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Police: New Kensington woman charged after firing gun into occupied hotel room in Harmar

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Police arrested a New Kensington woman at a Harmar hotel last week after,she fired a gun inside her hotel room during an argument and a bullet went into another occupied hotel room, according to a criminal complaint.

Angelia Anderina Waszkiewicz, 30, remained in the Allegheny County Jail on Monday afternoon after failing to post $20,000 bond, according to online court records.

She has been charged with one felony count of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment, according to court records. She had no attorney listed.

Also charged in connection to the incident is Leo Vance Phillipps, 37, who faces firearms violations.

Harmar police said they were called to TownePlace Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh Harmarville about 9:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 for a report of shots fired.

When they arrived, a hotel employee informed them that multiple people heard a gunshot come from a hotel room. The officers went to the hotel room and saw a bullet exit hole coming from the room, the complaint said.

Police spoke with a woman who had been staying in the room. The woman told police four people had been staying in the room, including Waszkiewicz and Phillipps.

The woman told police that she wasn’t in the room at the time of the shooting, but Waszkiewicz and Phillipps had been in the room. Phillipps is Waszkiewicz’s boyfriend.

Police made contact with both Phillipps and Waszkiewicz, who agreed to talk with them.

Police said Phillipps at first denied being in the room when the gun went off, but later admitted he and Waszkiewicz had been in the room, according to the complaint.

Phillipps told police he and Waszkiewicz had gotten into an argument, and Waszkiewicz picked up his gun that had been laying on a table and put it to her head.

Phillipps said he took the gun from Waszkiewicz and put it back on the table, but Waszkiewicz picked it up again and discharged a round through the hotel room’s front entry door.

Phillipps told police he recently bought the gun off the streets in New Kensington and brought it to the hotel room. Police said Phillipps is a convicted felon who is not allowed to possess a gun.

Phillipps told police he hid the gun behind a tree at a KFC. Police took Phillipps there to retrieve the gun: a silver Taurus Firearm 9mm. Police said the gun had one live round in the chamber and five live rounds in the magazine.

Waszkiewicz also spoke with police and admitted she fired the gun.

Police said the bullet went through the hotel room’s front entry door and into another hotel room, coming to rest in the door frame. A woman had been staying in the room where the bullet entered at the time of the incident, police said.

Both Waszkiewicz and Phillipps were placed into

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Felon charged in shooting death of man outside Eagan hotel

A felon with a violent history was charged Thursday with fatally shooting a man outside an Eagan hotel this week.

Robert L. Baker III, 29, of St. Paul, was charged in Dakota County District court with second-degree intentional murder in connection with the killing Monday night outside the Sonesta Suites, just off the Lone Oak Road exit of Interstate 35E.

Baker appeared in court Thursday and remains in custody. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the victim on the grass on the south side of the hotel with several gunshot wounds, according to police and emergency dispatch audio. His identity has yet to be released.

Police soon stopped a car leaving the area and took Baker and a 31-year-old woman into custody. The woman was later released.

Authorities have yet to say whether the victim and Baker were acquainted before the shooting. They also have yet to disclose a motive for the killing.

Baker was charged Thursday as well with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was released from prison in May after being sentenced in 2016 for illegal weapons possession.

 

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Man charged in hotel overdose deaths of Michigan girl, 2 brothers

AUBURN HILLS, MI – A 20-year-old man is charged in the drug overdose deaths of a teen girl and two brothers at a Southeast Michigan hotel over the summer, the Oakland Press reports.

Lorenzo Brabo, of Lake Orion, is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance causing death, according to Oakland County Jail records. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

The victims were brothers 20-year-old Caleb Kiessling and 18-year-old Kyler Kiessling, both of Rochester Hills, and a 17-year-old girl whose name hasn’t been released, the newspaper reports. They died of fentanyl overdoses on July 28 at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Auburn Hills.

Brabo was with those who died; he also overdosed that night. Police revived him with Narcan, and he was transported to a hospital, the report said.

The Kiesslings’ mother told the Oakland Press that the deadly fentanyl was disguised as Percocet.

Local teens told police Brabo was the supplier, the report said. After an investigation, Brabo was booked on Nov. 6. He was given a $1.5M cash bond and is lodged at Oakland County Jail. A probable cause conference is set for Nov. 16.

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Fort Hood soldier charged in murder of woman found at Texas hotel

A Fort Hood soldier has been charged with murdering a woman whose body was found in a Texas hotel last summer, police said.

Cory Latrell Grafton, 20, was arrested Tuesday after DNA evidence found on the body of 32-year-old Chelsea Lynell Cheatham was found to match the active-duty soldier at the Texas Army post, Killeen police said Wednesday, ending a yearlong probe into the slaying.

“Through the investigation, detectives with the Homicide Unit received information from a witness that [Grafton] was at the scene at the time [Cheatham] was murdered,” department officials said.

In June 2019, police found Cheatham unconscious at a Days Inn in Killeen after getting a call about a woman who was not responsive. Officers and paramedics started life-saving efforts, but she was pronounced dead about an hour later, police said.

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It was unclear at the time whether Cheatham succumbed to natural causes, prompting an investigation into her death. An autopsy later ruled her death a homicide, while authorities have not released the woman’s cause of death.

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Grafton remained held in Bell County on $1 million bond Thursday, online records show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.

Fort Hood officials confirmed to CNN that Grafton is an active-duty soldier currently assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. Military records list Grafton’s first name as Corey, but he’s identified as Cory in police and jail records, Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam said.

“The unit continues to cooperate with the Killeen Police Department and the Texas Rangers,” Brautigam told CNN.

One of Grafton’s co-workers, meanwhile, told the Texas Department of Public Safety that he confessed to the slaying, the Daily Beast reported.

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Grafton was initially identified as a possible suspect via the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative program, which uses advanced DNA testing to crack unsolved cases. The Texas Rangers notified Killeen police about the program in early September, according to the Daily Beast.

The relationship between Grafton and Cheatham was not immediately clear.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post.

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Two charged after Brantford police called for armed man at Comfort Inn hotel

Two Brantford men are facing firearm charges after police were called about an armed man at a hotel Thursday afternoon.

The incident near King George Road and Wood Street sent St. Pius X School into hold and secure as a precaution as police investigated, Brantford police said.

Police were called to the Comfort Inn around 1 p.m. for a report of an armed man. On scene, officers evacuated the hotel and around 2:20 p.m. arrested two men. A gun and ammunition where seized.

Two Brantford men — a 32-year-old and a 34-year-old — face charges of possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm while prohibited, careless storage of a firearm, weapons dangerous to the public peace and carrying a concealed weapon. The 32-year-old faces an addition charge of failing to comply with a court order.

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Fort Hood solider charged in murder of woman found at Texas hotel

A Fort Hood solider has been charged with murdering a woman whose body was found in a Texas hotel last summer, police said.

Cory Latrell Grafton, 20, was arrested Tuesday after DNA evidence found on the body of 32-year-old Chelsea Lynell Cheatham was found to match the active duty soldier at the Texas Army post, Killeen police said Wednesday, ending a yearlong probe into the slaying.

“Through the investigation, detectives with the Homicide Unit received information from a witness that [Grafton] was at the scene at the time [Cheatham] was murdered,” department officials said.

In June 2019, police found Cheatham unconscious at a Days Inn in Killeen after getting a call about a woman who not responsive. Officers and paramedics started life-saving efforts, but she was pronounced dead about an hour later, police said.

It was unclear at the time whether Cheatham succumbed to natural causes, prompting an investigation into her death. An autopsy later ruled her manner of death to be homicide, while authorities have not released the woman’s cause of death.

Grafton remained held in Bell County on $1 million bond Thursday, online records show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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Cory GraftonKilleen Police

Fort Hood officials confirmed to CNN that Grafton is an active duty soldier currently assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. Military records list Grafton’s first name as Corey, but he’s identified as Cory in police and jail records, Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam said.

“The unit continue to cooperate with the Killeen Police Department and the Texas Rangers,” Brautigam told CNN.

One of Grafton’s coworkers, meanwhile, told the Texas Department of Public Safety that he confessed to the slaying, The Daily Beast reported.

Grafton was initially identified as a possible suspect via the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative program, which uses advanced DNA testing to crack unsolved cases. The Texas Rangers notified Killeen police about the program in early September, according to The Daily Beast.

The relationship between Grafton and Cheatham was not immediately clear.

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Salt Life Founder Charged in Death of 18-Year-Old Woman

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A 54-year-old founder of the popular Salt Life clothing and gear company is charged with the shooting death of 18-year-old Lora Grace Duncan, whose body was found by police in a hotel room on Singer Island in Florida after her parents called for a wellness check according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

What the young woman was doing with the much older man is yet to be disclosed, but the Columbia County Sheriff’s office said that she willingly left that county in Central North Florida, where she lived in Lake City, to go with Michael Troy Hutto. The pair ended up in Palm Beach County on the Southern East Coast of Florida.

On October 26 Duncan’s parents reached out to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for help with a wellness check, and she was tracked to Riveria Beach in Palm Beach County in an area called Singer Island.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, they enlisted the help of Riviera Beach Police who found Duncan dead of a gunshot wound in a Hilton Hotel on Singer Island. By the time they found her it was October 29, WCJB reported.


Duncan’s Body was Found Alone In a Hotel Room But Law Enforcement Arrested Hutto at a Hospital After He Received Emergency Medical Attention

According to the Riviera Police Department, “After identifying Hutto as the suspect, he was located in Jacksonville, Florida. Hutto, found to be suffering a medical emergency, was transported to a local hospital.”

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Hutto at South Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville on October 30 where he was escorted to a patrol car still in hospital-issued socks with no shoes. He is being held in the Duval County jail charged with manslaughter and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a Duval County arrest inquiry.

Court records show Hutto has a history of driving infractions but his criminal record does not show a violent past.

However, in 2014 he was arrested for a DUI while his then 12 and 13-year-old daughters were in the car, along with two of their friends, according to court records. In 2015, after he’d sold his share of Salt Life, he was arrested for shoplifting when, according to an arrest affidavit, he put on a shirt and a pair of shorts over the ones he was already wearing and tried to walk out of a store.


In Light of Hutto’s Arrest, the Current Owners of Salt Life Posted a Statement on Facebook Distancing Themselves From Hutto.

Hutto and three friends founded the Salt Life brand in 2003, but sold the company in 2013 for nearly

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Salt Life co-founder charged after teen found shot at Florida hotel

A co-founder of a popular Florida clothing brand has been charged with manslaughter and gun possession in the death of an 18-year-old woman found shot at a South Florida hotel, police said.

Michael Troy Hutto, 54, who co-founded Salt Life apparel in Jacksonville Beach with three friends in 2003, was arrested Friday at a hospital in Jacksonville while wearing hospital scrubs and skid-proof socks, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Hutto was taken into custody at the hospital after being treated for an unknown emergency, Riviera Beach police told the Palm Beach Post.

Officers responded to the facility following a welfare check on Lora Grace Duncan at the Hilton Oceanfront resort on Singer Island near Palm Beach, where the 18-year-old was found dead Thursday from a gunshot wound, police said.

It’s unclear what relationship, if any, Hutto had with Duncan at the time of her death, police told the Florida Times-Union.

Investigators had been looking for the woman since Oct. 26 when her parents asked the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to conduct for a welfare check. She had previously left the county voluntarily, the newspaper reported.

Hutto’s most recent address is in Wellborn, according to the Times-Union. In 2003, he coined the phrase “Salt Life” that would go on to become the namesake of the beach and aquatic lifestyle brand he co-founded and served as president, the newspaper reported.

Hutto and his friends billed themselves as “hardcore fishermen” who were “living the salt life” on open waters, ultimately building the local outfit to a popular brand in ensuing years, the Times-Union reported.

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Michael Troy Hutto was arrested at Baptist Medical Center South in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Hutto had not been involved in the clothing line since 2013, company officials said in a statement.

“Sadly we have learned one of Salt Life’s co-founders has been charged with a felony,” the statement read. “Salt Life sends their utmost sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.”

Hutto and his partners sold the business for nearly $40 million, according to the Associated Press.

Hutto’s family could not be reached Saturday for comment, the Palm Beach Post reported. He remained held without bail Monday at the Duval County Jail, online records show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.

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A hotel charged a senior couple with a smoking fee. Their complaint? They don’t smoke | Travel Troubleshooter

When Red Roof Inn charges Mindy Haggerty a cleaning fee for smoking in her room, she refuses to pay. Why? She doesn’t smoke — and claims she didn’t smoke in her room. Can she find justice?

Q: My husband and I recently stayed at the Red Roof Inn in Gallup, New Mexico. We checked in late in the evening. We asked if they had any first floor rooms because we are senior citizens, and they accommodated us. We thought this was very nice. 

When we got to the room it had an awful odor, but we didn’t want to complain because they put us on the ground floor, we were tired and we didn’t want to move. So we opened the door and tried to air it out the best we could. 

After returning from our trip I checked the credit card activity and noticed that there was a charge of $100 for a smoking fee. This was just half the normal smoking fee. I called a manager at the Red Roof Inn. She said we should have complained when we entered the room and there is nothing she can do about it. She said we were lucky they only charged us half the fee. 

I told her we requested a nonsmoking room because we do not smoke. Why would we then smoke in the room? She said the cleaning lady said the room smelled of smoke and so we were guilty of smoking. 

We are very puzzled about why we would get this charge. We have stayed in the same hotel before and never had any problems. We are more upset about being falsely accused of something that we did not do and for which we have no recourse. We are starting to think this is some sort of scam. Please help us. — Mindy Haggerty,  Pueblo West, Colorado

A: You didn’t smoke in your room at the Red Roof Inn. Therefore, you should not have to pay a smoking fee — or half a smoking fee. Goes without saying, right?

So what went wrong here? Easy. I think you were too polite. When you checked into a room that smelled like smoke, you should have said something. You were still being polite when you complained to me. You referred to it as an “odor.” It was cigarette smoke. Why not call it that? 

I think I know why you’re being reluctant. The last time I wrote about smoking fees in hotels, I had the audacity to say that if you smoke in your room, you should pay the cleaning fee. Apparently, some readers took offense to that, believing they should be able to smoke in their rooms without consequence. 

But that’s the world we live in. 

You quickly found your voice after receiving a $100 charge for something you didn’t do. When the hotel refused to reverse the charge, you complained to anyone who would listen. You posted warnings on several websites and filed a Better

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Michigan woman charged in Mackinaw City hotel fire

MACKINAC CITY, MI – A woman turned herself in this week for starting a fire at a Mackinaw City hotel over the summer.



a pair of scissors: Handcuffs used by the alleged fake cops is displayed by investigators during a news conference announcing additional charges and cases for five people charged for impersonating police officers on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in a conference room at Genesee County Prosecutor's Office in downtown Flint


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Handcuffs used by the alleged fake cops is displayed by investigators during a news conference announcing additional charges and cases for five people charged for impersonating police officers on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in a conference room at Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office in downtown Flint

The mid-August fire at Rodeway Inn & Suites was immediately considered suspicious, 9&10 News reports. Firefighters found two rooms in flames with heavy smoke. Everyone was evacuated safely.

Melissa White, of Pinconning, turned herself in on Thursday, Oct. 22. She is charged with two counts of first-degree arson.

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