jackson do it?" Senior Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen said. "Because...
  • Jackson witness: Saw no improprieties - (bedroom door had multiple locks, alarms)

    05/09/2005 11:03:53 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 847+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | MAY 9, 2005 | Dree De Clamecy
    SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- A former security supervisor at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch testified Monday she never saw the pop star exhibit any illegal or improper behavior toward young boys. The supervisor, Violet Silva, also admitted she could not get into Jackson's bedroom suite unless it had been unlocked from the inside. Under cross-examination by the prosecution in Jackson's trial on child molestation charges, Silva conceded there were "some occasions" when boys stayed alone with the entertainer in the main residence. She said security staff generally went into the house only when summoned. Silva said that based on her...
  • Jackson's Ex-Wife Says She Willingly Defended Him

    04/28/2005 2:47:04 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 35 replies · 1,004+ views
    REUTERS.COM ^ | APRIL 27, 2005 | Staff Writer
    SANTA MARIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's former wife wiped away tears on Wednesday as she testified that the pop icon called her for help after the broadcast of a damaging British documentary in 2003 and that she agreed in the hope of seeing their family reunited. But Debbie Rowe said that contrary to prosecution assertions she was not bullied into giving an interview about her famous ex-husband and refused to follow a script. Rowe, the mother of two of Jackson's three children, smiled at the singer as she took the witness stand and identified herself as "Deborah Rowe-Jackson." Prosecutors...