• Wife guilty of dismembering husband, storing parts in closet: MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A woman was convicted Tuesday of killing her husband, hiding his dismembered remains in plastic storage containers and taking them with her when she moved.
Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 63, was found guilty after brief deliberations by a jury, the Press of Atlantic City reports. She was also convicted of hindering apprehension.
Burroughs was arrested in May 2013 after Danny Burroughs’ remains were found inside the guest bedroom closet of the Ventnor home she was moving out of. She had pleaded not guilty.
She had told family and friends that he had left her for another woman shortly before the couple was due to move to Florida in August 2007.
Investigators began re-examining the case after an unidentified family member provided new information to the newly created Cold Case Unit of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in February 2013.
Investigators testified during the trial that the containers were each wrapped in nine trash bags, with air fresheners, dryer sheets and scented beads to mask the smell.
• OFFICER KILLS MAN UPON RETURN FROM LEAVE FOR OTHER SHOOTING: KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — On his first day back from a mandatory leave for shooting and wounding a knife-wielding man earlier this month, a Wisconsin police officer shot and killed an armed suspect after confronting him following a chase, authorities said.
Kenosha police officer Pablo Torres returned from leave Saturday, 10 days after shooting a man who advanced on police armed with knives, the department said. While that March 4 shooting was investigated, Torres was placed on administrative leave by department policy in police-involved shootings. He also attended annual in-service training before returning to work last weekend, police said.
On Saturday morning, police chased a car driven by 26-year-old Aaron Siler, who was wanted on a felony probation and parole warrant, Lt. Brad Hetlet said in a statement. Siler crashed at around 9:30 a.m. and took off running.
When Torres confronted Siler, Siler “armed himself with a weapon” and Torres fatally shot him, Hetlet said.
• PENN STATE FRAT SUSPENDED FOR YEAR OVER NUDE FACEBOOK PHOTOS: HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State University fraternity was suspended for a year Tuesday after police began investigating allegations that members used a private, invitation-only Facebook page to post photos of nude and partly nude women, some apparently asleep or passed out.
A former member of Kappa Delta Rho at the university’s flagship campus in State College tipped police off to the page, telling them in January that it had been used by members to share photos of “unsuspecting victims, drug sales and hazing,” according to a copy of a police warrant obtained by The Associated Press.
The ex-member also provided authorities with printouts from the page.
• PENN STATE PROFESSOR ARRESTED IN MIAMI AFTER RANT ON PLANE: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Penn State University associate sociology professor says she doesn’t know why her onboard speech about U.S.-Venezuela relations got her pulled off a flight in Miami.
Authorities say Karen Halnon is facing disorderly conduct and breach of peace charges for going on a rant and lighting a cigarette during a flight from Nicaragua to Miami on Saturday.
A passenger caught the rant on video. It shows Halnon lighting a cigarette and blaming it on another passenger. Flight attendants requested that police meet the flight in Miami, where Halnon was taken into custody.
Halnon lives outside Philadelphia. She says in a lengthy email sent after her return home that she was mistreated. She says all she did was speak out against U.S. treatment of Venezuela.
• POLICE: FATHER CHARGED AFTER BABY DIES WHILE HE SMOKED POT: TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been accused of smoking marijuana instead of feeding his baby daughter, who died.
Javon Thomas was arrested by police Monday after his 9-month-old daughter died. He was charged Tuesday with child endangerment.
Charging documents allege he neglected Madison Thomas by missing several feedings while using marijuana.
Mercer County prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Casey DeBlasio tells Trenton’s The Times newspaper the baby didn’t show any external signs of abuse.
An autopsy on the baby’s body is planned. The investigation is ongoing.
DeBlasio says it’s unclear how long Javon Thomas had been caring for his daughter.