Select Committee on Defence & Interior meets IGP over murder of MP

General News of Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Source: 3 News

2020-10-13

James Oppong-Boanuh, Inspector-General of Police (IGP)James Oppong-Boanuh, Inspector-General of Police (IGP)

The Chairman of Parliament’s Select Committee on Defence and interior, Seth Kwame Acheampong, says the committee is meeting the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh, this week to brief the members on the security situation in the country.

According to Mr Acheampong, there are so many security challenges which require attention in the country.

“This week we are meeting the IGP as a committee,” he said on 3FM’s morning show, Sunrise.

“We have written to him and when he appears to us, we will mandate that he brings the said statistics to us and we will share it with him that is the power given to us and also as a representative of the people.”

He highlighted the many security issues happening in the country.

Within the last few months Ghana has recorded a number of unresolved murder cases including the recent killing of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency, Ekow Kwansah Hayford, who was murdered in cold blood by suspected armed robbers.

Mr Acheampong, who is also MP for Mpraeso Constituency, agrees that there are challenges with recruitment but the government is on top of the security situation.

Meanwhile, the Ranking Member of the Committee, James Agalga, says all is not well and that there is a lot of tension in the country.

According to him, in his constituency alone a number of robbery incidents have been recorded in the last two weeks.

He said two people have been shot dead in his constituency and are recuperating at the hospital.

The Speaker of Parliament Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye has meanwhile summoned the Minister for Interior to appear before the House to brief the house on the security situation.

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The Full Suburban: Classy decor or murder house for Halloween?

Hang on to your witch hats, everyone, because we’re midway through October, and the Ditto party train is full speed ahead until spring.

I love fall, but with its advent is ushered in a relentless eight months straight of holidays and birthdays in our family with their accompanying decorations, gifts and expectations.

I feel weary just thinking about it. First, there’s Halloween, then two birthdays less than a week later. Thanksgiving rolls around with its do-gooding and overeating, and then we celebrate our anniversary, Christmas, New Year’s and a birthday all in the span of about two weeks.

From there, it’s a steady march of almost biweekly celebrations: Valentine’s Day, birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, birthday, Easter, birthday, birthday. By the time June rolls around, I am leaping with joy on the graves of holiday decorations past relishing the coming four months with relatively little to celebrate. That sounds bad; I promise, I’m not a horrible person.

I go all-out for Christmas: hand-stitched stockings, a 12-foot Christmas tree, wreaths, garlands, nativities and construction paper Santas collected throughout my kids’ 12 years and counting in the public school system. Christmas is a holiday I can really sink my teeth into, you know? But Valentine’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day? Bah humbug.

More specifically, though, I have disappointed my kids for years with my lack of effort in the Halloween decorating department. My style is more “tasteful autumn vignette” and less “murder house,” and they don’t seem to appreciate that at all. “This is it?” they’ll blandly ask when they come home to find I’ve put up our decorations for the holiday.

“What do you mean, ‘This is it’?” I’ll say defensively, gesturing grandly at the four or five doodads I’ve scattered throughout the room. “Look at the giant velveteen spider that appears to be climbing down the picture above the mantel!

“And you can’t tell me you aren’t impressed with the vases that I’ve filled with alternating layers of black and white dried beans that Martha Stewart said – and I quote – ‘would be a very classy Halloween decoration.’ ”

“You know what would be awesome?” one kid will say to his siblings, completely ignoring my decor explanation. “We should fill the whole field in front of our house with zombie scarecrows.”

“What’s a zombie scarecrow?” I’ll ask naively, again stymied by middle age and common sense.

“Hmmm, I’m not sure. Just a regular scarecrow with blood dripping from its face?” another kid will reply. “It’s hard to describe, but you’ll know it when you see it.”

“I’m not sure I want an army of bloody zombie scarecrows welcoming friends and family to our cozy farmhouse,” I’ll say.

Again, ignored. “We could have one zombie look like it’s coming to life when someone walks by!” someone will yell, way more into this idea than the tasteful black faux-feather wreath I have hanging from our front door.

“Alexa, how do you make a zombie scarecrow come to life?” someone will yell across the

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No One Will Buy the ‘American Murder’ House Where Chris Watts Killed His Wife

The Colorado home where Chris Watts strangled his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, back in 2018 is currently in “limbo” after no one’s tried to buy it.



a person holding a baby posing for the camera: Shanann Watts (L) and daughters Bella and Celeste were murdered by father Chris Watts (R) in 2018.


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Shanann Watts (L) and daughters Bella and Celeste were murdered by father Chris Watts (R) in 2018.

Featured in Netflix’s new documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door, the Watts home housed the couple and their two young daughters, Celeste (3) and Bella (4), until Watts killed his wife and children. Now, Watts still legally owns the property, which sits empty, even though he’s currently imprisoned in Wisconsin serving three consecutive life sentences.

Immediately after Watts’ sentencing, the five-bedroom house went into foreclosure. That means because Watts wasn’t making mortgage payments, the home became the property of the mortgage lender. But they didn’t keep hold of the foreclosure, according to Realtor.com. After many failed auctions, in which no one wanted to buy the Watts home (understandably so), it was taken out of foreclosure. This means, legally, Watts is still the owner of the family home.

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So can you buy the Watts home? Not right now, it appears. The home is currently listed as “off the market,” apparently because it’s in such an odd place legally. A listing from Realtor.com says the home, located in Frederick, Colorado, is worth an estimated $648,100. Zillow has a lower estimate of $595,349. Both of these seemingly aren’t accounting for the murder—rather, they’re going off of the general prices in the neighborhood.

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What’s next for the property? Well, Watts’ home will sit vacant until another creditor attempts to put the home into foreclosure, according to bankruptcy attorney Clark Dray, who works out of Denver.

But in the close-knit community where the Watts family lived, it seems very unlikely that anyone will step in to buy the property, knowing the full story. Realtor.com spoke to an appraiser, Orell Anderson, who suggested the house will only sell with a 15- to 25-percent discount, given the horrendous crimes.

For those who don’t know the story or haven’t seen Netflix’s American Murder: The Family Next Door, Watts was having an affair before he decided to murder his pregnant wife. In his retelling of the night, he claims that he told her he didn’t love her anymore before he strangled her. Watts then drove the body of his wife, along with his two living daughters, to a remote oil field. He then suffocated the children. Their bodies were placed inside an oil tank, while Shanann was buried in a shallow grave nearby.

Watts originally denied involvement in the killings. Then, he changed his story to state that Shanann had killed her daughters. The truth later came out, that Watts was responsible for all of their deaths, and he’s serving consecutive life sentences in prison without parole.

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Twins abduct, beat man for ransom while on house arrest for murder, authorities say

Twin brothers under house arrest on murder charges duct-taped a man and cut his face and toes demanding a ransom payment, authorities said.

On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced 23-year-old twin brothers Devon Cooke and Donavan Cooke, of Miami Gardens, were charged with carjacking and kidnapping after they allegedly abducted and assaulted a man in an attempt to collect ransom money.

The brothers were under house house arrest on murder and attempted murder charges when the incident happened.

Authorities say on Tuesday the victim, who was not identified, drove to the twins’ home in Miami Gardens to collect money. When he arrived, the brothers assaulted him, snatched his car key and dragged him out of the car and into their house.

The brothers then bound him to a chair using duct tape and began beating him, authorities said. They used a knife to cut his face and toes and wrapped a dog leash around his neck, chocking him unconscious.

A witness told authorities they heard the man pleading for his life. The brothers threatened to kill him if he didn’t come up with the ransom money, the press release read.

With a gun to the man’s head, he was forced to make a call to an unknown person and told them to put cash, a Rolex and other jewelry into a bag and drive to a spot the twins designated.

An accomplice to the brothers then arrived at the home and stuffed the man into a car and took him to the exchange spot. Once there, the man ran away and the accomplice drove off with the ransom.

Authorities say investigation led by police officers led to the Cooke twins. FBI agents found some of the items used in the abduction and beating.

The twins are in federal custody and made their first appearance in Miami federal court Friday. Each brother faces up to 15 years in federal prison on the carjacking charge and life in prison on the kidnapping charge.

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Ax murder suspect Lizzie Borden’s mansion is for sale in MA

A piece of history is up for sale: the Massachusetts mansion alleged ax murderer Lizzie Borden owned and died in is listed on Zillow.

The nearly 4,000 square-foot Maplecroft mansion built in 1887 in Fall River was posted on Zillow in late August. The house Borden and her sister Emma lived in together, which has six fireplaces, seven bedrooms, and three and-a-half bathrooms, is listed for $890,000.

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After losing a legal battle with the city of Fall River and getting hit by the pandemic, the owners of Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft mansion are selling the property. Zillow

“Presenting Maplecroft — the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion that once belonged to Lizzie Borden, who was accused and acquitted of the brutal ax murders of her father and Stepmother,” the listing, posted on Zillow by Suzanne St. John, says. “This was her final resting place that she lived in until her death, NOT the house where the murders happened.”

This is the second time in three years Maplecroft has been on the market, according to Boston Magazine. Previous owner Kristee Bates bought the house in 2014 and restored it, hoping to turn it into a bed and breakfast, before putting it up for sale in 2017, the magazine reported.

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After losing a legal battle with the city of Fall River and getting hit by the pandemic, the owners of Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft mansion are selling the property. Zillow

Donald Woods and Lee-ann Wilber bought it in 2018 for $600,000, The Herald News reported.

Woods and Wilber own and operate the nearby Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum — where the homicides took place in 1892, according to the Herald. They bought Maplecroft with the intention of turning it into a B&B but after spending $250,000 to update the house, the city asked them to make more changes to comply with accessibility regulations, the newspaper said.

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After losing a legal battle with the city of Fall River and getting hit by the pandemic, the owners of Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft mansion are selling the property. Zillow

Woods and Wilber appealed the city’s decision to the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board of Building Regulations and Standards because they wanted to preserve the house’s historical integrity. But after the coronavirus pandemic entered the picture, they decided to sell, local media reports say.

The mansion will come “fully furnished with exceptional period pieces that speak to the very special past inhabitants of this home,” according to the Zillow listing.

Borden and her sister bought the 14-room mansion in 1893 after she was acquitted, the Herald reported. Borden’s sister moved out in 1905 but Borden spent the remainder of her life there until she died in 1927, according to the Herald.

Borden’s wake was held inside the house as well, the Herald reported. Borden’s sister died just days after her, according to the newspaper.

Jerry Pacheco, operations manager for the Borden B&B and museum, says the mansion offers a truly haunting experience, Boston Magazine reported.

“Honestly, that house has a lot

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