Drug Dealer Murders Daughter Of Chicago Cop, Firefighter; Walks Free

Drug Dealer Murders Daughter Of Chicago Cop, Firefighter; Walks Free

Alsip, IL – A 19-year-old woman pleaded guilty on Jan. 10 to the drug-induced homicide death of the daughter of a Chicago firefighter and Chicago police officer.


As part of her plea deal, she is not expected to be sentenced to any jail time despite the fact that after being arrested for the homicide, she was caught continuing to sell drugs.


Cynthia Parker was 17 years old when she and her boyfriend, Brent Tyssen, sold MDMA, also known as “molly,” or “ecstasy” – to Parker’s cousin, 18-year-old Sydney Schergen, the Alsip Patch reported.


On May 30, 2015, Schergen ingested a lethal dose of the drug and was found unresponsive by her father, Chicago firefighter John Schergen.


She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.


Schergen’s stepmother was Chicago Police Department (CPD) Officer Theresa Almanza.


“Sydney didn’t have a clue,” Officer Almanza told the Alsip Patch. “Prior to them being arrested I just thought they didn’t know what they were doing or gave her a bad mix. Then to find out they talked about it being pure and potent, and the one being her cousin? It just devastated me.”


She said that it took her 16 months after the teen’s death to persuade CPD detectives to begin investigating the incident as a homicide under the drug-induced homicide statute.


It took another 16 months before Parker and Tyssen were arrested for Schergen’s murder.



Parker was charged as a juvenile, and released from jail within 48 hours of being arrested. Tyssen was soon released on bond.


After being released, the pair sold 100 “hits” of LSD to an undercover police officer on Oct. 12, 2017.


No longer a juvenile, the second time around Parker was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, along with her boyfriend.


“They didn’t know the first time around the effects of dealing drugs could be lethal, then go out and continue to do that. It’s heartbreaking,” Officer Almanza told the Alsip Patch. “It’s a slap in Sydney’s face and our family’s, and a slap to the judicial system.”


Although Officer Almanza recognized that Schergen was responsible for having experimented with drugs, she said that dealers still need to be held accountable for the lethality of the illegal substances they sell.


“My daughter wasn’t an addict. She had just graduated from high school. She had signed up to play volleyball at Moraine Valley Community College,” Officer Almanza said. “Sydney was an athlete and beautiful girl, who had a family that loved her so much.”


Parker and Tyssen were both in custody, and scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23 for their most recent offenses, The Beverly Reviewreported.


Tyssen’s next court date in relation to Schergen’s death was scheduled for Feb. 9.


Parker will be sentenced for her cousin’s death on Feb. 27 where a probation-only sentence is expected.


UPDATE: Parents Kept 13 Children Captive, Tortured, & Starved

UPDATE: Parents Kept 13 Children Captive, Tortured, & Starved

Perris, CA – Authorities and medical professionals expressed horror at the malnourished condition of the 13 victims who were held captive in their California home by their parents, during a press conference on Tuesday.


“I’ve been in healthcare for a long time and I’ve never seen this,” said Mark Uffer, Chief Executive Officer of Corona Regional Medical Center, where the seven adult victims were being treated following their rescue.

“It’s hard to think of them as adults when you first see them,” Uffer said.


A California couple was arrested on charges of torture and child endangerment on Sunday, after police learned that they were holding their 13 biological children captive in their home.


Police said that the victims, who ranged from two to 29 years of age, were kept chained to their beds in dark, foul-smelling rooms, WABCreported.


In the early morning hours on Sunday, a 17-year-old girl managed to escape the residence, and called the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) using a cell phone she had found inside the home.


The teen told the 911 operator that her parents, 57-year-old David Turpin, and 49-year-old Louise Turpin, were holding her and her siblings captive, and that “some of her siblings were bound with chains and padlocks,” according to a RCSO press release.


Police met with the girl, who they initially estimated to be only 10 years old, due to her malnourished state. After she was interviewed, investigators headed for the Turpin residence to conduct a welfare check.


At least four of the children were shackled and chained to their beds in the squalid conditions when officers arrived, WABC reported.


The mother seemed perplexed as to why the police would be raiding the house, police said.


“Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner,” RCSO said in the press release. “Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that 7 of them were actually adults.”


Investigators said that the victims “appeared to be malnourished,” and that they were “very dirty.”


The Turpin’s children said they were “starving,” and were given food and drinks before they were admitted to hospital facilities, according to the Los Angeles Times.



Authorities said at the press conference that all of the victims were cooperating with police and that “they’re hopeful life will get better for them after this event.”


Adult Protective Services (APS) and Child Protective Services (CPS) were also summoned to assist the victims, according to Heath and Social Services Director Susan von Zabern.


She said her agency would seek Court authorization for the oversight and care of the children, including the adult children, if it was warranted.


The couple portrayed themselves to the outside world as a big, happy family on social media, and their children were often seen wearing matching outfits and similar haircuts.



The children were homeschooled, and public records list the Sandcastle Day School as located at the Turpins’ address. David was listed as the principal of the school.


“They all dressed alike when they went out,” David’s mother, Betty Turpin, told CNN.


She said that the family would line up when they left the house, with one of the parents at the lead, and the other at the back of the line.


“It was easier to keep up with the kids,” Betty said. “They were very protective of the kids.”


She explained that the couple had so many children because “God called on them” to do so, WABC reported.


Betty explained that the kids received “very strict homeschooling,” and that they would memorize long Bible passages.


“This is a highly respectable family,” Betty told CNN.


She added that her son took his entire family on vacation together, and that they had yearly passes to Disneyland.


According to WABC, she also noted that she had not seen her grandchildren in person for the past four or five years.


The family moved into the Perris residence in 2010, and filed for bankruptcy in 2011, CNN reported.


Ivan Trahan, the attorney who assisted the Turpins during their bankruptcy proceedings, said that “there was nothing out of the ordinary” about the couple.


The Turpins are being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center on $9 million bond each.


Thugs Attack Librarian & Can’t Explain Why

Thugs Attack Librarian & Can’t Explain Why


Cincinnati, OH – A man was sentenced on Thursday for the brutal unprovoked attack on a librarian which occurred in May.


Surveillance video captured the attack.


The incident happened May 15 as the victim, a librarian, was walking near the library shortly after midnight.


The group of three men, John Watts, 20, Johntae Dearmond, 21, and an unidentified suspect asked the librarian for a cigarette, then tackled him to the sidewalk and started beating him, according to Cincinnati Enquirer.


The librarian was hit over 50 times and kicked in the face. The victim was left with internal brain bleeding.


Dearmond then took the victim’s cell phone and Watts casually stopped to pick up his lip balm that he had dropped. They then left their victim to die.


Judge Jody Luebbers had to stop the video and was unable to watch the whole thing, describing it as “Senseless. Savage. And Horrific.”


“Why did this happen?,” Judge Luebbers asked Watts after he pleaded guilty.


“I just attacked him,” Watts said. “I don’t know how to explain it.”


Watts’ attorney blamed alcohol and peer pressure for the attack.


Dearmond was sentenced in September to 9 years in prison for aggravated robbery and blamed the attack on “intoxication,” according to the Enquirer.


After hearing from Watts on Thursday, Judge Luebbers sentenced him to 7 years in prison.

UPDATE: Mother To Be Charged After Teen’s Violent Crime Spree

UPDATE: Mother To Be Charged After Teen’s Violent Crime Spree


DeKalb County, GA – The mother of a violent 13-year-old is being charged in an effort to hold parents responsible for failing to hold their children responsible for skipping school to commit crimes.


A 13-year-old was arrested for stealing a Honda Pilot from a gas station on Jan. 5. Police discovered he was the same boy they were searching for who aided in a pawn shop break-in and stealing $9,000 worth of guns, according to the Palm Beach Post.


That same boy was also charged with arson and kidnapping within the past year.


The 13-year-old boy and an accomplice are accused of carjacking a vehicle that had a baby in it and dumping the baby on a sidewalk in front of a gas station, according to the Palm Beach Post.


“He just drops the baby off on the sidewalk and speeds off and we never see him again,” store clerk, Alex Robles, told WSB-TV when the carjacking took place in November.


Police are going to go after that boy’s mother for contributing to her child’s problems and charge her with educational neglect.


That boy has missed more than 30 days of school between August and December, which was the same time when all the crimes were committed.


“This kid is getting more and more violent,” DeKalb County Police Maj. K.D. Jackson told WSB-TV. “And mom, we’re actively looking for her.”


“She could not provide a valid reason as to why this kid was not going to school other than pointing the finger at other people,” Maj. Jackson told WSB-TV.


The police are willing to work with the parent, Maj. Jackson said.


“To help you become a citizen that’s going to act right, we’re going to help you. But if you want to continue to allow yourself, or your kid, we’re going to deal with you that way too,” Jackson said.


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ICE Deports Murderous Drug Kingpin To Face Charges

ICE Deports Murderous Drug Kingpin To Face Charges

Buffalo, NY – The former leader of a Columbian paramilitary drug trafficking organization, who oversaw the distribution of massive quantities of cocaine from Columbia to the U.S. for at least a decade, was deported on Dec. 26, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said.


Herbert Veloza Garcia, 50, the former head of Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), lead a sophisticated drug trafficking organization beginning in 1998, ICE said in a statement.


He was convicted in U.S. federal court in 2009 for charges of conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine, and distributing cocaine in the United States.


After serving more than eight years in prison, Veloza Garcia was transferred to the custody of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in October of 2016.


“The removal of Mr. Garcia highlights ICE’s highest enforcement priorities, which focuses resources on removing criminal aliens,” Thomas Feeley, field office director for ERO Buffalo said. “This convicted drug kingpin will now face justice in his home country.”


Veloza Garcia is wanted for “thousands of crimes” in Columbia, including a multitude of murders, forced displacements, and recruitment of child soldiers, Voice of America (VOA) reported.


He was sent to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges after he was apprehended in Columbia in 2007 – a move that left many worried that the murderous drug kingpin would never return to Columbia to face justice.


However, authorities were finally able to put those fears to rest when they took Veloza Garcia, often referred to by the alias “HH,” into custody as soon as he reached Columbian soil.


“Veloza García, who was the leader of the Calima and Bananero Blocks of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, arrived in Colombia on a flight from Alexandria, in the State of Virginia, United States, and there is an arrest warrant on him preventive in a detention facility, ordered by the Justice and Peace Chamber of the Superior Court of the Judicial District of Medellín,” Columbian authorities said in a press release, according to VOA.

15-Year-Old Girl Was Dealing Drugs Out Of Bedroom; Mom OK With It

15-Year-Old Girl Was Dealing Drugs Out Of Bedroom; Mom OK With It

Haverhill, Mass. – A 15-year-old girl is accused of running a drug operation out of her bedroom window with the consent of her mother.


The girl was arrested after police said a stampede of foot traffic to the girl’s residence for drugs early in the morning hours caught the attention of neighbors, according to WFXT-TV.


People allegedly were able to buy drugs from the 15-year-old by going to the back stairs of the multi-family home and making the deal, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.


The teen’s mother, 37-year-old Heather Vittorioso, told police detectives “…she knew that [daughter] was selling weed but had no idea about anything else.”


Police said marijuana was found during a Jan. 5 search as well as cocaine, fentanyl, two unlicensed guns and ammunition in the third-floor apartment. Police also seized $1,069 in cash.


Most of the cash and a large assortment of drugs was found in the teenager’s bedroom dresser which was three feet from the bedroom window.


“(For it) to happen in your own building — I sleep in the back with my son,” said Tanya Silva, a woman who lives in the building, below where the teenager’s window was located. “To know they were coming up the back there and drugs were being bought it is kind of disturbing.”


Neighbors said they found it hard to believe that the mother didn’t realize what her daughter was doing. They said there was routinely a lot of foot traffic to the daughter’s bedroom at all hours of the day.


“People were going up and down the stairs (at) 2 and 3 a.m.,” said Brianna Rogers, a neighbor, according to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal.


The mother was also arraigned. Cameron Dawson, 18, was also charged. According to investigators, Dawson is the boyfriend of the teenage girl and had been living in her bedroom, WFXT reported.


Police say the teenage girl’s father was already in jail on assault and kidnapping charges in an unrelated case.