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JUSTICE FOR ALL – Part One

 THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON   by Shawn Erickson As a homicide detective, you form a special relationship with the victim starting the moment you enter the crime scene.  That’s when you see the victim for the first time … exposed, vulnerable and violated.  I often find myself kneeled down next to a body, willing it to speak to me, to tell me how it ended up with the fatal knife wound, or...
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JUSTICE FOR ALL – Part Two

 THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON by Shawn Erickson A week after we had visited the local street gang, and learned of the potential involvement of the gang called Tau Alpha in Veronique’s killing, Special Agent Garry Hamlin of FBI’s field office in Columbia stopped by for a were hard pressed not to accept their help.  After learning Veronique’s name, we ran it through local law enforcement and public databases, but came up...
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KRYSTAL KARAT CASE CONCLUDES

by B J BECKHAM The trial of Opal May, the woman charged with robbing her own jewelry store and causing the death of  Theresa Burkart, concluded Wednesday in the New Grace County Courthouse. In her closing statement Rachel Shorte, of Henley, Martin and Kelly, asserted that the prosecution was trying to trick the jury into seeing facts that were not there. Ms. Shorte stated that the charge of insurance fraud was unfounded. There was...
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KRYSTAL KARAT KAPER

by BJ BECKHAM The trial of Opal May  began on December 24th  in the New Grace County Courthouse.  Craig LaPorte of the Attorney General’s Office presented his opening statement. Krystal Karats on Main Street in Rosemeade was robbed on the afternoon of July 8, 2015.  The owner reported being in the store alone when a woman entered pushing a stroller. After looking in the cabinets the woman asked to see a watch. When the...
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KRYSTAL KARAT KONTINUES

by B J BECKHAM The trial of Opal May, the jewelry store owner charged with robbing her own store, continued on Monday, in the New Grace County Courthouse. The proceeding began with Doyle  May taking the stand. Mr. May, the husband of the accused, was quick to assure the jury that he was neither involved in the robbery on July 8,  2015 or the transfer of funds from the store’s accounts to the Caymen...
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LEAD LEADS TO LEEDS IN NEVADA INVESTIGATION

by B J BECKHAM The investigation into the murder of Deputy Sheriff Horace Nevada of New Grace County has taken a new turn.  After disappearing on February 12, 2008, Deputy Nevada’s body was discovered in April 2016.  The remains were in a freezer in a shed on property owned by the Belands at the time of the deputy’s disappearance. New information led to another body. After the deputy’s body was found fingerprints in and on the...
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MAYOR HOTTS IN HOT WATER

 by B J Beckman With Election Day less than a week away Mayor John Hotts is in hot water again. On October 21, 2015 deputies of the New Grace Sheriff’s department were called to a disturbance at the Hallmark Motel, Saint Georgina.  Upon arrival they were informed by owner Walter Bell that three people who were not guests were in the pool, appeared intoxicated and had failed to leave when asked. Deputies Sheriff Nicole...
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MURDERED DEPUTY’S LINK TO SERIAL KILLER BROKEN

by B J BECKHAM   The investigation into the murder of Deputy Sheriff Horace Nevada has again taken a turn. As of our last report it was believed that convicted serial killer Ronald Wayne Lowery had taken the life of Deputy Nevada, even though the murder did not fit Lowery’s modus operandi  in which all the victims were women and each body was burnt before burial – Deputy Nevada’s body was discovered in a freezer...
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NAVADA MURDER TRIAL BEGINS

  by B J BECKHAM The case of State -v- Arnold Gardener appeared on the calendar in a New Grace Courthouse for a hearing. Mr. Gardener is charged with the murder of New Grace Deputy Sheriff Horace Nevada who disappeared on February 12, 2008 and whose body was discovered in April 2016 in a freezer in a shed. Mr. Gardener is also charged with the murder of Linda Leeds under a separate docket number. During the forensic examination...
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NO DEVELOPMENT IN NEVADA INVESTIGATION

 by B J BECKHAM Officials continue to investigate the murder of New Grace Deputy Horace Nevada who disappeared without a trace on the night of February 12, 2008. His body was discovered on April 11, 2016  in a freezer on property recently purchased in Acadia by Corey and Megan Inker. The previous owners, The Belands, were killed more than seven months ago on Interstate 26. According to their daughter Missy, the fifteen acre property...
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