Fresno Cop Who Killed His Ex-Lover’s Husband Might be Paroled

Paul Hurth, a former Fresno police officer and chaplain jailed for the 2000 shooting death of his ex-lover’s husband, is expected to be released in December, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

If released next month, Hurth, who is now 61, will have served 17 years of the 21-year sentence ordered by Fresno County Superior Court Judge Edward Sarkisian. Hurth, who is imprisoned at Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, was convicted for voluntary manslaughter in the death of Ralph Gawor, then 43. Hurth was having an affair with Gawor’s wife, Nancy.

The corrections department does not release the exact date, time or location of an inmate’s release to protect the safety of the public, the staff and the inmate, said spokesman Luis Patino.

In a case that riveted the community, Hurth testified that he went to Gawor’s north Fresno home, dressed in his police uniform, to talk to his lover’s husband and end the affair. But when Hurth told the man about the relationship, Gawor became enraged and attacked, he testified. Scared for his life, Hurth fired his service weapon in self-defense, he said.

Prosecutor James Oppliger, who is now a retired Superior Court judge, argued that Hurth began to plan the killing after learning that the victim and his wife were reconciling. After the killing, Hurth tried to hide evidence and elude capture, Oppliger said.

Sarkisian handed Hurth the longest sentence allowed by law, saying the former police officer abused his power and lied about his motives.

“It’s very difficult for the court to accept that the defendant went to the Gawor residence to announce that the affair was over and ask for forgiveness,” Sarkisian said at the sentencing.

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NYPD Detective Barred From Her Home After Setting Husband’s Clothes Ablaze

An NYPD detective was banned from her home Wednesday — a punishment for setting her husband’s clothes on fire in his master bedroom closet because she thought he was cheating on her.

Marissa Sorocco, 37, was told by a judge during her arraignment to return to her Plainview house and pack up her things, because she’s no longer allowed to live in her home.

A police escort walked Sorocco from the courthouse — where she flashed a wide smile to reporters outside — and kept her company during her pit stop for personal effects.

Sorocco won’t be able to return to the residence under the terms of an order of protection issued Wednesday after she faced a judge on arson and criminal mischief charges in Nassau County District Court in Hempstead.

“She will be staying at her father’s house for Thanksgiving,” her lawyer, James Moschella, said.

Dressed in yoga pants, a black leather jacket and thigh-high black boots, Sorocco was accompanied to court by her dad.

The detective, who works at One Police Plaza in the office of the Chief of Crime Control Strategies, was busted Tuesday after a blaze erupted in her husband’s master bedroom closet.

Plainview firefighters went to the house at about 10:15 a.m., and the flames were largely extinguished when they arrived.

They found smoldering clothes worth approximately $200, and some structural damage, but no one injured.

Investigators ruled out accidental, electrical and natural ignition sources, court records show.

A source said she believed her husband, Paul Socorro, a Nassau County cop, was having an affair.

Prosecutors, who recommended Sorocco get a psychiatric evaluation, said the couple’s two children were home when the fire was set — but her lawyer disputed that account.

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Rand Paul’s wife rips media coverage after husband’s attack


Kelley Paul, the wife of Senator Rand Paul (KY-R), is furious with media coverage after the assault on the lawmaker.

Mrs. Paul blasted the media for “concocting theories,” saying the media has victimized Rand a second time with its irresponsible coverage of the assault.

The Hill reports:

“It is incredibly hurtful that some news outlets have victimized Rand a second time as he struggles to recover, delighting in hateful headlines like ‘Not A Perfect Neighbor,’ and concocting theories about an ‘ongoing dispute,’ based on nothing more than speculation from an attention-seeking person with no knowledge of anything to do with us,” Kelley Paul wrote in an op-ed for CNN.

Some reports have suggested the incident stemmed from an argument over landscaping, but Paul, his wife and his staff have pushed back, calling it a “blindside, violent attack.”

“The only ‘dispute’ existed solely in the attacker’s troubled mind, until, on a beautiful autumn day, he ran down the hill on our property and slammed his body into Rand’s lower back as he stood facing away, wearing noise canceling headphones to protect his ears from the lawnmower,” Kelley Paul wrote.

“This has been a terrible experience; made worse by the media’s gleeful attempts to blame Rand for it, ridiculing him for everything from mowing his own lawn to composting,” she added.

According to Mrs. Paul, Rand has “not had a single night’s sleep uninterrupted by long periods of difficult breathing or excruciating coughing.”

“The impact left Rand with six broken ribs, three displaced, pleural effusion and now pneumonia. This has been a terrible experience; made worse by the media’s gleeful attempts to blame Rand for it, ridiculing him for everything from mowing his own lawn to composting,” added Kelley Paul.

Nearly three weeks ago, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was physically attacked by neighbor Rene Boucher. According to a new report, the incident may have stemmed from a real estate dispute, as Boucher has been trying to sell his Bowling Green, Kentucky home for years and blames Paul for his troubles.

Daily Mail reports:

The ‘socialist’ doctor charged with cracking Senator Rand Paul‘s ribs in a crunching blindside tackle may have harbored a secret grudge against his GOP neighbor for spoiling his lakeside views and ‘devaluing’ his home, can reveal.

Rene Boucher, 59, told Paul in the wake of the mauling that he hadn’t been able to sell his $740,000 house for ten years because the congressman’s trees were ‘in the way’.

It’s believed Boucher was referring to woodland at the back of Paul’s property that blocks the doctor’s views of the picturesque private lake that forms the centerpiece of their upscale gated community.

Friends say it could explain why the retired anesthesiologist has failed to find a buyer for his five-bedroom, 1.36-acre home which is nonetheless described on property websites as ‘overlooking’ the desirable water feature.

Dan Renshaw, a 70-year-old car dealership owner isn’t buying the pervious motive that alleged the attack took place over a landscaping issue.

“I’ve known Rand and his wife Kelley for many years. They’re great neighbors. Rand mowed his own yard. It was always presentable. That’s a very lame excuse if that’s the one they are choosing to use. If there was a genuine problem this gentleman could have brought it to the homeowners’ association board and they would have evaluated the situation. But when you take matters into your own hands and attack people, that’s intolerable,” Renshaw told the Daily Mail UK

As The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft reported, Paul was told to expect federal charges against his neighbor.

Prosecutors are expected to bring federal charges in the attack indicates that they may believe it was politically motivated, Smith reported. Previous media reports that the attack was over a long-standing dispute are inaccurate, Paul’s office has said.



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Pakistani bride trying to poison husband accidentally kills 17 of her extended family members

A Pakistani bride was arrested after milk she had poisoned in order to kill her husband was made into a yogurt drink that inadvertently killed 17 of her extended family members, according to the Associated Press.

District police chief Sohail Habib Tajak said that Aasia Bibi, 21, was married against her will in September in a village near the remote town of Ali Pur in Pakistan.

In a court appearance on Tuesday, Bibi told reporters that she was furious over her parents’ decision to marry her to a man she did not wish to wed.

“I repeatedly asked my parents not to marry me against my will as my religion, Islam, also allows me to choose the man of my choice for marriage but my parents rejected all of my pleas and they married me to a relative,” Bibi said, according to the Associated Press.

Bibi allegedly warned her parents that she would go to extreme lengths to escape her marriage, but they still refused to allow her to get a divorce and return home.

That’s when Shahid Lashari, the new bride’s boyfriend who she continued secretly dating after she was married, provided Bibi with a poisonous substance, which she mixed into milk and tried to serve to him.

Her husband refused to drink it, but Bibi’s mother-in-law later spotted the tainted beverage and used it to make lassi, a traditional yogurt-based drink, which she then served to 27 people.

Sadly, all 27 of the family members who consumed the beverage fell ill and were hospitalized. Seventeen died and ten are still receiving medical attention, the Associated Press reported. 

Both Bibi and her lover face charges over the incident. 

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Tanya Thicke reveals late husband Alan Thicke's final words to her and the moment she 'knew something was really, really wrong'

Tanya Thicke is opening up about her late husband, Alan Thicke’s, last day alive.

In an exclusive interview with Access Hollywood, Tanya recalled what happened back on Dec. 13, 2016, the day her actor husband suddenly died at the age of 69.

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“He woke up and kissed my legs,” she remembered. “He used to kiss whatever body part was sticking out of the sheets. And then I got a phone call from him from the hockey rink — he’s there, dressing up, you know, getting ready to play hockey — and he’s like, ‘Honey! I’ll be home between 6 and 7. How about some chicken tonight with extra gravy and lots of TV and a little sex?’ And I was like, ‘Deal, I’ll see you at 6!'”

“So I start preparing to go to the market, and then I get a phone call that something’s wrong with Alan and I need to drive down to L.A.,” she continued.

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Though she was worried, Tanya didn’t recognize the gravity of the situation until she arrived at the hospital.

“I knew something was really, really wrong when we pulled up to the curb — I pulled up to the curb — and there was a spiritual worker there — a spiritual guidance person with a Bible — and, when I saw her standing there, my heart sank. I remember dropping my water bottle, and my heart sank to my stomach.”

In addition to explaining her rollercoaster of emotions that day, Tanya revealed how the doctors informed her that her husband of 11 years had died.

“When the doctors were explaining what happened to him, and I’m listening and he says, ‘I’m sorry to tell you, Mrs. Thicke, but your husband has expired.’ And I was like, ‘What?!'”

It was later revealed the Alan Thicke died of a ruptured aorta during surgery three hours after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey. Watch Tanya Thicke’s interview in the video at the top of the page.

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Woman Shares What Energy Drinks Did To Her Husband While She Was 9 Months Pregnant

For some of us, energy drinks are the only way we make it through the day. Most people, however, rarely consider how all of that caffeine and sugar is really affecting their body. Back in April, a teen in South Carolina died suddenly from a caffeine overdose aggravated by energy drinks. Now, a new father named Austin is lucky to have made it out with his life after overusing them for months to cope with a hectic work schedule, and has been physically changed forever.

His wife, Brianna, who was just weeks away from giving birth to their first child at the time, recently took to Facebook to share the harrowing story of how her world almost completely fell apart. Sara Endres, a photographer from Sacramento, CA, has also taken a series of moving portraits that document the young family’s daily struggles in the wake of Austin’s hospitalization.

Scroll down to read about what happened in Brianna’s own words, and share this with anyone who may doubt that energy drinks can be harmful.

A new mother has bravely come forward to tell the story of how energy drinks almost cost her husband his life, and changed hers forever

“Hello, my name is Brianna, and this is my story…

Love is not the little things. It is not the phone calls, the dates, or even the memories. Love is knowing you would sacrifice things that you didn’t even know you could sacrifice. Love is selfless.

Have you ever felt your life shake ? Have you ever been hit with so much emotional turmoil to the point where everything around you becomes fuzzy and shaken? Your lungs feel tight and for a brief second you can’t do anything. You are unable to move, unable to think, unable to even react. I have. I experienced something I never thought I would experience…all while nine months pregnant with my first child.

Being pregnant is supposed to be one of the most amazing journeys you will ever embark on. You’re creating a new life. You are experiencing unconditional love for someone you have not even met.

Austin and I were so excited to meet our little boy. To bring him home. To be a family.”

Austin had picked up the habit to cope with a hectic work schedule, never imagining they would land him in the hospital

“I never imagined as I went to sleep that night, that my whole world would be shattered within hours.

I still remember my mother in law waking me up that morning. ‘Austin had an accident’ she said.

All I knew was that my husband was in the hospital. The worst part? I didn’t know why.

After a two hour drive to the hospital, I learned that my husband, the father of my child, the person I am so deeply in love with, had had a brain hemorrhage. Why? The doctors concluded (after running his tox screen and ruling out drugs) that this horrible event was due to his recent excessive energy drink consumption (a habit he had built when he started working longer hours and commuting).

Surgery was already in motion… and after an agonizing 5 hour wait, we got to see him. But while everyone was focused on the almost unrecognizable face hooked up to all sorts of machines and tubes, all I could see was his parents. I saw the light leave his mother’s eyes as she saw her motionless son laying in that hospital bed. I saw his father break down crying as he held onto his wife.

They didn’t know if the life they created together would even wake up.

Watching this family — my new family, who I have grown to love and be a part of, be so shattered and broken…that is the worst feeling I have ever felt.”

One tragic brain hemorrhage and multiple surgeries later, Austin was left with an irreparable hole in the front of his skull, and a wife on the verge of giving birth to their first child

“The next day was round two of brain surgery. Following this were strokes, seizures, swelling, and more things we weren’t prepared for.

There was a moment, sitting by his hospital bed, just praying he would be okay, that I knew I would never give up on him. No matter how messy our life would become. I was going to be by his side through all of it.

After two weeks of living in a hospital, wondering if he would survive or be taken from us, we made our way back home.

The time had come for me to deliver our baby.”

Still under the stress of dealing with Austin’s recovery, Brianna faced the monumental task of bringing their son into the world

“I’m not going to lie to anyone, it was so hard. I had planned on Austin being a part of this huge moment. Being by my side. Holding my hand. Being there to cut the cord. Being there to welcome our son into the world. It didn’t feel right…

But a beautiful miracle happened as I delivered our son. Austin woke up. I went about a week without seeing him. I thought about him every day. I cried as I looked at my child who looked just like his daddy.

When the baby was only a week old, I left him with my in-laws.

I knew I needed to see Austin. I needed to tell him that our baby was here. To tell him how much we needed him.”

Miraculously, Austin awoke from his traumatic experience shortly after the birth, and finally met his baby boy 2 months later

“Weeks went by. We chased him all over the state as more operations and procedures were ordered. I saw him every chance I got.

At a little over 2 months old, our son finally met his dad. A day I wasn’t sure I would ever see. That was the day that my heart gained some of its happiness back.

Some time after that he could finally come home to me. Our life isn’t normal. There are doctors visits and hospital trips — so many that I loose count.

But we are here. Fighting.”

Brianna now spends each day caring not only for her new son, but for her permanently disabled husband, a role she accepts with strength

“I wake up every day to take care of our beautiful little boy and my husband. I prepare the meals, do physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. I help him with personal hygiene. I help him walk. I help him with every aspect of his life.”

These poignant photos, taken by Sacramento-based photographer Sara Endres, capture the beauty and pain of this young family

“And in between these tasks I take care of our very busy eight month old. It is hard, and I am tired, but we make the most of it.”

Their story is harrowing, but also a testament to the existence of true love and self-sacrifice

“He isn’t the same man I fell in love with, but I still fall further everyday, We are fighting to help him recover. To make his life better. One day we will get there.

Until then, I will never give up on him. Because love is selfless, and I love him more than life itself.”

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This Wife's Grocery List For Her Husband Is Hilariously Extra

Some people prefer to bring a detailed list when they go grocery shopping. Era Golwalkar’s husband Gaurav gets one with diagrams and bullet points.

The couple, who live in Pune, India, takes turns grocery shopping every other week, Era told HuffPost. While she is a “foodie” who “lives to eat,” her husband doesn’t really prioritize food and “eats to live,” she said.

So, she made him an annotated, illustrated grocery list to guide him through the veggie aisle. An image of the list has gotten nearly 5,000 likes on Twitter, with responses from all over the world. 

The list includes parameters for vegetables like onions (“small size, round shape”) and mirchi, which is the Marathi name for a type of chilli pepper (“dark green, long and straight”). Era, an artist, added some doodles as well to specify shape and size.

Era said that while she understands how some people might see the list as condescending, her husband isn’t offended by it. In fact, he posted the image on his LinkedIn page before she shared it on Twitter.

“This is how we have been making our shopping lists for the last four to five months now,” Era told HuffPost. “It has been working well.”

Apparently lots of people struggle with how their partners handle the grocery shopping (or don’t), and should probably take notes. 

In a follow-up post with an “answer key,” Era explained the reasoning behind her very specific produce requests.

The list calls for both yellow and red tomatoes, she explained, because yellow ones last for a few days, and red ones are ready to use right away. And she asked for 350 grams of bhindi, or okra, because it’s the perfect amount to feed two.

Looks like this couple saves room for sweet shared desserts, too. Aww.


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Woman Googles Husband, Finds He Won The Lottery But Never Told Her

On 2007, Donna Campbell became suspicious of her husband, Arnim Ramdass, when he started to keep the television turned off and disconnected the phone line. Her suspicions rose when she found a postcard about a new home purchase.

But Campbell was unaware that her husband was hiding a $10.2 million secret from her until she Googled her husband’s name and lottery number. She found a Florida lottery press release that named 17 airline mechanics who won the jackpot, her husband was one of them.

The group of mechanics opted for the lump-sum payment of $10.2 million, meaning each of the 17 winners would receive about $600,000 before taxes.Since the winning, Ramdass took a leave of absence from work, according to his co-workers. He hasn’t shown up at the couple’s home and servers can’t find him to hand him the lawsuit papers: she wants half the money and out of the marriage.

Here’s a guy who for years has spent marital money on the lottery and at casinos, and he’s always lost,” said Bruce Baldwin, Campbell’s attorney. “And now he finally wins, and he’s trying to keep it from his wife. That’s pretty low.”

According to Campbell, when she confronted her husband, he said he bought the ticket for his daughter from another marriage.

‘I said, `Do you have any news you want to share with me?’ ” Campbell recalled. ‘He said, `No. What are you talking about?’ I said, ‘The lottery.’ ”


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Realtor Who Vanished During Harvey Found Dead, Ex-Husband Arrested

UPDATE: 11:08 p.m. ― Steve McDowell, the ex-husband of realtor Crystal McDowell, was arrested and charged with murder on Saturday in connection with her death. 

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told the Houston Chronicle that authorities arrested the 44-year-old man based on circumstantial evidence and interviews with his ex-wife’s friends and family, as well as a “very forthcoming” interview with the suspect.

Crystal McDowell’s body was located earlier on Saturday, according to Texas EquuSearch, which did not release any additional details.


BAY TOWN, Texas ― Dozens of members of Texas EquuSearch, many of whom are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, gathered in south Texas this week to search for missing realtor Crystal McDowell.

“Several of our people have water in their homes or they are nearly destroyed, and they left what they were doing to come out here,” Texas EquuSearch founder and director Tim Miller told HuffPost on Wednesday. “We have about 100 people out here ― ground searchers, ATVs, drones, boats and the list goes on.”

McDowell, a 37-year-old mother of two from Bay Town, was last seen on the morning of Aug. 25 ― the day before Harvey ravaged the area. She was captured on video leaving her boyfriend’s house and was reportedly on her way to pick up her children from her ex-husband, Steven McDowell. The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office has said it does not believe the missing woman was a victim of the storm. Authorities suspect foul play in her disappearance, but have yet to name any suspects or persons of interest.

A member of Texas EquuSearch searches for missing realtor Crystal McDowell. (Joseph Rushmore for HuffPost)A member of Texas EquuSearch searches for missing realtor Crystal McDowell. (Joseph Rushmore for HuffPost)

McDowell’s black C-class Mercedes was found on Aug. 27, submerged in water at a Motel 6 in Mont Belvieu. Authorities said they suspected it had been parked there prior to the storm.

About two dozen members of the Army National Guard joined EquuSearch, making their way through thick underbrush along West Bay Road in Bay Town, north of Highway 99. Searchers focused on the Cedar Bayou and surrounding areas.

“Information came in on the investigation that [authorities] want this area searched,” Miller said. “We’re going where they want us to go and we’re spreading out from there.”


Volunteers spent about 12 hours searching for McDowell on Wednesday and were back at it on Thursday morning.

“We flew this area with two different kinds of aircraft,” said Gene Robinson of Drone Pilot, Inc. “We used high-resolution cameras, and when we came across things we had no way of identifying, we sent in ground crews with GPS coordinates.”

Searches are ongoing this weekend.

Volunteer searchers use side scan sonar in Cedar Bayou. (Joseph Rushmore for HuffPost)Volunteer searchers use side scan sonar in Cedar Bayou. (Joseph Rushmore for HuffPost)

Miller coordinated the search efforts just days after rescuing members of his family who were trapped in a Dickinson attic with rapidly rising water.

“My granddaughter calls and she’s panicked,” Miller told HuffPost of receiving a call from Natalie Weir, 28.

“Grandpa, we’re in the attic,” he recalled her saying. “We called 911 and they can’t even tell us when they’re going to get us. We’ve got so much water down the stairs and they told us don’t go down the stairs because the electric is still on, so you don’t want to take a chance on getting electrocuted.”

Tim Miller’s granddaughter Natalie (front right), with other members of her family boating to safety in the aftermath of Harvey. (TIM MILLER/TEXAS EQUUSEARCH)Tim Miller’s granddaughter Natalie (front right), with other members of her family boating to safety in the aftermath of Harvey. (TIM MILLER/TEXAS EQUUSEARCH)

Two of Miller’s other grandchildren, a 1-year-old great-granddaughter, Miller’s ex-wife and a dog were also trapped. Miller, who had 4 feet of water in his own driveway, managed to get his boat running, and headed over to the house where his family was trapped.

“At that point in time I was really fearing that I lost the remainder of my family,” he said. Luckily, he and Texas EquuSearch member Oden “Odie” Walder were able to get everyone out safely.

Tim Miller, founder and director of EquuSearch, sits in his office in front of a portrait of his daughter, Laura, who was abducted and murdered in 1984. Miller founded EquuSearch in 2000 in honor of her.Tim Miller, founder and director of EquuSearch, sits in his office in front of a portrait of his daughter, Laura, who was abducted and murdered in 1984. Miller founded EquuSearch in 2000 in honor of her.

Miller said he’s grateful his loved ones are safe, and that his heart now goes out to McDowell’s family.

“We certainly feel the worst has happened and the sooner we find her the better chance there will be evidence for law enforcement to move forward with the investigation,” he said. “The biggest issue here is that she went missing before the storm got here. So, did she float into an isolated area that’s more difficult to get to? That’s the challenge, but hopefully we can bring some closure to this case.”

Crystal McDowell is described as 5-foot-4 and about 110 pounds. She has blonde hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink and purple dress. Her family is offering a $10,000 reward for information on her whereabouts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office at 409-267-2500.

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