John D'Anna Arizona Republic Published 7:34 AM EST Jan 2, 2019 Dec. 25, 1931: The fates collaborated late yesterday afternoon, and as the result a baby girl abandoned on the desert 10 miles west of Superior had been given a temporary home in a Mesa maternity hospital while seven families of that valley city had offered permanent havens. Tire trouble of a homeward-bound Phoenix motorist, the restlessness of the motorists wife and the muffled cries that broke the desert’s usual vast stillness combined to save the tiny tot just as the approaching dusk heralded another anniversary of the Christ Child’s nativity. Without a clue as to the babe’s identity, peace officers throughout central Arizona were wondering last night who her parents might be, where they are now, and why the wee tot was left 150 feet from the highway in the cacti-studded wastes on the uplands beyond Florence Junction… —The Arizona Republic ◆ A day earlier, Dec. 24, 1931 It was … [Read more...] about ‘Hatbox Baby’ found on roadside is one of Arizona’s great mysteries
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From murderers to paedophiles, armed robbers to fraudsters, and rapists to violent thugs - in 2018, WalesOnline's reporters covered court cases that saw more than 500 people taken off Wales' streets. A criminal justice system that is open and transparent is a crucial part of how democracy works. Our courts are based on the premise that justice has not only to be done, but seen to be done. So in 2019, we'll continue to devote time, efforts and expertise to make sure what happens in our courtrooms remains visible and accountable to the public. This is a month-by-month list of those locked up in Wales in 2018. January Calvin Dawe and Kirsty Hodgson Dawe brandished a six-inch knife at takeaway staff while his girlfriend Hodgson pocketed cash from the till in a late night knifepoint armed robbery. The pair, who were drunk when they robbed Bite Spice in Bridgend last year, laughed and shouted in the dock as they were sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court . Gareth Jones The former mechanic who … [Read more...] about Locked up in 2018: 521 people jailed in Wales during the past year
From the love affair police officers who met for 'drug-fuelled' nights in hotel to the dad who dropped three-year-old daughter from bridge and blamed ‘aliens’ The man jailed after a court case collapses over a 'Traveller's Biggest Grass' threat on YouTube. The men involved in a gangland knee-capping outside Albert's Restaurant in Salford. These are just some of the court cases our reporters have covered in 2018. We've seen hardened criminals and gangsters jailed thanks to brilliant, patient police work; first offenders who have found themselves behind bars over one life-changing incident - and a couple of people driven to take the law into their own hands for revenge. An open, transparent criminal justice system is an important part of how our democracy works - so we make no apologies for devoting so much time and resources to letting you know what happens in our publicly-accountable courts. And we'll be back for more in 2019. January The burglar who broke into a care home … [Read more...] about Locked up in 2018, the people put behind bars in Manchester this year
Murders, rapists, paedophiles and international drug smugglers were among the criminals jailed across Merseyside in 2018. In many cases, their victims showed tremendous courage in facing their tormentors in court or fighting back against the thugs who targeted them. Officers have spent months and in some cases years working tirelessly to bring these callous criminals to justice for their horrific crimes. Below are all the details about 500 of the men and women put behind bars in 2018. January Ryan Lacey Doorman Lacey was caught up in a mass brawl after a contingent of Eintracht Frankfurt fans travelled to Liverpool to “participate in violence”, on November 22, 2017. After trying to defend a colleague, Lacey was filmed “body-slamming” a local man, Damion Tucker, who was mistaken for one of the German group, before stamping on the head of Jan Richter-Gemer. Mr Richter-Gemer, 25, spent weeks in Aintree Hospital where he required intensive treatment for multiple … [Read more...] about 500 people locked up in Merseyside in 2018
By TEJAL RAO OCT. 24, 2018 The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be. The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be. By TEJAL RAO OCT. 24, 2018 Photographs by SPENCER LOWELL The seven-story Don Quijote megastore in the Shibuya district of Tokyo is open 24 hours a day, but it’s hard to say when it’s rush hour, because there’s always a rush. A labyrinth of aisles leads to one soaring, psychedelic display after another presided over by cartoon mascots, including the mascot of Don Quijote itself: an enthusiastic blue penguin named Donpen who points shoppers toward toy sushi kits and face masks soaked with snail excretions and rainbow gel pens and split-toe socks. The candy section is vast, with … [Read more...] about In Japan, the Kit Kat Isn’t Just a Chocolate. It’s an Obsession.