Alaska Police Launch Manhunt For Missing 16-Year-Old Boy

These are the crime stories making headlines today, November 23, 2016 …

  • Police in Alaska are searching for missing teen David Grunwald.  According to authorities, David was last seen dropping off his girlfriend at her father’s home in Palmer on Sunday, November 13 at around 6:30 P.M. after the couple spent the day together. The 16-year-old then reportedly called his mother saying he had plans to stop by a friend’s house and might be a bit late for his 9 P.M. curfew. But the friend said he never showed up, and when he failed to come home his mother reported him missing around 11:45 P.M. The next day, David’s burnt Bronco was discovered on a rough trail on Bald Mountain Ridge, about a 20-minute drive from his family’s home. Police say no remains were found in or around the vehicle, and David has not been seen since. If you have any information, you can call Alaska State Troopers at (907) 352-5401. [NBC News]

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    Alana Savell [Bay County Sheriff’s Department]

    A Florida woman fired a handgun and shot two visitors who had apparently overstayed their welcome. Police say Alana Annette Savell, 32, of Panama City became annoyed when her guests got too loud after drinking and refused to leave, so she grabbed a .22-caliber handgun and began shooting at their feet. Both her boyfriend and a party guest took bullets to the legs. Savell is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm. [Newser]
  • A Detroit man was arrested and charged on Friday with sex trafficking after prosecutors say he forced two young girls and three women to engage in prostitution at his home, beat them, and gave them heroin. Police found a heavy steel gate with a lock in the home, which was to prevent the sex slaves from escaping. Jackson, who advertised on Backpage.com, denied being involved with prostitution and drugs, but an examination of his cell phone found evidence including descriptions of sex acts and prices. The FBI are seeking the two youngest victims, who escaped. If you can help, contact the FBI at (313) 965-2323. [CBS News]
  • Otis McKane [Photo: San Antonio Police Department]

    Otis McKane [San Antonio Police Department]

    A suspect in the Monday murder of a San Antonio police officer got married less than 24 hours after pulling the trigger, police say. Records show that Otis McKane, 31, married Christian Chanel Fields, 27, on Monday morning at the Bexar County Courthouse. Detective Benjamin Marconi was murdered in an ambush-style attack on Sunday, and while McKane was tying the knot, police were on a manhunt for him. McKane was arrested at 4:20 P.M. Monday while he was in a car with a woman and a toddler. Afterward, police say he admitted to shooting the officer because he was angry about a custody dispute. [Newser]

  • A woman shot her boyfriend because he grabbed her by the hair and “gently smooshed” a slice of pizza in her face during an argument, he testified at a hearing. Jennifer Boop, 31, of Millmont, Pennsylvania, has been ordered to stand trial on attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and other charges. Brandon Doan, 34, said on October 12 he pushed the pizza into Boop’s face, and she shot him with his .38 Special revolver. Doan spent two weeks in the hospital and still wears a neck brace because bullet fragments are lodged near his spine and have left him with a severely weakened left arm. [MyNBC5]
  • Police are looking for the suspect who shoved an elderly woman in front of a Brooklyn deli [Photo: NYPD]

    Police are looking for the suspect who shoved an elderly woman in front of a Brooklyn deli [NYPD]

    Police in Brooklyn are searching for a woman who shoved an 88-year-old stranger to the ground, shattering both her wrists, and then ran off laughing. Police said that the attacker was caught on video surveillance grinning as she fled. Her victim was standing in front of Esther’s Deli on Nostrand Avenue near Avenue X in Sheepshead Bay when the suspect came up behind her and shoved her around 5 P.M. Friday. The elderly victim fell to the ground and fractured both her wrists, police said. The injured woman was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in stable condition. The woman who pushed her is described as Black or Hispanic with a dark pony tail, cops said. She was wearing glasses, a gray hat, white T-shirt, beige sweater, and brown work boots. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800)-577-TIPS. [New York Post]
  • A former Las Vegas illusionist has pleaded guilty in federal court to possession, receipt, and distribution of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada. Jan Rouven Fuechtener, aka Lars Schmidt, 39, a German citizen, was indicted on March 30. In January, agents seized devices from his residence and found over 9,000 videos depicting children engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Fuechtener admitted to using the Skype username “larusa22” to engage in chats to offer to distribute child pornography. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each count and a five-year-minimum mandatory on two counts. [Justice.gov]
  • Michael Lamont Lawson [Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office]

    Michael Lamont Lawson [Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office]

    A 59-year-old Oregon father who prosecutors said was high on methamphetamine when he fatally stabbed his 22-year-old son in the heart pleaded guilty on Monday to first-degree manslaughter. Michael Lamont Lawson admitted to killing his son, Nicholas Lawson, during an argument over Wi Fi that took place on June 29, 2015, at their apartment in Portland. The elder Lawson admitted to “recklessly” causing his son’s death after prosecutors say that a fight broke out over whether their Wi Fi could be hacked due to a six-year-old playing games on an iPad. The fight escalated, and Michael Lawson stabbed his son in the chest. He is expected to be sentenced to 15 years in prison according to his plea agreement. [Oregon Live]

Main photo: Alaska flag map [WikiMedia Commons]