Father, daughter to face murder charges in killing initially blamed on panhandlers

first_imgBaltimore Police Dept.(BALTIMORE) — A father and daughter who allegedly fabricated a story of a panhandler stabbing his wife to death when she gave them money were extradited to Baltimore early Thursday to face murder charges. Keith and Valeria Smith were brought back to Maryland by the Baltimore Police Department’s Warrant Apprehension Task Force after being caught in Texas earlier this month while attempting to make a run for the Mexican border, authorities said. The father and daughter arrived at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport shortly after midnight and were immediately driven to the Central Booking Intake Facility in Baltimore, police said. Baltimore police released video and photos of the pair being taken off the plane on the tarmac, put into handcuffs and driven away. It was not immediately clear when they will appear in court. They are both charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 1 stabbing death of Keith Smith’s wife, Jacquelyn Smith, 54. The supects initially claimed Jacquelyn Smith was stabbed by one of two panhandlers she spotted while driving through East Baltimore. In interviews with homicide detectives and at a news conference shortly after the killing, the pair claimed Jacquelyn Smith was stabbed when she asked her husband to pull over so she could give $10 to a female panhandler who appeared to be holding a baby. Keith Smith told ABC News shortly after the killing that both panhandlers approached their car and the male panhandler stabbed his wife and snatched her chain as he and the woman were thanking her for the money. He said the woman panhandler reached into the car, grabbed his wife’s purse and ran. But on March 3, Michael Harrison, acting commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, said the story told by Keith and Valeria Smith “was not true.” Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh slammed the suspects for using issues of homelessness as a ruse in an alleged attempt to cover up the killing. “These individuals took advantage of a situation, a city that is already dealing with its own problems,” Pugh said earlier this month. “We’re looking forward to this cruel act being brought to justice.” The father and daughter were arrested that day in Harlingen, Texas, which is near the Mexican border. Police said they suspect the pair was attempting to cross the border and disappear. Since his arrest, Keith Smith’s criminal history has come under increased scrutiny. He pleaded guilty in 2001 to robbing the same bank in Timonium, Maryland, three times in nine months, according to reports obtained by ABC News from the Baltimore County Police Department.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Aphex Twin Drops New Track “tnodvood104” For The Holidays [Listen]

first_imgRichard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin, sneakily dropped a little holiday gift for us, with the release of a new track titled “tnodvood104.” Ever the mysterious artist, the stripped down, minimal beat is everything that we have come to know and love about Aphex Twin.Björk Calls Out Media For Being Sexist And Unfair To Female Artists After Day For Night DJ PerformanceWith his first American performance in years at the recent Day For Night Festival in Houston, TX, which also featured sets from Björk, Kaskade, Odesza, and more, let’s hope the release of “tnodvood104”, and the 12-inch record he was selling at the festival, leads to more live sightings of James this side of the pond. Take a listen to the new track below:“user18081971 (Aphex Twin) – tnodvood104”:last_img read more


Okowa to Flag off Warri Peace Marathon

first_img“It teaches us the art of time management and encourages us to eat right. Athletics also help us to cultivate the value of perseverance and give us unique opportunities to forge friendships across cultural and national boundaries,” the governor said.Speaking on the initiative of the Warri Peace Marathon, Okowa urged the youths and communities to live in peace and harmony.“Both in your conduct and speech consider it worthwhile to use whatever means necessary to draw attention to the ills of anti-social behaviour and the exigencies of peaceful co-existence and unity.“It is my sincere hope that in no distant time the Warri Peace Marathon will attract international recognition and draw global attention not just to the sporting talents that abound in Nigeria but to the tourism potentials that exist in our beloved Delta State,” concludes the governor.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, is set to flag off the Warri Peace Marathon billed for Saturday, May 28.The 10km race is first of its kind in Delta State and Okowa in a message to the participants and organisers, stressed the need for healthy living through exercise and perfect dieting.“Marathon races have become a growing part of the 21st century. The good thing about participating in sporting activities like this is that they help us stay in shape, instills discipline in us.last_img read more


AFCON 2021Q: Andre Ayew pleads with authorities to release pitch invader

first_imgBlack Stars captain Andre Ayew has added his voice to social media calls for police to free the fan who invaded the pitch during Ghana’s 2-0 win against South Africa in an AFCON 2021 qualifier on Thursday.Awal Suleman, 25, was arrested and sent to police cells after he interrupted the game at the Cape Coast Sports stadium towards the end of the match.Police have since commenced investigations into his stunt, and say he will be prosecuted for his behavior.Suleman’s prosecution is set to start on Monday.People took to social media to urge authorities not to punish him, with the hashtag #FreeAwal trending on Twitter on Friday night.Ayew, who made his 85th appearance in the game against Bafana Bafana, has since added his voice to the calls, urging authorities to “temper justice with mercy”.He posted on his Twitter handle:The Black Stars have been training at the Madina Zurak Park and will fly out to Sao Tome and Principe on Sunday ahead of Monday’s second Afcon 2021 qualifier against the Central African side.last_img read more


Schools notify teachers of cuts

first_imgOfficials at the other seven area school districts – East Whittier City, Los Nietos, Lowell Joint, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, South Whittier, Whittier City and Whittier Union High – said they were not giving out notices this year, though many are also suffering from declining enrollment. “This is the first year we haven’t had to send out any notices,” said Ginger Shattuck, superintendent of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. In terms of enrollment, the news could get even worse for the 11,000-student El Rancho Unified School District in Pico Rivera. Plans for the grade separation project at Passons Road call for the demolition of a multi-story apartment building that houses 95 El Rancho students, Genis said. “So on top of the 271, we stand to lose an additional 95 students,” Genis said. “And that’s really difficult because that means we’ll feel the loss of those students every year, not just this one time.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Thirty-two Whittier-area teachers will receive notices today that they may not have jobs – or hold the same positions – at their schools come next fall, officials said Wednesday. The bulk of the teachers work in the El Rancho Unified School District, which is projecting that it will lose nearly 300 students in the 2007-08 school year, Superintendent Norbert Genis said. As such, the district sent out “non-re-elect” notices to 28 probationary or temporary teachers by today, the state-mandated deadline for giving out these notices. They also gave layoff notices to one permanent teacher and an administrator, though the administrator will likely just be placed into a different position next year, Genis said. For those receiving layoff notices, the district must notify them by May 15 as to whether they will have a job next year. “But this doesn’t mean we’re going to release all of them,” Genis added. “We needed to make some space because, first of all, we’re going to have eight teachers coming back from leave next year. “And then we also have a few teachers who are going to retire, but they don’t officially have it in writing yet,” he added. “So we still have to leave space for them.” Three probationary teachers were also given non-re-elect notices at the Little Lake City School District, Superintendent Philip Perez said. “We’re just finalizing our enrollment projections and the ties to staffing, so we will be doing some tightening up of teachers,” Perez said. last_img read more