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FL man arrested for murder after wife found buried in backyard

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FL man arrested for murder after wife found buried in backyard

A Florida man was busted after his newlywed wife’s remains were found buried in their backyard, authorities said.

Roberto Colon, 66, of Boynton Beach was arrested Saturday on a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying of 45-year-old Mary Stella Gomez-Mullet, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The couple tied the knot in January just weeks after meeting each other, news station CBS12 reported.

Colon allegedly told authorities that he wed Gomez-Mullet to give her US citizenship in exchange of taking care of his mother, the outlet reported.

Gomez-Mullet was reported missing on Feb. 20 after a friend overheard a concerning encounter between her and Colon over the phone, police said.

The pal told authorities that Gomez-Mullet was yelling, “No, no, no, Roberto!” before the call ended.

She tried calling Gomez-Mullet back, but the phone went straight to voicemail, the outlet reported.

On Feb. 24, a bloody purse containing items belonging to Gomez-Mullet was found about a mile from Colon’s home, authorities said.

When questioned by authorities about her disappearance, Colon suggested that she disappeared while he was at a doctor’s appointment on Feb. 18.

He also said they had got into an argument in which she accused her of stealing his mother’s money, the outlet reported.

Detectives later searched his home and uncovered blood stains on the front door, in the garage and inside of the workshop, the outlet reported.

He claimed that the blood may have belonged to one of his dogs that died years ago, but lab tests confirmed that the samples belonged to a human, the paper reported.

When confronted with the new evidence, Colon allegedly told detectives that Gomez-Mullet was “swimming with the fishes,” news station WPTV reported.

“Find the body,” Colon yelled to detectives. 

Then as officers left his property, Colon said to them, “Well, at least you didn’t find a body at my house,” WPTV reported.

But during a search of the backyard Friday, authorities found human remains that were identified as Gomez-Mullet.

“Our heartfelt condolences are with Mary’s family and loved ones,” Boynton Beach Police Chief Michael G. Gregory said in a statement. “We remain dedicated to this ongoing investigation and bringing justice to her family.”

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Brooklyn Center city manager fired

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Brooklyn Center City Manager Curt Boganey was fired on Monday evening, hours after he publicly disagreed with Mayor Mike Elliott’s assertion that the police officer who fatally shot a black man in the Minneapolis suburb should be immediately fired in response to the incident.

“Effective immediately our city manager has been relieved of his duties, and the deputy city manager will be assuming his duties moving forward,” Elliott wrote on Twitter. “I will continue to work my hardest to ensure good leadership at all levels of our city government.”

Daunte Wright, 20, was fatally shot during a traffic stop. Bodycam footage showed three officers gathered near a stopped car that police said was pulled over for an expired registration. Police attempted to arrest the man, later identified as Wright, for an outstanding warrant. A struggle ensued, followed by the fatal shooting.

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said the officer who shot and killed Wright had intended to fire a Taser, not their service weapon. Authorities have not released the name of the female officer involved in the shooting.

The Brooklyn Center City Council voted to fire Boganey, a longtime city employee, during an emergency meeting, the Star Tribune reported. At the same meeting, the council voted to give the mayor command authority over the city’s police department.

During a virtual workshop after the meeting, Council Member Kris Lawrence-Anderson said she voted to fire Boganey out of fear of potential reprisals from protestors if she did not, according to the newspaper.

“He was doing a great job. I respect him dearly,” Lawrence-Anderson said. “I didn’t want repercussions at a personal level.”

Both Elliott and Boganey addressed potential disciplinary action toward the officer during a press conference earlier in the day. At the time, Elliott called for the officer to be fired.

“Let me be very clear – my position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession,” Elliott said. “I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.”

Before leaving the podium, Elliott noted that Boganey, as city manager, had the authority to determine whether the officer would be fired. Boganey noted that he would not take immediate action to remove the officer.

“All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline,” Boganey said. “This employee will receive due process and that’s really all that I can say today.”

When pressed on whether he personally felt the officer should be fired, Boganey again called for due process.

“If I were to answer that question, I’d be contradicting what I said a moment ago — which is to say that all employees are entitled to due process and after that due process, discipline will be determined,” Boganey said. “If I were to say anything else, I would actually be contradicting the idea of due process.”

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

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China launches traffic signal for camels

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China launches traffic signal for camels

Lights, camels, action!

Chinese officials have launched what they say is the world’s first traffic light for camels.

The signal came into operation Sunday at the Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Spring in Dunhuang City, Chinese state media outlet ECNS said Monday.

The area, in the country’s north-central Gansu province, has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years, according to CNN.

Camel-riding tours especially are a big attraction for visitors — who will now be safe from bumpy travel, thanks to the new traffic light.

The contraption has signals for both tourists and camels, which turn green for go and red for stop.

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Widow says that late hubby killed missing mom and her son in 2002

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A woman confessed that her late husband killed a young mom and her 4-year-old son who vanished in Arkansas in 2002 — bringing the two decade-old cold case to a close, authorities said.

Barbara Krusen told the FBI earlier this month that her husband Clarence Krusen admitted to her that “done away with” 20-year-old Angela Mack Cox and little Thomas “Mikey” Rettew and burned their bodies in a furnace.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that this new information had helped them close the missing persons investigation into the mom and son, who were last heard from in December 2002.

Detectives first spoke to Barbara last year, and she admitted to meeting Cox in the fall of 2002, when the mom came to work on the Krusen’s farm in Alton, Missouri.

Cox wanted to move to California and had agreed to let the couple adopt her son, even signing the papers, the widow told police.

However, Barbara said the mom later had a change of heart, and told Clarence she wanted to come back to retrieve her boy.

“Barbara stated that it angered both her and Clarence,” a statement on the case states. “She told Angela she needed to come back and pick up Mikey. That she didn’t want to just be a babysitter.”

The couple sent Cox a bus ticket and picked her up in Springfield, Mo., before heading back to their farm, Barbara said.

The next morning, little Thomas and his mom were gone.

Investigators later asked Barbara, now based in Virginia, to give a polygraph test, which she did on April 2 — and failed, according to the sheriff’s office.

During an interview after the lie-detecting test, Barbara finally admitted that her late husband had told her he’d gotten rid of the victims by “killing them and destroying their bodies in a furnace that they had attached to their farmhouse.”

When the couple eventually left the farm, Clarence told Barbara that they had to remove the furnace because of what it had been used for, she told the authorities.

He was fatally shot in Laredo, Tx., in 2012, the sheriff’s office said.

What happened to Cox and her son would remain a mystery for eight more years.

Detectives have never been able to locate any trace of their remains, but said they believe Barbara’s account.

She will not face charges in connection with the case.

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