A tip was called into the police after a computer-generated image of the boy wearing a t-shirt with the words 'Aviator Series', was broadcast nationwide on Monday.
The mystery of the dead blond boy was solved on Wednesday when a state trooper approached a blue pickup truck at a highway rest stop two states away in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The truck matched the description of a blue truck that was seen in the area where the body was found.
The woman inside the truck had a confession she wanted to get off her chest: "I killed my son. I want to kill myself," she told the state trooper.
Julianne McCrery, 42, was placed under arrest. She had been sitting in her truck reading a bible when she was arrested.
The boy was identified by various media outlets as Camden Pierce Hughes, age 6, McCrery's son.
McCrery, of Texas, told police that she had given Camden too much cough medicine. But an autopsy revealed the boy died of asphyxiation (suffocation).
Troubled singer Rihanna was spotted waiting for her ride outside her Los Angeles hotel today. Rihanna wore a black long sleeve tee with a print screen of legendary reggae star Bob Marley on the front. The 23-year-old Barbadian had just attended a business meeting at the hotel to discuss the marketing push for her next music video, "Man Down" which was filmed in Jamaica last month.
My sources tell me that business meetings with the singer rarely go well because her attention span is amazingly short.
"Man Down" is a reggae-influenced track in which the Barbadian singer shoots a man after an argument.
Video director Anthony Mandler gave MTV the scoop about the music video:
“We shot the video last month in Jamaica and it’s my favorite song she’s ever recorded, so I was really excited to get involved. And it’s just one of those songs that demands a strong narrative and visual, and let’s just say she let me go all the way.”
Mandler proceeds to unleash just about every available adjective to describe his enthusiasm for the project: “I think you can expect something that’s dramatic and shocking and intense and emotional and uplifting and enlightening.”
Based on Mandler’s description, it sounds like we can expect to see RiRi getting a little gangsta as she acts out the lyrics. This should be good!
‘Man Down’ appears on Rihanna’s album ‘Loud,’ which in only six months of release has produced the hits ‘Only Girl (In the World),’ ‘What’s My Name’ and ‘S&M.’ Source
According to the NY Post's Page Six, the former manager of singers Akon and Brandy, Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond, is on the lam from the law.
A Federal arrest warrant is out for hip-hop mogul Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond, who manages Brandy, Sean Kingston and Akon. Sources say the warrant was issued last week for the Czar Entertainment chief after he was indicted for alleged involvement in cocaine distribution, and he has yet to be located. A law enforcement official confirmed that a fugitive warrant is out for Rosemond. His lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, said, "Although a federal prosecutor has told me that there is an arrest warrant out, they have refused to provide me with the warrant or a copy of the charges."
Rosemond also managed rapper The Game, singers Groove Theory and Mario Winans, among others. He's most notable for being accused of setting up rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot multiple times during a botched robbery at a New York recording studio in November 1994. 2Pac survived his wounds only to be assassinated in Las Vegas in September 1996.
Rosemond also made the news in 2005 when G-Unit rapper Tony Yayo was arrested and charged with assault for smacking Rosemond's then 14-year-old son, Lil Henchman.
According to online reports, a member of the rap group Cali Swag District was shot dead in a drive by Sunday. The group is known for its lone hit "Teach Me How To Dougie", which spawned a dance craze that swept the nation.
“The victim was sitting in the passenger seat of a car when another vehicle pulled up alongside and unloaded “at least two rounds” into the car, according to Lt. Michael Marshall. “It looks like they knew each other. It was not a traditional drive-by.”
But TMZ reports the crime “appears to be a random act of violence.”
Either way, authorities have no suspects yet and are asking for help.
MTV notes that “details have been kept brief,” but cites a police source saying the artist “sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head while sitting in his vehicle on Le Brea Avenue. M-Bone was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
Cali Swag District had a huge hip-hop hit last year with “Teach Me How to Dougie.”
Just hours after being named to the 2010-2011 All-NBA team, the league MVP Derrick Rose (pictured below) and his Chicago Bulls blew past Josh Smith and the hapless Atlanta Hawks to win game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals 93-73 at Philips Arena last night.
The Bulls will host LeBron James and the Miami Heat in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday in Chicago.
In addition to Rose making the All-NBA team, LeBron James (Miami Heat), Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers), the Thunder's Kevin Durant and the Magic's Dwight Howard also made the squad.
Rose and the Bulls won back-to-back games after dropping game 4 to the Hawks last Friday. Many blamed that loss on Rose's hard partying at several Atlanta nightclubs before and after game 4. It was a different story when Rose slipped back into Atlanta for game 6 though.
I'm told he never left his downtown Atlanta hotel room Wednesday and Thursday except to participate in morning shootarounds, eat and use the bathroom.
Though jubilant over their win, Rose and his teammates no doubt heard about the death of NBC5 Chicago sportscaster Daryl Hawks, who was found in his hotel room at the CNN Center yesterday morning. Hotel staff found Hawks' body after his colleagues failed to reach him by phone all morning.
Hawks, 38, was in Atlanta to cover game 6. Police ruled out foul play and Hawks' death is not under investigation. The Philips Arena is adjacent to the CNN Center megaplex in downtown Atlanta.
Popular plus-size model Mia Amber Davis passed away yesterday due to complications following knee surgery. She was only 36.
According to Mia's close friends, Madeline Figueroa Jones (of Plus Model Magazine) and Corey Punzi, the actress and model was active in sports, such as tennis and basketball. But she suffered for years with knee pain due to an old college basketball injury. Her friends say Mia was "not an advocate of cosmetic surgery."
Davis' husband, comedian Michael Yard, told celebrity gossip blog TMZ.com that Davis was going to a Los Angeles hospital to have corrective surgery performed on her knee.
But hours later, Mike says he got a phone call from Mia's cousin informing him that she was taking Mia back to the hospital because Mia was experiencing dizziness.
Soon afterwards came the shocking phone call informing him that his wife had tragically passed away.
Mike told TMZ.com that he immediately took a plane from New York to L.A. -- and he wants answers. "I want to know what happened to my wife."
According to Fox News blog, the actress and model began her career as a producer for the 90s talk show “The Ricki Lake Show,” “Change of Heart” and “Divorce Court.”
She was also face of retail company Ashley Stewart for years. But it was her role in the 2000 film “Road Trip as Rhonda, a plus size woman who seduces geeky character Kyle Edwards, played by actor DJ Qualls, that earned her national fame.
Davis, who served as creative editor-at-large for Plus Model Magazine, was often considered to be one of the most successful plus size models working in the industry, modeling for brands like Lane Bryant, Just My Size, Ashley Stewart and Monif C.
She also appeared on “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency,” "Kimora's Life in the Fab Lane' and advocated for size-acceptance on several news networks.
Plus Model Magazine Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones tells FOX411 that Davis’ unexpected death is a devastating blow to the industry’s “mission for acceptance in the main stream modeling and fashion industry.”
“Mia Amber Davis was a woman of integrity who was adored by friends around the world,” Jones told FOX411. “As the curviest plus size model to grace brands like Just My Size and Ashley Stewart, she proudly represented for the millions of women who wear a size 18 and up, and inspired them to look and feel beautiful.”
Jamaican singer/songwriter Bob Marley passed away 30 years ago today from complications of malignant melanoma (cancer) of the big toe. He was 36.
Marley, an avid soccer player when he wasn't touring, injured his toe playing soccer at the start of his European tour. Marley continued with his tour even though he was diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma.
Marley's album Uprising was released in May 1980. One of the singles, "Redemption Song", is believed to be Marley's way of coming to terms with his mortality. Marley never really took his cancer diagnosis as a death sentence. He believed in the powers of ganja (marijuana) and he smoked it religiously.
After playing two sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, Marley's took ill as the cancer metastasized (spread) throughout his body.
After the experimental therapy (and smoking copious amounts of ganja) failed to heal him, Marley flew to Miami, Florida (considered his second home) where he sought aggressive, traditional cancer treatment to save his life.
But it was too late.
On the morning of May 11, 1981, Marley died of multiple organ failure at Miami's Cedars of Lebanon hospital (now called University of Miami hospital). The cancer that started in his big toe had spread to his lungs and brain.
Marley's last words to his oldest son, Ziggy Marley, was "Money can't buy life."
The body of Brooklyn jazz musician Suleiman-Marim Wright was found stuffed in a storage trunk in his home today. Wright was 62 years old. He had been reported missing a week ago. The jazzman, who was born Stanley Wright, was the father of actress N'Bushe Wright, 40, who is best known for her roles in the movies Dead President and Blade.
Police found Wright's body in his basement at 3:30am after his son, Khalil, called them to search the home on Chauncey St. in Brownsville.
He was stuffed into an old black trunk once used to store his mother's clothes.
"This is crazy?" said his great-niece, Minnie Wright. "Who would do something like that to him? He was a musician. He was a great man."
Wright was a widower, who lived alone with his two cats.
Police said a back window in the house was broken out. Relatives said Wright's car, a grey Jeep, is missing, but that several valuable instruments were left in the home.
Wright's daughter, N'Bushe, was flying to NY from the West Coast on Tuesday, her family said.
A small somber crowd gathered to watch U.S. President Barack Obama lay a wreath at ground zero in New York today.
He laid a wreath in front of the WTC memorial Freedom Tower during the silent tribute. Then he spoke quietly to some of the family members of the thousands of victims.
Obama deliberately kept the ceremony low key so as not to upset or offend the Muslim world -- many of whom were busy burning American flags in protest of the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
It was Mr. Obama's first pilgrimage as president to the site where the World Trade Center Towers were felled by Al Qaeda terrorists on September 11, 2001.
Navy SEAL forces stormed a fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in the early morning hours of Monday, May 2, and executed bin Laden.
Reportedly, they had been given orders to take him alive only if he was naked due to fears that he might be wearing a suicide bomb vest under his pajamas.
Obama invited former President George W Bush to the ceremony today. But Bush declined the invitation, reportedly because Obama was claiming all the credit for the kill.
Bush laid the groundwork for bin Laden's capture by water boarding bin Laden's Al Qaeda associates in 2005. One of them eventually gave up the name of bin Laden's most trusted courier, with whom bin Laden was living.
Just days after bluffing about a cease fire and negotiations, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi lost his sixth born son, Saif al-Arab al-Gaddafi, 29, in a missile attack on his home in Tripoli late Saturday night.
Gaddafi, 68, was inside the home at the time of the attack, but he managed to escape along with his wife, Safia Farkash. Sadly, 3 grandchildren (all under 12) were also killed.
The air strike was a direct attempt on Gaddafi's life, a violation of international law which has no legal or political justifications, he said through his spokesperson.
Gaddafi learned the hard way that surrounding himself with children wouldn't shield him from harm, especially when he's the most hunted man in Libya.
NATO forces didn't drop bunker busting bombs on the private home (which would have taken out the entire neighborhood). Instead, they sent in computer guided cruise missiles to demolish the home with pinpoint accuracy while keeping collateral damage (innocent human beings outside the home) down to a minimum.
Unfortunately, cruise missiles can't tell the difference between innocent children and a murderous dictator.
Sensing a PR disaster, the NATO commanders released a carefully worded statement saying Gaddafi wasn't targeted for assassination. But you and I both know (and hopefully Gaddafi knows) that his time on earth is not long.
Just 5 weeks ago, Gaddafi's youngest son, Khamis, 27, (pictured above) was killed in a kamikaze pilot attack on the military barracks that Gaddafi called home. Gaddafi has 5 remaining sons and one biological daughter, a lawyer, who is fiercely loyal to her father.
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Well known entertainment lawyer Charles A. Mathis, Jr. passed away last night of a cardiac arrest. He was 66.
Mr. Mathis had been in a coma for a few weeks, according to industry sources. He was a senior partner of The Mathis Law Firm in Atlanta, and he counted numerous celebrities, professional athletes and executives among his many well-heeled clients, including R&B singers Monica and Usher.
Mr. Mathis was a pillar of the community who donated his time and money to charitable organizations. On the weekends, he unwound with his clients at Atlanta's top nightclubs.
In 2007, Allison Mathis, pictured above with her dad, Charles, and mom, Cyndi Mathis, celebrated her 16th birthday on MTV's top rated 'Super Sweet 16' program. At the end of the show, Mr. Mathis handed Allison the keys to a brand new Mercedes SUV.
Mr. Mathis' Buckhead mansion was the location of many legendary industry parties and private events over the years. The palatial mansion was also the scene of "that incident" between Usher and this blogger that made headlines in the NY Daily News.
218 people are reported dead, including 128 killed in Alabama and 11 dead in Georgia, as massive tornados ripped through the south yesterday.
Jabriel Branch, (pictured right) of McComb, Mississippi, died when a tree crashed through the roof of her family home last night.
Rescue workers are still searching through rubble for survivors in the northwest corner of Georgia, which was the hardest hit. 7 people were reported killed in Catoosa County in north GA. Two people are reported dead in Spalding County, south of Atlanta.
So far GEMA is reporting only 11 people dead in Georgia. GEMA spokesman Chrystal Paulk-Buchanan said the death toll is expected to climb throughout the day. 30 injured people have been taken to area hospitals.
Severe thunderstorms moved through the area south of Atlanta last night knocking down trees and power lines and leaving about 1,500 Georgia Power customers in the dark. Luckily, the storms spared metro Atlanta.
"There's really no explanation," said National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Gibbs of why the storms skipped Atlanta. "It's just the way the storms set up."
Sgt. Joe Peavy of Spalding County and his 11-year-old daughter are counting their blessings this morning. They were taken to an area hospital after a tornado struck their home just off of highway 92.
"The last I heard they were doing OK, but his house is gone, his patrol car is crushed," Spalding Sheriff's Capt. Tony Ranieri told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "All we know is that when the tornado hit, it apparently sucked the 11-year-old girl out the bedroom window along with her bed and everything else. It was very fortunate [that she survived]. I wish everybody would have come out that way because we did have two fatalities."
Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency covering Floyd, Dade, Catoosa and Walker counties in north Georgia. The list is expected to grow as storms continue to push through the south today.
A tornado watch and flash flood watches are still in effect for the D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas until 3pm today.
Watch this video as a massive tornado ripped through Alabama yesterday.
Last weekend, 'America's Most Wanted' aired a segment on the ongoing manhunt for Wisdom Jeffery, the Riverdale man who shot and killed his young wife, Corrissa Friends, on August 11, 2010.
Loyal reader and Corrissa's stepmother, Jill Friends, writes:
I want to thank you for continuing to bring my step-daughter's (Corrissa Friends Jeffery) story to the spot-light. This has been a horrible time in our lives and we pray daily for his capture. We feel like Casey can't truly be safe until he is behind bars. Thank you for getting his picture out to your fans.
Here is the video that was played at Corrissa's Funeral. Thought you might like to see it.
The seemingly random execution of a NY man was caught on video from a nearby surveillance camera.
Trevonne Winn, 24, was talking on his cell phone outside his uncle's fast food restaurant in Brooklyn, NY when a gunman dressed in black suddenly appeared and fired 2 shots into him. Wynn collapsed, mortally wounded as the gunman fled the scene.
Passersby soon surrounded Winn who struggled to get back on his feet before collapsing again on the sidewalk. Winn was rushed to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say Winn had a number of drug related arrests in South Carolina.
Shakeem Muhammad of Flat Bush, told the NY Daily News that Wynn's execution was probably a case of mistaken identity. "Probably the person thought that he was someone else," said Muhammad. "He probably looked like somebody that... probably had some beef."
"I've seen just about everything that could happen in this community. I renamed this avenue here body-a-week avenue.
"I've been here since 1989. I think I've seen at least 15 murders on this block in that period of time. It's a dangerous block." Source
America's Most Wanted is set to air a segment this weekend featuring an Atlanta fugitive who went on the lam after murdering his estranged wife in her Riverdale apartment last year.
According to Fox 5 News, Wisdom Jeffery remains at large after shooting Corrissa Friends to death at the Chateau Phase II apartments at 6603 Church St on August 11, 2010.
Corrissa's brief marriage to Jeffery was an abusive one. Riverdale Police Chief Samuel Patterson said Corrissa moved around Atlanta several times to get away from Jeffery.
The 21-year-old nursing student feared for her life when she called 911 to report a domestic dispute the day before she was killed.
But when police arrived they found no evidence of violence in the apartment. Since his name was not on the lease Jeffery was asked to leave, which he did.
But on the morning of August 11, 2010, Jeffery returned to the apartment with a shotgun and shot Corissa 3 times -- twice in the abdomen and once in the back. Corrissa was able to dial 911 before she collapsed and died.
Jeffery left Corrissa's 9-month-old daughter Casey with relatives in New York after the slaying.