Shawanda Spratling Killed by Boyfriend Larry Crawford in Murder-Suicide in Detroit

Shawanda Spratling killed in Detroit

Shawanda Spratling Killed by Boyfriend Larry Crawford in Murder-Suicide in Detroit

DETROIT MURDER-SUICIDE:  Convicted felon Larry Crawford killed girlfriend Shawanda Spratling and later took his life when he during a police chase in an apparent murder-suicide.

Shawanda Spratling, 33, was found beaten in the face and shot in the back of the head. Larry Crawford, 35, had been released from prison in January for assault, arson, felony firearms and resisting arrest charges, Click on Detroit reports.

Crawford killed himself when police from Detroit and Southfield were in pursuit in Freeland after tracking him through two stick-ups.

It is not clear why Shawanda Spratling reportedly rekindled a relationship with Crawford, since he had previously broken into a family home, her father, Fred Spratling, told Click on Detroit. He said he had no idea the two were seeing each other again because he would have definitely been against that. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Fred Spratling and his family.

Marco Bostwick Kills Angelina Brunson and Mary Richardson in Double Murder-Suicide in Panama City

PANAMA CITY DOUBLE MURDER-SUICIDE:  Marco Bostwick kills Angelina Brunson and Mary Richardson in a double murder-suicide inside a home located at 907 E. Eighth Court in Panama City, Fla. Police believe Bostwick, 40, shot and killed Brunson, 43 and Richardson, 83, before turning the gun on himself, Tuesday night. The gun thought to have been used in the shooting has been recovered, the News Herald reports.

Bostwick, who has a long criminal history in Bay County, was dating Brunson, who lived with her aunt, Richardson. Bostwick and Brunson have a 7-year-old daughter who was in the house when the shootings happened.

Ray Masslieno said he was standing outside his home across the street when he saw Bostwick pull into the driveway of 907 E. Eighth Court. Though police have said Bostwick lived on the property, Masslieno said Bostwick only visited regularly. Masslieno said Bostwick went around the back of the house.

“Shortly thereafter we heard gunshots and the screams of the child,” he said. “After the third shot the child came out and ran to me.” The girl was not physically harmed and is now staying with family, according to police. Source: News Herald

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family Mary Richardson and her niece, Angelina Brunson. Now an innocent child is left without her parents. What a horrific thing for a child to witness.

Sony Pictures’ ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Earns Record-Breaking $35 Million Tuesday

The Amazing Spider-Man

Sony Pictures’ ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Earns Record-Breaking $35 Million Tuesday (Photo credit: Columbia Pictures)

BOX OFFICE HIT:  Sony Pictures has another hit on its hands — The Amazing Spider-Man, which stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as the Lizard and Sally Field as Aunt May. The movie grossed $35 million on its opening day in theaters Tuesday. The Amazing Spider-Man, which cost a whopping $220 million to make, is expected to gross above $150 million for its first six-day totals, high above Sony’s expectation range between $110 and $120 million for the Tuesday-Sunday timeframe. The movie got a good rating, “A-” from CinemaScore, so it is a real possibility that it will be a runaway box office success when the totals are released on Sunday.

Higgs-Boson Discovery Still a Mystery to Many, Getting Higgy With It Jokes Abound

BIG SCIENCE NEWS DAY: Scientists at Europe’s CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research) have discovered a new subatomic particle, which is believed to be a basic building block of the universe. It appears to be the “boson” imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs. Well, I guess we should be excited about this, but most clearly don’t know what this means. Um, I took Physics in high school and I am still wondering why I put myself through hell on earth, but that’s for another discussion. Open Culture has a great animation that explains it in great detail. Check it out below:

Lots of jokes on Twitter about the God particle:

Holiday Gun Violence: 12 Year Old Boy Fatally Shot in Montgomery AL

Fourth of July Gun Violence: The Montgomery, Al, police department is investigating the fatal shooting of a 12 year old boy. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Regina Duckett told WSFA 12 that the shooting appears to be accident, but an investigation has been launched to determine exactly what led to the shooting.

The shooting occurred in the 2000 block of Commodore Street in Montgomery Wednesday afternoon. The child has not been identified. Jesus take the wheel — we can’t get through a single holiday without hearing of gun violence. SMH


Poor People in Debt Land in Jail As Private Probation Companies Add Hefty Fees for Minor Offenses

TweetBeat: Poor Land in Jail as Companies Add Huge Fees for Probation — “Private probation companies collect fines for minor infractions for many cash-strapped municipalities. They also tack on fees which put poor people in debt–and in jail–for minor offenses.”

Texas justifiable homicides rise with ‘Castle Doctrine’“Since Texas’ 2007 expansion of its Castle Doctrine (aka, the “Stand Your Ground” law at the core of the Trayvon Martin killing), justifiable homicides have been on the rise. Half occurred in the Houston area.”

Comedian Chris Rock Tweets “Happy White Peoples Independence Day, the Slaves Weren’t Free”

Comedian Chris Rock tweets “happy white peoples independence day” and conservative Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy site takes offense. Um, Chris Rock could care less what Republicans think. Still, come on Chris, do we always have to drag race in every dogfight? Didn’t Fredrick Douglass make a similar statement decades ago?

Frederick Douglass

Comedian Chris Rock Tweets “Happy White Peoples Independence Day,” Frederick Douglass was Skeptical of Independence Day too.

Tweets about Frederick Douglass:

Excerpt of Frederick Douglass’ speech about July 4th:

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival….

Read the entire speech:

Reaction to Chris Rock’s tweet:

There were some tweets in support of Chris Rock’s comments:

Body of Missing 3 Year Old Maurice Brown Jr. Found in Dumpster, Father Maurice Brown Sr. Arrested

Maurice Brown Jr dead

Body of Missing 3 Year Old Maurice Brown Jr. Found in Dumpster, Father Maurice Brown Sr. Arrested

TRAGIC:  Memphis police found the body of missing three year old Maurice Brown Jr. in a dumpster in South Memphis and his father, Maurice Brown Sr. was arrested and charged with aggravated child neglect or endangerment. Maurice went missing from his father’s home Sunday evening.

Maurice Brown Sr. reportedly told police he fell asleep for a few hours Sunday evening, and when he awoke his son was gone and the door was open. He claimed the child had been kidnapped.

However, a police affidavit contradicted his account. A witness told police that he saw Brown Sr. leaving his apartment with a child draped over his right shoulder and walk toward a parking lot on the north side of the apartment building between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the affidavit.

Police say they found evidence of spattered and pooled blood in the man’s bathroom that was consistent with a beating. Police also found a white piece of cloth with blood on it, the affidavit said. Source

Maurice Brown Jr. lived with his mother, Latoya Kanneh, in Pine Bluff, Ark., and he was visiting his father in Memphis. Nothing this little boy could have done deserved being beaten and killed by his father. The charges against Maurice Brown Sr. should be upgraded to murder.