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Dylann Roof Preacher's Son Vows to Attend Execution ... He Needs to Find God

1/12/2017 12:10 AM PST
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When Dylann Roof is executed, the son of slain Rev. Daniel Simmons wants to bear witness -- but not out of vengeance.

Daniel Simmons Jr. tells TMZ he and other members of the Charleston church were relieved by the jury's guilty verdict and decision to give Roof the death penalty -- but he's still waiting to see an ounce of remorse.

Simmons says he will absolutely attend Roof's execution by lethal injection ... in hopes the killer experiences God's forgiveness in the moments before he dies.

Simmons' father was one of the 9 victims Roof shot in cold blood inside Emanuel AME Church -- so, the amount of restraint and grace he shows here is extraordinary.

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BJ Penn's Brother Arrested In Airplane Bender 'I Won't Get Off Without a Fight'

1/11/2017 3:28 PM PST
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0111-reagan-penn-facebook-02The younger brother of UFC star BJ Penn was arrested Tuesday after a crazy incident on an airplane in which he allegedly yelled, "I won't get off the plane without a fight."

Reagan Penn -- a former MMA fighter himself -- was on a Delta plane at LAX headed to Phoenix to see his big brother throw down at UFC Fight Night 103 when he got into it with flight crew over alcohol. 

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We're told Penn wanted booze before takeoff, crew refused to serve him and an argument ensued. He was eventually told to deboard the plane but he refused. 

Cops were called but the standoff continued -- and he allegedly told officers, "I won't get off the plane without a fight."

A witness tells us Penn commented that his brother would "kick his ass" if he didn't make it to PHX for the fight. 

Penn was "taken down" by at least two officers who handcuffed him and arrested for him trespassing. He was taken to a nearby station where he was booked. 

Penn has since been released. No word if he made it to PHX yet. 

Kim Kardashian Robbery Suspects Tied to Belgium's Illegal Diamond Trade

1/11/2017 10:26 AM PST
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0111-kim-kardashian-antwerp-diamonds-tmz-getty-02Kim Kardashian's robbers have strong ties to the illegal diamond trade in Belgium and now the country's federal police force is on what is probably a futile hunt to track down the bling.

Sources with knowledge of Belgium's "black market" for diamonds tell us several men arrested for the Paris robbery have ties to the market. There's a diamond district in Antwerp and shady jewelry shops do business just outside the perimeter ... that's likely where Kim's jewelry ended up.

Law enforcement sources in Belgium tell us their federal police force is investigating, but our sources say ... since more than 3 months have passed it'll be next to impossible to get the bling back. Stuff on the illegal market just moves around too quickly.

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Tre Mason Arrested Over ATV Chase In Florida

1/11/2017 7:30 AM PST
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10:50 AM PT -- Mason's attorney entered a not guilty plea on the running back's behalf this morning.update_grey_gray_barEx-NFL running back Tre Mason was arrested in Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday stemming from a police chase in which the RB fled from cops on an ATV. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... cops tried to stop Mason on July 27th when they saw him riding the vehicle in a prohibited area. Instead of pulling over, Mason gave chase. 

Cops tracked Mason back to his family home and spoke with his mother who told officers Tre was mentally ill and blamed the head shots he took during his football career. 

A warrant was issued for Mason's arrest for felony fleeing from police at a high speed and last night they finally arrested the 23-year-old. 

Mason's bond was set at $5,000 -- which he posted immediately.

Kim Kardashian My Stolen Jewelry's Long Gone

1/11/2017 12:50 AM PST
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0109-kim-kardashian-tmzKim Kardashian won't be wearing that $4 million stolen ring anytime soon -- or ever for that matter -- because authorities have told her there's virtually no chance of retrieving it.

Sources close to the investigation tell us Kim's legal team has been briefed by Parisian cops on the big break in the robbery case -- rounding up 17 suspects -- and they have made it clear the only way she'll ever see the bling again is in photos.

The cops say most diamonds the size of Kim's are immediately shipped off to Antwerp's diamond district in Belgium and then quickly disappear.

TMZ broke the story -- Kim submitted an insurance claim after the robbery listing her 20 carat emerald cut stone diamond ring at $4 million -- in total, 13 items totaling $5.6 mil were stolen.

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Kim Kardashian Limo Company says Driver Released without Charges

1/10/2017 4:21 PM PST
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011017-kim-kardashian-ff-03The Paris limo driver who was arrested in the Kim Kardashian robbery dragnet has been released and was never even a suspect ... so claims the limo company that hired him.

UNIC Worldpass tells TMZ, driver Michael Madar has been released from custody with no criminal charges. UNIC says Madar was in custody "for testimony purposes" only.

The company insists neither it nor Madar had any connection to the October jewelry heist.

Le Monde, a leading French newspaper, was one of the first to report the robbery may have been an inside job and cops had their sights set on the limo driver.

Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death

1/10/2017 2:00 PM PST
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0110-dylann-roof-getty-02Dylann Roof -- the man convicted for the racially motivated mass murder in a South Carolina church -- was just sentenced to death.

Dylann showed little regret during his trial for murdering 9 black worshipers during Bible study at Emanuel AME Church back in June of 2015. He walked into the church and shot the churchgoers in cold blood.

Likewise, he showed zero remorse Tuesday in court ... where he represented himself and told jurors he felt like he had to kill his victims, and "I still feel like I have to do it."

The 12 person jury deliberated just 3 hours before announcing the sentencing in which Dylann repped himself.

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The Kardashians DASH Store Hit by Thief

1/10/2017 12:54 PM PST
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0110_cops_at_dash_store_mega-main-2Kim Kardashian has a new crime to deal with -- this time it's her family's DASH store that was hit, and it went down shortly after the Paris suspects got busted.

Law enforcement sources tell us a woman strolled into the Melrose Ave boutique Monday, grabbed a bunch of clothing and perfume and fled in a silver sedan. We're told the woman made off with around $1,600 in DASH gear ... and so far, cops haven't been able to locate her.

Odd coincidence -- since Paris cops announced Monday they'd arrested 17 people in connection with Kim's robbery in October.

New year. Same s***. 

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Mariah Carey Hollywood Star Vandalized Cops Investigating

1/10/2017 10:15 AM PST
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0109-mariah-carey-star-vandalized-INSTAGRAM-01Mariah Carey's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was vandalized over the weekend ... in a much more subtle way than Donald Trump's.

A rep for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce tells us ... they called the LAPD Sunday and they gave cops a lead -- someone on Instagram claimed responsibility.

We're told it cost $1,500 to restore the star. Hollywood Historic Trust has already had it cleaned up.

Cops are on the hunt. They're pulling surveillance video. The investigation is for felony vandalism.

No word if James Otis has an alibi.

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Aaron Hernandez Gun Tats Can Be Used Against Him ... Judge Rules

1/10/2017 8:42 AM PST
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0110_aaron-hernandez_gettyAaron Hernandez's gun tattoos -- which he allegedly got to commemorate 2 violent crimes -- can be used against him in his double murder case ... a judge has ruled. 

Prosecutors believe the ex-NFL star memorialized two violent incidents, including the 2012 double murder, by getting the weapons he used tatted on his body.

In the murder case, prosecutors believe the killer fired 5 shots from a revolver ... and believe it's no coincidence that Aaron went out and got a tat of a revolver with 5 bullets along with the words, "God Forgives."

Prosecutors also believe another tattoo of a semi-automatic pistol with a single spent shell casing commemorates the time he shot a guy in the face in 2013 with a semi-automatic pistol. 

Aaron's lawyers argued that the tats should NOT be admissible -- claiming it was "rank speculation."

But the judge ruled there's too much of a connection to ignore -- and will allow prosecutors to present them as evidence in court. 

Hernandez is accused of killing two people in a drive-by shooting after they accidentally bumped into him inside a Boston nightclub. He's already serving a life sentence for killing another man in 2013. 

The double murder trial begins on Feb. 13th. 

'Sandlot' Star Mike Vitar Dodges Prison For Vicious Beatdown

1/10/2017 8:43 AM PST
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 0110-michael-vitar-sandlot-FOX-01update_graphic_red_bar10:48 AM PT -- TMZ has learned Mike Vitar has been placed on an unpaid 6 month suspension from the Fire Dept.

update_grey_gray_bar'Sandlot' star Mike Vitar won't be doing hard time for the near-fatal Halloween attack on a college grad student.

Vitar, now a firefighter, took a deal ... pleading no contest to misdemeanor battery. He and 2 other firefighters involved were initially facing 4 years in prison for felony assault.

0110-michael-vitar-now-TUMBLR-01Vitar will have to complete 90 days of community service and take weekly anger management classes for a year. He also has to pay a $2,000 fine and TBD amount of restitution to the victim ... which will be determined in a hearing next month.

The victim was beaten so badly his pulse stopped and the same firefighters who attacked him had to revive him.

One of the firefighters is still fighting the charges.

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Ex-NBA Player Orien Greene Arrested for Creepy Butt Rub

1/10/2017 7:39 AM PST
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Ex-NBA player Orien Greene -- a 2005 2nd round pick -- was arrested in Florida on Monday morning after officials say he snuck into 2 homes and rubbed a sleeping woman's butt. 

Yeah ... creepy. 

According to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports, the 34-year-old ex-Boston Celtics player entered the first home early in the morning and went to the master bedroom where he encountered a 56-year-old woman lying in bed.   

Greene then left without further incident and went to a 2nd home across the street ... where he allegedly went to the bedroom and saw a 40-year-old woman sleeping in bed. 

Greene allegedly kissed the sleeping woman on the neck and "rubbed her butt."

The woman woke up and started yelling ... Greene allegedly booked it and went to his girlfriend's house (which is in the same neighborhood).

Cops found Greene and booked him for felony burglary and misdemeanor battery ... and then he posed for the saddest mug shot ever.  

Charles Manson Manson Murders Bed Up For Auction

1/10/2017 12:40 AM PST
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0109-helter-skelter-amazon-ole-hound-auction-4A bed frame from Sharon Tate's home -- where one of Charles Manson's famous victims slept almost 50 years ago -- is up for auction ... if you're into that sorta thing.

The wooden bed frame belonged to Abigail Folger ... the coffee heiress who lived with Tate. She was lying in the bed moments before she was chased out of the room at knifepoint by one of Manson's followers, and stabbed 28 times.

Crime scene pics of the bed are featured in the book, 'Helter Skelter' -- and Ole Hound Auction House expects it to fetch up to $5k, but it's hard to estimate because they've never sold such a unique piece.

And there's this morbid thought -- we're told the frame's price could jump up significantly if Manson dies before February 10 ... the day it hits the auction block.

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