Suspect named in 1995 rape, murder of 14-year-old Nacole Smith | Csiatlanta

UPDATE (CBS46) — The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and the Atlanta Police Department have confirmed they have identified the man they believe is responsible for the rape and murder of 14-year-old Nacole Smith back in 1995.

A news conference was held Tuesday to provide a significant update in the case. However, authorities did not release the name of the suspect, only that he passed away in August of 2021 from liver and kidney failure.

During the press conference, Det. Vince Velazquez, who has since retired from APD and is a security consultant, talked about his involvement with the case over the years.

Velazquez says APD reopened the case in 2002 and in 2004 they got a forensic match after a 13-year-old girl was raped in East Point. However, despite their investigation, they were not able to identify a suspect at that time.

Det. Scott Demeester took up the torch after Velazquez and other veterans retired and spent hundreds of hours on the case.

Eventually, the police department was able to use genetic genealogy and match a DNA sample to the suspect. They were notified of the match just after Christmas.

Unfortunately, the suspect died in August 2021 of liver and kidney failure. 

Nacole’s mother spoke during the press conference. She described the confirmation of the suspect’s identification as bittersweet, but said it did not bring closure. She says she still has many unanswered questions and her feelings are all over the place.

Betty Brown, who was the 13-year-old East Point girl who was raped several months after Nacole, was also at the press conference and gave an emotional statement. Betty and Nacole’s mother have become close over the years.

The Atlanta Police Department announced after the press conference that Kelvin Arnold is the primary suspect in the case. 

This story will be updated throughout the day. Our initial story on the break in this case is below. CBS46 reporter Adam Murphy will have the full story tonight on CBS46 at 4, 5 and 6 p.m.

Here is the full press conference from Tuesday morning.

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ATLANTA (CBS46) — The family of Nacole Smith says they now know who killed their daughter more than 26 years ago.

Acqunellia Smith, Nacole’s mother, reached out to CBS46 anchor Karyn Greer Wednesday telling her a suspect has been named in her daughter’s death.

Smith tells CBS46 that DNA evidence has helped identify the man who police say beat, raped, and then shot and killed her 14-year-old daughter back in 1995.  

Through the use of genetic testing, and new ancestral DNA tools that were not available 25 years ago, investigators were able to find a link, and then come to a final conclusion on a suspect.

However, at this time, CBS46 is not releasing the name of the suspect, as Atlanta Police say they are following up on some new information, but not all the information has been confirmed. Police say they will announce further details in the case sometime next week.

Back in 1995, Smith was walking to school in Southwest Atlanta, but turned back around after forgetting a school assignment at home. She cut through the nearby wooded area, where police say she was attacked. 

Earlier this year, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office decided to take another look at the case, by re-examining and testing evidence never tested before.

DNA from the rape kit taken in 1995 after Smith’s murder matched DNA from a rape kit in a separate incident in 2004, in which a 13-year-old girl was raped in a wooded area in East Point. There, the victim made it out alive, and was able to give investigators a description of the suspect. 

CSI Atlanta had kept Nacole’s case in the spotlight and worked with a GBI forensic artist to create an updated sketch of the killer in 2019.






Sketch of Nacole Smith's killer

One year later, there was a break in the case, when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found a link through new ancestral DNA testing. Investigators were able to find a second cousin twice removed from the suspect.

But at that time, the next steps were uncertain, with investigators telling CBS46 processing that match could take several years. It appears that timeline moved faster than expected.

Tonight on CBS46, Karyn sits down with Acquanela and shares her story. Join on CBS46 at 4, 5 & 6 for more.

Editor’s note: An update this story listed the suspect’s name as Kevin Arnold. It should have been Kelvin Arnold. The story has been updated to reflect the change.

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Man arrested for savage beating in Decatur he inflicted 3 years ago, police report. | Public Safety

DECATUR — Police said they have tracked down and arrested a man wanted for the savage beating of a Decatur nightclub security guard three years ago.

A Decatur police sworn affidavit said the 21-year-old man, who lists an address in Indianapolis, was taken into custody Dec. 19. He was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated battery and mob action inflicting injury.

The affidavit said the then 28-year-old guard had been attacked by members of what the police described as the “TMT Gang” and was repeatedly punched and kicked after being knocked to the floor of a club in the 800 block of North Water Street.

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“(The guard) reported seeking medical treatment at Decatur Memorial Hospital,” said Detective Christopher Kretsinger, who signed the affidavit.

“…He was told his nose had been broken, he received four stitches to close a laceration across his nose, he suffered swelling/bruising to the left side of his face and back of his head, and a concussion.”

Police said they began hunting the man, and several other suspects, after learning that a 17 second video capturing some of the battery had been uploaded to “social media.”

Kretsigner added: “Various Facebook profile names were provided to Decatur police as having possible involvement in the attack based on comments and other information. Those profiles were researched, and the video reviewed, upon which some of the attackers were identified.”

The guard had been attacked on New Year’s Eve while, he said, he had been working security for a party. He is quoted as telling police that panicked patrons had suddenly burst out of the front door where he was stationed at 11:45 p.m. on rumors that a gunman had just walked into the club from a rear door.

“(The guard) said he decided to shut down the club and approached the DJ to stop the music,” Kretsinger said. “(The guard) reported he turned on the lights and began to instruct the DJ to cease at which time he was punched by persons unknown to him, but believed to be part of the ‘TMT’ Gang.’”

The guard told police the attack on him “triggered a massive brawl” during which he sustained his injuries.

A check of Macon County Jail records Tuesday show the arrested man was released Dec. 20 after posting $200 bond on bail set at $2,000; prosecutors had asked for bail to be set at $5,000. His bail conditions warn him to stay away from the guard and the address where the party was held.

All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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Louisiana fire chief, sheriff’s deputy arrested after allegedly falsifying crash report | News

State Police said a tip about a fraudulent insurance claim was sent to the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud/Auto Theft Unit-Monroe Field Office in August.

The tip concerned a two-vehicle crash with Jonesboro Fire Department vehicles. The insurance claim for the wreck was more than $26,000.

State Police said Brandon Brown, 37, the Jonesboro Fire Chief, and George Wyatt, 58, a sheriff’s deputy, falsified the accident report.

The report stated Brown and Wyatt were driving, but investigators uncovered that Brown’s juvenile son was operating one of the fire department vehicles at the time of the crash.

Brown and Wyatt were charged with insurance fraud, filing or maintaining false public records and malfeasance.

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Teenage girl shot, killed at Milwaukee Burger King

Milwaukee police are investigating the deadly shooting of a 16-year-old girl at a fast-food restaurant.According to police, the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at a Burger King near North 51st Boulevard and West Capitol Drive in Milwaukee.The victim was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.Police believe the shooting is related to a robbery at the Burger King.Investigators have not made any arrests and continue to seek the shooter.The victim has not yet been identified.It’s not clear whether the girl worked at the restaurant, was a customer or connected to the robbery.No other details have been released.Anyone with information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-Tips, or use the P3 Tips App to remain anonymous.

Milwaukee police are investigating the deadly shooting of a 16-year-old girl at a fast-food restaurant.

According to police, the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at a Burger King near North 51st Boulevard and West Capitol Drive in Milwaukee.

The victim was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police believe the shooting is related to a robbery at the Burger King.

Investigators have not made any arrests and continue to seek the shooter.

The victim has not yet been identified.

It’s not clear whether the girl worked at the restaurant, was a customer or connected to the robbery.

No other details have been released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-Tips, or use the P3 Tips App to remain anonymous.

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Victim’s husband speaks out after wife tragically killed in church | Mobile County Alabama News

Prichard Police have arrested the woman accused of firing the shot that killed Grace Carter Tuesday night.


“Will y’all please forgive me?” Prichard Police arrest woman accused of firing shot that killed worshipper inside church

On Thursday, police arrested Kaillyn Christine Howard Harris.

Carter was hit by a stray bullet and died while attending bible study this week.

Now, her husband Cecil Carter Sr. is speaking out after this tragic death.

Carter says this is a church his wife went to quite often. 

He feels it was a place where his wife should’ve been safe.

“I just don’t think that people should be shooting in places where you don’t know where a stray bullet could do,” Carter said. 

Cecil Carter is pastor-elect at Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church, something he now won’t get to share with his wife of 35 years.

“She was really looking forward to it. She was very proud, and very happy, and very proud of me,” Carter said. “But right now the emptiness of her not being here for the installation is going to be hard for me.”

Carter says the thought of having to go on without her is something he never imagined, but he’s trying to find the strength. 

“Sweetheart I love you as always…right now my heart is empty because she’s not by my side but I know that she’s there spiritually,” Carter said. “Right now I’m getting strength from knowing that God is able and knowing that my wife is in a better place with the lord, and no doubt about it that she loved the lord. So I have to be strong for her, and myself, and for my family, my children and all.”

Carter says the family plans on holding funeral services for Grace next Saturday.

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‘The world needs to slow down,’ says son after 75-year-old mother is killed in Overland Park crash | News

OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) — One person was killed and another hospitalized after a crash at an Overland Park intersection on Monday night.

On Wednesday, Overland Park police identified the person who died as 75-year-old Barbara Patterson of Overland Park.

Officer John Lacy said Patterson was not at fault. He said the initial report cited a witness indicating the other driver, a 20-year-old man, was driving at a “high rate of speed” and “disobeyed the traffic signal.”

Police and medical crews responded around 8:30 p.m. to West 127th Street and Quivira Road concerning a two-vehicle crash. Police said a car driving south on Quivira Road collided with a vehicle heading west on 127th Street.

The driver of the car traveling on 127th Street was pronounced dead after the wreck. The driver of the vehicle on Quivira Road was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Overland Park Police Department.

Patterson’s son, Michael Pence, said his mom avoided driving on highways because the speeds made her uncomfortable. She felt safer on city streets.

“The world needs to slow down,” said Pence.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the wreck is asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300.

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Two kids wounded as shots fired into home in Mobile | Mobile County Alabama News

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) — Two children were wounded by gunfire late Tuesday night, according to the Mobile Police Department.

This happened shortly before midnight in the 500 block of Clark Street. 

Responding officers discovered a 9-year-old and 6-year old juvenile had sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Ring porch video shows the drive-by shooting unfolding around 11:45 Tuesday night.

“It was like a nightmare. I woke up out of my sleep… I heard my grandchildren hollering,” recalled Bethelyn Crawley.

Crawley’s two grandson’s were shot while sitting in the living room after multiple bullets went through the walls of the home.

“And my grandchildren were hollering and running into my room… So when they ran into my bedroom I grabbed both of them and we fell to the ground. They was still shooting and my little grandson was hollering grandmomma, grandmomma I’m shot. The bullets… I couldn’t really think because of the bullets. I just had them and we just hit the ground. It was terrifying. There were so many bullets coming through my house,” said Crawley.

Her 9-year-old grandson shot in the arm and rushed to the hospital by a family friend. Crawley says it wasn’t until later they realized his 6-year-old brother was also shot twice in the leg and ankle. Both boys have undergone surgery — the younger one discharged this afternoon. The 9-year-old set to have another surgery on Friday.

By the light of day — nearly a dozen evidence markers show the home riddled with bullet holes. Crawley shows us where the boys were sitting and the bullet hole through the couch and pillow. One of the bullets even travelling through two walls into her back bedroom.

“Like 10 bullet holes from there all the way up there. They shot and cracked the wall here all through the door,” said Crawley.

While both boys are expected to be okay — they’re traumatized by what happened. The family believes the shooting was targeted.

“He heard a firecracker while we was passing by and he shivered. I just want to say — all of this senseless crime has got to stop. All of this senseless shootings, especially shooting into houses,” said Brandon Williams, Sr.

“I just thank God they are not dead from a gunshot wound. It’s just a miracle. I can’t believe it,” said Crawley. “Whoever y’all is — y’all just need to turn yourself in. You know because y’all wouldn’t want this to be y’all’s kids. Y’all wouldn’t want nobody to go to y’all’s grandmomma’s house and shoot y’all’s kids. These are babies.”

The police department is working to identify a person of interest. The MPD said this an ongoing investigation.

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New Haven Mayor dispels school closure rumors | Connecticut News

NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – Mayor Justin Elicker is speaking out about false rumors on the internet about school closures and talking about COVID affecting first responders.



Mayor Elicker discusses school safety and addresses rumors about remote back to school learning







COVID continues to be a struggle in New Haven like many other places in the state, but the mayor is quick to shut down false rumors about schools closing indefinitely.

He says it’s just not true, “I want to talk about a rumor going around on social media about New Haven Public Schools being closed because that has been getting traction, that is not true. We have every intention, as I said yesterday in the press conference outside city hall, of opening schools next Monday.”

The mayor is referring to an old press release issued more than a year ago now circulating on the internet.

He did say while schools are returning after the Christmas break, that they do anticipate seeing COVID cases in the community that might cause some children to learn remotely, but that would be on a classroom-by-classroom basis and not school wide. He also further reiterated the importance of testing to keep kids in school.

“We are working hard to develop a strategy around test and stay. Which the CDC has endorsed. It’s clear that we need rapid tests to make that work. Our expectation is that testing will become much much more a part of life and that people will proactively test. We are anticipating and recommending that people do that before next Monday for the students,” said Elicker.

Renee Dominguez, the acting police chief also talking about the rise in cases in the police department.

“Right now we definitely have covid in the police department. We’ve had covid throughout. We are seeing a spike,” said Dominguez.

New Haven’s Police Department is currently seeing more than 8 percent of its staff out with COVID and the fire department, 14.3 percent.

The mayor says the city working hard not to be understaffed, “each department has different contingencies, but for example the police department would hold officers over that do not have COVID and make them work longer hours. Unfortunately, that may be the situation we are in if we continue to see these number rise.”

New Haven will be giving out rapid tests that the state has provided to the city on Friday and Saturday.

We are still waiting on details of specifically when and where rapid tests will go out.

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Friend of 6-year-old killed by school bus in Festus working to improve bus safety | St. Louis News Headlines

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) — It’s been a week since 6-year-old Damon Rice was hit and killed by a school bus near Festus in Jefferson County.

On December 21, Damon was getting off the school bus. He crossed the street in front of the bus, and was then hit by the bus. State troopers are still investigating the incident while family, friends and an entire community are in mourning.  For the first time since the accident, we’re hearing from Damon’s father and 7-year-old best friend, Levi Johnson. 

The Festus community came together Wednesday night to remember a young boy killed in a tragic school bus accident.

“I don’t know another little boy that was loved by so many, and it didn’t take 10 minutes and you just fell in love with him,” Joseph Rice said. 

Rice, Damon’s father, said that’s how everyone described his son. Rice said he lit up every room he walked into and made friends with anyone. 

“I got to put him on a school bus every morning, every morning. It was the same routine. We’d sit in the car and talk, have a conversation about what he’s gonna do for the day, tell him I love him, he’d tell me he loves me, and he’d go and get on the school bus,” Rice explained. 

The morning of December 21 was the last time Rice shared that special memory with his son. It’s those moments that are now lost for the Rice family and one of Damon’s closest friends. 

“Whenever we moved in on that road, he was just right across the sidewalk,” Levi Johnson said. 

Johnson met Damon Rice when they were just 2-years-old. They were neighbors and inseparable ever since. 

“We played stuff like tag and hide and seek. We mostly played hide and seek ’cause he definitely loved that,” Johnson said. 

Johnson said this week has been a nightmare for him. However, the 7-year-old is turning grief into something far bigger than anyone could imagine. Johnson wants to create better laws when it comes to school bus safety. 

“That was the most amazing day of my life, other than my children being born, was that boy coming out and saying, ‘Hey look, I think there needs to be a law’,” Rice said. 

Johnson said he wants a law to be passed that requires school buses to have cameras on the front and the back. Right now in Missouri, that’s not required. 

“Whenever that stop sign goes out there will be a screen, and then you can see the front and back of the bus,” Johnson explained. 

Four days ago, Johnson and his mother created a Change.org petition for this new law. It already has thousands of signatures. Johnson said he’s doing this so it doesn’t happen to any other kid.

“I just really want them to know how great of a person he was,” Johnson said. 

While Johnson and the Rice family fight to protect kids in the future, they’re also keeping Damon’s memory alive. 

“It’s the worst thing in the world that for my son to make such an impact, he had to move on. Cause he would’ve made the same impact without that,” Rice said. 

To sign Johnson’s petition, click here. To help out the Rice family during this time, click here

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