Category Archives: We Remember

Online Date Ends Up Being ‘The Last’ for This Single Dad (Video)

Online date, man murdered

*A single father who was looking for love on the online dating site, Plenty of Fish, was found dead on his kitchen floor after he went out on a date with an 18-year-old girl who it was later learned, had set him up for a robbery.

His murder may have been a last minute decision.

27-year-old Adam Hilarie met 18-year-old Hailey Bustos via Plenty of Fish, an online dating site. The two went bowling on their first date. After the date the pair went back to Hilarie’s house, and upon parting, Bustos texted: “I had a good time and would like to see you again.”

The agreement turned out to be a grave mistake.

They set up a meet at Hilarie’s place for the next night. But instead of arriving alone, the girl brought three friends with her.

According to a report on the Miami Herald:

Cops said 18-year-old Hailey Bustos had been paid $50 to arrange the theft of Hilarie’s TVs, Xbox and iPhone, and returned hours later for the robbery with the three men.

The incident escalated.

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Dog in Michigan Dies at Groomer’s After Being Soaked in Chemicals

Max, dog dies after chemicals spill

*At best we can hope that the death of this poor little poodle cocker spaniel mix will shut down Shaggy Dog Puppies & Supplies pet store in Michigan. Max, a healthy 7-year-old rescue, had been taken in for a routine visit as he had many times before. Last Thursday, he was taken in to get his hair trimmed and nails cut. He never made it back home. When the groomers didn’t call his owners, Dennis and Maureen St. Clair back in a timely manner to pick him up, a red flag rose up and Dennis decided to go to the pet shop located at Van Dyke near 21 Mile.

“I saw the groomer, her name was Cindy, and she was coming out the back door with a dog wrapped in blankets and just soaking wet,” Dennis told Fox 2. “And I looked and said, ‘Oh God, I hope it isn’t my dog,’ and it was Max, foaming at the mouth.”

But it was.

According to the groomers, little Max had been barking too much and they set him in a utility closet where somehow, chemicals spilled.  Continue reading

Good Samaritan Allegedly Killed By Two Men He Helped (Video)

Deon Antonio and Michael Dupree-Tyler
Deon Antonio and Michael Dupree-Tyler

*Who’da ever thunk it? Here you are being a good samaritan, and though you don’t expect any awards or rewards, you also don’t expect to be killed as a result of your good deed. Yet, Chadwick Garrett is dead today. And North Charleston police spokesperson Spencer Pryor alleges his killers are Deon Antonio, 17, and Michael Odell Anthony Dupree-Tyler, 19. He had helped the two fellas haul their Dodge Durango out of a ditch.

They had the audacity to rob him first.

Garrett, who died around 11:35 p.m. at the scene near Durant Avenue and North Jimtown Drive, was identified by a Charleston County Coroner’s Officer.

The two men have since been arrested in Charleston, NC.

Rest assured, “Karma” is real and it will be served in due time.

And we wonder why people hesitate to help. The past year has served up too many examples of innocent people who, with outstretched arms, met their untimely death. Continue reading

Review: With Star Trek Beyond, the Enterprise is in Good Hands


*Thanks to Twitter teaching me about the beauty in brevity, I can sum up my feelings for the rousing new Star Trek Beyond with a simple sentence:

The Enterprise is in good hands.

Maybe not GREAT hands, as I think the movie may have been a little more coherent if director J.J.Abrams had stayed at the helm. But with his promotion — or demotion, depending on which team you’re on — to the Star Wars franchise, Justin Lin’s taken over and delivered a very, very good movie — not quite as good as the 2009 reboot, but better, actually, than Abrams’ 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

I pride myself on writing reviews that don’t give away plot points, but let me say keep your eye on EVERYONE in this film. Several characters aren’t quite what they appear. Continue reading

Mother of Man Killed at His Own Birthday Party Said, ‘He Had a Good Heart’


*This is probably as hard to hear as it is for me to write. After all, how does anyone wrap their brain around a person not only dying on their birthday; but being killed. But that is what happened to Everick Lavon Coleman, who turned 43 on August 7th. Coleman was part of a group of folks who had the same birthday and 200 people showed up at a block party to celebrate.

The celebration was taking place in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street. But when partygoers heard a woman start screaming, “They’re going to shoot,” witnesses say people scattered.

One such witness, who would only identify herself as Pat, 36, said, “It was packed out here. I figured it was only a matter of time until something goes.” Continue reading

Mother Calls Daughter Who Killed Abusive Husband, ‘My Hero!’ (Watch)


*A 14-year-old Ohio girl who shot her father in the head as he slept on the couch, while his wife slept on the floor next to him, is being hailed a “hero” by her mother, who says the man abused them all.

But law enforcement doesn’t see it that way and the girl remains behind bars. 

According to a report in the New York Daily News. Brandi Meadows told WJW-TV on Thursday that her daughter Bresha “helped us all” when she shot her father, Jonathan Meadows, 41, in the head with his own gun on July 28 at their home in Warren, 55 miles southeast of Cleveland. Meadows allegedly beat his wife and kids and threatened them with his .45-caliber handgun often, according to Bresha’s lawyer and her family.

Through tears, Bresha’s mother, 41-year-old Brandi, said, “I love her and she helped us all. She’s my hero, our hero. I wasn’t strong enough to get out and she helped me.” Continue reading

Sesame Street Legends May Not Be Leaving The Show After All (And There’s More…)


Publish AFTER 2 p.m. Friday *Sometimes, I’m reminded that a voice — or chorus of voices — can make a difference.  And it’s times like that — like today — that I love my job.

Last week, I reported on the firing of three veteran Sesame Street cast members:  Roscoe Orman, who had played “Gordon” since 1974, along with actors who played “Bob” and “Luis”.  Bob had been on the show since its premiere in 1969.

Roscoe Orman, 72, who'd played "Gordon" on Sesame Street since 1974.
Roscoe Orman, 72, who’d played “Gordon” on Sesame Street since 1974.

The show’s producers said the terminations were part of an ongoing retooling of the show and its curriculum.  I (and dozens of other journalists) thought otherwise, particularly as everyone fired from the show was over 70.

A couple of days ago, I heard from Orman.  It seems that, in the wake of the extremely critical media coverage about the firings, the producers of Sesame Street are rethinking their decision and extending an olive branch to the legendary actors. Continue reading

Harry Potter Mania Is Back — New Book Draws Crowds, Breaks Records (Photos!)


*Some of my fondest memories of my eldest daughter growing up are the times we shared with Harry Potter. And it wasn’t just Harry: Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, Draco, Snape, and of course Volde…oops…HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED were all a part of a wonderful shared reading experience between the two of us.

I remember rushing to get caught up on the first couple of novels early one summer, as Janet anxiously awaited the publication of the new one, The Goblet of Fire I believe. Yes, we enjoyed the movies, too, but it was really all about the books for the two of us.

And it wasn’t just us. JK Rowling’s wizard world created a publishing phenomenon that we hadn’t seen in generations. Pre-orders for the novels broke records worldwide. I remember waiting for a plane at the airport one day immediately after one of the book’s release. Almost everyone at my gate was reading a copy of the almost 900 page hardback.

Back in the day, people lined up by the thousands at bookstores to count down to a midnight release of each novel. Many of those fans dressed up as their favorite characters for the events, and I will admit to attending one or two of them myself. (No, I didn’t dress up…but I wanted to.)

My daughter’s all grown up now (sniff), but I felt a tinge of excitement last spring when I read that an eighth tale in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was on the way. I wondered whether the fervor would continue, almost 10 years after the publication of the last novel. Also, this 8th installment was to be a “script book”, not a traditional novel, and it wouldn’t be written by Rowling. I wondered whether kids (of all ages) would still have a hunger for Harry.

I hadn’t pre-ordered a copy, but as last Saturday’s sun set, I couldn’t resist heading over to my local Barnes & Noble. Simply put, the store was a glorious, packed to the gills madhouse. I’d say Harry’s back, but I’m not sure he ever left. Continue reading