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'Next Top Model' Mirjana Puhar

Lead Detective Also a Reality Star

2/26/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Americas Next Top Model Death The lead detective assigned to the murder case of "America's Next Top Model" star Mirjana Puhar ironically has a connection to the victim ... they're both reality TV stars.

Det. Norma McKee was on A&E's "The First 48" -- a docuseries about murder investigations -- back in 2011, when she was just a rookie. The episode chronicled a double-murder investigation, her first, involving a couple that was shot point blank in their car by a backseat passenger. 

McKee got her man, who is currently serving 28 years after pleading guilty to two counts of second degree murder. 

Puhar and two other people were killed Tuesday in Charlotte, NC. Police have already arrested a suspect, who has been charged with three counts of first degree murder.

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Hope Solo

Prosecutors Appeal Domestic Violence Case

2/26/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Hope Solo ain't outta the woods yet in her domestic violence case ... because prosecutors have filed an appeal claiming there were significant "issues" with the judge's decision to dismiss the case.  

TMZ Sports has learned ... the prosecutor's office for the City of Kirkland in Washington filed the appeal earlier this month. 

As we previously reported, Solo was accused of beating the crap out of her 17-year-old nephew and her own half-sister during an alleged drunken rampage in 2014. 

Solo denied any wrongdoing ... and a judge threw out the case in January, citing lack of cooperation from witnesses. 

But we spoke with Solo's half-sister Teresa Obert -- who says BS ... telling TMZ Sports they were fully cooperative from the beginning. 

Obert also says her story has remained the same from the beginning ... and insists Solo was LYING when she claimed she was the real victim. 

"She slammed my son's head into the concrete multiple times, punching me repeatedly when I pulled her off of him," Teresa says ... "We tried to keep her away, but she kept coming back into the house. We've never changed our story."

Sources from the prosecutor's office tell TMZ Sports it's NOT standard operating procedure to appeal every D.V. case that's dismissed -- only in cases where "we believe there are issues."

Officials would not tell us what those "issues" are. 

Don't expect a ruling on the appeal any time soon ... these things usually take a while. 

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'Ice Road Truckers' Star Tim Zickuhr

GUILTY of Prostitute Kidnapping

2/25/2015 5:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ice Roads Trucker Guilty Kidnapping Prostitute"Ice Road Truckers" star Tim Zickuhr didn't convince a judge the woman he allegedly tied up and threw in a closet was not a prostitute but a flaky friend, because he was just convicted of kidnapping.

TMZ broke the story ... cops say last April Zickuhr bound a Vegas prostitute named Snow White with backpack straps and locked her in a closet ... then tried to collect a $1,000 ransom from her friend, who happened to be a LVPD cop. 

A Nevada judge wasn't buyin' what Zickuhr was selling and found him guilty Tuesday of kidnapping and extortion. The judge then threw the book at him, sentencing him to a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Zickuhr hasn't appeared on the History Channel show since 2011.

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Elizabeth Taylor

Family Jewels and Cash Held Hostage

... Liz's Trust Sues

2/25/2015 1:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0225-liz-taylor-getty-01One of Elizabeth Taylor's iconic jewelry pieces fetched almost $9 million in an auction -- but the buyer backed out, and now Liz's trust is suing famed auction house Christie's Inc. for screwing up the deal.  

Lizzie's Taj Mahal diamond necklace -- a gift from Richard Burton -- was one of the items hawked during Christie's 2011 auction ... which took in a whopping $156,756,576. Problem is ... the guy who bid $8,818,500 for the necklace backed out because the massive heart-shaped diamond wasn't up to snuff for him. 

Meanwhile, Christie's had already paid Taylor's trust for the necklace ... and when the guy backed out ... the auction house demanded the cash back. As you can imagine, they weren't in the giving mood. In fact, the Taylor trust is now suing Christie's.

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According to the suit ... Christie's is holding hostage millions of dollars gained from the auction of other items -- including a Bulgari ring and a Valentino fur evening bag. The Bulgari alone sold for $2.9 million. 

The Taylor trust says Christie's is strong-arming -- refusing to hand over cash from all the other items ... unless it gets back the Taj Mahal funds. 

The Taylor trust wants the court to tell Christie's to go kick rocks.

A rep for Christie's says the suit "stems from Christie's seeking the return of a small portion of proceeds due to the cancelled sale of a single item from the 1,800 lot collection."  The rep added they look forward to a "speedy resolution" on the matter.

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'Remember the Titans' Coach

Arrested for DUI

2/25/2015 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Remember the Titans" actor who starred as a coach in the film -- and was NOT named Denzel Washington -- got busted for DUI in South Carolina.

Will Patton, who ended up being Denzel's assistant coach in the classic football flick ... was arrested Tuesday night in Isle of Palms, SC. He was released on $997 bond.

Patton played Coach Bill Yoast in 'Titans' -- and 10-year-old Hayden Panettiere played his daughter. He also starred in "Armaggedon" and "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Patton's hometown is Charleston ... not far from Isle of Palms. He'll be back in court next month to face the DUI. 

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Shawn Holley

Lindsay Got a Raw Deal

2/25/2015 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

022515_shawn_holley_launch_exitLindsay Lohan was on the up and up when she performed her community service and got credit for performing onstage ... this according to her lawyer.

Shawn Holley was on her way out of the courthouse when she explained Lohan did a pretty great thing for unfortunate London children by giving them the experience of a West End London play.

The judge disagreed and threw out more than half of Lindsay's community service hours, so she needs to redo 125 hours to complete her probation.

Holly went after prosecutor Terry White, saying all he really had to do was call CSV -- the community service org -- and they would have cleared things up. For his part, we know White is indignant, saying LiLo's community service was bogus.

Lindsay has been on probation for going on 8 years. She may not win an Oscar, but she definitely could get in the Guinness Book.

Lindsay Lohan

Judge Pooh-Poohs Community Service

More Hours Ordered

2/25/2015 8:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0224_lindsay_lohan_tmzLindsay Lohan and her community service organization just got slammed by a judge Wednesday morning ... a judge who threw out more than half of her hours.

The judge in Lindsay's probation case ordered LiLo to do another 125 hours ... this after the prosecutor called BS on the service she performed.

Most of the hearing was conducted privately in the judge's chambers, but hizzoner did call the work Lindsay did "unacceptable." 

TMZ broke the story ... prosecutor Terry White was indignant over the work Lindsay did for CSV in London, saying in one case she got credit for six hours of community service work ... even though four hours of those hours were for acting on stage and the remaining two were for meeting fans.

Lindsay's never-ending probation stems from her 2012 reckless driving case when she slammed into an 18-wheeler.  

'Next Top Model' Mirjana Puhar

Killed in Triple Homicide

[UPDATE]

2/25/2015 8:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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02025-mirjana-puhar-instagramupdate_graphic_red_bar8:45 AM PT -- Police have arrested 19-year-old Emmanuel Jesus Rangel and charged him with 3 counts of 1st degree murder.

The boyfriend, Jonathan Alvarado was 23 ... and the third victim was 21-year-old Jusmar Gonzaga-Garcia. Our sources say Jusmar was Jonathan's roommate and best friend. We're told Mirjana had just moved in with the guys.

update_grey_gray_barMirjana Puhar -- a recent "America's Next Top Model" contestant -- was killed Tuesday in a triple homicide at her boyfriend's home in Charlotte, NC ... TMZ has learned.

A source who was very close to Mirjana confirmed to TMZ that she was one of the 3 victims found dead in a home that belonged to Mirjana's boyfriend. The source says a friend of the couple went to the house after getting a call that gunshots were heard.

We're told the friend went into the house, saw 2 bodies -- Mirjana and the bf -- and then called police to report the killings. The friend didn't see the 3rd victim, but did see money scattered around the house.

19-year-old Mirjana was on the 21st cycle of 'ANTM' ... which aired last year. She was eliminated from the show in the 10th episode. 

Law enforcement sources tell us the preliminary investigation leads police to believe the murders were drug related -- and the victims knew the killer.  

Our Mirjana source says the young model had only been with the boyfriend for a few months.

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Lindsay Lohan

She Got Community Service Credit For

Performing Onstage!

2/25/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0224_lindsay_lohan_speed_th_plow_gettyLindsay Lohan and her community service organization are trying to bamboozle the judge into giving her credit for time she spent performing onstage ... we've learned that's exactly what the prosecutor will say in court today as he argues she's violated her probation.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... prosecutor Terry White has combed through the 240 hours at CSV -- the London-based community service organization. White will tell the judge ... on one day Lindsay got 6 hours credit, but he says 2 of the hours were for her matinee performance and another 2 were for her evening performance. The remaining 2 were for a meet-and-greet afterwards.

And we've learned White will tell the judge on another day CSV represents Lindsay did community service from 11 AM to 3 PM. Problem is, White says he contacted producers and the play started at 3 PM that day. Lindsay lived 6 miles from the theater and had to show up at least 35 minutes early.

We're told White also scoffs at credit Lindsay received for throwing a fundraiser for CSV, arguing community service is supposed to be for the community and not the organization. And White is concerned about the story we broke -- that Lindsay lobbied Esurance to donate $10K to CSV -- saying it creates a conflict for CSV which is supposed to scrutinize Lindsay and not become beholden to her. 

White believes there are enough irregularities to call all 240 hours into question.

White wants the judge to violate Lindsay's probation based on CSV's records and will ask that Lindsay be present for a hearing to determine what, if any consequences should result.

We called Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, but so far no reply.

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Jenelle Evans

Another Day

Another Arrest

2/25/2015 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Teen Mom" star Jenelle Evans spent an hour of her Tuesday behind bars in South Carolina ... busted for driving without a license.

South Carolina Highway Patrol busted Evans and booked her into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center around 3:00 PM. She posted a $237.50 bond about an hour later and was sprung. 

Jail records don't give much in the way of details, but Evans explained the arrested via Twitter, when she retweeted a friend who wrote, "Yall chill she paid a speeding tick 3 days late in 2013 & license was just suspended recently & she had no idea.It's cleared up It's all good."

Evans is no stranger to jail. She's been arrested for heroin possession, attacking her husband, stalking, harassment, breaking and entering, violating her restraining order, etc. She's also famous for getting busted for beating the crap out of another girl on a front lawn.    



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Bruce Jenner

Likely To Avoid Charges

Cops Say Driving 'HUA' [Head Up Ass]

2/25/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bruce Jenner Prosecuted Car Accident
If you're a gambler, you should bet that Bruce Jenner will NOT be prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter, because his screw up was driving HUA ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Sources familiar with investigating the fatal crash on PCH earlier this month tell us ... conventional wisdom is 60/40 AGAINST criminal prosecution. One source says it's more like 70/30.  

As for why it's looking like Bruce will not be prosecuted, our law enforcement sources say there are a variety of factors:

-- He was not under the influence

-- He was not speeding

-- He was not texting 

As one source put it, "It's more a case of HUA" ... that's cop talk for driving while head up ass.  That we're told is the view shared by cops familiar with the investigation.

The underlying offense could be following too closely or driving at a speed that isn't prudent given driving conditions.

We're told the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. investigation is pretty much complete, and after the reports are written it will be submitted to the L.A. County D.A. for review. Our sources say the Sheriff's Dept. in all probability will not make a recommendation on prosecution.

'Success Kid' Mom

I'm Gonna Explode!

Fireworks Co. Stole My Son's Face

2/25/2015 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Success Kid Meme Mom Suing Fireworks
The hugely viral "Success Kid" internet meme exploded, and so has a firework maker's plan to cash in on it ... according to a lawsuit filed by the woman hauling them to court.

According to the docs ... Laney Griner -- the mom who snapped the famous pic of her kid  -- says Jake's Fireworks used it to sell a product called "Back Off" without her okay.

She says the meme's fame has landed her kid legitimate deals with Coca-Cola, Radio Shack and Virgin ... and says Jake's crossed the line when it plastered her kid's mug all over their packaging. 

She's pushing for a judge to destroy all the "Back Off" packaging and wants the company to fork over profits.

Boom.

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Bruce Jenner

Speed at Impact ... 38 MPH

2/24/2015 4:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0224_bruce_jenner_crash_splashBruce Jenner was traveling at 38 miles an hour when he struck the Lexus on Pacific Coast Highway earlier this month ... according to data retrieved from his SUV.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the Sensing Diagnostic Module (data recorder) shows Bruce was traveling between 46 and 47 MPH when he slammed on his brakes. Our sources say impact occurred almost immediately after braking.

That would mean Bruce must not have seen the cars backed up at the light until the very last second, which could explain why he was casually holding a cigarette as the cars collided.

TMZ broke the story ... an MTA bus captured the entire crash, showing Bruce's SUV hitting the Lexus, which went into oncoming traffic and struck a Hummer, killing the Lexus driver. Bruce then hit the Prius that was in front of the Lexus.

We're told the entire accident occurred in less than 3 seconds. 

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