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Friday, April 23, 2010

60 percent of Americans support medical marijuana

April 23, 2010

WICHITA, Kansas – Supporters of medical marijuana told a house panel it’s a good substitute for pain relief prescriptions on the market now. A new poll from the Associated Press and CNBC shows that it’s a feeling that millions across the U.S. share – marijuana should be legalized for medicinal purposes.

"The poll suggests that Americans are in favor of marijuana for medicinal purposes,” said Trish Regan with CNBC. “In fact, 60 percent told us that. Also, the majority of Americans, better than 70 percent, tell us that they believe that there's some medicinal benefit to marijuana."

Democratic Representative Gail Finney from Wichita introduced a bill this year that would allow marijuana be used legally for medical purposes.

"There are people that silently use marijuana for their pain and for their comfort and I don't think they should be criminalized for it,” Finney said.Some even say medical marijuana could help solve state budget problems.

That poll showed between $16 billion and $20 billion in new revenue nationwide from taxing marijuana. Right now, 14 states allow it, but that poll shows that it’s still a topic Americans feel strongly about.

“One-third of the country is saying, ‘Yes, we should legalize pot for any reason, recreational, medicinal, you name it,’ and 55 percent of Americans say, ‘We're still not sure,’” Regan said.

Many lawmakers in Kansas are in that camp. Representative Scott Schwab, a Republican from Olathe said it “has no benefit for pain management.”Finney’s bill stalled in committee and is dead for this legislative session.

read entire article here

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Labs To Analyze Haleigh Cummings Evidence

April 20, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. --
Evidence collected during a search for Haleigh Cummings along the St. Johns River in Putnam County has been sent for analysis, officials with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said...
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement assisted in the search, but an expert said the FDLE laboratory is usually called to analyze physical evidence, which includes human remains or items found near a body.
The University of Florida was also at the search. The same expert said UF specializes in body evidence, which includes analyzing any bones or body parts that are discovered...
read entire article here
Law Enforcement authorities still hold to the statement that no remains have been found.
I wonder if they are Croslin cousins too. just kidding. At least Leonard Padilla wasn't there, so they more than likely aren't chicken bones. I wonder if the bones that were found were attached to the cinder blocks that were removed from the river.
It was mentioned early on that there were cinder blocks stacked about 50 feet from the house, on the property of the rented Cummings trailer, and that was where the block holding open the door had probably come from. Cinder blocks can be matched by manufacture mark, or by examining the composition of blocks themselves--measuring the ratio of concrete to coal ash & remnants. Maybe even the composition of the concrete.

Helplessly hoping they have found her so her spirit can rest...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Judge Strickland disqualifies himself from Casey Anthony case!!


Chief Judge Belvin Perry, known for being no-nonsense, will handle Casey Anthony’s case

The Orlando Sentinel
April 19, 2010

The man who arguably became Central Florida's most recognized judge — without ever making public comment about the case that thrust him into the national spotlight — left some piercing, parting words for Casey Anthony's defense attorneys on Monday.

In an order granting Anthony's request for him to step down from the case, Orange County Circuit Judge Stan Strickland wrote: "At its core, defense counsel's motion accuses the undersigned of being a ‘self-aggrandizing media hound.' Indeed. The irony is rich."

Anthony's defense team filed a motion late Friday asking Strickland to disqualify himself from her first-degree murder case because of a "personal relationship" he has with a blogger who has been critical of their client...

According to the defense's motion, Anthony feared she wouldn't get a fair trial because of the relationship between Strickland and blogger Dave Knechel — known online as "Marinade Dave."
In his order, Strickland noted that he did talk to the blogger in court — with a TV camera rolling, microphones on, and in front of the attorneys.
Strickland wrote that he recently began looking at Internet material and blogs to get an idea of what people are saying about the case, which is relevant to the defense's motion for change of venue...

STRICKLAND STEPS DOWN: Read His Order Judge Appointed

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The latest on the new search for Haleigh Cummings

The cousin denies the allegations. The search for Haleigh Cummings continues.
Orlando Sentinel
April 15, 2010

The grandmother of Misty Croslin told The Florida Times-Union that she received a phone call from Croslin's brother in jail last weekend. He told her that a cousin, who now lives in Tennessee, took 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings in February 2009, according to Jacksonville.com. The cousin denies it.
read entire article here

Cousin vs. cousin over Haleigh Cummings' disappearance
The Florida Times-Union
April 14, 2010

Last weekend, a grandmother said, she had to decide which of her grandsons to believe about what happened to Haleigh Cummings.

The first grandson, Hank “Tommy” Croslin Jr., called from jail saying his cousin entered the Satsuma trailer with a knife that night in February 2009 and left with 5-year-old Haleigh.

The other, Joseph Overstreet, says he’s sorry for what the family is going through but swears he didn’t hurt the girl.

Ultimately, Flo Hollars says, she immediately called authorities, spurring a revived search for Haleigh and a quick trip by Putnam County detectives to Nashville, Tenn., to interview Overstreet...

Near the end of their news conference, a reporter told Overstreet she spoke with his grandmother. Immediately, he clenched his fists and walked away from the cameras. His mother followed to console him. She came back a few minutes later, alone.
EXCELLENT, INFORMATIVE ARTICLE by writers Jim Schoettler, Kate Howard, Dana Treen.
read entire article here

Ex-FBI Agent: I've Solved Haleigh Case

Misty Croslin Seen At Haleigh Search Site
wkmg local 6
April 14, 2010

Misty Croslin, the last person to see Haleigh Cummings before she disappeared in February 2009, was spotted Wednesday at the scene of a search for evidence in the case...

It was unknown what investigators were saying to Croslin at the dock, but from their body language, it appeared intense as they pointed to the murky water. At one point, Croslin covered her face with her hands as detectives spoke to her. She spent only a few minutes at the dock before a female detective slowly walked her back to an unmarked patrol car.
read entire article here

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Authorities in Tennessee Question Misty Croslin's Relative About Haleigh's Disappearance

April 14, 2010
Patricia Jimenez and Jackelyn Barnard
fcn writers
NASHVILLE, Tn. -- ...Misty Croslin's cousin, Joe Overstreet, was interviewed late Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old lives in Nashville, Tennessee...
His mother, who...is Misty Croslin's aunt, told First Coast News Tuesday...that "my son is at home not doing anything, not bothering anyone and people continue to bother him."
...Overstreet spent the Tuesday evening with family and friends. Then around 11:30 p.m. his attorney, Shawn Sirgo, showed up. The two talked...and then left in his attorney's car.
First Coast News followed the two to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in Nashville.
Overstreet and his attorney were escorted inside. Less than 45 minutes later, Overstreet was out and on his way back home...Sirgo says his client is innocent.

read entire article here

also read:
Lead brings new search for Haleigh on St. Johns
http://www.news4jax.com/video/23145771/index.html very interesting video of former FBI agent Steve Brown who has been working with Crystal Sheffield and claims to have solved the case on Monday. I hope he has. .
Now, I'm not defending Misty, but I must point out:
Even in the early interviews Misty gave, she says quite a few times that Joe could be responsible. At the beginning in an interview with Matt Lauer in front of the tent camp, she said "no, I'm not at all sure he had nothing to do with it."
She said he had been there that day with Tommy, she said he had been a criminal all his life.
Misty said he had "tried to mess with her when she was 13."
It was she that brought up the original and second stolen gun stories, and the "dream" of seeing Joe in the doorway with Haleigh.
Plus, Chelsea said he had taken her van that night, parking it differently than she had left it and that he slept in his clothes, which was unusual for him.
It was law enforcement that kept saying he was cleared.
In a jail phone call with her mom she says "I've told them all I know and they just don't listen."
Add in the fact that he left the morning that the news was breaking that Haleigh was missing. Planned or not, it seems odd he would leave at that time--like he didn't want to be interviewed--and did indeed avoid that until authorities in Tennessee interviewed him.
The problem for Misty as I see it is, who knew which statements were true, when she couldn't tell the same story twice?
Another report from a neighbor of the current search at Shell Harbour Way, east of 309, was that LE is asking if anyone has information on a 1990's Chrysler van...
And who drove a 1990's Chrysler Town & Country minivan?

.Right: a map from Google Earth that shows the area of the current search in proximity to 130 Magnolia St, Satsuma, a house that Hank Sr and Lisa Croslin were owners of until February of 2009. It is .3 miles. The entire Croslin family would have been familiar with that boat dock.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

St. Johns River search connected to missing girl Haleigh Cummings

Tip In Haleigh Case Prompts River Search
April 13, 2010

SATSUMA, Fla. -- Deputies from four counties and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were searching the St. Johns River south of Satsuma Tuesday, and authorities confirmed the search is connected to the Haleigh Cummings investigation.

Putnam County Sheriff's Office Lt. Johnny Greenwood said the search was prompted by one of over 5,000 leads received by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office since the then-5-year-old girl disappeared from her bed in her father's mobile home 14 months ago.

According to television news reports this evening, there was a box found and removed from the river and that family members on both maternal and paternal sides were summoned by Putnam County Law Enforcement.

read more here:

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Casey Anthony Document Dump April, 2010

The Prairie Chicken
April 11, 2010

Below I've pasted some links to the letters so loudly hailed in the past week between Casey Anthony and Robyn Adams in the early months of Casey's incarceration at the Orange County jail.

Casey writes in an immature 'double-bubble' script that makes it hard to read at times. Any of the good information is in the links below, but what I noticed in reading through her letters was that when Jesse Grund was interviewed, he told Yuri Melich that Casey would morph into what ever person she needed/wanted to be.

He said that when she was with him and trying to win over his parents she was heavy with faith and gods love. With Tony she was totally into hip-hop or screech or what ever that music is called now.

Here--knowing Robyn is religious--Casey goes on and on like a Sunday School teacher. She says she wants to start an RV ministry together and travel the country, those two and Robyn's kids. But then she also says they should get a house together, where Casey's #1 must have is a king size bed, and then there is the sport's bar Casey wants to open.

So, Jesse is right. Casey was trying hard to morph into Robyn's world, but the materialism gave her away.

Also hilarious was Casey complaining about the clothes her mother brought her. Her mom has no control over how fat Casey's ass is getting. She probably expects some new items. Maybe some spring ensembles.

I still want to see Mallory Parker's interview. The fact that she has not been mentioned at all tells me she is one the prosecutions secret/surprise witness. Mark my word.

LETTERS: 1 2 3 4 5
READ REPORT: Part 1 Part 2

READ IT NOW: Casey Anthony letters (PDF)
READ IT NOW: Casey Anthony letters continued (PDF)
Transcript of Joy Wray's interview in Casey Anthony case (pdf)
Transcript of Tony Rovinksy's interview in Casey Anthony case (pdf)
Psychologists: Jailhouse letters offer insight into Casey Anthony’s life behind bars
Casey Anthony jailhouse letters started with a wave

April 9, 2010: Calls From Anthony's Pen Pal
April 8, 2010: Details Of Anthony Jail Friendship Surface
April 7, 2010: FDLE: Casey Used Chloroform To Get Caylee To Sleep
April 5, 2010: Judge Denies Anthony's Witness Request

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Parents of Mitrice Richardson continue to pressure Malibu Sheriff's Department about inconsistent stories, stonewalling and failing to investigate

Booking Cage Video of Missing Woman Generates New Family Concerns

Mother Demands Information on Deputy Apparently Exiting Station When She Did
April 1, 2010
Malibu Surfside News

Malibu--Mitrice Richardson, 24, disappeared after a Malibu restaurant incident led to her being booked on two misdemeanor charges at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station on Sept. 16, 2009.

Richardson, a Cal State Fullerton honors graduate, was released from Lost Hills shortly after midnight the next day with no money or cell phone. Her purse was in her impounded car in the Malibu tow yard...

For six months, those in charge of the LA County Sheriff's office at Lost Hills have been caught in several blatant lies, one being that there was no video of Mitrice Richardson that night at the station. In the excerpt below we find a very BIG lie--not only was there video, but:

"On Monday, March 29, Latrice Sutton Mitrice's mother, and her close friend and the young woman’s college mentor, psychologist Ronda Hampton, were among the small group shown an
approximately two-hour tape, the existence of which was first adamantly denied by the LASD, but is now reluctantly acknowledged.
In a conference call with the Malibu Surfside News on Tuesday, Sutton contended that the video 'supports her theory that [sheriff’s] officers could very likely be involved in my daughter’s disappearance.'

She says, 'Two minutes after the jailer walked back from letting Richardson out the station’s side door, an officer in uniform went outside the station.' Sutton thinks he might have offered
her a ride back to her car, but...'
...Another aspect of the viewing that disturbs Sutton is that she says she was told by Lt. Michael Rosson, now the lead LASD investigator on the case, that the reason her daughter had to be taken to Lost Hills is she had no identification, but the booking slip indicates she had her California’s driver license that was returned to her after the booking process was completed.
But what the women describe...that was spotted by Sutton’s nephew, Jonathan Sutton, 'Who noticed that as the tape finished rolling and everyone’s attention was focused on Rosson, a
uniformed deputy can be seen exiting the station right after Richardson left.'
They asked that the tape be shown again, and those present say, 'There is no doubt that is what is on the tape minutes after [Richardson] was released.' Since that is not a shift time change, they are interpreting this ominously.

Sutton is now aggressively asking that the arresting deputies and all personnel at the station that night be investigated. Hampton added there appear to be what she calls 'blips' in the tape, which she thinks indicate editing.
The videographer...was not allowed to film the video with his equipment."

Dr. Ronda Hampton 951-660-8031;
LAPD Homicide Lt. Charles Knolls
and Detective Steven Eguchi
at 213-486-6900.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Silvia Hernandez, Casey Anthony's 'mule' in Orange County jail, suspended

The Orlando Sentinel
April 2, 2010
...Corrections employee Silvia Hernandez was suspended with pay on March 22, although an Orange County Jail spokesman declined to give the reasons for the action. WFTV-Ch. 9 is reporting that Hernandez was suspended because she helped Anthony and another inmate communicate through letters...
In March, Hernandez was interviewed as part of the Anthony case, according to documents released by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office.
...A judge banned the release of the letters until at least next week to give her defense attorneys time to review them and prepare any objection to making them public.
read entire article here
Casey Anthony case: Texas EquuSearch attorney will be at Monday’s hearing
Report: Woman who claims affair with Casey Anthony’s father attempts suicide
Searcher: Casey Uninterested In Caylee Hunt
Part 1 Documents released March 23, 2010
Part 2 Documents released March 23, 2010

Kayleah Wilson, 12, Missing Since Sunday from Greeley Colorado

Kayleah Wilson, Not Seen Since Sunday When She Went to a Birthday Party
April 2, 2010
Authorities Say They Are Re-Interviewing People Who Might Have Information About Kayleah's Whereabouts
The FBI has joined the search for a missing 12-year-old Colorado girl who vanished on her way to a friend's birthday party. The agency sent 15 detectives to Greeley, Colo., to look for Kayleah Wilson, Dave Joly of the Denver field office said. "When it involves a child, we're there," Joly said, adding that the Greeley Police Department requested the extra help and expertise...
Kayleah was reported missing by her mother, April Wilson, when she never came home Sunday evening from a birthday party that was supposed to end by 7 p.m. Police, who have few leads, say Kayleah never made it to the birthday party.
"We do not believe Kayleah ran away. There is nothing to indicate she did." Authorities are also reportedly questioning the 17-year-old boyfriend of Kayleah, of whom her mother told ABCNews.com she did not approve...Kayleah's ex-boyfriend is being questioned but is cooperating with police and has not been named a person of interest.
Kayleah, who is in sixth grade at Brentwood Middle School, was last seen wearing a white-and-pink shirt over a white tank top, blue jeans and white and red shoes. She is described as being 5 feet 1 inch, and approximately 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.
Wilson said her daughter left at 3:40 p.m. Sunday for the party, which was just a few blocks away...
The eight-block area where Kayleah would have walked to get to the party is well-populated and safe, according to authorities, who are still looking along side a busy highway that runs behind her home.
Wilson said her daughter is a typical preteen who has a crush on one of the singers from the folk band Celtic Thunder. On the morning of the day she disappeared, Wilson said her daughter had gone to church with her and had been happy during a lunch at a local restaurant with her grandmother...
read entire article here
Kayleah Wilson case: Police, FBI plan update this afternoon
Kayleah Wilson case: Outpouring of support on Facebook page
National Center for Missing Children & Exploited Children--PHOTO