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News, plain and simpleWed, 13 Dec 2017 18:00:34 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.9One dead after hit-and-run driver strikes six people in Queens
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/one-dead-after-hit-and-run-driver-strikes-six-people-in-queens/#respondSun, 03 Dec 2017 18:00:03 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/one-dead-after-hit-and-run-driver-strikes-six-people-in-queens/ An irate hit-and-run driver mowed down six people, killing one, after a knife fight outside a Queens hookah bar Sunday morning, according to police and a witness.
Cops found at least one person dead after the violent fracas outside XS NYC at 129th St. and Liberty Ave. just before 5 a.m. in South Ozone Park.
Police believe two stabbing victims who showed up at a hospital after the fight were hurt in the melee.
The driver of the white Hyundai Sonata fled after plowing into the crowd and is being sought by police.
A video of the mayhem, obtained exclusively by the Daily News, shows the Sonata driving at a high rate of speed before jumping the curb cut and traveling down the sidewalk, headed toward the pedestrians. About 5 seconds later, a silver Nissan SUV can be seen doing a U-turn on Liberty Ave., and tearing onto the sidewalk behind the Sonata, in apparent pursuit of the first car, the video shows.
Before the cars jumped the sidewalk, a passing motorist spotted a woman trying to hold back a member of the brawling crowd.
“He was going after someone. That’s why the girl was holding him back,” said witness Ozzie Rogers, who said he pulled over to watch the spectacle. The angry man ultimately broke free of the woman’s hold.
“The girl is yelling ‘Stop, stop. No, no,’ when this car just comes from nowhere and hits the whole group,” Rogers said.
“The bodies went flying. The car was going really fast, at least 50 mph on the sidewalk.”
Another witness saw the driver slam into a parked car before careening toward the victims.
“You could hear the car hitting the bodies,” the second witness said.
Two additional crash victims were rushed to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition, cops said. The extent of the injuries for the stabbed duo was not known.
Police, who are trying to determine how the stabbings are related to the plowed car, have taken one person into custody, but have not yet made an arrest. The driver of the Sonata remains on the loose, police said.
Investigators had no immediate information about the second car involved.
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/one-dead-after-hit-and-run-driver-strikes-six-people-in-queens/feed/0Mariah Woods believed dead, mother’s boyfriend arrested
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/mariah-woods-believed-dead-mothers-boyfriend-arrested/#respondSat, 02 Dec 2017 18:00:03 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/mariah-woods-believed-dead-mothers-boyfriend-arrested/ Authorities in North Carolina arrested the live-in boyfriend of 3-year-old Mariah Woods’ mother and charged him with multiple offenses, including concealing death, despite the fact that the missing toddler has not yet been found.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI detained 32-year-old Earl Kimery Friday in connection with the disappearance of the toddler, WRAL reported. He’s accused of “removing Mariah Woods’ body from the scene of her death and did conceal Mariah Woods’ death and body, knowing that Mariah died from unnatural causes. The defendant acted with deceit and intent to fraud,” according to the arrest warrant.
The Sheriff’s office in a statement early Saturday morning announced evidence collected during their investigation has led them to believe Mariah is dead.
“At this time, the location of Mariah is unknown,” the statement said. “The searches now will shift to a recovery process.”
Authorities issued and Amber Alert for Mariah on Monday, the same day her mother, Kristy Woods, reporter her missing. Woods told authorities she put her daughter to bed Sunday evening and woke up to find her gone.
Mariah’s disappearance sparked a massive search effort, with investigators and volunteers from the community joining together to search for the missing toddler.
Sheriff Hans Miller during a press conference Friday told reporters he had “a long conversation” with one of Mariah’s family members and that “they are cooperating.”
Kimery was additionally charged with obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, larceny and possession of stolen property. According to state records obtained by WRAL, Kimery has previously been charged with a small string of offenses, including larceny, assault and drunk and disorderly conduct.
Mariah’s mother is divorced from the girl’s father, Alex Woods, who said that while his daughter is with her mother his weeks are “like hell, like a nightmare.”
“Somebody just walks right in there, grabs a 3-year-old out of the bed, she didn’t cry, she didn’t scream?” he told WTVR ahead of Kimery’s arrest. “Nobody heard nothing? Four people in the house, two adults and two babies and somebody just comes, snatches the baby up and walks out?”
Kimery is being held in the Onslow County Detention Center in lieu of a $ 1,010,000 bond.
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/mariah-woods-believed-dead-mothers-boyfriend-arrested/feed/0Ray Allen Accuser Thinks NBA Star Wants Him Dead, Ray Says He's 'Deranged'
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/ray-allen-accuser-thinks-nba-star-wants-him-dead-ray-says-hes-deranged/#respondMon, 27 Nov 2017 18:00:06 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/ray-allen-accuser-thinks-nba-star-wants-him-dead-ray-says-hes-deranged/
Ray Allen Accuser to Judge:I Think He Wants to Kill Me… Allen Says He’s ‘Deranged’
11/27/2017 6:51 AM PST
TMZ Sports has obtained court documents filed by the man who claims he’s being stalked by Ray Allen — and he believes the NBA star is out to kill him.
But Ray says the accuser is just a “deranged individual” who’s obsessed with him — and the allegations are as bogus as it gets.
Bryant K. Coleman filed the petition for a temporary restraining order against Allen on Nov. 6 — a petition that was granted by a Florida judge.
In the docs, Coleman claims Allen called him on the phone on Sept. 9 — after their alleged 3-year relationship had ended — and said he wanted to “ensure that I went away and never opened my mouth again.”
“He said he wanted me to get what I deserved.”
Coleman says Allen has “repeatedly spied on me by sending his associates to follow me in my community.” One incident allegedly took place in a Publix market on Oct. 10 where Coleman says a man approached him and told him to “watch your back.”
Coleman also claims he received a phone call from someone threatening to strangle him — and he believes the caller was Ray Allen.
In the docs, Coleman says Allen was recently seen in public with 2 armed men and believes the ex-NBA star may be planning a “more direct attack.”
One interesting note — in Coleman’s petition, he lists Allen’s aliases … and wrote, “Jesus Shuttlesworth” — the name of Allen’s character in the movie “He Got Game.”
We spoke with Allen’s attorney, David Markus, who tells TMZ Sports, “As with everything else related to Briant or Bryant Coleman, his petition for a restraining order was filled with lies, falsehoods and fantasies.”
“He is a seriously deranged individual who Ray Allen has never met, never spoken with directly or threatened in any way. Coleman is the stalker here who is obsessed with Ray.”
“Ray wants nothing to do with him and is exploring all legal options to stop him from continuing to harass and threaten him, his family and friends”
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/ray-allen-accuser-thinks-nba-star-wants-him-dead-ray-says-hes-deranged/feed/0David Cassidy Dead at 67 (UPDATE)
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/david-cassidy-dead-at-67-update/#respondWed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:32 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/david-cassidy-dead-at-67-update/Exclusive Details
David Cassidy, the ‘Partridge Family‘ heartthrob who sold millions of records and became the fantasy of millions of girls, is dead.
Family sources tell TMZ, David had been on life support since Monday. Doctors advised the family Tuesday the only way David could survive was with a liver transplant, but he was not a candidate because he would never survive surgery. The family decided at around noon to remove life support.
A number of family members were present when David died, including brother Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, his children Beau and Katie, along with various nephews and his ex-wife Sue Cassidy.
We’re told death came almost immediately after life support was withdrawn.
TMZ broke the story, David was in need of a kidney transplant but ultimately doctors said it was futile. His liver and other organs shut down and early Sunday his son and ex-wife were summoned to the hospital to say goodbye.
Cassidy was a multi-faceted entertainer … from singing, to acting to Broadway to Vegas. “The Partridge Family” hit like an earthquake and catapulted him to stardom. The show ran from 1970 – 1974 and produced hits like “I Think I Love You,” “Come On Get Happy,” and “Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted.”
David reluctantly auditioned for the role of the guitar-playing Keith Partridge and producers cast him not even knowing if he could carry a tune.
After “The Partridge Family” ran its course, David recorded a number of solo hits, including the remakes of “Cherish,” “How Can I Be Sure” and “Rock Me Baby.”
He took the starring role on Broadway in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” from 1983 to 1984.
David was the son of actor Jack Cassidy and Broadway performer Evelyn Ward.
David guest starred in a number of TV series, including “The F.B.I.” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Ironside,” “Bonanza” and “Medical Center.”
Cassidy battled alcoholism for most of his adult life.
He’s survived by son Beau, daughter Katie — who stars in “Arrow” — half-brothers Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, step-mother and co-star Shirley Jones and ex-wife Sue Shifrin-Cassidy.
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/david-cassidy-dead-at-67-update/feed/0David Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ star, dead at 67
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/david-cassidy-partridge-family-star-dead-at-67/#respondWed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:05 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/david-cassidy-partridge-family-star-dead-at-67/ David Cassidy, the ’70s heartthrob and star of the hit sitcom “The Partridge Family,” died Tuesday of complications from dementia and multiple organ failure.
He was 67.
“On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long,” the family said in a statement to the Daily News. “Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”
Cassidy was surrounded by family at the Florida hospital where he was admitted earlier in the week. He was in critical condition as his kidneys and liver were failing and he was in need of a kidney transplant.
He was placed into a medically induced coma to manage his pain when he entered the hospital on Wednesday and his condition deteriorated and he was moved to the ICU on Sunday morning where he eventually died.
The actor was best known for his role as Keith Partridge in ABC’s “The Partridge Family,” which aired from 1970-1974.
During his stint on the show, Cassidy and the fictional Partridges released a number of hit songs like “I Think I Love You,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and “Come on Get Happy!”
Thanks to his boyish good looks, Cassidy amassed a fan base that rivaled that of Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
As his star continued to rise — and his female fans continued in their manic devotion — Cassidy launched a bubblegum pop solo career that he balanced alongside his “Partridge” duties.
His success as a teen idol was so massive it was dubbed “Cassidymania,” and the floppy-haired singer sold out stadiums across the globe.
He released seven albums during his teen idol peak in the ‘70s, including “Cherish” and “Rock Me Baby.”
Cassidy was also famously featured on the cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine in 1972, scantily clad and carefully cropped for an article in which he spoke frankly about his drug use.
In the prime years of his singing career, Cassidy had 24 gold and platinum recordings and four consecutive multi-platinum LPs.
By the mid ‘70s, Cassidy grew tired of his image as the wholesome teen idol and, following an incident in which a fan was killed in a crush at one of his London concerts, he quit “The Partridge Family” in 1974 and retired from touring.
He enjoyed a short-lived television career, but spent much of the 1980s broke and trying to recapture the magic of his youth.
“I was one of the wealthiest young male entertainers in the world then, but 10 years later, I had nothing to show for it. By the 1980s I was broke and had to rebuild my life,” he told the Telegraph.
Cassidy relaunched his music career in the ‘90s, and had a Top 40 hit with “Lyin’ to Myself” in 1990.
In 1996, he moved to Las Vegas to star in the live show “EFX” at the MGM Grand and within four months, it was voted the “Best Production Show” in the city.
Throughout his career, Cassidy struggled with alcohol abuse issues that resulted in DWIs in 2010, 2013 and 2014 and a stint in rehab. He filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
Earlier this year, Cassidy stumbled off a stage while slurring his words at a California concert and later attributed the fall to dementia — a disease which also afflicted his mother and grandfather.
“A part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy told People.
He then decided that he was done with touring and wanted to focus instead on the time that he had left.
“I want to focus on what I am … I want to love,” he told the magazine. “I want to enjoy life.”
Cassidy was born in New York City to actress Evelyn Ward and his father Jack Cassidy, who later went on to marry David’s on-screen mother, Shirley Jones.
Throughout the ups and down of his personal life and career, Cassidy tried to remain upbeat and attributed his resilience to his father, who died in 1976 after a lit cigarette set his Hollywood apartment aflame.
“I’m an optimist. I mean, you have to be with my career,” Cassidy said in a biography on his website. “I have always stayed true to myself by using the work ethic my father instilled in me… He taught me to be fearless.”
He is survived by his 26-year-old son Beau, 30-year-old daughter Katie and three brothers: Shaun, 59, Ryan, 51, and Patrick, 55. Cassidy also has three ex-wives — Beau’s mother, Sue Shifrin, Meryl Tanz and Kay Lenz.
“My uncle David Cassidy has sadly passed away tonight… & in the process of mourning I can’t help but thank God for the joy that he brought to countless millions of people!” Jack Cassidy tweeted Tuesday night. ‘I don’t think I’m alone in saying that we will all miss him. God Speed!”
I grew up in an era before even cable TV, when The Partridge Family was already in reruns. David Cassidy’s Keith was one of my favorite TV characters. He was legit funny AND he could sing. The man entertained me during my childhood and even years later: https://t.co/678DU7qTxh
so sad to hear of the passing of david cassidy… he was always so kind to me – such a pleasure to have had him on my show… sending love and prayers to his family… R.I.P. friend ❤️ pic.twitter.com/tsFkNiJzFc
I’m very sad to hear about David Cassidy. There were times in the mid-1970s when he would come over to my house and we even started writing a song together. He was a very talented and nice person. Love & Mercy to David and his family.
Rest in Peace #DavidCassidy – Saw him in Blood Brothers on Broadway and he was brilliant. Super Talented guy!!!!! My mother called me up crying about this. I’m sure there are a lot of men and women crying right now!https://t.co/o8EKhsjtCU
“RIP David Cassidy” Who my age did not want to look like, sound like, just be him when they were young? I was lucky to get to know the sweet & very funny real David as an adult & I still wanted to be him.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of David Cassidy … part of a musical legacy via his role as “Keith Partridge” that brought music and laughter into the homes of millions … ️ pic.twitter.com/tgj1IXkUBt
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/david-cassidy-partridge-family-star-dead-at-67/feed/0Della Reese Dead at 86
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Della ReeseDead at 86
11/20/2017 10:13 AM PST
Beloved singer and actress Della Reese, best known for starring in “Touched By an Angel,” died Sunday night … according to her family.
Della had battled diabetes for years. Her family says she passed away in her California home.
She co-starred with Roma Downey on ‘Angel’ … playing Tess. She had big movie roles too, like “Harlem Nights” and “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” — and was the first black woman to guest host “The Tonight Show.”
Della was also an accomplished gospel singer — Mahalia Jackson discovered her. She went on to become an ordained minister in the 1980s.
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/della-reese-dead-at-86/feed/0Charles Manson, notorious cult leader, dead at 83
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/charles-manson-notorious-cult-leader-dead-at-83/#respondMon, 20 Nov 2017 18:00:04 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/charles-manson-notorious-cult-leader-dead-at-83/ Charles Manson, the demented cult leader who ordered seven people killed in August 1969 as part of a sadistic plot to start an apocalyptic race war, died Sunday night in California, according to a prison official.
He was 83. The cause of death was listed as natural causes.
Manson, who lingered near death for days after he was wheeled into a Bakersfield hospital surrounded by five uniformed cops, died at 8:13 p.m. local time.
Department of Corrections spokeswoman Vicky Waters declined to identify who was with Manson during his final hours.
Manson, one of the most notorious criminals in American history, was serving several life sentences at Corcoran State Prison when he fell ill. He was moved to the hospital for treatment.
Instantly recognizable for the crude, self-carved swastika on his forehead, the sadistic mass murderer was a wannabe musician and unemployed felon before unleashing his bloody rampage as the messiah of a mostly female group of acolytes known as the Manson Family.
On the night of Aug. 9, 1969, Manson directed Charles Watson — whom he met through Beach Boys co-founder Dennis Wilson — to take followers Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian and Patricia Krenwinkel to a tony house in the Benedict Canyon hills above Sunset Blvd. and slaughter everyone there.
The Manson Family members brutally butchered movie director Roman Polanski’s wife, actress Sharon Tate, 26, along with celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, 35, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, 25, writer Wojciech Frykowski, 32, and visiting teen Steven Parent, 18.
Tate, who was nearly nine months pregnant, begged for her life before she was stabbed 16 times, Atkins later recalled. Atkins used her blood to scrawl “pig” on the front door before the group fled the scene.
Polanski was out of town, shooting a movie in London.
The next night, Manson joined the same four followers, along with Leslie Van Houten and Steve (Clem) Grogan as they broke into the Los Feliz home of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca, 44, and his wife, Rosemary.
Manson reportedly wanted to show the group the correct way to carry out execution-style killings and ordered the LaBiancas bound with lamp cords and their heads covered by pillowcases before the savage stabbing started.
The vicious Manson killings stunned Los Angeles and caused a worldwide sensation. Manson was tried for the horrific murders and sentenced to death along with several members of his psychopathic cult. The sentences were commuted to life when California’s death penalty was briefly outlawed in 1972.
Sharon Tate’s sister said she was among those who received phone calls informing them of Manson’s death.
“When I got the phone call at 8:30 p.m. that he had died, I said a prayer, shed a tear, stuck a flower under my cross in my bedroom and emailed Roman (Polanski),” Debra Tate told the Daily News.
Prosecutors said Manson and his followers were trying to incite an Armageddon-like race war named after the Beatles’ song “Helter Skelter.”
Manson swiped Rosemary LaBianca’s wallet with the intention of planting it in a predominantly black neighborhood after the killings, authorities said.
In a powerful letter opposing parole for Van Houten last year, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Mason “intended that an African-American person would find the wallet, use the credit cards contained therein and subsequently be blamed for the murders.”
Manson and his disciples “believed the African-American race would prevail in the bloody conflict, but after winning, they would not be able to govern the world,” Lacey said.
After the war, the Manson Family planned to “emerge from hiding in the desert to take control of the world,” she wrote.
Lacey said Van Houten and her fellow followers considered Manson larger than life.
“I wish he had been a myth. All of them were all too real,” the LaBiancas’ daughter Cory LaBianca told the Daily News last year after reading Lacey’s letter.
Manson was born to an unwed teen mother in Cincinnati in 1934. His mother, an alcoholic prostitute, sold him once for a pitcher of beer to a childless waitress, according the 1998 tome “Manson In His Own Words: The Shocking Confessions of The Most Dangerous Man Alive,” written by Manson and Nuel Emmons.
He was shipped off to a boys school at one point but later ran away and ended up living on the streets, supporting himself with petty crime.
Manson married a waitress in 1955 and moved to California in a stolen car. They had a son together but broke up while Manson was back in jail. A subsequent marriage to a prostitute Manson was pimping also ended in divorce.
Before the murders, Manson studied Scientology and learned to play guitar during a prison stint. After he was released in 1967, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and supported himself by panhandling during the so-called Summer of Love.
He emerged as a guru of the legendary Haight-Ashbury scene and gained adherents who shared his love of hallucinogenic drugs and self-aggrandizing religious philosophy.
Manson got to know Wilson, the Beach Boys founder, through followers who met the famous musician while hitchhiking. The association led Manson to fantasize about a music career and an obsession with record producer Terry Melcher.
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/charles-manson-notorious-cult-leader-dead-at-83/feed/0'Everlasting Love' Singer Robert Knight Dead at 72
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Robert Knight‘Everlasting Love’ Singer Dead at 72
11/6/2017 8:03 AM PST
Robert Knight, best known for his 1967 hit “Everlasting Love,” is dead.
Knight died over the weekend at his home in Tennessee after fighting a short illness, according to the Tennessean.
Knight never had quite the chart topper he did with “Everlasting Love” but went on to record several other songs like “Blessed are the Lonely,” “Isn’t it Lonely Together” and “Love on a Mountain Top” in the ’60s and ’70s.
While you definitely know Knight’s biggest hit, it’s likely you know some other version more than his. Carl Carlton hit the top 10 with a 1974 cover. Knight topped out at 13 on the charts. Gloria Estefan, U2 and many other artists have covered it as well.
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/everlasting-love-singer-robert-knight-dead-at-72/feed/0'Always and Forever' Singer Keith Wilder Dead at 65
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‘Always and Forever Singer’ Keith WilderDead at 65
10/31/2017 3:24 PM PDT
Keith Wilder, the lead singer of the ’70s funk band Heatwave, has died.
Wilder’s had several massive hits, including “Always and Forever,” “Boogie Nights” and “The Groove Line.”
Wilder had been suffering from serious health problems recently and died in his sleep Sunday, according to his cousin and bandmate, Billy Jones.
“Always and Forever” was the group’s biggest hit … as it went platinum. “Boogie Nights” broke the top 10.
Keith summed up his band simply … “We just kept it real and kept it pure.”
The group was nominated for 2 Grammys but didn’t win.
]]>http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/always-and-forever-singer-keith-wilder-dead-at-65/feed/0Father and son in Brooklyn dead after apparent drug overdoses
http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/father-and-son-in-brooklyn-dead-after-apparent-drug-overdoses/#respondSun, 29 Oct 2017 17:00:03 +0000http://www.usaspeaks.com/news/father-and-son-in-brooklyn-dead-after-apparent-drug-overdoses/ A father and son who’d been celebrating a family birthday party died early Sunday in Brooklyn after apparent drug overdoses, police said.
The two men had been inside a first-floor apartment on 27th St. near Fourth Ave. in Greenwood when they told relatives they were headed outside for a smoke about 3 a.m., police said.
When they didn’t return, relatives went looking for them and discovered the nightmarish scene, police and relatives said.
The younger man, visiting from Maryland with his girlfriend of five years and their 11-month-old and 4-year-old children, was found just inside the door, a relative said. His face was purple, the girlfriend’s uncle said.
By late Sunday morning, the police had taped off the apartment building and were examining a tiny red zip baggie on the ground outside. The wife of the younger man emerged from the building cradling a child and ran into a white Nissan SUV.
“We just can’t say anything right now,” said a man who identified himself as her uncle.
A next-door neighbor said she’d never witnessed any drug activity, but wasn’t shocked by the tragedy.
“I’m not surprised,” she said. “They’re out there drinking all the time. I wouldn’t be surprised if drink led them to drugs.”
The police investigation is ongoing. The city’s Medical Examiner will determine their causes of death.