Pratville man pleads guilty in toddler death

WETUMPKA – A Prattville man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2013 death of an Elmore County toddler.

Joey Alan Grizzell, 28, of the 100 block of Teri Lane, entered the plea Monday morning before Circuit Judge John Bush, courthouse records show. Grizzell was originally charged with murder in the Feb. 6, 2013, incident that lead to the death of 13-month-old John Keller Monson.
The state is recommending a sentence of 16 years. The length of sentence isn’t random, said District Attorney Randall Houston.
“Any sentence over 15 years, and the defendant is not eligible to receive ‘good time,” Houston said. “They wind up spending the majority of their sentence in prison. Grizzell will have to spend

Soldier apparently shoots self, dies

A soldier apparently shot herself on Monday at a military post in central Virginia and later died, the Army said.

The incident began at about 8:45 a.m. ET at Fort Lee when the soldier apparently brandished a weapon and then barricaded herself in an office at the Army Combined Arms Support Command headquarters building, according to a statement from the post.

The statement said that Fort Lee Police responded within two minutes and quickly established contact with her.

Texas police chief killed in traffic stop

A police chief in a small Texas town was shot multiple times during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon and later died, authorities said.

Michael Pimentel served in Elmendorf, a suburb southeast of San Antonio with about 1,500 residents.

According to Rosanne Hughes, spokeswoman of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Pimentel pulled over a vehicle in a residential area. There was a struggle and Pimentel was shot, Hughes said.

Did funeral director take secret to grave?

(CNN) – Alfred Pennine, longtime proprietor of Pennine Funeral Home in Providence, Rhode Island, may have taken a secret to his grave.

After Pennine committed suicide last month, another funeral director found six bodies in a garage detached from the Pennine Funeral Home, according to Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin.

This week, a man found the bodies of two adults and an infant in a storage unit previously rented to Pennine in nearby Johnston, according to Johnston Police Maj. Frank Levesque.





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Robin Williams dead; friends ‘devastated’

Comedic actor <a href='' target='_blank'>Robin Williams</a> died at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Williams was 63.

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams apparently took his own life at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Williams was 63.

“He has been battling severe depression of late,” his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Coroner investigators suspect “the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,” according to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff’s Office.

Williams married graphic designer Susan Schneider in Napa Valley, California, ceremony in October 2011. Schneider sent a written statement to CNN through the representative.

“This morning, I lost my husband

Town in shock after boy’s playground stabbing

(CNN) – A family is grieving and a Michigan community is in shock after a 9-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a playground in his neighborhood this week.

The shock felt in Kentwood, just outside of Grand Rapids, is as much over the sudden and senseless loss of Michael Conner Verkerke as it is over the circumstances of his death: The person accused of stabbing him was a 12-year-old he had just met at the playground.

Conner was playing with three other children Monday “when one of the children, for an unknown reason, pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed one of the other children,” a Kentwood Police Department statement said.