Welcome to Errattic! We encourage you to customize the type of information you see here by clicking the Preferences link on the top of this page.
Trial to begin in 9-year-old's killing that shocked Chicago
It stands as one of Chicago's most horrific crimes, in large part because of small details that are impossible to shake: The promise of a juice box that lured the 9-year-old boy off a playground and into an alley, and the basketball he dropped when he was shot and killed there.
Jury selection will begin Friday in the murder trial of two of three men charged with carrying out the November 2015 attack on Tyshawn Lee, a smart fourth-grader who prosecutors say was killed by gang members to send a message to his father, a purported member of a rival gang.
Pennsylvania man convicted for making 'gun-like hand gesture' toward neighbor
A Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Tuesday that a man committed a crime when he made a "gun-like hand gesture" toward his neighbor during a spat, saying the man "risked an altercation" with his actions.
WTAE-TV reported Manor Township resident Stephen Kirchner, 64, was charged last year for summary disorderly conduct after making the gesture toward a neighbor who subsequently called the cops. Kirchner was found guilty.
‘I Had to Put Her Down’: Kansas Man Accused of Beating His Mom to Death
A Kansas man is accused of beating his mom to death.
Lucas Mauritzen, 38, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tamera Rainey.
According to police records filed on Monday and first obtained by KCTV-5, police allege that Mauritzen told a neighbor “I had to put her down,” after he allegedly killed her.
The neighbor said that in response to Mauritzen’s statement, he asked if he was referring to putting a dog down. Mauritzen allegedly responded, “Mom.”
Homeowner shoots dead two teens allegedly trespassing on his property in Ohio
'It feels like nowhere is safe': St. Louis children confront a wave of gun violence
Florida Burglars Target Chinese Restaurants
Florida burglars are targeting Chinese restaurants and they're not walking away with takeout. Authorities say they are taking the entire cash register instead.
Ten restaurants around the Ocala area have been hit in the last few months. Police say the break-ins typically happen overnight and that the burglars either take cash or the entire cash register. The latest occurred Friday morning in Williston.
Thief swipes entire cash register from Chelsea Italian restaurant
Trans Woman Tracy Single Murdered in Houston
Transgender woman Tracy Single has been murdered in Houston, making her death the 16th known homicide of a trans American this year, with all but one victim being Black women.
She was found dead in a gas station parking lot July 30, but she wasn’t identified publicly until later. It took a week for the Houston Police’s LGBT liaison to confirm that she was a trans woman, and activist Dee Dee Watters organized a town hall meeting last Sunday that led to Single being identified by name, the blog TransGriot reports. She was 22. How she died has not been reported, but local news reports said her death was a homicide.
New Jersey mayor calls LGBTQ rights movement 'an affront to almighty God'
A New Jersey mayor called the LGBTQ rights movement "an affront to almighty God" at a town council meeting and warned that people who support "unrighteous laws" will be held accountable.
Barnegat Township Mayor Alfonso Cirulli, a former assistant principal, began Tuesday by condemning a state law that requires LGBTQ-inclusive material be taught in public school. He said the law "crossed over the line into absurdity" and politicians "have no right to promote the LGBT agenda."
NYPD Seeks Man Who Sprayed ‘Kill The Gay Away’ on Side of Building: WATCH
Alleged Capital One hacker went by alias 'erratic'
Federal authorities in Washington state said they caught the person who hacked into Capital One’s computers and made off with the personal information of more than 100 million people.
Paige A. Thompson, 33, aka “erratic” online, is charged with computer fraud and abuse after authorities said she took advantage of a misconfigured firewall to access the bank’s credit card customer data, the Department of Justice announced Monday.
George Michael’s Ex Arrested for Allegedly Smashing Up the Late Singer’s Mansion
“Police were called to the North London mansion after neighbours reportedly saw Fawaz, 46, standing topless on the roof. According to The Sun loud smashing noises could be heard inside the building and water was seen gushing out of the front door.”
According to police a man had been seen on the roof of the mansion but was not there when police arrived. Fawaz was later arrested on suspicion of aggravated criminal damage.
Trans woman attacked 3 strangers with an axe after being shamed by her date
Priest steals over $95,000 from church collections
A priest stole more than $95,000 from collection plates from the church he served in Santa Rosa, California, according to the diocese in northern California.
It was discovered after a car crash involving 56-year-old Father Oscar Diaz, who broke his hip in the traffic accident, when paramedics found over $18,000 cash in the Roman Catholic priest's car.
A hospital employee called the police, according to the Bishop of Santa Rosa, Rt Rev Robert Vasa.
Bags full of cash from months' worth of church collections were found in his parish office and $10,000 in notes in a desk drawer.
Texas Gov. Celebrates Signing Antigay Legislation With Chick-fil-A
Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed what was dubbed the essentially anti-LGBTQ "Save Chick-fil-A" bill into law. If it weren’t enough that Abbott signed the bill over a month ago, late last week he thumbed his nose at LGBTQ people even more and participated in a TV ceremony celebrating the bill’s signing while he and his team were surrounded by Chick-fil-A food and beverages. He then tweeted the moment out to his supporters.
“No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organization,” Abbott said.
“No business should lose a government contract because of their religious beliefs. The save Chick-fil-A legislation that I’m about to sign is a victory for religious freedom in Texas.”
Dominican man launches legal case against country’s anti-gay laws
Man who threatened to kill kids & gays at San Diego Pride is also a repeat bank robber
Queer Teen Murdered Hours After Coming Out as Bisexual
On Saturday July 13, aspiring Instagram influencer Bianca Devins came out as bisexual as part of a Q&A with her followers. The next day she was murdered.
Devins, 17, met Brandon Andrew Clark, 21, on Instagram and the two started a romantic relationship. According to police reports, after attending a concert together in New York City on July 13, the pair returned to Utica, New York and broke into an argument, which ended with Clark murdering Bevins, partially decapitating her with a knife and calling 911 to confess to the crime. When police arrived on the scene, Clark stabbed himself in the neck with the same knife he’s used to kill Bevins, laid down across her body and began taking photos of himself with her corpse.
Arrest Made in Death of D.C. Trans Woman Zoe Spears
Slain Grammy-Winning Musician Was Choked for 30 Minutes While Girlfriend Allegedly Punched Him
Two people have been indicted in the Bronx for their alleged roles in the slaying of Grammy-winning jazz drummer Lawrence Leathers, whose body was discovered last month in the stairwell of an apartment building.
Grand jurors returned indictments against Lisa Harris, described as Leathers’ girlfriend, and Harris’ friend, Sterling Aguilar, charging both with single counts of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Prosecutors allege Leather, who was 37, died on June 2 during a fight with Harris in the Bronx apartment they shared.
Aguilar, 29, allegedly held Leathers in a chokehold for approximately 30 minutes as Harris, 41, sat on his chest and punched him several times in the face, according to prosecutors.
Teen allegedly stabs brother to avoid long car trip with him
Gay man slain, another wounded after contacted on dating app
A 26-year-old Detroit man has been charged in an attempted robbery and shooting that left one gay man dead and another wounded after they were contacted through a dating app.
Demetris Nelson was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, assault and using a firearm during a felony.
‘It disgusts me to see you kissing!’ Homophobic woman screams abuse at two lesbians after she sees them together on the subway in Barcelona
Hate crime? NYPD investigates vandalized Megan Rapinoe posters
The New York Police Department (NYPD) assigned its hate crimes task force to investigate vandalized posters of Megan Rapinoe found in a Manhattan subway station.
Misogynistic and homophobic graffiti covered the posters of the US soccer star.
According to USA Today, people found and reported the vandalized posters on Monday (8 July). Only a day before, Rapinoe, as co-captain, helped lead the US Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) to their fourth World Cup title.
The posters featured Rapinoe in her kit and read: ‘Dream with us.’
NYPD detective Hubert Reyes said authorities quickly worked to clean and replace the ruined posters at the Bryant Park station.
Reyes added the NYPD hate crimes task force is currently investigating one suspect.
Gay Star News
Arizona Man Allegedly Murdered Teen Because He Was "Listening To Rap Music"
In a crime eerily reminiscent of Jordan Davis’ murder, 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin was reportedly stabbed to death by 27-year-old Michael Adams on Thursday morning (July 4) outside a Circle K in Arizona. The man allegedly attacked because he heard the victim listening to rap music in the parking lot.