Prosecutors in Maryland charged a high-ranking agent with the National Security Agency with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 3-year-old special needs toddler adopted from South Korea just months earlier, according to the Washington Post.
Brian O’Callaghan, 36, is accused of repeatedly striking Hyunsu O’Callaghan’s head, neck and back and inflicting damage which caused the boy’s death two days later, according to prosecutors.
“An absolutely horrific crime on an absolutely innocent young victim,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Donna Fenton, according to the Post. “Basically this child was beaten to death from head to toe.” Continue Reading »
Daniel Chae, a singer for K-pop group DMTN, successfully appealed his one-year prison sentence for using and distributing marijuana, according to Sports Seoul.
The Seoul High Court judge gave him a three year suspended sentence with two years of probation. Chae will be required to do 120 hours of community service and 80 hours of substance abuse treatment and a fine of approximately $6,700.
When he first made his appeal last December, the 22-year-old singer asked for the court’s forgiveness saying, “I spent the last two months in a cold and scary place crying and thinking about my family. From now on, I will never break any laws and diligently live a life of faith. If you show me mercy, I will become a young man that is an asset to this country. Please forgive me.” Continue Reading »
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A Northern California pastor was charged with unlawful sex with a 17-year-old girl who was one of two teenage runaways hiding at his home, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Prosecutors in Contra Costa County charged Hyo Bin Im, also known as Pastor John, with felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a juvenile, child concealment and animal cruelty, the latter in connection with a badly injured dog that was found in his home on Jan. 29.
Im, a 33-year-old graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, was an English ministry pastor at Contra Costa Korean Presbyterian Church in San Ramon, a middle-class suburb in the East Bay. Continue Reading »
An animal rights activist confronted a Las Vegas pet shop owner who was recently arrested for setting fire to her shop with 27 puppies inside, according to the Associated Press.
Gloria Eun Hye Lee allegedly conspired with an accomplice to burn her store on Monday. Surveillance video showed Lee opening the back door of her shop to let in a man who doused the premises with gasoline before setting it on fire.
The automatic sprinkler system and responding firefighters ultimately thwarted the attempt and the dogs all survived.
As Lee arrived in court to face criminal charges, an animal rights activist holding signs confronted her with angry words until an armed marshaled intervened. One of the animal rights advocates who held signs and cursed Lee in court, later left the building voluntarily. Continue Reading »
A 35-year-old Las Vegas woman is in custody after setting fire to her own pet store and endangering the lives of 27 dogs, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
Authorities identified Gloria Eun Hye Lee from surveillance footage, which showed her entering the front door and opening the back door for a man carrying three gasoline containers. Lee collected files from her office while the man poured gasoline throughout the store.
Lee then collected the gas cans in a trash bag and locked the front door while the man lit newspapers and lit the gasoline. Both left through the back door before firefighters arrived at the scene at around 1 a.m. on Jan. 27. Continue Reading »