PERRIS, Calif. (CBSNewYork/CBS News/AP) — Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to a California home where her 12 brothers and sisters, ranging in age from two to 29, were locked up in filthy conditions. More From CBS News Police said they discovered “children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings” and said their parents could not explain why the children were restrained. UPDATE: Booking Photos Torture/Child Endangerment Investigation in Perris pic.twitter.com/4IdK7vPB2n — Riverside County Sheriff's Dept (@RSO) January 15, 2018 “It’s so sad, so horrible, I can’t believe this,” neighbor Jennifer Luna said. “It’s so sad.” Officials say the girl who managed to escape and call 911 was 17 but appeared to be about 10 because of her poor condition. Deputies assumed the 12 other children were juveniles but seven were actually adults, ranging from 18 to 29. “They looked so malnourished and pale because of that I thought they were younger than they were,” neighbor Kimberly Milligan said. Neighbors say they only saw the children a couple of times. Once, looking for food in trash cans and another time, landscaping the yard at night. “The kids were not sociable at all,” neighbor Wendy Martinez said. “Like, they didn’t want to look at people. They were just doing what they were doing, no eye contact with society.” The parents, David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, were arrested at the scene and each charged with nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment. They were each being held on $9 million bail. Police said the victims were transported to the police station to be interviewed and were given food and water after they told deputies they were starving. The six children and seven adult victims were transported to a local hospitals and admitted for treatment. The home’s address is listed with the California Department of Education as Sand Castle Day School, a private school. The 57-year-old father is listed as the school’s principal. In the 2016-17 school year it had an enrollment of six with one student in each of the fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th grades. The Turpins filed for bankruptcy in 2011, stating in court documents they owed between $100,000 and $500,000, The New York Times reported. At that time, Turpin worked as an engineer at Northrop Grumman and earned $140,000 annually and his wife was a homemaker, records showed. Their bankruptcy lawyer, Ivan Trahan, told the Times he never met the children but the couple “spoke about them highly.” “We remember them as a very nice couple,” Trahan said, adding that Louise Turpin told him the family loved Disneyland and visited often. (© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
UNION, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police say a New Jersey woman who was reported missing has been found. Mary Ann Clark, 74, is now at a hospital, CBS2 reported. She disappeared after leaving her home in Union just after 5 a.m. Friday.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The search is on for a driver after police say an officer was struck by a car in Times Square. It happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Cellphone video shows the driver of a four-door car zipping through Times Square with a trail of smoke behind it as it comes to a stop right in front of an NYPD substation. Then, an officer walks to the front of the sedan. That’s when the driver steps on the gas. The officer’s attempts to stop the car, but instead he gets tossed to pavement. “It sounded like gunshots, it was really loud. I guess the engine just kept going, going, going then I heard a bunch of tires screech,” said tourist Jack Barton. As the officer gets up, a fellow police officer joins him, his gun drawn. Together the two try chasing the car on foot. The man recording the cell phone video kept up with the police pursuit as the erratic driver continued on his getaway, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported. After running for blocks, the driver managed to evade the police officers as the officer who was hurt falls to his knees. The officer was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital with minor injuries to his back and legs, but is expected to make a full recovery.
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EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Some homeowners in Suffolk County, Long Island were fearful Sunday evening after a terrifying crime spree. Earlier in the day, a group of vandals went from property to property using bats to smash cars and the windows of some homes. Carol Pagnotta’s dining room window was smashed by one of the masked suspects. “We heard a crash at 1:12 in the morning,” she told CBS2’s Dave Carlin. “My granddaughter ran up the stairs panicking.” Pagnotta’s home security system was triggered by a motion detector, which is why the suspect was only captured on camera running away. In the upper part of the security screen, two accomplices are seen on Udell Way, with a driver still at the wheel of a light-colored SUV. Police believe they’re looking for a quartet of suspects who have incited fear and costly damage to multiple homes and cars in East Northport and Commack. “I don’t know it must be kids who think it’s funny, but it’s not,” East Northport resident Caroline Hogan said, “it’s expensive.” Home surveillance from a different home shows a shadowy figure exit an SUV to bash away at a white Mercedes. A second camera angle for the same system shows the vehicle leaving the neighborhood. The owner of the Mercedes didn’t wish to talk about what happened. Several others who woke up to damaged property say they’re feeling mostly scared, but also angry that they have to file claims. They add the suspects cost them not only money, but peace of mind. “They bashed in the side view, they bashed in the windshield,” car owner James Miola said. “They did a number on it.” Miola says he’s unable to drive his busted Honda. “Luckily I have a long weekend from work because of the holiday, it buys me a little time,” he said. “Maybe I will have to carpool next week.” Suffolk Police continue to search the many streets where the vandals struck in hopes of finding surveillance video.
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UNION, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a 74-year-old woman who has been missing since last week. Investigators say Mary Ann Clark was last seen leaving her Union, New Jersey just after 5 a.m. Friday. It’s believed she was heading to work in Manhattan. If you have any information, call the Union Police Department at 908 851 5000.
Richie Martinsen led a suspected $7 million drug ring on the dark web. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The so-called “dark-web” remains a mystery to most, with its use of cryptocurrencies and seemingly impenetrable flurry of illicit activity. However, investigators have been shedding some light on this underground market, exposing criminals dealing in it, not from darkly-lit, dank basements, but from the comfort of their homes in some of Los Angeles’ nicest neighborhoods. At a secluded home above the hills of Studio City worth more than $2 million, neighbors tell of wild parties and music videos shoots, put on by people who didn’t even live there. “These were ragers, and it felt like a casino after a while,” a woman who did not want to be identified told CBS2 News. “It was crazy.” She and another neighbor called the police dozens of times for a year to complain about the noise and disruption that often went on well into the morning at the house. Aside from the ruckus, she said “party girls were brought in by the van load, and there were drugs found on the front stoop.” She said “sex parties” were happening, with people yelling, “Sex, sex, sex!” While the partying was its own issue, she and other concerned residents also suspected something far more serious going on inside involving the man who rented the home. His name is Richie Martinsen. The 29-year-old has made no secret of his partying lifestyle on social media, describing himself as a “Host/Hospitality and Concierge.” Recent encounters with the law indicate the “hospitality” Martinsen and his friends were managing might have been highly illegal. He and five friends were arrested this summer for their involvement in a massive drug ring, accused of selling narcotics, not just throughout the country, but across the world. They allegedly dealt in everything from marijuana to cocaine, opiates to LSD. Authorities say they made their illicit gains via the dark web. It is only accessible through special software and allows buyers and sellers to remain anonymous or untraceable. The underground business Martinsen and his crew built was one of the largest on the market, investigators say. Surprisingly, it ran out of a gated community in the quiet suburb of Altadena yet churned out nearly 80,000 orders of pot before it was shut down by federal agents; that was roughly 1,000 parcels a week. The dark web is a definite money maker. “We’re probably looking at billions of dollars in transactions,” Dr. Clifford Neuman, Director at USC’s Center for Computer Systems Security told CBS2. “Anyone who is motivated to make a little money and has an internet connection has the opportunity to do something like this,” an agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration tells CBS2. His identity is hidden for safety. As he outlines, the dark web is extremely easy to use, being essentially an Ebay-type operation with the same door-to-door service. The agent says sellers are “tough to catch because one gram of heroin or methamphetamine or cocaine in an envelope is relatively hard to track in a sea of mail. That kind of stuff is really off the radar of everybody.” Off the radar, that is, until someone deliberately lights it up. Bryan Lemons, one of Martinsen’s five associates arrested, posted a video of himself partying with stacks of cash, brazen behavior that ultimately caught the attention of law enforcement. The parties have stopped in the quiet gated community where all this took place, but residents are warning this can happen in anyone’s neighborhood. As the neighbor of the former distribution house put it, “It could happen anywhere, and that’s the problem.” Investigators say in the four years the house was operational, it sold drugs, not for cash, but for $7 million worth of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin. CBS2 was not able to reach the suspects for comment. They are still awaiting their day in court.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the “Mississippi Burning” slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state’s corrections department announced Friday. Killen was serving three consecutive 20-year terms for manslaughter when he died at 9 p.m. Thursday inside the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. An autopsy was pending, but no foul play was suspected, the statement said. His conviction came 41 years to the day after James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, all in their 20s, were ambushed and killed by Klansmen. The three Freedom Summer workers had been investigating the burning of a black church near Philadelphia, Mississippi. They were also trying to get locals registered to vote. A deputy sheriff in Philadelphia had arrested them on a bigus traffic charge, then released them after alerting a mob. Mississippi’s then-governor claimed their disappearance was a hoax, and segregationist Sen. Jim Eastland told President Lyndon Johnson it was a “publicity stunt” before their bodies were dug up in an earthen dam months later. The slayings shocked the nation, helped spur passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and were dramatized in the 1988 movie “Mississippi Burning.” The movie title came from the name of the FBI investigation. The murders were also well documented in the acclaimed book “Three Lives For Mississippi” by William Bradford Huie. Killen, a part-time preacher and lumber mill operator, was 80 when a Neshoba County jury of nine white people and three black people convicted him of three counts of manslaughter on June 21, 2005, despite his assertions that he was innocent. Prosecutors said Killen masterminded the slayings, then went elsewhere so he would have an alibi. Killen was the only person ever to face state murder charges, and even then, it was the lesser charge of manslaughter that put him in state prison. “It wasn’t even murder. It was manslaughter,” David Goodman, Andrew’s younger brother, observed Friday. “His life spanned a period in this country where members of the Ku Klux Klan like him were able to believe they had a right to take other people’s lives, and that’s a form of terrorism,” Goodman said. “Many took black lives with impunity.” Schwerner, a white New Yorker, moved to Mississippi in early 1964 to work on black voter registration and other projects. Chaney was a black Mississippian who befriended him. Andrew Goodman, another white New Yorker, underwent civil-rights training in Ohio and arrived in Mississippi a day before he, Schwerner and Chaney were killed. Investigators searching for their bodies found bodies of other black men who had been killed in Mississippi, including two who were brutalized before being dumped in the Mississippi River. Schwerner’s widow, Rita Schwerner Bender, said on the day Killen was convicted that the slayings were part of a larger problem of violence in Mississippi against black people and others who challenged the segregationist status quo. “Preacher Killen did not act in a vacuum and the members of the Klan who were members of the police department and the sheriff’s department and the highway patrol didn’t act in a vacuum,” she said. Goodman said Friday that Killen’s passing is a reminder that issues of racism and white nationalism remain today. He pointed to the violent rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, as an example. Killen wouldn’t say much about the killings during a 2014 interview with The Associated Press inside the penitentiary. He said he remained a segregationist who did not believe in racial equality, but contended he harbored no ill will toward black people. Killen said he never had talked about the events that landed him behind bars, and never would. Long a suspect in the 1964 slayings, Killen had made a livelihood from farming, operating his sawmill and preaching to a small congregation at Smyrna Baptist Church in Union, south of Philadelphia, Mississippi. According to FBI files and court transcripts from a 1967 federal conspiracy trial, Killen did most of the planning in the ambush killings of the civil rights workers. According to testimony in the 2005 murder trial, Killen served as a kleagle, or organizer, of the Klan in Neshoba County and helped set up a klavern, or local Klan group, in a nearby county. Nineteen men, including Killen, were indicted on federal charges in the 1967 case. Seven were convicted of violating the victims’ civil rights. None served more than six years. Killen’s federal case ended with a hung jury after one juror said she couldn’t convict a preacher. During his state trial in 2005, witnesses testified that on June 21, 1964, Killen went to Meridian to round up carloads of Klansmen to ambush Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman, telling some of the Klan members to bring plastic or rubber gloves. Witnesses said Killen then went to a Philadelphia funeral home as an alibi while the fatal attack occurred. The three bodies were found 44 days later, buried in a red-clay dam in rural Neshoba County. In February 2010, Killen sued the FBI, claiming the government used a mafia hit man to pistol-whip and intimidate witnesses for information in the case. The federal lawsuit sought millions of dollars in damages and a declaration that his rights were violated when the FBI allegedly used a gangster known as “The Grim Reaper” during the investigation. The lawsuit was later dismissed. In the AP interview, Killen repeated his contention that he was not a criminal, but a political prisoner. He spoke of his many friends, Sen. Eastland among them. Of one thing he was certain: “I could have beat that thing if I’d had the mental ability.” When she learned of Killen’s death, Chaney’s sister, the Rev. Julia Chaney Moss, said her first thought was that “God has been kind to him. And for that I am grateful.” “My last thought on this is just that I only wish peace and blessings for all the families as well as the families of the perpetrators,” she said. (@Copyright 2018. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Investigators are searching for a driver who struck and killed a man in his early 50s in a Santa Ana roadway late Thursday night. The victim was hit at around 11:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of West 17th Street, the Santa Ana Police Department reports. According to police, the victim was standing in the road when a vehicle headed east on 17th Street struck him and continued driving. Firefighters with the Orange County Fire Authority responded and found the victim lying on the sidewalk, which suggested he may have been thrown after being struck, police said. There was also debris from the crash in the roadway. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released. There was no description of the driver. The vehicle was possible white in color with front-end damage, police said. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police at 714-245-8208.
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NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Investigators said Thursday that the friend who said he dropped off murdered UPenn student Blaze Bernstein at a park has been interviewed several times. As the investigation into who killed the 19-year-old Foothill Ranch teen continues, the friend who sheriff’s deputies say was last with Bernstein at Borrego Park is not being called a suspect or person of interest. But in an affidavit obtained by the Orange County Register — before search warrants were sealed — that friend’s actions were highlighted. According to the affidavit, “on their way out of Sheriff’s Headquarters investigators noticed every door the friend had to touch on the way out of the building he pulled his jacket over his hand to prevent his hand and fingers from touching any part of the doors he touched.” Authorities will not release the name of the friend and say no one is in custody. On Wednesday, CBS2’s Michele Gile asked Foothill Ranch Police Lt. Brad Valentine why a person of interest has not been named? “That is part of the active investigation and we don’t want to compromise the integrity of the investigation at this time,” Valentine said. RELATED LINK: Body Of Missing OC Teen Found, Death Considered A Homicide Tthere were other curious things that detectives reportedly noticed. according to the affidavit about Bernstein’s high school friend. They said: He appeared nervous the during an interview. He was breathing heavily and was visibly shaking. It was also revealed in the document that deputies observed cuts on the friend’s hands and dirt under his fingernails — he explained this happened when he fell into a puddle. He also allegedly told detectives he was in a fight club explaining the scratches. The friend also claimed he went to his girlfriend’s house after he left Bernstein at the park — when deputies asked about her he allegedly couldn’t remember her last name or where she lived. Sheriff’s Deputies acknowledged that a pre-dawn search warrant was served at a home in Newport Beach but would provide no further details.
TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD (CSBNewYork) — A Christmas time caper still has investigators stumped on Long Island. As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, expensive jewels were stolen from a Costco location in Oceanside, and investigators are looking into whether the thief or thieves were hiding inside when the warehouse closed for the holiday. A glass case filled with nearly $100,000 in jewels was pried open during the Christmas Eve caper, which remains unsolved. “There could have been two people – one could have been the lookout,” Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun told McLogan. He said when the alarm sounded just before 11 p.m. at the Costco on Hampton Road, police discovered the display case cracked open and the crook – or crooks – gone. “They come with more than one person. So one goes over there, one goes over there,” said one shopper. “I would think that they would have security cameras to detect motion and alert management,” another added. It happened on Christmas Eve and Costco was not open on Christmas Day. “Could be an inside job or something,” one man said. “They know how to do it, because they in and they hide,” added another. Police say that’s one theory. “Stayed in the store and waited for them to close,” LeBrun said, confirming it’s possible the thief or thieves found a spot where they couldn’t be detected by motion sensors or alarms. Surveillance video shows two separate men spotted at different times near the jewels – one with a beard about 5 feet 11 inches to six feet tall, another also wearing all black – apparently casing the joint. Police say $92,000 in jewels is now missing. “Nobody’s in there. They’re opening and taking almost that amount,” one shopper said. “Well it might be an inside job,” another added. “Surprising they don’t have been security that would prevent that,” said another. If the burglars did hide, where? Cameras are located throughout the warehouse. Detectives say the surveillance video shows two possible suspects leaving the Costco at separate times – both on foot, heading in an unknown location. One was carrying a blue bag loaded with diamond jewelry. Costco would not comment, because the investigation is ongoing.
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YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Yonkers police officer was caught on camera taking a not-so-traditional doughnut break. As CBS2’s John Dias reported Thursday, it was not what you are probably thinking. There are guidelines plastered all over Pelton Park in Yonkers – signs that show rules are enforced by the police department. Btu a Yonkers police officer is in hot water for disobeying those instructions – doing doughnuts in his squad car in the park’s parking lot. “I don’t think that was a smart thing for them to do,” one woman said. The video of the officer in his police cruiser is now going viral after being posted to Twitter Monday – just days after the big snow. “It’s a serious job,” said Michelle Kalmanson. “They are hired to protect us.” The incident has drawn mixed reaction from locals. Many said the officer is not setting a good example. “Because if any other person was doing this, they would probably get in trouble,” said Dezere John. A lot of people have also pointed out how small the parking lot is, holding about a dozen cars. Though it appeared to be empty at the time, some feel the officer’s actions could have led to a disaster. “He could lose his control from the car, and somebody can hit, and he can hurt himself,” one woman said. “I don’t think it’s a big deal. I don’t see nothing wrong with it,” said Maria Nicolosi. “Our police officers, in my opinion, are doing a great job.” “It is kind of funny,” a man added. But the Yonkers police commissioner is not laughing. In a statement, the commissioner said, “This department does not condone this type of behavior.” The commissioner said the department knows which officer was behind the wheel, and an internal review will determine the appropriate discipline. No Yonkers officials would go on camera, and they will not be releasing what disciplinary action will be taken.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD made a major grow house bust in the Bronx. What’s worse, something else found in the University Heights apartment could have left the story with a much different ending, CBS2’s Marc Liverman reports. Only CBS2’s cameras were there as police carried out bag after bag filled of marijuana Thursday. “Too close for comfort,” neighbor Lynetta Unger said. Some of the bags looked as big as large garbage bags, Liverman reported. In all, police said they were filled with 72 marijuana plants – all part of a grow house. “For months on end, maybe six months or more,” said neighbor Margaret Olivencia, who lives right nearby. She told Liverman the smell coming from the operation was so bad that she called the police. “We called and they said they couldn’t do nothing unless we knew who they were in the apartment to complain about that,” she said. Crime scene tape went up across one section of the building, as police also brought out other evidence. “I’m always opening up the windows to say we’re going to get high in this apartment,” Olivencia said. “It’s terrible. It’s terrible.” The NYPD, the DEA and the Bronx district attorney’s office are all involved in the investigation. So far, no one’s been arrested. “It’s scary for the kids that are growing up around the neighborhood, because they have to see this every day,” said Unger. Con Ed was also called just before noon to shut down an illegal gas hookup at the apartment. All this comes less than a year and a half after a firefighter was killed in a gas explosion at another marijuana grow house in the Bronx. Battalion Chief Michael Fahy was inside the apartment when it exploded and was struck by falling debris. He was just 44 years old. Luckily in this case, the gas line was shut off. Otherwise, this could have been much worse – even deadly, Liverman reported.
NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police in Newark are looking for a man who they said is wanted on charges of aggravated sexual assault of “multiple minors.” Authorities say officers were called to a South Ward home back in August of last year on a call of sex assault against children. Following an investigation, police said they identified 35-year-old Fredrick Ferguson as the suspect and now have a warrant for his arrest. Police Seek the Public's Help Locating Fredrick Ferguson, 35, of Newark, Wanted for Sex Assault https://t.co/qfzw7Bxzz9 via @Nextdoor pic.twitter.com/rxLTEC6USv — Dept. Public Safety (@NewarkNJPolice) January 11, 2018 Police say Ferguson is 5’10” tall and about 170 pounds with a thin build and a burn scar on one of his forearms. According to police, he has been known to sometimes speak with a Jamaican accent and frequents the Branch Brook Park area and shelters in Newark and in New York City. Anyone with information about Ferguson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Department’s 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867) or by visiting www.newarkpd.org . All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.
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