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Woman Headed to Court After ‘Stupid’ Disappearance Hoax Fails

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — A North Carolina woman is scheduled to appear in court Friday, the exact place authorities say she was trying to avoid when she allegedly faked her disappearance in an elaborate hoax.

Amy Arrington, 42, vanished Saturday. Her husband, Paul, told police that she disappeared after going in the water at North Myrtle Beach without him.

Lifeguards and rescue crews combed the waters, frantic efforts to save a drowning woman.

But police later said it was all part of a plot the couple hatched to avoid a court appearance. Amy Arrington was due to face a judge Monday on identity theft and forgery charges.

She now also faces one count of criminal conspiracy. Arrington turned herself in Wednesday, and is being held on $500,000 bond.

Paul Arrington turned himself in Thursday, charged with one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of making a false complaint to a law enforcement officer. He has posted bond on both counts and has been released.

Before turning himself in, Paul Arrington spoke to ABC affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte about his motives.

“I love my wife, and I’m going to do anything I can to protect her,” he told WSOC. “We felt our backs were against the wall and we had no choice.”

“It was a stupid choice, I mean very stupid, one that we both regret was made,” he added.
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Woman Headed to Court After ‘Stupid’ Disappearance Hoax Fails

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — A North Carolina woman is scheduled to appear in court Friday, the exact place authorities say she was trying to avoid when she allegedly faked her disappearance in an elaborate hoax.

Amy Arrington, 42, vanished Saturday. Her husband, Paul, told police that she disappeared after going in the water at North Myrtle Beach without him.

Lifeguards and rescue crews combed the waters, frantic efforts to save a drowning woman.

But police later said it was all part of a plot the couple hatched to avoid a court appearance. Amy Arrington was due to face a judge Monday on identity theft and forgery charges.

She now also faces one count of criminal conspiracy. Arrington turned herself in Wednesday, and is being held on $500,000 bond.

Paul Arrington turned himself in Thursday, charged with one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of making a false complaint to a law enforcement officer. He has posted bond on both counts and has been released.

Before turning himself in, Paul Arrington spoke to ABC affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte about his motives.

“I love my wife, and I’m going to do anything I can to protect her,” he told WSOC. “We felt our backs were against the wall and we had no choice.”

“It was a stupid choice, I mean very stupid, one that we both regret was made,” he added.
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Victim of Chimp Mauling Seeks Ban on Trafficking Non-Human Primates

iStock/Thinkstock(STAMFORD, Conn.) — A Connecticut woman who was brutally mauled by a friend’s pet chimpanzee in 2009 appeared on Capitol Hill Thursday to support legislation that would stop interstate transport of chimps and other non-human primates.

Charla Nash was blinded and left without hands and nearly all of her face after the brutal attack outside the chimp owner’s home in Stamford, Connecticut. In 2011, Nash was one of the first people in the U.S. to get a face transplant.

At a press conference sponsored by the Humane Society, Nash said she decided to appear to support the bill to make sure that what happened to her “never happens to anyone else ever again.”

The chimp, which was killed after the attack, was purchased in Missouri and transported to Connecticut.

There’s a 100-year-old law that bans interstate sales of several wild animals, including lions and tigers. The proposed Captive Primates Safety Act would add non-human primates to that list of animals that cannot be transported across state lines to be used as pets.

Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal is a co-sponsor of the bill and appeared with Nash Thursday. “Wildlife like non-human primates cannot be kept safely in people’s homes because they are wild. That’s their instinct. That’s what they are,” said Blumenthal.

Bills similar to the Captive Primates Safety Act have passed in the House before, but were ignored by the Senate. Blumenthal is hoping to change that this year.

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Victim of Chimp Mauling Seeks Ban on Trafficking Non-Human Primates

iStock/Thinkstock(STAMFORD, Conn.) — A Connecticut woman who was brutally mauled by a friend’s pet chimpanzee in 2009 appeared on Capitol Hill Thursday to support legislation that would stop interstate transport of chimps and other non-human primates.

Charla Nash was blinded and left without hands and nearly all of her face after the brutal attack outside the chimp owner’s home in Stamford, Connecticut. In 2011, Nash was one of the first people in the U.S. to get a face transplant.

At a press conference sponsored by the Humane Society, Nash said she decided to appear to support the bill to make sure that what happened to her “never happens to anyone else ever again.”

The chimp, which was killed after the attack, was purchased in Missouri and transported to Connecticut.

There’s a 100-year-old law that bans interstate sales of several wild animals, including lions and tigers. The proposed Captive Primates Safety Act would add non-human primates to that list of animals that cannot be transported across state lines to be used as pets.

Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal is a co-sponsor of the bill and appeared with Nash Thursday. “Wildlife like non-human primates cannot be kept safely in people’s homes because they are wild. That’s their instinct. That’s what they are,” said Blumenthal.

Bills similar to the Captive Primates Safety Act have passed in the House before, but were ignored by the Senate. Blumenthal is hoping to change that this year.

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Georgia Man Arrested on Wire Fraud Charges for Scamming Airlines

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A Georgia man was arrested on Wednesday and was scheduled for a Thursday arraignment after he allegedly scammed airlines out of money by fraudulently booking airline reservations as a flight crew member.

Gilbert Myers Jr., 37, was arrested on Wednesday at a Beverly Hills, California hotel. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, he had been indicted on June 6 and accused of one count of conspiracy and three counts of wire fraud. He was allegedly involved in a conspiracy to defraud airlines by providing travelers with boarding passes and stand-by tickets, for which actual airline employees pay low prices, if any at all, provided the travelers acted as if they were “non-rev” employee travelers.

Myers allegedly charged $2,000 for one year of free flights.

He advised the travelers to dress appropriately and answer any questions by saying they were employed at another airline. Travelers were able to use their real identification and the fraudulent boarding pass to get through security and onto the planes.

JetBlue Airways and United Airlines were among the air carriers on which Myers booked fraudulent flights.

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Soldier Dad Makes Surprise Appearance at Son’s Summer Camp

Jupiterimages/Creatas/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, Conn.) — A summer camp magic performance turned truly magical all for a 9-year-old boy waiting to see his father.

Ethan Christensen was brought up on stage to be part of the show at the YMCA’s Camp Indian Valley, but he had no idea just how he would be wowed by the show’s climax.

During the act, he was given a military cap to put on, and was then asked to give it to the man standing behind him, introduced as the magician’s “new assistant.”

When he realized the assistance was in fact his father, Major Timothy Christensen, he leaped into his arms.

Major Christensen had been away from home for more than a year on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Christensen also surprised his daughter, Emily, at the same camp.

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‘Pillowcase Rapist’ Parole Blasted as ‘Dangerous and Reckless’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The “pillowcase rapist” who terrorized California women in the early 1990s is now a free man, despite objections from outraged residents.

Christopher Hubbart, now 63, earned the nickname because of the serial method he used when sexually assaulting women at night in their homes.

Hubbart was released on parole Wednesday morning from a mental hospital to a court-ordered suburban Los Angeles house in the Antelope Valley, according to ABC’s Los Angeles affiliate KABC.

Hubbart has admitted to over 100 rapes and attempted rapes, and was arrested and sentenced to state prison several times but even managed to sexually assault women during his parole periods, KABC reported.

ABC News has been unable to reach him for comment.

He had been behind bars since 1996 at the Coalinga State Hospital. A firestorm of protests grew in California on news of his latest parole. Residents throughout the state attended hearings and wrote numerous letters to a Santa Clara County judge pleading to keep Hubbart behind bars.

L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich said in a statement: “Once again, the State’s criminal justice system failed to uphold its responsibility to protect the public’s safety. The Santa Clara County Judge’s decision to dump a convicted serial rapist in our community is dangerous and reckless.”

Hubbart’s crimes spanned the entire state with more than 50 known female victims in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, as well as in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties in Northern California, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Most victims ranged in age from 25 to 35. Hubbart often stalked his victims, entered their homes when they were alone at night, and raped them after placing a pillow case over their heads, the D.A.’s Office said.

Since 2013, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been at the forefront of trying to prevent Hubbart from being released into the community of Lake Los Angeles after Santa Clara County Judge Gilbert Brown determined that Hubbart no longer posed a risk of re-offense and ruled that he could be safely housed in the community.

Over the objections of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Judge Brown ruled that Hubbart should be placed in Los Angeles County and selected the Lake Los Angeles residence.

Hubbart will wear a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week GPS monitor on his ankle and will be accompanied by security people every time he goes out in public for the first six months to a year of his release. He will be transported to therapy sessions twice a week, according to KABC.

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Texas Shooter Choked, Threatened Mom One Week Ago

Harris County Sheriff’s Department(HOUSTON) — A week before Ron Haskell allegedly killed four children and two adults in a Texas rampage, he reportedly taped his mother to a chair, choked her, and threatened to kill her for speaking to his ex-wife, according to police records obtained by ABC News.

The wife had also filed domestic abuse complaint against her husband in 2008 after he dragged her by the hair and repeatedly punched her in the head and five years later sought a restraining order against him, court documents state.

Haskell, 33, was charged with capital murder Thursday for allegedly shooting seven people in Spring, Texas. Six died and one is in the hospital with a head wound. He is accused of shooting his victims after kicking open their door, tying them up face down on the floor, and demanding to know where his wife was, according to testimony in a preliminary hearing. He then allegedly shot them execution style.

Haskell, who is divorced from Melanie Kaye Haskell, has left a trail of complaints about his violence and the most recent one was filed by his own mother.

Haskell’s mother, Karla Jeanne Haskell, told police in San Marcos Calif., on July 3 that she wanted a restraining order against her son after a ferocious argument that began when she told him that she was in contact with his ex-wife, court documents state.

She said that he forced her into the garage and tied her wrists with duct tape before taping her to a computer chair.

“He yelled at me and twice placed his hands around my neck trying to choke me and caused me to pass out,” Karla Haskell, 61, said, according to the court documents. “He told me he was going to kill me, my family and any officer who stops him. He hid my telephones. I was taped up for four hours.”

There is no record of Haskell being arrested for the alleged assault on his mother.

Police reports in Utah indicate that Haskell’s ex-wife was also the victim of violence. Ron Haskell was charged with domestic assault on June 5, 2008 after his wife called the police saying that he had dragged her out of their bedroom by her hair and repeatedly punched her in the head.

The Logan City Police Department report states that she then decided to go and sleep in their children’s bedroom, but he followed her in there and pulled her out of the room by her hair once more, continuing to punch her in the head.

Police booked him on domestic assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child because the couple’s children, aged 3 and 5 at the time, were present. He made bail and was released five hours later. It’s not clear how the charge was adjudicated.

Captain Tyson Budge told ABC News that they also have records of Haskell calling in for a police welfare check on his wife after she allegedly went missing and left a note that led him to be concerned about her safety. He told police that he found her hours later.

The final issue that the Logan City Police Department was involved in was a protection order violation. Haskell’s wife had been awarded a protection order in July 2013 and on Oct. 8, 2013, she called in a protection order violation because he had showed up at one of their childrens’ schools.

The wife filed for divorce months later — on Valentine’s Day.

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Texas Shooter Choked, Threatened Mom One Week Ago

Harris County Sheriff’s Department(HOUSTON) — A week before Ron Haskell allegedly killed four children and two adults in a Texas rampage, he reportedly taped his mother to a chair, choked her, and threatened to kill her for speaking to his ex-wife, according to police records obtained by ABC News.

The wife had also filed domestic abuse complaint against her husband in 2008 after he dragged her by the hair and repeatedly punched her in the head and five years later sought a restraining order against him, court documents state.

Haskell, 33, was charged with capital murder Thursday for allegedly shooting seven people in Spring, Texas. Six died and one is in the hospital with a head wound. He is accused of shooting his victims after kicking open their door, tying them up face down on the floor, and demanding to know where his wife was, according to testimony in a preliminary hearing. He then allegedly shot them execution style.

Haskell, who is divorced from Melanie Kaye Haskell, has left a trail of complaints about his violence and the most recent one was filed by his own mother.

Haskell’s mother, Karla Jeanne Haskell, told police in San Marcos Calif., on July 3 that she wanted a restraining order against her son after a ferocious argument that began when she told him that she was in contact with his ex-wife, court documents state.

She said that he forced her into the garage and tied her wrists with duct tape before taping her to a computer chair.

“He yelled at me and twice placed his hands around my neck trying to choke me and caused me to pass out,” Karla Haskell, 61, said, according to the court documents. “He told me he was going to kill me, my family and any officer who stops him. He hid my telephones. I was taped up for four hours.”

There is no record of Haskell being arrested for the alleged assault on his mother.

Police reports in Utah indicate that Haskell’s ex-wife was also the victim of violence. Ron Haskell was charged with domestic assault on June 5, 2008 after his wife called the police saying that he had dragged her out of their bedroom by her hair and repeatedly punched her in the head.

The Logan City Police Department report states that she then decided to go and sleep in their children’s bedroom, but he followed her in there and pulled her out of the room by her hair once more, continuing to punch her in the head.

Police booked him on domestic assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child because the couple’s children, aged 3 and 5 at the time, were present. He made bail and was released five hours later. It’s not clear how the charge was adjudicated.

Captain Tyson Budge told ABC News that they also have records of Haskell calling in for a police welfare check on his wife after she allegedly went missing and left a note that led him to be concerned about her safety. He told police that he found her hours later.

The final issue that the Logan City Police Department was involved in was a protection order violation. Haskell’s wife had been awarded a protection order in July 2013 and on Oct. 8, 2013, she called in a protection order violation because he had showed up at one of their childrens’ schools.

The wife filed for divorce months later — on Valentine’s Day.

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‘Pillowcase Rapist’ Parole Blasted as ‘Dangerous and Reckless’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The “pillowcase rapist” who terrorized California women in the early 1990s is now a free man, despite objections from outraged residents.

Christopher Hubbart, now 63, earned the nickname because of the serial method he used when sexually assaulting women at night in their homes.

Hubbart was released on parole Wednesday morning from a mental hospital to a court-ordered suburban Los Angeles house in the Antelope Valley, according to ABC’s Los Angeles affiliate KABC.

Hubbart has admitted to over 100 rapes and attempted rapes, and was arrested and sentenced to state prison several times but even managed to sexually assault women during his parole periods, KABC reported.

ABC News has been unable to reach him for comment.

He had been behind bars since 1996 at the Coalinga State Hospital. A firestorm of protests grew in California on news of his latest parole. Residents throughout the state attended hearings and wrote numerous letters to a Santa Clara County judge pleading to keep Hubbart behind bars.

L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich said in a statement: “Once again, the State’s criminal justice system failed to uphold its responsibility to protect the public’s safety. The Santa Clara County Judge’s decision to dump a convicted serial rapist in our community is dangerous and reckless.”

Hubbart’s crimes spanned the entire state with more than 50 known female victims in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, as well as in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties in Northern California, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Most victims ranged in age from 25 to 35. Hubbart often stalked his victims, entered their homes when they were alone at night, and raped them after placing a pillow case over their heads, the D.A.’s Office said.

Since 2013, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been at the forefront of trying to prevent Hubbart from being released into the community of Lake Los Angeles after Santa Clara County Judge Gilbert Brown determined that Hubbart no longer posed a risk of re-offense and ruled that he could be safely housed in the community.

Over the objections of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Judge Brown ruled that Hubbart should be placed in Los Angeles County and selected the Lake Los Angeles residence.

Hubbart will wear a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week GPS monitor on his ankle and will be accompanied by security people every time he goes out in public for the first six months to a year of his release. He will be transported to therapy sessions twice a week, according to KABC.

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