Maleah Davis’ stepfather changed his story about her disappearance, police spokesman says

(CNN)A stepfather’s account of how a 4-year-old Houston girl was abducted “changed multiple times,” and detectives with one of the investigating police departments believed the story “did not add up,” a police spokesman says. But Vence’s story changed multiple times during his interview with Sugar Land police, one of the agencies involved in the case, Sugar Land police spokesman Doug Adolph told CNN on Wednesday.

Thanks to DNA sleuths, a Jane Doe killed 37 years ago might finally get a headstone with her name on it

(CNN)For 37 years the woman’s remains have been in a lonely, nameless grave at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery in Reno, Nevada. “This is an incredible story, and I am extremely proud of the work done by everyone who took part in this case over the past three decades,” Sheriff Darin Balaam said.

Alabama ex-investigator pleads guilty to beating handcuffed man

(CNN)A former Tallassee police investigator pleaded guilty to assaulting a handcuffed 24-year-old man after his arrest. White said the government gave them a fair offer and after talking to his family and praying about it, Smirnoff came to the decision to plead guilty — which he says what not an easy decision. Smirnoff told the judge that he “went beyond what he should have done and what he was sworn to uphold,” White said. “It is especially important in a climate of distrust between law enforcement and the public, that officers act ethically and within the bounds of the law,” said US Attorney Louis V. Franklin for the Middle District of Alabama. “He violated this young man’s constitutional rights and …

The 9-year-old girl mowed down in a grisly hit-and-run is speaking out

(CNN)Not even a fractured skull and a shattered pelvis can keep LaDerihanna Holmes down. Gabriel Fordham faces charges of failure to maintain lane, failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, hit and run and serious injury by vehicle. Fordham, 28, is being held on no bond, his attorney Ryan Williams said Monday after his court appearance. Fordham has been in jail since the incident, his attorney said. Fordham didn’t get bond on Monday because of a probation order from seven years ago, Williams said. A new court date has not been set. A spokesman for Fordham’s legal team said the suspect was fighting off a carjacker when the crash happened. He left the scene after someone fired a …

A child is found hiding under a bed after father kills mother and 2 siblings over affair suspicions, police say

(CNN)A Phoenix man killed four people, including his wife and two children, in a shooting rampage that started as a domestic dispute over allegations of an affair, police said. Police: One daughter survived His wife, Dasia Patterson, 29, and their daughters Mayan Smith, 7, and Nasha Smith, 5, were found dead in the family’s home, police said. His 3-year-old daughter was hiding under a bed when police arrived and was not injured, Thompson said. The suspect told police that he chose not to kill her because she “reminded him of himself,” the affiliate reported, citing court documents. Police said the older daughter died of blunt force trauma, and the suspect told investigators that he allegedly killed her because she was …

Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max pilots followed expected procedures before crash, aviation officials say

(CNN)Pilots flying Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 repeatedly performed all of the aircraft manufacturer’s procedures, but could not control the Boeing 737 Max 8 before it crashed, killing all 157 people aboard, Ethiopian officials said Thursday. Ethiopian authorities appeared to recommend a Boeing review of the plane’sautomated anti-stall software, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), and that aviation regulators ensure the issue is dealt with before authorizing future flights. Without specifically naming the MCAS system, Ethiopian Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges said that the plane experienced “repetitive uncommanded aircraft nose-down conditions.” That description echoes the behavior of another Max 8 plane — Lion Air Flight 610 — which crashed in October last year. Investigators believe MCAS played a key …

Sandy Hook victims’ families can proceed with their case against gun manufacturer

(CNN)The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday that families of Sandy Hook victims can continue their yearslong lawsuit against gun manufacturers. “The families’ goal has always been to shed light on Remington’s calculated and profit-driven strategy to expand the AR-15 market and court high-risk users, all at the expense of Americans’ safety. Today’s decision is a critical step toward achieving that goal,” said Josh Koskoff, one of the attorneys for the families, in a statement. The ruling reinstating the lawsuit came after approximately 15 months of judicial deliberations and approximately five years after 10 families initially filed the case, spurred by the massacre that left 26 people — mostly young children — dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in …

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ demands to be watched and watched again

There's a reason this lady has an Oscar.Image: Universal When the credits rolled on Us, I realized I needed a minute. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the film – quite the opposite. It was that the film, written and directed by Jordan Peele, is so rich, so layered, so diabolically clever and emotionally astute, that it felt an enormous undertaking to process in a single sitting.  Several hours and many conversations later, I’m still convinced this film has secrets I haven’t uncovered yet, and I’m just eager for my next chance to go digging through it again. SEE ALSO: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ has a terrifying new trailer, so good luck avoiding nightmares tonight Which is not to say it’s …

Here’s how you can help the Alabama tornado victims

(CNN)The deadly tornadoes that struck Alabama on Sunday killed at least 23 people and injured dozens more. Search and rescue crews are still looking for the missing in the rubble. You can also give to the Alabama Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund which provides money to families in the long run after disaster strikes. If you live in the area, you can list yourself “safe and well” on the Red Cross website or call the Family Connect line at (866) 535-5654. If a friend or family member is missing, you can register them on the Lee County, Alabama, Emergency Management Agency’s website. CNN’s Impact Your World will update this article if we find other ways you can help the victims of …

Two bodies recovered after a cargo plane crashes in water near Houston

(CNN)Two bodies have been recovered after a Boeing 767 cargo plane nose-dived into shallow water in Texas with three people aboard, authorities said. “There was nothing intact of the airplane,” Hawthorne said. “Knowing what I saw, I don’t think anyone could survive it.” Hawthorne said the crash site in Trinity Bay near Anahuac is in water that is 5 feet deep and is reachable by airboats and other flat-bottom craft. The scene extends over three miles, he said. Dive teams from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Houston Police and the Baytown Police were at the crash site, he added. Teams were still working to recover the suspected third victim, Hawthorne said late Sunday afternoon. Several bystanders saw the plane …

Confusion and anger after security guard holding suspect was shot by police, video shows

(CNN)As Jemel Roberson laid motionless in the parking lot of a suburban Chicago bar, patrons stood feet away wailing and yelling at a group of law enforcement officers. The 26-year-old security guard was on duty at the bar in Robbins, Illinois, when a gunman started shooting. Witnesses said Roberson stopped the shooter and pinned him to the ground. But shortly afterward, the Midlothian officer shot and killed Roberson. While witnesses said the guard was wearing clothes that clearly identified him as security, Illinois State Police, the agency leading the investigation, said Roberson was wearing “plain black clothing with no markings readily identifying him as a security guard.” In a statement, Cara Smith, chief policy officer at the Cook County Sheriff’s …