Blog Posts by Alyssa Newcomb

  • Family Flees 'Haunted House,' Sues Landlord

    A New Jersey couple is suing their landlord for a refund after they said paranormal activity caused them to flee their rental home.

    Michele Callan and her fiance, Josue Chinchilla, moved into the home in Toms River, N.J., with Callan's two children on March 1 and were immediately spooked.

    "Three taps on the TV, taps on the shoulder…" Chinchilla told ABC News.

    At first they chalked it up to the adjustment period of moving into a new home.

    But things only got spookier, they said.

    Doors opened and closed. The family even claimed they recorded strange voices whispering, "Let it burn."

    The new tenants said that between the menacing voices, flickering lights and clothes mysteriously flying from their closets, they couldn't take it anymore. They fled the three-bedroom home and checked into a hotel, where they said they have been living since March 13.

    Callan and Chinchilla filed suit last week in New Jersey Superior Court, seeking the return of their $2,250 security deposit from

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  • Ex-Reporter Sues After Alleged Police Brutality Deleted Off Camera

    Ex-Reporter Sues After Alleged Police Brutality Deleted Off Camera Former KOB anchor and reporter Cristina Rodda. (Image credit: New Mexico Corrections Dept.)A former reporter is suing the city of Albuquerque, N. M., and a police officer for allegedly deleting evidence of police brutality and tampering with evidence during a story she was covering.

    Cristina Rodda, a former anchor and reporter for the Albuquerque NBC affiliate station KOB, is suing Officer Stephanie Lopez of the Albuquerque Police Department.  In her federal court filing this week she cited violation of the first, fourth and fourteenth amendments, intentionally spoiling evidence, violation of the New Mexico Tort Claims Act against Lopez.  She also cited negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention against the city.

    "We just filed this week so the city will have 20 days to answer the lawsuit," B.J. Crow, Cristina's attorney told ABC

    On April 29, 2011 the reporter was sent by KOB to Tumbleweeds night club in Albuquerque, following a tip about a "rave" party where underage people were allegedly allowed, according to the lawsuit.

    Rodda was

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  • Kirk Cameron Hit By Former Child Stars on Gay Comments

    Kirk Cameron Hit By Former Child Stars on Gay Comments (Image Credit:

    A group of former child stars banded together in a video to lambast comments Kirk Cameron made in March calling homosexuality "unnatural," "detrimental," and "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."

    The video, which was posted on Funny Or Die, featured seven child actors who had formed a group called Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron or CCOKC for short.

    "Together we're pledging to raise awareness about a serious threat to our civil rights-Kirk Cameron's stupid opinions," they say in the video.

    The spoof public service announcement featured seven former child stars,  including Christine Lakin from "Step By Step," Kenn Michael from "The Parent 'Hood" and Josie Davis from "Charles In Charge."

    "Look, we've met Kirk and he's a very pleasant guy," they say. "But Kirk, like all of us, lived and worked in the company of homosexuals for years and I would challenge him to name one thing they ever did to hurt him, his community, or

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  • Wedding Ring Found After Toilet Flush

    Wedding Ring Found After Toilet Flush (Image Credit: KTVB)

    An Idaho woman was reunited with her diamond wedding ring just in time for her 25th anniversary.

    Mechelle Rieger, 44, set her wedding ring on a privacy wall in her bathroom 18 months ago as she stood up to flush the toilet.

    "It was slow motion. That ring bounced off, landed in the toilet just as it was flushing down and it just took off," she told ABC News. "It was long gone."

    Rieger said her husband took apart the toilet and pipes, but her ring was nowhere to be found. The next day she called the Kuna, Idaho, city offices.

    "I was just hysterical and the guy said my chances of getting it back were very slim," she said.

    Rieger's $6,000 ring was insured and she was able to get a replacement, but it just wasn't the same.

    "I started out with a tiny one-third diamond cut ring when I got married and I gradually updated it and this ring was it," she said.

    Sewage workers found the ring this week and returned it to Kuna City Hall.

    Local news stations picked up the

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  • Wicked Weather: Tornado Hits Oklahoma

    A tornado ripped through Norman, Okla. this afternoon leaving several hurt and a trail of property damage, authorities said.

    At least 10 people were treated for "bumps and bruises," Norman Regional Hospital spokeswoman Kelly Wells told the Associated Press.

    The twister was part of a storm system that could bring tornadoes similar to the ones that devastated the South around this time last year.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center issued a rare, high risk today for severe weather Saturday from Oklahoma through Kansas.

    Paul Walker, an Accuweather senior meteorologist, told ABC News today that a warning two days in advance of a storm was unusual and that the weekend "should be particularly dangerous."

    The center last issued a high-risk alert in April 2011, when 173 tornadoes touched down in one day during a storm system that hit seven states.

    The twisters left 345 dead and nearly $11 billion in damage. The National Weather

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  • Jaleel White: Tabloids Are 'Beating Me Up'

    Jaleel White: Tabloids Are 'Beating Me Up' (Image Credit: John Sciulli/WireImage)

    "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Jaleel White has been getting high marks from the show's judges, but off the dance floor, the actor said he has become the victim of tabloid reports.

    "Somehow I've become the paparazzi whipping boy for the show. I didn't sign up for that," White told ABC News. "My track record in life speaks for itself."

    White's ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his daughter, accused him of being verbally and physically abusive, Radar Online reported.

    The 90's sitcom star has also been dogged by claims that he got into a "heated" argument with his dancing partner Kym Johnson and the show's producers, according to Us Weekly.

    White admitted the grueling seven day a week rehearsals can cause emotions to run high.

    "The thing that's tough about this show is you have a camera and you go, you know five hours a day and every move you make other than going to the bathroom, they're there," he said.  "Imagine just learning how to dance and learning

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  • 'Ridiculously Photogenic Guy' Goes Viral


    Messy hair, beads of sweat and expressions of agony are common for runners, but apparently not for Zeddie Little.

    Little, from New York City, became an Internet sensation and was nicknamed "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy" after a spectator snapped a picture of him at the Copper River Bridge Run in South Carolina. Little looked as if he had stepped straight out of a magazine.

    The photo was posted on the Internet sharing board Reddit and went viral, inspiring a caption meme, where people pasted text on the photo of Little.

    "Gets Arrested, Mugshot Submitted to Glamour Magazine," one said.

    "Used For Stock Photo in Picture Frames, No One Replaces It," another one said.

    Even Ridiculously Photogenic Guy's dad approves of his perfectly coiffed son's minute of fame.

    "Oh, I'm excited for him," Jack Little told the Charleston City Paper. "Yeah, I mean he's always been very quiet and

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  • Washington Boy, 9, Writes Apology to Girl He Shot

    A 9-year-old boy in Bremerton, Wash. wrote a letter apologizing to a classmate who was seriously wounded after a gun discharged from his backpack, lodging a bullet in her spine.

    The handwritten letter, which was written as part of a court ordered mandate, was addressed to Amina Bowman, 8, who was released from the hospital on Tuesday.  The boy’s name has not been made public.

    "I'm sorry I hurt you because I brought a gun to school. I did not mean for any one to get hurt," the boy wrote. "I wish everyone was okay. I made a bad choice."

    The letter was written as a requirement of the boy’s sentencing when he pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges stemming from the shooting, which police say was an accident. The Seattle Times reports the letter was written as the boy went through counseling, another sentencing requirement the boy must go through.

    Six weeks after being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, small milestones mark Amina's recovery.

    A taste of soup, those

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  • Man Buys Forgotten Warhol Sketch for $5

    Man Buys Forgotten Warhol Sketch for $5 (Image Credit:Brad Wakefield/SWNS)

    A British businessman made the best deal of his life when he unknowingly purchased an early Andy Warhol drawing for $5 at a Las Vegas garage sale.

    Andy Fields bought five paintings in 2010 from a man who had abused drugs and whose aunt had cared for Warhol in his youth, Fields told  the U.K.'s Sun.

    It was only when Fields decided to have one of the paintings reframed that he learned  that the forgotten  Warhol  could fetch $2 million at auction.

    "I was reframing one of the pictures and took the backing off and saw a picture looking back at me and recognized the bright red lips of an Andy Warhol," Fields told the BBC.

    The signed drawing on tattered paper is believed to be of Rudy Vallee, a well-known singer in the 1930s. Warhol would have been about 10 years old  at the time he completed the sketch, which reflects the beginning of Warhol's pop art style.

    Fields said he had no plans to sell the drawing just yet and would like to put in on display.


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  • Trayvon Martin Case: Rallies Across US Demand Justice

    From left, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Benjamin Jealous, President of the NAACP lead the march for slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Sanford, Fla. Protesters carried signs, chanted “Justice for Trayvon,” and clutched the hands of their children while they walked from Crooms Academy of Information Technology, the county’s first high school for black students, to the Sanford Police Department. The march was organized by the NAACP and was one of several taking place over the weekend. Martin was shot to death by 28-year-old George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 as he walked from back from a convenience store to his father’s fiancée’s home in a gated community outside Orlando. (AP Photo/Julie Fletcher)Cries of "no justice, no peace" will be heard as thousands of people across the country are expected to participate in rallies demanding justice for slain teenager Trayvon Martin.

    George Zimmerman, the volunteer neighborhood watch captain who claimed he shot Martin in self defense on Feb. 26, has been in hiding ever since demands for his arrest and threats against his life, including a $10,000 bounty for his capture from the New Black Panther Party, were issued.

    The Florida rally will end today at the Sanford, Fla., police station- the same place Zimmerman was questioned and released on the night of the shooting.

    In surveillance video, which was first obtained exclusively by ABC News,  Zimmerman can be seen arriving in a police cruiser. As he exits the car, his hands are cuffed behind his back. Zimmerman is frisked and then led down a series of hallways, still cuffed.

    In the video there are no visible signs of the bloody nose, and gash he told police he received in his

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