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Cheat Sheet: July 30, 2013

Rap lyrics help solve homicide case from 2007

Newport News Police say a local rapper’s song helped link him to a cold case involving a double homicide in 2007. On May 10, 2007 officers were dispatched to the 23rd Street and Orcutt Avenue area where they found Brian Dean lying on a front porch suffering a gunshot wound to the head. A second victim, Christopher Horton, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. Both men died, and the case eventually went cold. Four years later, the case was assigned to another detective with the Newport News Police Department, and three men were identified as possible suspects. Witness told police that Horton fought with one suspect, Antwain Steward, prior to the homicides and that a rap song had been produced by Steward, referencing the slayings. The track titled “Ride Out” was found on the internet and contains words investigators believe are about the killings. Warrants were issued for Steward’s arrest in connection with the double homicide, and he was arrested on July 9, 2013. (Source)

Student forgotten in DEA cell sues and settles for $4.1 million

Daniel Chong, a University of California San Diego student has settled a lawsuit for $4.1 million after being left unmonitored in a holding cell for five days. Chong, 25, drank his own urine to survive and even wrote a farewell note to his mother onto his arm using a shard of glass from his glasses. Chong was detained on the morning of April 21 when DEA agents raided a house they suspected was being used to distribute ecstasy. A multiagency narcotics task force detained nine people and seized about 18,000 ecstasy pills, marijuana, prescription medications, hallucinogenic mushrooms, several guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition from the house. It wasn’t until the afternoon of April 25 that an agent opened the steel door to Chong’s cell and found the handcuffed student, who had lost 15 pounds and suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. (Source)

Eileen Brennan dies at 80

Eileen Brennan, a veteran actress best known for her Oscar-nominated role in the 1980 comedy “Private Benjamin” died Sunday of bladder cancer at 80 years old. The actress was known as a “gruff but lovable” type, appearing in TV shows including “Taxi,” “Thirtysomething,” “Newhart” and “Will & Grace.” Brennan is survived by two sons, two grandchildren and a sister. (Source)

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