By Karen Brown The Washington Post Fri., March 1, 2019 My 20-year-old son and I followed our GPS into a gritty, deserted part of Chicopee, Massachusetts. The apartment building for which we were looking was across the street from a funeral parlour and a few doors down from a liquor store. Trash was strewn on the sidewalk; the door to the building was locked. We double-checked the address from the Craigslist ad. Then we got a text telling us to meet in a nearby alley. A man with a heavy Spanish accent nodded at us, pointed at a 2007 Toyota Yaris, and said, “Twenty two hundred dollars. Here’s the title. It’s signed over.” “But that’s not your name on the title?” I said. (It was a woman’s name.) “No. I buy and sell cars.” There were no plates on the vehicle, which was not registered. Article Continued Below “Where did you get the car?” “I buy and sell cars.” “Can you tell us … [Read more...] about How much to intervene when life gives your grown son a lemon
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By Katie Dowd, SFGATE Updated 4:05 pm PDT, Monday, October 29, 2018 Richard Chase Richard Chase had a brief, terrifying run before police apprehended the “Vampire of Sacramento.” Chase’s mental health issues were evident by his early 20s; convinced he wasn’t producing enough blood, Chase became fixated on blood. In 1976, he was committed to a mental institution after trying to inject animal blood into his body. Chase was diagnosed with schizophrenia, given medication and released. His mother soon had him off his meds, and the Vampire of Sacramento’s reign of chaos began. Like something out of a nightmare, Chase was caught staring into windows and testing front doors. If he found them locked, he’d interpret it as a sign he wasn’t welcome. For the unfortunate victims whose doors weren’t locked, Chase would shoot and kill the occupants in order to cannibalize and desecrate their bodies. After his sixth such … [Read more...] about How California’s most infamous serial killers got caught
By Craig Hlavaty Updated 3:36 pm CDT, Thursday, September 27, 2018 On Sept. 17 a Houston-area woman found a 2-carat wedding ring inside a loaner vehicle she got from her Lexus dealer. She's now hoping to reunite the ring with its owner. >>>See the accessories that every Houston driver should have in their car.... less On Sept. 17 a Houston-area woman found a 2-carat wedding ring inside a loaner vehicle she got from her Lexus dealer. She's now hoping to reunite the ring with its owner. >>>See the accessories that ... more Photo: Stacey Smith Viofo A119S Dash Cam At around $120, the Viofo A119S can get 1080p recording at 60 frames per second (fps) or 1440p recording at 30fps. It also has a wide focal length and is small enough to where it doesn't distract. But If you want to save some cash, the previous model, the A118, is a solid choice as well. less Viofo A119S Dash Cam … [Read more...] about Did you lose a 2-carat diamond ring in a Lexus loaner car?
By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE Published 2:31 pm PDT, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 The locations of six Bay Area Apple stores targeted by thieves in August and September. Keep clicking to see when the thieves struck and how much merchandise they pilfered. The locations of six Bay Area Apple stores targeted by thieves in August and September. Keep clicking to see when the thieves struck and how much merchandise they pilfered. Photo: Google Maps Apple Palo Alto — Robbed Sept. 1, Sept. 22, Sept. 23 — $147,000 in merchandise stolen (collectively) Apple Palo Alto — Robbed Sept. 1, Sept. 22, Sept. 23 — $147,000 in merchandise stolen (collectively) Photo: Google Maps Apple Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa — Robbed Aug. 29, Sept. 23 — At least $35,000 in merchandise stolen Apple Santa Rosa … [Read more...] about Bay Area Apple stores blitzed and robbed 9 times in 1 month. Can authorities stop it?
Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard escorting him with a high-powered rifle slung over his right shoulder. Most politicians would appear hopelessly—dangerously—misplaced in a federal prison. Kent Sorenson is not most politicians. Standing over six feet tall and weighing every bit of 270 pounds, with 11 tattoos and a cleanshaven head, Sorenson is probably the only state senator to have ever been mistaken for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. That happened during his first stop on the penal turnpike, the Metropolitan Correctional Center (“The MCC”) in Chicago, an administrative facility with maximum-security lodging where the “fish” was viewed warily by fellow inmates. A white supremacist, they figured, sizing him up. It didn’t take long—as soon as … [Read more...] about Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.