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Name released of man killed in shooting at recreation center

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities Wednesday publicly identified a 27-year-old man who was fatally shot last weekend in an apparently unprovoked attack near the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center.

Officers responding to reports of shots fire around 11 a.m. Sunday at the recreation center, 7064 Levant St., found San Diego-resident Israel Castro suffering from at least one gunshot to his upper body, San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said.

Paramedics took Castro to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Brown said.

While officers were at the hospital, a 30-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound was brought in by a private vehicle, the lieutenant said. The man told officers he was also at the Linda Vista Recreation Center when he was shot.

Witnesses told police that a man wearing a mask and shorts was seen running from the scene and getting into a white four-door vehicle that sped off southbound on Linda Vista Road, Brown said. No detailed description of the suspect was released.

Anyone with information on the shootings was asked to call the SDPD’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-580- 8477.

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Authorities ID Man Killed in Shooting at Linda Vista Recreation Center

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One of two shooting victims is taken to an ambulance. Courtesy OnScene.TVAuthorities Wednesday publicly identified a 27-year-old man who was fatally shot last weekend in an apparently unprovoked attack near the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center.

Officers responding to reports of shots fire around 11 a.m. Sunday at the recreation center, 7064 Levant St., found San Diego-resident Israel Castro suffering from at least one gunshot to his upper body, San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said.

Paramedics took Castro to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Brown said.

While officers were at the hospital, a 30-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound was brought in by a private vehicle, the lieutenant said. The man told officers he was also at the Linda Vista Recreation Center when he was shot.

Witnesses told police that a man wearing a mask and shorts was seen running from the scene and getting into a white four-door vehicle that sped off southbound on Linda Vista Road, Brown said. No detailed description of the suspect was released.

Anyone with information on the shootings was asked to call the SDPD’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-580- 8477.

–City News Service

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Florida man inappropriately touched girl on vacation in Pensacola

Colin Warren-Hicks, Pensacola News Journal
Published 4:38 p.m. CT Nov. 24, 2020

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A Florida man is accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl and sending her sexually explicit Snapchat messages during a vacation in Pensacola over the summer.

Rame Baeten, 37, of New Port Richey, was arrested Monday and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct on a person under 16 years old, online solicitation of a minor, illegal use of a two-way communications device and four counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor.

County records indicate he was booked into the Escambia County Jail with a $160,000 bond and was released about 40 minutes later.

According to an arrest report from the Florida Department of Corrections, a 15-year-old told authorities Baeten touched her buttocks and sent her messages via Snapchat while she was vacationing with him and family in Pensacola on Aug. 6-10.

“The victim stated Baeten grabbed her butt at least once a day, every day they were in Pensacola,” the report stated. “She said it was not ‘playful touching’ and was done so intentionally.”

The messages Baeten sent the girl included statements such as “Are you a banana? Because I wanna peel ur clothes off” and Baeten describing the sexual acts he wanted to perform on the minor, the report stated.  

Colin Warren-Hicks can be reached at [email protected] or 850-435-8680.

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Man jailed for unprovoked attack on group of friends at Mangravet recreation ground near Maidstone

An unprovoked attack on a group of friends by a thug, who left one of them with lifelong scars to his face after striking him with a torch, ended only when he was hit on the head with a bottle of rum.

James Appleby found “Dutch courage” and grabbed the bottle of Captain Morgan, hitting the robber with it before chasing him away from the Mangravet recreation ground near Maidstone.

William Saunders has been locked up. Picture: Kent Police
William Saunders has been locked up. Picture: Kent Police

Now William Saunders, of Camp Way, Maidstone, has been given an extended jail sentence.



Judge Charles Gratwicke jailed him for five years and three months’ and placed him on licence for three years after Saunders admitted two robberies, attempted robbery and having an offensive weapon.

It was Saunders’ fourth conviction for robbery and the judge told him: “Anyone who listened to what happened couldn’t help but be horrified and revolted by this behaviour which cannot and will not be tolerated.”

Maidstone Crown Court heard how Saunders, 35, and a pal were walking their dogs in July this year as they passed the group, appearing at first to be friendly.

But the drunken yob then returned about 10 or 20 minutes later and had turned aggressive, the court was told.

One of the entrances to Mangravet Recreation Ground, off Camp Way. Picture: Google Street View
One of the entrances to Mangravet Recreation Ground, off Camp Way. Picture: Google Street View

Prosecutor Irkshad Sheikh said Saunders went up to Andre Fremlin, 20, and “without provocation” kicked him in the face three times.

He then turned to James Appleby, kicking him twice to the chin – before demanding the incident be filmed on a mobile phone by Saunders’ pal.

“Saunders was carrying a heavy duty torch which he shone in the faces of the victims demanding alcohol and money,” said Mr Sheikh.

“He was calling all of the group n***** and Mr Appleby gave him £2, which was all he had. He then started pacing up and down as the group sat down threatening to hurt them if they got up.”

The court heard how he then ordered 21-year-old Steven Pearce to call his mother and demand £100 – and frogmarched the frightened victim to his garden gate, after warning the other two that if they moved he would kill them.

‘My behaviour was horrible. I am disgusted in what I did and I shouldn’t have done it…’

“Mr Pearce’s mother and brother saw them and ran back inside out of sheer fear – and called the police,” Mr Sheikh added.

Saunders, who has convictions for robbery and assaults, then began kicking Mr Fremlin again after taking £24 out of his victim’s wallet and laying into him with the torch, cutting his head several times.

“But as he continued the attack, Mr Appleby found Dutch courage and defended his friends, using a bottle of Captain Morgan,” the prosecutor added.

Kitchen porter Mr Fremlin received “lifelong facial scars” and revealed how he now struggles to eat and sleep after the incident.

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Man bites woman, holds steak knife to her throat at York area hotel

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Ishaan Jamaal McKnight-Whitehead faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of robbery, harassment and possession of marijuana.

A female guest at a West Manchester Township hotel said she and others stopped a man from attacking a woman near the pool and later was robbed at knifepoint by him, according to charging documents.

West Manchester Township Police responded to the melee about 12:23 a.m. on Nov. 15 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2000 Loucks Road.

Once there, they arrested Ishaan Jamaal McKnight-Whitehead, 40, of the 200 block of Peshine Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.

McKnight-Whitehead faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of robbery, harassment and possession of marijuana. 

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He was arraigned on the charges and was placed in York County Prison on $15,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before District Judge Keith L. Albright is scheduled for Dec. 22, according to online court dockets.

Ishaan Jamaal McKnight-Whitehead, charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of robbery, harassment and possession of marijuana. (Photo: Submitted)

Steak knife to the throat

As police were en route, they received information that a woman who was being held at knifepoint just outside the hotel had broken free and ran into the hotel.

Another transmission from 911 told them the man was now “running around the hallways of the hotel with a knife, threatening people,” documents state.

Police spoke with Rita Thomas, of Newark, New Jersey, who said she and other people got into a fight with McKnight-Whitehead earlier near the pool “because he punched a female,” documents state.

Police did not identify the female, nor did they say if McKnight-Whitehead and Thomas knew each other previously, since both are from Newark, New Jersey and were staying at the same hotel.

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During the fight, McKnight-Whitehead bit Thomas in the upper right thigh area, according to documents.

Later, when Thomas and her friends were smoking in a designated area just outside the hotel, McKnight-Whitehead crept up behind her and held a steak knife to her throat, police said.

“Whitehead kept advising Thomas that he wanted his money back or he was going to stab her,” documents state. “Thomas did not take any of his money … she was telling him that over and over.”

McKnight-Whitehead moved the knife from her neck to her abdomen and again demanded money. After a brief argument, he took her iPhone and charging cord from her pants and ran into the hotel, according to documents.

Thomas showed police the bite mark on her thigh and a small cut under her jaw where the steak knife

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Man Gunned Down, Killed at Linda Vista Recreation Center

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A 27-year-old man was shot in the head and killed late Sunday morning in Linda Vista. The gunman, who left the scene in a car driven by an accomplice, has not yet been found.

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Authorities say the slain man was at the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center on Levant Drive about 11 a.m. Sunday when the suspect approached him and gunned him down. A witness told OnSceneTV that he heard eight to 10 “pops” and then saw a man with a gun in his hand running toward a car occupied by a driver and passenger.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man who is about 5-feet 9-inches or 5-feet- 10 inches tall, and was wearing shorts. He fled the scene in a small, white four-door car that went south on Linda Vista Road.

Police say the recreation center was busy at the time of the shooting, with people playing tennis and others on the handball court where the victim was killed.

We don’t have a lot to go on at this time,” San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said. “There’s people around here that know what happened, and we’d like to hear from them.”

Homicide detectives from the San Diego Police Department are investigating. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to called the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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Drunk man ‘mistakenly’ fires gun in hotel, nearly hits woman outside

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Adam David Dietzel, charged with discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and other crimes.

In the rules of gun safety, the first is to act as if a gun is always loaded.

Another rule of paramount importance is to always be sure of your target and what is behind it, according to concealednation.org.

It appears as though a Virginia man violated those rules — and several laws — when he fired a handgun at the Holiday Inn on Leader Heights Road in York Township on Friday morning.

The shot traveled through the hotel and into the rear parking lot, nearly striking a woman loading a vehicle, according to charging documents.

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The alleged shooter, Adam David Dietzel, 25, of the 1000 block of Red Mill Boulevard, Virginia Beach, faces two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and disorderly conduct.

Dietzel was arraigned on the charges and released after posting a portion of $5,000 of his bail. He has a preliminary hearing before District Judge Scott Laird scheduled for Dec. 17, according to online court dockets.

He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Adam David Dietzel, charged with two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and disorderly conduct. (Photo: Submitted)

‘Manipulating the weapon’

About 5:40 a.m. on Friday, York Area Regional Police were called to the Holiday Inn Express, 140 Leader Heights Road, where victim Tonya Conway said a bullet fired from the hotel nearly struck her, documents state.

Police determined the shot was fired from Room 217, on the hotel’s second floor and arrested Dietzel, the person renting the room.

When fired, the bullet tore through the wooden door at Room 217, across an elevator lobby area, through a wall, then through Room 214 — where a man was sleeping — and finally blasted out an exterior glass window and into the parking lot, according to documents.

The sleeping man, Allen Gray, was awoken by the shot, but there was no indication he was injured.

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During an interview, Dietzel admitted to “mistakenly firing one round from a handgun while manipulating the weapon,” according to documents.

Dietzel, who was renting a room while in town for work, said he finished a shift about midnight and then drank alcohol. Police measured Dietzel’s blood-alcohol level and found it was .180 percent, documents state.

After he fired the shot, he did not report the incident to hotel staff

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Iowa man convicted for ex-girlfriend’s killing, hotel fire

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Friday ruled that an Iowa man is guilty of second-degree murder for killing his former girlfriend in a hotel room and then setting it on fire.

But District Judge Steven Andreasen ruled 30-year-old Jordan Henry’s drug-addled brain and underlying psychosis prevented him from former the specific intent to kill 40-year-old Elizabeth Bockholt, of Hinton, Iowa, the Sioux City Journal reported.

The ruling spares Henry from a mandatory life-in-prison-without-parole sentence for first-degree murder.

Instead, the Sioux City resident faces 50 years in prison for second-degree murder and 25 years for first-degree arson.


Henry was convicted of strangling Bockholt to death on Jan. 24, 2019 in a Sioux City hotel room. He then set the room aflame to conceal her killing, according to prosecutors.

The judge said Henry’s chronic methamphetamine use and mental illness interfered with his self-control, making it difficult to prove the killing was premeditated.

“Henry likely was not thinking clearly and likely had a diminished ability to control his impulses,” Andreasen wrote.

Henry’s sentencing has not been scheduled yet.

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Coroner: Washington man shot at Boise hotel, died at hospital

The Ada County Coroner’s Office has identified a man shot and killed last month in Boise.

Gamaliel Nava Garzon, 42, of Kennewick, Washington, died in the emergency room of the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center after he was shot inside a La Quinta Inn and Suites in Boise, according to a news release from the coroner’s office.

Police were called to the hotel in the 7000 block of Emerald Street and found Garzon before taking him to the hospital.

Hospital staffers attempted life-saving measures, but Garzon was pronounced dead about 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 30. He died from a single gunshot wound, and the death was ruled a homicide.

After Garzon’s death, Idaho police arrested Eava June-McCarthy, 18, of Nampa, on accusations of second-degree murder and destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence. Boise detectives believe that June-McCarthy and Garzon knew each other.

June-McCarthy’s preliminary court hearing is set for Nov. 20 in Boise. She has yet to enter a plea to either of her charges.

As of Friday, June-McCarthy was still in the custody of the Ada County jail on $2 million bail.

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Jacob Scholl is a breaking news reporter for the Idaho Statesman. Before starting at the Statesman in March 2020, Jacob worked for newspapers in Missouri and Utah. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

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An American man was jailed after leaving a negative review of a Thai hotel, and TripAdvisor has now issued a warning on the resort’s page



a large body of water: Koh Chang in Thailand. Getty/Chakarin Wattanamongkol


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Koh Chang in Thailand. Getty/Chakarin Wattanamongkol

  • TripAdvisor has placed a warning message on the page of a Thai hotel that arrested a guest on defamation charges after he wrote negative reviews.
  • Sea View Resort claims American Wesley Barnes wrote “a series of harassment reviews” which led to its legal action.
  • Barnes was arrested and spent two nights in prison, facing a potential two-year sentence.
  • TripAdvisor paid Barnes’ legal fees and all three parties reportedly reached a deal that would see charges dropped and the review deleted, but the hotel claims the travel site went back on its agreement not to add a warning message.
  • In a statement, TripAdvisor said it “strongly opposes any action where a business, like the Sea View Hotel & Spa in Koh Chang, uses local law to send someone to jail for expressing their opinion.”
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

TripAdvisor has placed a warning message on the page of a hotel in Thailand after one of its guests was accused of defamation for writing a negative review.

American Wesley Barnes was facing up to two years in prison and spent two nights in a Thai jail after Sea View Resort in Koh Chang had him arrested over a negative TripAdvisor review, as Insider’s Kelly McLaughlin previously reported.

Sea View Resort’s Tripadvisor page now has a red message at the top warning potential guests, which reads:

“This hotel or individuals associated with this hotel filed criminal charges against a TripAdvisor user in relation to the traveler writing and posting online reviews. The reviewer spent time in jail as a result. TripAdvisor serves its users best when travelers are free to share their opinions and experiences on our platform – both positive and negative. The hotel may have been exercising its legal rights under local law, however, it is our role to inform you so you may take this into consideration when researching your travel plans.”



graphical user interface, text, application, email: The red warning badge on the Sea View Resort Tripadvisor page. Tripadvisor


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The red warning badge on the Sea View Resort Tripadvisor page. Tripadvisor

TripAdvisor said in a statement that it “strongly opposes” establishments using local laws to punish travelers for expressing their opinion.

However, Sea View Resort told Insider that Tripadvisor “went back on their word,” claiming all parties had reached an agreement that would not involve any message being placed on the website.

Wesley Barnes, who lives in Thailand, visited the island resort in June 2020 and has been accused of posting multiple negative reviews.

He left a one-star review of the property, titled: “Unfriendly staff and horrible restaurant manager.”

Barnes wrote: “Unfriendly staff, no one ever smiles. They act like they don’t want anyone there. The restaurant manager was the worst. He is from the Czech Republic. He is extremely rude and impolite to guests. Find another place. There are plenty with nicer staff that are happy you are staying with them.”

However, Barnes had also posted another now-deleted review, which accused Sea View Resort of “modern slavery,” according to the hotel.

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