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Priscilla Marisol Flores, 34, was arrested at about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday after she closed down the Applebee’s restaurant located on San Dario Avenue with a rowdy outburst that included taking food off other customers’ plates and falling off a chair, according to El Manana newspaper.

When police arrived, at around 1 a.m., Flores was doing a dance on top of the Applebee’s bar, according to the Laredo Morning Times. Police told the newspaper that after identifying the woman with bloodshot eyes, dancing on the bar, as Flores, they told her to get down.
Flores allegedly cursed at the officers and tried hitting them when they told her to get down, according to the paper.

She was reportedly with a female companion who refused to take her home.

The officers offered to take her home and when they got to her house found Flores’ two 12-year-old children asleep in separate bedrooms.

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A 34-year-old Hernando County man was arrested when Pasco deputies found him hiding in a swamp Tuesday evening after a short high-speed chase. Paul Smith is being charged for flee to elude, aggravated assault on LEO, and violation of probation by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing warrants for multiple felony charges in their jurisdiction

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Anyone with information should contact Detective Walt Spiller at 707-778-4372.

PETALUMA, Calif. – A 16-year-old boy died in Petaluma after taking Xanax possibly laced with Fentanyl leading to the arrests of a woman who says she was his mother and her friend – both of whom were allegedly under the influence of drugs during their police interview.

This was the third narcotic-related overdose that Petaluma police and firefighters have responded to since Friday, according to Lt. Tim Lyons. And in the last six months, there have been 19 other overdose calls, of which three have been fatal, police said. A majority of these calls have been related to heroin, although police are now starting to see that Fentanyl emergencies are on the rise, too.

Danielle E. Foernsler, 34 and Robert D. Harrison, were both arrested Monday on suspicion of child endangerment and manslaughter charges following the death of the boy, who has not yet been publicly identified. Efforts to reach the pair were not immediately successful on Tuesday.

Lyons said the boy was pronounced dead at 5:09 a.m. Monday at Petaluma Valley Hospital. The preliminary cause appears to be a drug overdose, police said.

Police were called to the 20 block of Vallejo Street about an hour earlier after a 911 caller said a roommate’s friend seemed to be having a seizure. When police arrived, they found Foerrnsler and Harrison. Harrison had a full syringe and a loaded firearm, police said.

Foernsler was also there and at first gave police a false name and said she was the boy’s cousin, Lyons said. She later identified herself as the boy’s mother and said she lied because she had at least two outstanding robbery warrants for her arrest.

Both she and Harrison eventually told police they knew the boy had Xanax that contained Fentanyl, Lyons said. And when the boy started to suffer from an overdose, Harrison allegedly didn’t call for help. Police did not mention what his mother did.

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As a Southwest Airlines jet hurtled 32,000 feet over suburban Philadelphia, a rare engine explosion caused a passenger’s window to burst, partially pulling the woman sitting next to the opening out of the plane.

Fellow passengers frantically worked to yank her back inside the airliner as it depressurized and quickly descended thousands of feet per minute, according to several passengers.

The frightening ordeal played out Tuesday morning onboard Southwest flight 1380 as it headed for Dallas. The Boeing 737-700 was about 20 minutes into its journey from New York’s LaGuardia Airport when the engine failure occurred. The plane, carrying 144 passengers and five crew, diverted to Philadelphia International Airport where it made an emergency landing at 11:20 a.m.

“The plane dropped immediately,” said Matt Tranchin, who was sitting three rows behind the broken window. “Plane smelled like smoke. Ash was all around us.”

The woman, identified as Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was pulled out of the plane up to her waist — her blood splattering other windows, passengers said.

“You hear the pop and she was sucked out from the waist up,” one passenger told NBC Nightly News. “There was blood on the windows…her arms were actually out of the airplane and her head was out of the airplane.”

Eric Zilbert, another passenger, said “several heroic gentlemen” pulled Riordan back into the plane and immediately performed CPR. Tranchin said she was covered in blood.

Peggy Phillips, a nurse, said she and another passenger performed about 20 minutes of CPR on the victim.

“It just wasn’t going to be enough,” Phillips said.

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Artem Russakovsii of Oakland, California captured video on his home security cameras of the Amazon Local delivery man tossing his package up onto his balcony– twice! He posted the video on YouTube, with the question, ‘Hey Amazon, this is how your last mile delivery driver delivered my package today. Are you kidding me?’ The video shows the delivery man as he tosses the package up to a second-floor landing. He hits the railing and the package comes back down. But, if at first, you don’t succeed… He picks the package up off the driveway and tosses it again. This time it lands where it was meant to.

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A substitute math teacher has been arrested for allegedly running a “fight club” inside his classroom. According to WFSB Ryan Fish, 23, was charged with four counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of injury to a minor, and one count of second-degree breach of peace in relation to the incidents that occurred at Montville High School in Montville, CT.

WSFB reports that police had been investigating Fish since last December in response to the alleged classroom fights that happened in October, 2017. Four victims, between ages 14 and 16, have spoken to police about those incidents, some of which were recorded on mobile devices and shared on social media.

In an arrest warrant police state, after receiving information from a social worker, they discovered the occurrence of “several organized fighting incidents” at Montville HS and that video footage revealed Fish to be “actively encouraging the students to engage in the fighting behavior.”

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Newly released body camera footage shows the “harrowing” moment a Welsh man armed with a pair of kitchen knives was tased after he charged at police officers. Gwent Police Department released the footage Tuesday after 36-year-old Tony Buttigieg was sentenced to four years in prison for attempting to stab a police constable.

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The Wichita Police Department released videos during a press conference on April 12, 2018. District Attorney Marc Bennett said the Wichita police officer who fired the shot that killed Andrew Finch after a swatting call will not face charges.

The Wichita police officer who fired the shot that killed Andrew Finch after a swatting call will not face charges, District Attorney Marc Bennett said Thursday.

Bennett said he had to make a determination based on Kansas law and law handed down by the Supreme Court, which says that when determining if an officer acted reasonably, evidence has to be reviewed based on what the officer knew at the time of the shooting, not 20/20 hindsight, he said.

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NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

A teacher at the Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers was fired Wednesday for admitting to sexual misconduct with a student.

Suzanne Owen was dismissed from her job and is charged with sexual assault against a minor.

ECS parents received an email from headmaster John Hunte saying a teacher had been let go for the offense.

“Late this afternoon, a female upper school teacher admitted to sexual misconduct with a student. That teacher has been terminated effective immediately,” Hunte wrote in his email.

Owen was a finalist for the Golden Halo teacher award, which is given for excellence in the classroom.

She was booked into Lee County jail Wednesday night after Lee County deputies discovered she had an off-campus sexual encounter with a male student a week ago.

She was released Thursday on $50,000 bond.

She’s required to wear a GPS monitor. Furthermore, she’s ordered not to have any contact with minors, and can only have supervised contact with her own children.

She’s not allowed back on school property, or able to contact anyone that works at the school beside her husband.

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The video posted to the popular image-sharing app shows a man holding a red plastic cup and smoking before he fires multiple shots into the street. The man, who has the username ‘DabDaddyDono’, wrote ‘Gang gang who want smoke?’ on the video. ‘The exact location of the shooting has not been determined at this time and it is believed to have occurred the last week of March or first week of April,’ police said in a statement. However, police believe the incident took place in northwest Houston as the suspect tagged his location on a picture posted shortly before the shooting video. They hope releasing the video to the public will help them catch the man. It appears police got a hold of several of the suspect’s posts, as they have also released a photo of him posing with his friends from the same night (bottom right).

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Classifieds website Backpage.com has been seized and shut down by the FBI.

The FBI confirmed Friday that agents also raided the Sedona home of Michael Lacey, the founder of Backpage.com.

Backpage.com has been under investigation for years for claims that the site facilitates sex trafficking on their adult ads page.

The site allows users to post ads for ‘escorts’ and investigators say many of the ads are actually for underage girls.

The FBI seized the website because it was allegedly being used to facilitate crime. The FBI has done this before with other sex trafficking websites and online pharmacies.

There are 17 victims named in the documents who are both adults and children who say they were forced into sex trafficking.

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A split-second decision to slap an inmate’s food tray out of his hands will cost a Denver sheriff’s deputy 30 days of pay. Darrell Jordan, a veteran of the department since 1996, will begin his 30-day suspension on April 25. The incident from Nov. 9 was captured on jail video. It shows Jordan pushing the tray out of the inmate’s hands, causing food to spill on the inmate and the cafeteria floor. It started after Jordan told the inmate he grabbed the wrong coffee cup in the breakfast line.

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An 80-year-old man was saved from an armed mugger by his older brother. A surveillance camera in Indianapolis caught the incident. The suspect, in a grey hood, accosts the 80-year-old, who uses a cane to get around. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the victim’s 85-year-old brother rushes in, whacking the mugger with a wrench. The suspect, holding a gun, runs away. The brothers walked off together.

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Police in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina have released body camera footage of the shocking moment a pregnant hostage ducked for dear life as officers shot the gunman holding her captive.

Terrifying moment a pregnant woman cradling her stomach dives for cover as police shoot the gun-wielding man holding her hostage
Police released bodycam footage that shows Johnathan Autry, 28, holding a pregnant woman hostage in Charlotte, North Carolina in September
He broke into the woman’s home and held her at gunpoint when police arrived
Videos show the woman cradling her stomach as she repeatedly told the officers: ‘I’m pregnant!’
Woman could be seen dropping to the ground and frantically crawling to safety when police opened fire
Autry survived the shooting and remains in Mecklenburg County Jail

Police have released bodycam footage of the terrifying moment a pregnant woman dove for cover as officers shot the man who had been holding her hostage at gunpoint.

The videos show Johnathan Autry, 28, holding the woman hostage in Charlotte, North Carolina in September after he broke into her home late at night.

Multiple officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to the home invasion call and could be heard shouting at Autry to drop his gun.

The woman, who was dressed in a blue shirt and could be seen cradling her stomach, begged officers for help and repeatedly said: ‘I’m pregnant!’

After a tense standoff, the officers seemed to notice the woman was momentarily free of Autry’s grip and yelled for her to get out of the way.

She dropped to the ground as gunfire rang out and frantically crawled to safety.

The woman could be heard screaming in the background as the officers surrounded the wounded hostage-taker.

Autry survived the shooting and has been in Mecklenburg County Jail ever since.

He is charged with multiple offenses including kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The three Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers who fired their weapons were all placed on administrative leave, but they were all found to have acted lawfully by the District Attorney.

Police released all three bodycam videos that captured the shooting on Wednesday.

Authorities said at the time that the home invasion was not random because Autry had mentioned the victim’s husband by name.

The husband wasn’t home at the time, just the woman and a child.

The woman was taken to the hospital to be treated as a precaution.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A Virginia Beach woman was arrested Wednesday for a bomb hoax, according to the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

Authorities say around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 33-year-old Crystal Mostek walked into a 7-Eleven store in the 2200 block of Pleasure House Road and placed a device on the counter, telling the clerk it was a bomb and threatening to blow up the store. Investigators later determined that the device was not a bomb.

Mostek has been charged with threatening to bomb and possession of a hoax device. She remains in custody at the Virginia Beach Jail.

Investigators have not released a motive for the hoax.

During her arraignment on Thursday afternoon, Mostek said she’s not guilty and the charges against her are false. Her attorney is looking into whether she needs mental health treatment.

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The mother of slain 11-year-old Carlie Brucia died on Monday, just as it becomes possible Joseph Smith, her daughter’s killer, might receive a hearing that could lead to him moving off Florida’s death row.

Susan Schorpen, who struggled with drug addiction and had many run-ins with the law, died in a Polk County hospital, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. She was 47.

No foul play is suspected. A cause of death is under investigation by 10th District of Florida Medical Examiner’s Office, pending an autopsy report and toxicology results.

On Feb. 1, 2004, 11-year-old Carlie was walking home from a friend’s house when Joseph Smith abducted her as she passed the back of Evie’s Car Wash, 4715 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. The abduction was captured by the car wash’s video surveillance system.

Law enforcement frantically searched for Carlie for five days, but her body wasn’t found until five days later at Central Church of Christ, 6221 Proctor Road, after Smith was arrested and he confessed to the crime.

On Nov. 17, 2005, a jury found Smith guilty of first-degree murder, sexual battery and kidnapping. On Dec. 1 of that year, the jury voted 10-2 to recommend Smith be sentenced to death.

Smith’s fate was sealed March 15, 2006, when Circuit Judge Andrew D. Owens sentenced him to die, as well as an additional two life sentences for kidnapping and sexual battery.

Schorpen had described Smith using words like “animal” when she expressed being pleased with his sentence, according to Bradenton Herald archives.

“He’s still breathing, and my daughter isn’t. … He couldn’t be dead fast enough for me,” she said at the time. “I’ve got to wait for appeals?”

In the wake of controversies and changes to Florida’s death penalty law, Smith may be granted a new sentencing hearing.

Last month, Owens heard arguments from both sides in a Sarasota courtroom and said he would issue written ruling. Since his retirement March 21, however, the case has been reassigned to Circuit Judge Charles E. Roberts.

Florida’s death penalty scheme has been in limbo since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in January 2016 in Hurst vs. Florida that it was unconstitutional that Florida judges, not juries, have the ultimate say in the death penalty.

The state Legislature worked quickly to address the issues raised by Hurst, and Gov. Rick Scott signed a new law thought to have addressed the problem by requiring that a jury make the determination when imposing the death penalty. But in October, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Hurst ruling also required a unanimous vote by a jury to sentence someone to death, and not just a super-majority vote.

The question also arose which, if any, death row inmates would have the right to a re-sentencing hearing because of Hurst.

In December, in the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling in Mark James Asay vs. Florida said that only death row inmates whose cases were finalized after the 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Ring vs. Arizona qualify for a re-sentencing hearing. Ring vs. Arizona required a jury to find aggravating factors in order for the death penalty to be imposed.

Scott last month signed a new bill requiring a unanimous jury vote to impose the death penalty.

In the wake of the Hurst decision, Smith’s defense is now arguing that he is entitled to have his death sentence thrown out.

But the state has responded by saying that Smith is only entitled to relief if the error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt. The state further argues that a rational jury would have unanimously sentenced Smith to die, since they unanimously found him guilty of the murder as well as found there were sufficient aggravating factors because they also found him guilty of the kidnapping and rape.

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The wife of U.S. Rep. Darren Soto was arrested at Disney Springs on Sunday on a charge of disorderly intoxication.

Amanda Soto, 33, of Celebration, was with her mother at the West Side bus loop when Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Heller saw her “holding … her mother by the straps of the backpack she was wearing in an attempt to keep her from walking away,” according to the arrest report.

A security guard later told Heller that Soto and her mother had become “aggressive” toward each other.

Heller, who said both Soto and her mother appeared intoxicated, helped them call an Uber vehicle to take them home but Soto began yelling profanities at Heller and the driver.

Soto was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, where “she began banging [her] head against the window in what appeared to be an attempt to harm herself. Amanda was further restrained for her safety,” Heller stated.

She was booked into jail at 10:44 Sunday night, according to the jail’s online database, and was later freed on bond. The charge against her is a second-degree misdemeanor.

“It should be noted that I attempted to calm Amanda numerous times from her agitated state and that even while attempting to speak with her she continued to utter that her husband is a congressman, therefore, she can do whatever she wants,” Heller stated in the report.

In a statement, Darren Soto said his wife has been treated for depression for years and recently stopped taking medication “in accordance with her treatment plan and under her doctor’s [supervision].’’

“Yesterday, she drank too much and reached an argumentative state with a family member, which led to arrest,’’ Soto said. “She deeply regrets her actions and takes full responsibility for them. Amanda and her physician will be reviewing her mental health treatment, immediately.’’

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A 22-year-old Pizza Hut driver received a prank order before she was shot at by two suspects near the home she attempted to deliver to on Tuesday. The horrific incident happened in Magnolia, Texas, just before 2pm, police say. Authorities released dash cam footage from the victim’s vehicle. She had been driving from a home where she had attempted to make a delivery but was told by the resident they hadn’t placed an order. hen two suspects, who she said tried to rob her, got out of the SUV.