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Casey Anthony: Blogger/TV Personality Added to Defense Witness List

May 31, 2011

…and it’s not Marinade Dave 🙂

According to court documents, the defense team has added Stephen Watts, journalist, blogger and TV personality, to its witness list.

From WESH:

Watts’ site said he has worked or appeared on shows and networks such as “Nancy Grace,” “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” TRU TV and “Inside Edition.”

He has covered cases such as Drew Peterson, O.J. Simpson, Scott Peterson, Haleigh Cummings and Casey Anthony, the site says. He also said he is working on a book about the media’s influence on the justice system.

The defense’s addition to its witness list was filed Friday, according to the clerk’s website.

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Misty Croslin’s Parents Facing Drug Charges

July 27, 2010

Police have arrested Lisa and Hank Croslin on charges of purchasing cocaine, tampering with evidence and violating their probation in earlier cases.

From the Florida Times Union:

Hank Croslin Sr., 41, and Lisa Croslin, 40, were charged with purchasing crack cocaine and tampering with evidence in an undercover reverse drug sale in Palatka, said Assistant Chief James Griffith with the Palatka Police Department.

The elder Croslins were arrested after they drove from a house where police had arrested the residents then started selling drugs to any who came to buy.

They were charged with tampering because they tried to throw the drug away after they were apprehended.

Concert Review: “Just Another Day in Paradise” with Phil Vassar and Jaron and the Long Road to Love in San Jose, California

April 18, 2010

When you go into a show with the highest expectations, you typically end up with an enormous letdown. With Phil Vassar, though, this is never the case. Once again, here in San Jose, Vassar lived up to all expectations with 90 minutes of great music and great fun!

The night began with Jaron and the Long Road to Love and don’t let the name fool you, this is a band consisting of just one: Jaron. Although he only played five song, it was a very enjoyable opening act. The song that you’ll probably know him from is a country radio staple these days: “I Pray For You”.

He may not be well known now, but what I loved about his stage presence is that he played with the crowd and had a great time throughout his set. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more of him in the days/weeks/months to come.  I can tell he is a future star rising. Next time, hopefully, we’ll get a little longer set.

Following his set, it was finally time for the moment we had all been waiting for: Phil Vassar’s return to San Jose! The crowd was electric as KRTY DJ Randy Jones took the stage and got everyone on their feet, screaming at the top of their lungs. A moment later, Vassar took the stage.

If you haven’t seen a Phil Vassar show, you are missing out on one of country musics best. I’ve seen the best of the best: George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks and more. But, while Vassar isn’t seen in the upper echelon of country music performers, and on an international stage such as these performers, he really should be!

Vassar is well known in the industry as a great songwriter and over the past 8-10 years, has been very well received playing his own music. Songs such as “Carlene”, “Bye Bye”, “I’m Alright”, “In a Real Love”, “Last Day of My Life”, “Six Pack Summer”, “Little Red Rodeo”, “Love is a Beautiful Thing”, “Just Another Day in Paradise”, “American Child” and “My Next Thirty Years” filled the setlist. Vassar didn’t miss a beat as he had the audience in his hand, singing along to every word.

Another great aspect of a Vassar stage show is how he brings in other songs that are not his own that continue to keep the crowd asking for more. One of these would have to be “Summer Nights” from the Grease soundtrack:

But what I have always enjoyed most of the Phil Vassar shows I’ve been to (6 in total), is how he incorporates a Billy Joel staple, “Piano Man”, into his encore to conclude the show. What else would you expect from a great piano player such as Vassar:

As always, the show exceeded my expectations and I can safely say that everyone who was in attendance left feeling satisfied. My wife got to meet Vassar and got the autograph that she wanted 🙂 A great evening all around!

Whether you’re a fan of country music or not, I highly recommend that you check out a performance by Phil Vassar. You won’t be disappointed.

John Albert Gardner Pleads Guilty to Murdering Teens

April 16, 2010

Sex offender John Albert Gardner pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two teenage girls in San Diego County after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

From the Associated Press:

Gardner, 31, faces life in prison without parole for killing 14-year-old Amber Dubois and 17-year-old Chelsea King.

Gardner, wearing a dark blue jail jumpsuit with his shackled arms hanging at his sides, said nothing but “yes” repeatedly as the judge asked him for his pleas.

Amber vanished in February 2009 and the investigation produced few solid leads until Chelsea disappeared Feb. 25 near the site where Amber went missing.

From the San Diego Union Tribune:

John Albert Gardner III pleaded guilty Friday to murder charges in the slayings of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, ending weeks of speculation as to whether he would be charged in the deaths of both teenage girls.

As a result, Gardner, a 31-year-old convicted sex offender, will avoid facing the death penalty, and instead be sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Phil Vassar…Tonight at the Rodeo Club!

April 16, 2010

It’s going to be a late night tonight as my wife and I will be heading down to the Rodeo Club in San Jose to see our favorite performer, Phil Vassar.

We’ve see Phil live 4 times in the past, and his show two years ago at the Rodeo Club was the BEST concert I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to more than one hundred in my 32 years). The set list always includes favorites such as: Little Red Rodeo, Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Bye Bye, Six Pack Summer, In My Next 30 Years, I’m Alright, That’s When I Love You and more…Let’s not forget that he typically finishes his show with a great rendition of Billy Joel’s Piano Man (see video below).

Very much looking forward to this one and posting a review this weekend. If you don’t know much about this great singer/songwriter, here is some background from his Web site:

Phil Vassar’s unbounded energy and limitless talent have proven him, again and again, as one of Nashville’s most prolific and versatile stars. His resume boasts six #1 hits for country artists including Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and Collin Raye, and three more as an artist in his own right. He’s been named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year twice and has taken top honors from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard and MusicRow. Now releasing his sixth album, Traveling Circus, Vassar approaches his uniquely piano-based, rhythm and blues-infused, infectiously buoyant brand of country music from the back-to-basics school of thought.

Phil bypassed traditional Music City session players and hired his road band to play on Traveling Circus. While the band had played on some of Phil’s Greatest Hits: Vol. 1 album, and had become his go-to guys for demo work, never before had Phil used them for a full album of original material. What’s more, Phil found that his road band, who contribute so much to the frenetic creative energy of his legendary live shows, were much better equipped to capture his concert sound than hired session musicians would be.


Haleigh Cummings Case Now a Homicide Investigation

April 15, 2010

According to a local sheriff, authorities believe Haleigh Cummings is dead and are treating the 5-year-old’s disappearance as a homicide investigation.

From CNN:

“At this point, I’m comfortable in saying I’m calling it a homicide,” Sheriff Jeff Hardy said. He added that investigators are looking at “one or more persons of interest” but would not identify any targets of the investigation.

The sheriff spoke with reporters as divers completed their search of the St. Johns River, south of Satsuma, Florida, where Haleigh lived in a mobile home with her father, Ronald Cummings, and his then-girlfriend, Misty Croslin.

Hardy said the searched was prompted by “leads” developed when people he would not identify began cooperating with investigators.

“People are starting to talk,” he said. “We’re hoping to make an arrest in this case,” he said.

Haleigh Cummings Search Continues

April 14, 2010

Authorities continue to search an area near Satsuma, Florida, today as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings.

From CNN:

The Putnam County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it was conducting the search, based on a lead investigators received. Authorities did not release the exact location “in an attempt to prevent unnecessary congestion from onlookers,” the statement said.

“Although various resources are being utilized to conduct this search, it is just one of many operations conducted during this investigation,” authorities said. “Due to the sensitivity of this investigation, the name of the person providing the tip and the physical evidence alleged to be in this area will not be released.”

Haleigh Cummings was 5 in February 2009 when she vanished from the mobile home she shared with her father, Ronald Cummings, and stepmother, Misty Croslin, near Satsuma.