CLEVELAND, OH — In a crime that shocked the nation, a Cleveland man is accused of murdering an elderly stranger and uploading the event to Facebook.

On Sunday, police initially said Steve Stephens had “broadcast the killing on Facebook Live,” but a spokesperson for the social media site later confirmed that the video was recorded and uploaded.

Stephens is considered armed and dangerous, police said, and, if seen, should not be approached.

The horrific video, which has since been taken down, allegedly shows Stevens killing an elderly man and bragging to the camera about how many other murders he has committed.

In the video, Stephens can be seen getting out of a car in a residential area. He turns to the camera and says, “Here’s somebody I’m about to kill. I’m about to kill this guy right here. An old dude.”

Stephens then approaches an elderly man on the street and can be seen talking to him.

Stephens: “Hi. Can you do me a favor? Can you say Joy Lane?”
Godwin: “Joy Lane?”
Stephens: “Yeah, she’s the reason this is about to happen to you.”

The video then shows a gun pointed at the elderly man’s head. The gun is fired and the victim falls to the ground. He was later pronounced dead.

An aggravated murder warrant was issued for Stephens’ arrest, and police said early Monday that he may have fled Ohio. Police have asked residents of nearby states, including Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan, to be on the lookout and to alert authorities immediately if Stephens is spotted.

Police say they still don’t know what drove Stephens to target the victim, who has been identified as Robert Godwin, 74, but investigators say the attack appears to be random.

“He’s a monster,” a member of the victim’s family told the press of Stephens before dissolving into tears.

In series of posts on Sunday to what authorities say was Stephens’ Facebook page, the suspect complained that he had “lost everything” to gambling.

“I killed 12 people today” wrote Stephens, who shared a list of people that he said he needed to make contact with.

In a second, updated post, Stephens wrote: “I killed 15 today because of Joy Lane (a woman who has since been identified as Stephens’ former girlfriend.” The suspect said his “Easter day slaughter” wouldn’t stop until he could speak to his mother and to Lane.

In a statement, Lane said, “Steve really is a nice guy. He is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family.”

“It’s senseless,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference. Asked if there were more victims, Williams said: “There are no other victims that we know of.”

Authorities described Stephens as a black man, standing 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 244 pounds. He is bald and has a full beard. He was last seen wearing a black or dark blue and gray striped polo shirt and was driving a white Ford Fusion with Ohio temporary tag number E363630.

A $50,000 reward has been issued for information leading to Stephens’ arrest.



WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a message to those who still seek to come to the United States illegally…there’s a new sheriff in town.

That was the message Sessions sent while appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” where the AG boasted of the change in status since president Trump’s inauguration.

“Can you believe that we have had the lowest number of entrances at the border in 17 years? This is the direct result of Donald Trump’s strong, clear leadership,” said Sessions.

“It has an impact. The most important thing for us is to send a message to the world that the border is not open. Please don’t come. You will be apprehended if you do come, and you will be deported promptly. And if you’re a criminal, you’ll be prosecuted. And if you assault our officers, we’re going to come at you with a ton of bricks,” he warned.

“This is the kind of message we need to send It is already being sent,” added Sessions. “It is having a dramatic effect so far. I knew strong presidential leadership unlike the wishy-washiness we’ve seen in the past would impact the flow, but not as much as we’ve seen already. The numbers are down 70 percent since President Obama left office. It is really a remarkable achievement.”

Sessions, who toured the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday, said during a press conference after the tour that he believes Trump’s get-tough approach to immigration prosecutions will help to clean up a lot of the “filth” brought into the U.S. by Mexican drug cartels.

“This is a new era. This is the Trump era,” he said. “The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over.”

Speaking of the soon-to-begin construction of Trump’s border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, Sessions said the wall will only aid in the war on drugs and crime.

“The barrier, the wall, will have a great and positive impact and will continue our ability to follow through on a commitment to end the lawlessness,” he said.

Critics blasted the initiatives touted by Sessions as racist fear-mongering and baseless in fact.

“Once again, Attorney General Sessions is scaring the public by linking immigrants to criminals despite studies showing that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than the native born. He and President Trump are wasting more federal taxpayer dollars going after illegal border crossers instead of protecting the American public,” said Gregory Z. Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Undeterred, Sessions said the tough new stance on illegal immigration will continue.

“When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean international criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war zones, that rape and kill innocent civilians, and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders,” Sessions said. “It is here on this very sliver of land—on this border—that we take our stand. It is a direct threat to our legal system, peace and prosperity.”



SAN BERNARDINO, CA — Two adults are dead and two students were injured on Monday in what police are calling an apparent murder suicide.

The incident took place Monday morning at around 10:30 a.m. at North Park Elementary school in the city of San Bernardino as police responded to reports of an active shooter.

One of the victims is believed to be a teacher, said Maria Garcia, communications officer at San Bernardino Unified School District in a statement to Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/10/san-bernardino-elementary-school-shooting-2-reported-dead-in-suspected-murder-suicide.html). The other deceased victim has not yet been identified. Two students were also transported to a local hospital after the shooting, which took place inside one of the school’s classrooms.

“We have two students who have been flown by MediVac helicopter to a local trauma center,” Garcia said. “We do not know the age of the students. We do not know the grade that the teacher taught,” she said. The school has about 600 students and teaches children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.

Both children are listed in critical condition.

It is not yet known how the suspect gained entry to the school, which is typically on lock down during the day.

“Our school campuses are obviously closed campuses during the school day … the time of 10:28 a.m. would have been well into the school day. We do not know how that suspect gained access into our school,” Garcia said.

Although police have said the suspect is “down” they would not confirm whether or not the suspect was one of the two deceased adults.

Garcia said the shooting is believed to have occurred as a result of a domestic dispute, but refused to elaborate further.

State and local law enforcement officials are investigating.



BAYTOWN, TX — A Texas deputy was shot and killed in the line of duty on Monday after investigators say he may have been intentionally targeted by an unknown suspect.

Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood, a 30-year veteran of the Baytown Police Department, was shot at around 7 a.m. local time, Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said Monday during a live news conference.

“He succumbed to his injuries,” Dorris said while fighting back tears. He did not survive.”

After being shot, Greenwood was able to radio for help while taking his final breaths.

“I’m bleeding out,” Greenwood told police dispatchers, who immediately sent a team of emergency responders to the scene. Greenwood was administered treatment and airlifted to nearby Memorial Hermann Hospital but was ultimately pronounced dead.

Outside the hospital, officers embraced each other with hugs as police officials escorted a young man who was identified as a relative into the hospital as he cried and held his head in his hands.

At least a dozen police motorcycles, lights flashing, escourted a white minivan that carried Greenwood’s body as the vehicle left the hospital in route to the coroner’s office.

“He was an incredible human being, a cop’s cop,” Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen said in a statement.

“This is a reminder to pray for and support all law enforcement officials in our state, especially at this time of grief,” said state Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Baytown Police in conjunction with a host of state investigative agencies are investigating the attack and say the suspect’s motive remains unknown.

“Whether or not he was specifically targeted, or whether this was because of the uniform he was wearing or the place he pulled up to in the morning, we just don’t know that right now,” Dorris said.

Regardless of the motive, investigators say the attack was intentional.

“We don’t have any indication that tells us he’s gonna go out and target anybody else,” said Dorris.

“Texas is taking action to strengthen penalties for those brazen enough to commit crimes against law enforcement, and we will send a message that such vile acts will not be tolerated in the Lone Star State,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement shortly after Greenwood’s death was announced. “I am confident that the perpetrator of this swift and despicable act will be apprehended and that murder will be met with swift justice.”



PATERSON, N.J.– Two New Jersey students have been placed under arrest after police say they were caught planning a Sandy Hook style massacre at their former elementary school.

According to a report published in the Patterson Press (http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/passaic/paterson/2017/03/28/2-eastside-students-arrested-talk-columbine-like-attack/99758718/), police were alerted after the principal at New Roberto Clemente elementary school discovered that two local High School students, a girl and a boy, had visited websites that offer instruction on how to mimic the deadly shootings that occurred at Columbine High School in Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale said detectives in the juvenile division were notified about the threats on Tuesday. “It was determined to be a valid threat,” he said.

After searching the homes of the two students, police say they and did not discover any weapons but found sufficient cause to believe that the attack planning was in its early stages. The teens, both students at Eastside High School in Paterson, were taken into custody a short time later.

“We are working very closely with the school district,” said Speziale, “to ensure the safety of everyone involved.”

Deputy Police Chief Troy Oswald confirmed that terrorist threat charges were filed against both juveniles.

Their names have not been released.



WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Massachusetts law enforcement official is calling for the arrest of sanctuary city leaders who refuse to comply with president Trump’s new federal immigration orders.

Testifying before Congress on Tuesday, Bristol County, Massachusetts Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the House Subcommittee on Illegal Immigration that sanctuary cities “have become magnets for illegal aliens, some of which have violent criminal records” and said the time has come to get tough with city leaders who fail to comply.

“If these sanctuary cities are going to harbor and conceal criminal illegal aliens from ICE, which is in direct violation of Title 8 of the U.S. Code, federal arrest warrants should be issued for their elected officials,” Hodgson said. “Our citizens would be safer if we never stopped enforcing immigration law and if we never formed or turned a blind eye toward sanctuary cities.”

“These officials pledge not to work with, cooperate or even communicate with federal immigration enforcement,” Hodgson continued. “Sanctuary cities are a direct violation of trust between legal residents and the elected officials who took an oath to protect them at all costs. At the worst, it’s careless, illegal and extremely dangerous.”

Hodgson said sanctuary city leaders will quickly see a change of attitude “if their leaders start running into legal trouble.”

The sheriff said that making judges available during evening hours would be of great help when it comes to the issuing of warrants. “This could prevent the bail or release of a dangerous criminal illegal alien,” Hodgson said.

Hodgson said he had no problem with legal immigrants, just those who enter the country illegally, adding that his own father was an immigrant from England who became an American citizen “the right, legal way.”

“We need to continue accepting immigrants who follow the rules and go through the legal process, not reward those who come here illegally,” he said.

The sherriff also criticized Rep. Michelle DuBois (D-Brockton), who earlier this week warned illegals of a planned ICE raid in her jurisdiction.

“I have a message for the immigrant community of Brockton. Please be careful on Wednesday 29. ICE will be in Brockton on that day. If you are undocumented don’t go out on the street. If there is a knock on the door of your house and you don’t know who it is, don’t open the door. I ask you to be careful,” DuBois wrote in a Facebook post.

Hodgson called DuBois’s action the “most outrageous, outrageous example of what is going on across the United States that is undermining my job and every other law enforcement officer in the United States” and slammed the representative as an example of everything that is wrong with government.

Last week, in an effort to increase the heat on sanctuary cities, the Department of Homeland Security presented to president Trump its first weekly list of cities that refused to cooperate with his administration’s immigration crackdown, including the crimes committed by illegals within their jurisdiction.

During a press conference on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans by the Trump administration to impose financial sanctions on sanctuary cities who have refused to comply.




WASHINGTON, D.C. — District of Columbia mayor Muriel Bowser has announced plans to step up the search for missing children.

In response to the wealth of negative attention the district has received about the missing children in the District, particularly in light of the recent social media attention given to the alleged child pedophilia ring known as PizzaGate, Bowser says the time has come to get to the cause of the disappearances.

Commander Chanel Dickerson, head of D.C. police’s Youth and Family Services Division, told FOX 5 (http://www.fox5dc.com/news/dc-news/233676272-story) that a large number of the missing children are the result of runaways.

“A large number of our missing teens voluntarily leave home and they’re found or located within a short time,” said Dickerson.

But high profile names such as rap artist P Diddy, actor and rapper LL Cool J and Washington Wizards star John Wall have went public on social media with their concerns that the disappearances may be the result of something much more nefarious.

Tina Frundt, founder of Courtney’s house, an organization that fights to rescue children who have been sold into prostitution says child sex trafficking continues to be a problem in D.C..

“We get about four to five a week, and that’s on top of what we already have. That my mean that they are in juvenile or their parent is looking for them and they called us beforehand. Where the referral came from police or probation case managers. So I think the more awareness that were actually having means were getting more referrals and people are actually starting to identify. But the most important part of all of this is that survivors actually call themselves and bring their friends as well,” said Frundt.

Since March 19, D.C. police have shared 22 missing person fliers on Twitter; 11 of these people were juveniles.

Regardless of the cause, Bowser said something must be done to bring the epidemic to an end.

“One missing young person, is one too many, and these new initiatives will help us do more to find and protect young people, particularly young girls of color, across our city,” said Mayor Bowser. “Through social media, we have been able to highlight this problem and bring awareness to open cases, and now we are doing more to ensure that families and children are receiving the wraparound services they need to keep families together and children safe.”