How 1 man and his getaway driver pulled off 15 bank robberies in 5 states -- 6 in Michigan
Officials broke down, in detail, how they say one man used napkin notes, one-minute in-and-outs, and a getaway driver to pull off 15 different bank robberies across five states, including at six branches in Michigan.
Diagnosed and deadly: New episode of ‘Father Wants Us Dead’ podcast goes inside a killer’s mind
Police and FBI agents were searching desperately for any hint of where the mass murderer was hiding. He would later say that life in Westfield, with the family he decided to kill, had been rather stressful. In its latest episode, NJ Advance Media’s investigative true crime podcast, “Father Wants Us Dead,” explores the international manhunt for List, who meticulously killed his mother, wife and three children on Nov. 9, 1971. While the movie came and went from theaters, List himself remained hiding in plain sight in a new marriage to an unsuspecting woman. Based on information gleaned from dozens of interviews and hundreds of pages of police and FBI documents, “Father Wants Us Dead” is an in-depth and chilling narrative from two reporters with more than 25 years of combined experience.mlive.com
I spent more than a year investigating 50-year-old murders that rocked N.J. Here’s why.
He was yet another name from the past, one of many I was chasing in pursuit of a killer. She was among the five family members List systematically executed in Westfield in 1971, a crime that still haunts Union County. I’ve spent about half of my dozen years in journalism focusing on crime, so I’ve covered too many horrific stories to count. The downtown streets where she would wander, shopping and hanging out with friends as a teenager, much like a 16-year-old Patty List had done decades before. Breeze Knoll, the List family home, at 431 Hillside Ave. in Westfield.mlive.com
Redford Westfield Prep basketball ‘turns up the thermostat’ in 69-60 win over Grosse Pointe North
REDFORD, Mich. -- When coach Doc Cornell looked up at the scoreboard and saw his Westfield Prep girls basketball team trailing 14-2 against Grosse Pointe North after just four minutes of play, he called a timeout. For a team that’s lost one game all season like Westfield Prep, the early double-digit deficit had the Warriors searching for answers. “That’s the scary part about having senior night, because all of those emotions are based on the seniors and their minds aren’t really in the game,” Cornell said. Leading the charge in the big run was Westfield Prep’s pair of 1,000-point scorers in junior Shamya Reid and senior Asia Cochran. “We needed to be tougher with the ball at the beginning of the second half,” said North coach Gary Bennett.mlive.com
These college students are working as contact tracers to stop the spread of Covid on campus
At Syracuse University, students must submit a certificate of completion of the JHU course, but some schools require students to complete a test. Most university contact tracers never enter an office. While many contact tracers are given a script, each call is unexpected and different, regardless of how much training is provided. But, demand for contact tracers has soared during the coronavirus pandemic: By October 2020, postings for contact tracer jobs were 25 times higher than they were just six months earlier. Many students, however, are working as contact tracers as volunteers or for credit.cnbc.com
US existing home sales, and prices, rise again in January
Existing U.S. home sales rose 0.6% in January from the previous month to a seasonally-adjusted rate of 6.69 million annualized units, the National Association of Realtors said Friday. The red-hot housing market has left the number of available properties for sale at record lows. The dearth of homes for sale has been the main driver of home prices. “No winter slowdown.”The housing market has mounted a strong comeback since last summer after declining sharply in the spring when the coronavirus outbreak hit. AdYun, of NAR, expects the average 30-year mortgage rate to tick higher, possibly reaching 3% by midyear.
Existing home sales rise in 2020 to highest in 14 years
A "sale pending" sign is posted on.a home in Westfield, Ind., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Sales of new homes remained steady in October at a seasonally adjusted rate of 999,000 units. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)WASHINGTON – Sales of existing homes rose 0.7% in December, pushing the entirety of 2020 to a pace not seen in 14 years and providing one of the few bright spots for a U.S. economy mired in a global pandemic. Rising sales in the final month of the year lifted activity to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.76 million units, the National Association of Realtors reported Friday. Sales rose to 6.48 million in 2020, the highest level since 2006 at the height of the housing boom.
US long-term mortgage rates slip; 30-year loan at 2.77%
U.S. long-term mortgage rates slipped this week while remaining at record-low levels. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)WASHINGTON – U.S. long-term mortgage rates slipped this week while remaining at record-low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate home loan eased to 2.77% from 2.79% last week. The damage from the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. and global economies suppressed home loan rates through most of last year. While the rise in mortgage rates is unlikely to derail the bustling housing market, it could make it tougher for would-be homebuyers.
Nov. existing home sales fall 2.5%, following record summer
The market for existing homes cooled slightly in November, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 after climbing through the late spring, summer and early fall despite the pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The market for existing homes cooled slightly in November, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday, after climbing through the late spring, summer and early fall despite the pandemic. Existing home sales fell 2.5% between October and November on a seasonally adjusted basis to 6.69 million annualized units. Sales of existing homes are still up 25.8% from a year earlier, the trade association said. ___This story has been corrected to say that sales of existing homes totaled a seasonally adjusted 6.69 million units in November and the average sale price was $310,800.
Men to spend life in prison for murder
The case involves the death of Hunter Guthrie, 24, whose body was dumped at an abandoned house in Detroit. Two men who have maintained their innocence will spend life in prison after being found guilty of killing a Monroe man whose body was dumped and severely burned in a Detroit house fire last year. Both Richter and Westfield, who also are considered habitual offenders, were sentenced to life in prison Thursday afternoon in Monroe County 38th Circuit Court. After his murder, Guthrie’s body reportedly was hidden in the trunk of their rental car and transported to an abandoned house in Detroit. Some off the police investigators included FBI Special Agent George Rienerth and Monroe County Sheriff’s detectives Jeffrey Hooper, Michael Preadmore and Michael McClain.monroenews.com
Former Snap exec Imran Khan's retail site Verishop has teamed up with a US mall owner to open stores
Verishop, a shopping website and brand incubator launched earlier this year by former Snap exec Imran Khan and his wife, has struck a deal with U.S. mall owner Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield to open 14 stores through next year. Verishop's first space, for its own skin-care brand Ghost Democracy, opened in October at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles. These digital-first companies are finding, among other things, that the cost to acquire customers online is more expensive than it is in stores. "We are giving [Verishop] flexibility today, so that when they are successful, the idea is not just to do a pop-up store. So far in 2019, retailers in the U.S. have announced a record 9,271 store closures, according to a tracking by Coresight Research.cnbc.com