Missing in Mexico: 5,000 condoms, sound equipment and a motor used to inflate a giant prophylactic, all stolen from a “condom-mobile” used to promote HIV/AIDS awareness.
The coordinator of an HIV/AIDS awareness tour, Polo Gomez, said the truck was taken Sunday from its parking spot in front of a friend’s house in Mexico City. READ MORE »
One man arrested in a public sex sting, backed by Lambda Legal, is suing the city of Johnson City, Tennessee along with its police chief for releasing pictures, names and addresses of himself and 39 other men arrested in the sting, along with the charges they faced, to the media. The October 2007 release, one of about 600 reviewed by Lambda, was the only one to include photographs, and also the only one to be personally approved by Johnson City Police Chief John Lowry.
In Giles v. City of Johnson City, et al. Lambda Legal argues that the Johnson City Police Department violated federal equal protection law by singling out the 40 men and subjecting them to worse treatment by giving them unprecedented negative exposure in the media before they had entered pleas in court. "Defendants intended the publication of photographs of the plaintiff," the complaint reads, "to bring public attention to plaintiff with resulting negative consequences, including but not limited to public humiliation, emotional distress, adverse employment consequences and turmoil in his relationships with family and friends." READ MORE »
A man sought in the killings of two gay men in Nova Scotia has been convicted of killing a man in New York state while fleeing police.
Glen D. Race, 26, faces life in prison without parole in the killing of Darcy Manor, 35, last year at a camp in upstate New York. No sentencing date has been set.
If he receives the full sentence in New York it is unlikely he will stand trial for the killings of two gay Canadian men whose bodies were found in rural areas of Nova Scotia.
The body of Trevor Charles Brewster, 45, was found in May last year under a boardwalk in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Michael Paul Knott, 44, was found a week earlier in a wooded area in Mill Cove, west of Halifax.
The killings prompted police to warn gay men last week about cruising in remote parks.
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Victims' relatives sobbed in court Tuesday as a serial killer pleaded guilty to eight slayings and was sentenced to eight consecutive life terms in prison.
Ronald Dominique, 44, shackled at the waist and feet, stood hunched over with his head bowed as state District Judge Randy Bethancourt read the sentences and names of the eight young men he raped and killed in the quiet bayou country of Terrebonne Parish during a decade-long spree. READ MORE »
Darrell Lynn Madden, a man described as a skinhead and white supremacist, is heading to trial on charges of kidnapping and first-degree murder in the slaying of a gay Oklahoma man last year.
Prosecutors say the killing of Steven Domer, 62, was part of a gang initiation.
Domer was abducted in a gay neighborhood last October 26. His burned-out car was found the following day and Domer’s body was discovered in a nearby ravine. An autopsy found he had been strangled with a coat hanger. READ MORE »
Allen Andrade told his girlfriend that he "snapped" when he learned the woman he had oral sex with the night before was biologically a man.
Indeed, until he confronted 18-year-old Angie Zapata in her Greeley apartment in July, Andrade had no reason to believe she was born Justin Zapata, Andrade's attorney argued Thursday at his preliminary hearing in Weld County District Court.
Zapata's closet was full of women's clothes and her apartment was decorated with a female's touch, testified Greeley police Detective Greg Tharp.
Only when Andrade grabbed at Zapata's crotch did he discover the truth. But when she smiled at him and said, "I'm all woman," it drove an enraged Andrade to commit murder, attorney Annette Kundelius said. READ MORE »
An openly gay Dallas man was murdered and dismembered inside his apartment on or before Sept. 4, according to police, and the jailed suspect’s father speculated that his son was involved in prostitution.
However, one longtime friend of the victim maintained it wouldn’t have been like 38-year-old Richard Hernandez to solicit sex, while another warned against jumping to conclusions.
Hernandez is presumed dead after Dallas police discovered a gruesome murder scene inside his apartment at 3939 Rosemeade Parkway in Far North Dallas, according to an arrest warrant. As of Thursday, Sept. 11, Hernandez’s remains had yet to be found.
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A year after gay businessman Ben Elliott left Atlanta in a cloud of controversy, he was arrested Aug. 27 in Winchester, Tenn., following an extensive federal investigation. At press time, Elliott was scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 5 in federal court in Atlanta on multiple charges of wire fraud and money laundering.
Elliott left town last summer after Hoedowns, the popular gay country bar where his family had become the majority shareholder, closed abruptly Aug.13, 2007. The contents of the bar were later sold at public auction.
Elliott’s tenure at Hoedowns was marked by anger from patrons who disliked the changes he made to the Atlanta institution, including dropping its format of all-country, all-the-time in favor of multiple drag shows and theme nights.
The Franklin County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Department arrested Elliott on Aug. 27. He was held overnight in the county jail, then transported to Chattanooga and transferred to federal authorities, said Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mike Bell.
Elliott is currently free on bond, according to the FBI.
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A motorist who claims to be HIV-positive was behind bars Sunday after biting an Atlanta officer on the arm during his arrest in southwest Atlanta.
Ross Deadwyler, 41, and police crossed paths about 3:30 a.m. Saturday when an Atlanta officer tried to stop Deadwyler along Metropolitian Parkway after noticing the suspect’s vehicle had a broken headlight, said Officer Ronald Campbell, an Atlanta police spokesman.
Deadwyler sped off, prompting the officer to briefly give chase, Campbell said.
A Georgia State Patrol officer soon picked up the chase, finally apprehending Deadwyler on Sylvan Road, Campbell said.
Deadwyler bit out a plug of flesh from the Atlanta officer’s arm as the officer reached into his car to shut off the ignition, Campbell said. Deadwyler said he was HIV positive immediately after biting the officer, Campbell said.
For the full story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, go here. READ MORE »