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KEY WEST, Fl. (FOX 5 Atlanta) – A Florida man is facing additional charges for doing something a bit gross in the back of a police car.

Key West deputies arrested 37-year-old Melvin Stubbs for possession of cocaine on Thursday, after deputies say they discovered 40 grams of the drug on his person.

On his way to jail, deputies say Stubbs “chewed up or ate” the seat of the patrol car.

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A Florence Police Department officer that was involved in a shooting last summer has been cleared after two investigations.

According to a press release on Thursday, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and FPD both conducted an investigation after Officer Thomas Herman was involved in a shooting on July 14, 2018.

The release says the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Solicitor has completed a review of the officer-involved shooting which occurred at 2671 Hospitality Blvd., and has cleared the officer involved.

The incident happened at 12:22 p.m. when officers were dispatched to the Hilton Garden Inn on Hospitality Boulevard regarding a person who was waving around a gun.
Herman was the first officer on scene and made contact with the person who called for assistance. While Officer Herman was speaking with this person, Jethro Benjamin appeared on scene with a handgun.

It is said in the release that Herman told Benjamin to get on the ground and Benjamin hid behind a vehicle. Benjamin then fired at Herman and Herman returned fire as he sought cover, according to police.

“A brief volley of gunfire” was exchanged and Benjamin was wounded. Herman and two other responding officers secured the scene and positioned Benjamin on his side to aid in his breathing until an ambulance arrived.

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The Lafayette Police Department released the body cam video from the officer who accidentally shot a fellow officer in the back while serving a warrant earlier this week.

The police review board has determined that the shooting was accidental.

The department said Lane Butler, a three-year veteran of the department, remains in serious, but stable, condition at Franciscan Health Lafayette East.

Police said Butler was shot in the back after another officer accidentally discharged his weapon when a dog jumped on him during a criminal mischief investigation.


The leader of an international child porn ring was killed in a prison beating this week after one of his victims predicted his fate. Fellow inmates at the federal prison in Milan, Michigan, where Maire was locked up, attacked him Friday, according to the outlet. Maire died at a hospital several hours later. The prison melee left four injured, including two guards. At least one of the attackers was armed with a homemade knife.

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The mystery began in late December as investigators brought Graham, 31, of Fort Pierce, to the St. Lucie County jail on a robbery charge, according to an arrest affidavit.

Graham told officials she had no contraband on or in her.

An X-ray scan, however, helped reveal a “small object” in her pelvic region.

Given a change of clothes, Graham was scanned again.

“The same object was visible on the X-ray,” the affidavit states.

Graham was taken about 5 miles away to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute where investigators said she agreed to a body cavity search, which is a search of body cavities and a promising name for a heavy metal band.

Additional X-rays were taken before a doctor extracted from her vagina “a small glass smoking pipe, commonly used for smoking crack or other illegal drugs,” the affidavit said.

Mystery solved.

How the pipe got there wasn’t disclosed.

Graham was arrested on additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and the introduction of contraband into a detention facility.

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EATONTON, Ga. — A 20-year-old Milledgeville man working as a jailer at the Putnam County Jail in Eatonton was arrested on felony criminal charges when he reported for work Tuesday night.

The man is accused of having sexual intercourse with a female inmate inside a jail cell, said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.

The sheriff identified the man as Durell Malik Roberson, of the 100 block of Crestview Avenue S.W., Milledgeville.

Roberson was working as a certified juvenile corrections officer at the Youth Development Center in Milledgeville until he was hired as a jailer in Putnam County, was charged with three different crimes, according to Sills. He is charged with sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority, aggravated sodomy, and violation of oath by a public officer.

Roberson was confronted with the allegations shortly after he arrived for his shift Tuesday night.

“He admitted to it,” Sills said, noting that he and others involved in the internal investigation had irrefutable evidence against him. “Without going into great detail, let’s just say we have some video recordings.”

Roberson was immediately relieved of his duties as a jailer following his arrest, which was witnessed by Chief Deputy Russell Blink, Lt. Tracey Bowen and Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney T. Wright Barksdale, Sills said.

The former jailer is being held in an area county jail.

Roberson is scheduled to appear Friday morning for his first court hearing since charges were filed against him and he was arrested. The hearing, which will be held at the courtroom of the county jail, is set for 10 a.m. with Putnam County Chief Magistrate Dorothy Adams presiding.

“I anticipate that by the time this investigation is over with that some additional charges will be brought against him,” Sills said.

The sheriff said there may have been as many as four separate sexual-related incidents involving a jailed inmate.

The timeframe of those incidents was between November and sometime before Roberson was arrested, Sills said.

“At this point in time, we know of two women inmates who engaged in sexual acts with this man,” Sills added.

One of those inmates was jailed in Putnam County on drug charges for the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, while the other woman was jailed on charges of probation violation, criminal trespass, damage to property, and simple battery.

The last woman, whom the sheriff mentioned, “by her own admission, the sexual activity was consensual, and there was no threat or duress on the part of Mr. Roberson.”

Neither of the women is currently in the Putnam County Jail, Sills said.

The woman from Jones County is back in the custody of authorities, however, while the other woman was transferred to a jail in another county.

“The woman’s transfer back to Jones County had nothing to do with this case from that perspective,” Sills said. “We didn’t know about this until she was back in their jail. I was investigating this before she went back there.”

Sills said it didn’t matter if the women consented or not because it is against the law for anyone to engage in sexual activity with an inmate.

The sheriff said he believes his investigation could involve a third female inmate.

“I know there’s two and there be maybe three, but I’m not absolutely sure about a third one at this time,” Sills said. “I’m not comfortable enough to say there was three at this time.”

Asked how the investigation began, Sills said another person in custody told a jailer about it, who in turn reported the incident to his supervisor and to him and an internal investigation was launched.

If convicted on all or any one of the charges, Roberson could face substantial time in prison, Sills said.

“All of his references gave him a good recommendation,” Sills said told The Union-Recorder Wednesday. “His former supervisor at YDC said Roberson was very dependable, reliable and he was more than willing to work if called in at the last minute on any day.”

Sills said he drew the warrants against Roberson Tuesday afternoon from Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge William H. Prior Jr.

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North Carolina Police say two women sexually assaulted a transgender woman at a Raleigh bar. 38-year-old Amber Harrell and 31-year-old Jessica Fowler are charged with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery. The woman told Raleigh police she was inside the bar’s bathroom in December when Harrell and Fowler started verbally abusing her, exposed themselves and started attacking her.

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Volusia County sheriff’s deputies interrupted a carjacking in progress Tuesday evening and took the suspect into custody after he embarked on a brief crime spree in northwest Volusia County.

At this hour, sheriff’s detectives are interviewing the suspect, 34-year-old Anthony Gunther (DOB 1/16/1984) to determine all his charges and if he has any involvement in any other crimes.

The series of events began around 4:04 p.m. in Seville, where deputies responded to an attempted car break-in at 795 Bunnell Road. The victim at that address spotted the suspect trying to break into a vehicle. The victim fired a gunshot to scare off the suspect, who fled in a red sports utility vehicle.

A few minutes later, around 4:11 p.m., deputies responded to a call about another incident (a vandalism call that turned out to be a car break-in progress) at the Kangaroo gas station in Seville. The suspect fled that incident in a red SUV.

A few minutes after that, around 4:37 p.m., deputies responded to a call about a stolen white Jaguar at 221 N. Center Road in Pierson. The suspect description was similar to that in the initial car break call, and the suspect left behind a red SUV when he took the Jaguar. The VCSO helicopter, Air One, soon spotted the stolen Jaguar driving down a road in Pierson.

Twice, deputies on the ground were successful in deploying stop sticks on the stolen vehicle as it drove through the area, but the suspect kept driving until he bailed out of the car near the intersection of County Road 3 and State Road 40. There, Gunther tried to carjack a victim in a black Ford F-150, but deputies were closing in on him. A deputy deployed a Taser on Gunther to stop the carjacking, and Gunther was taken into custody.

There were no injuries reported. The red SUV used by Gunther was reported stolen out of Holly Hill earlier this afternoon.

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Former Springfield police officer charged with beating a man in February may have allowed rough times off the clock to spill over to patrol duties, according to internal affairs records. Terminated by the city on May 9, Samuel Rosario faces charges of official misconduct and battery in connection with the beating of Robert Humes, whom the former officer challenged to a fight while responding to a call at Humes’ east side home.

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Disturbing video footage shows teenage girls throwing objects at staff at a McDonald’s outlet after being asked to leave a children’s’ play area. Chaos ensued when a mother confronted teenagers for playing in a children’s area at the McDonald’s restaurant in Moreno Valley, Los Angeles. The woman asked the teens to leave the kids clubhouse where her 2- and 5-year-old daughters were playing.However they subsequently began throwing drinks, shoving items off the counter and throwing cups at people at the service counter.Her father then chased the group outside and held onto one of the girls while he called the cops. At that point, the victim said she ran out and told him to let the girl go.

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A Wisconsin babysitter is facing a first-degree murder charge after authorities said that a 2-month-old infant died of blunt force trauma while in her care and that she then tried to hide the death by returning the boy to his mother wrapped in a snowsuit and strapped into a car seat with a hat pulled over his eyes, according to a criminal complaint about the incident in October.

The mother told authorities that she believed her son was sleeping and took him to a laundromat. She discovered that he wasn’t breathing and that he was cold to the touch when she tried removing him from the car seat. She began administering CPR on the child while her sister called 911, according to the complaint.

The babysitter, Marissa Tietsort was ordered on Friday to remain in police custody -— where she has been held since October — pending a $500,000 cash bond, according to the Wausau Daily Herald newspaper.

It was unclear from the complaint whether Tietsort has entered a plea to the charge. Calls to the Marathon County District Attorney’s office and to the state public defender’s office in Wausau were not immediately returned. Numerous attempts to reach Tietsort’s relatives by phone and email were unsuccessful as well.

Authorities said that the mother dropped the child off at Tietsort’s home around 3:30 or 4 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2018, according to the complaint. About two hours later, the mother received a text from Tietsort in which she told the mother that she was listed in a local news outlet as having been charged with child abuse in an unrelated case.

Tietsort allegedly told the mother that as a result, she was not allowed to be in contact with children, and asked the mother not to tell anyone she was caring for the woman’s infant son and another child.

The mother came to pick up the two children shortly after 9 p.m, according to the complaint.

She “thought [the baby] was sleeping, as he would normally be sleeping at that time of the day,” an investigator wrote in the complaint. When she went to remove the baby from the car seat, “his legs were rigid and remained bent at the knee.”

Authorities tracked Tietsort down at an area hotel at 4:15 a.m, where she allegedly told detectives that the child died in her care and that she didn’t “check for a pulse, she did not reach out for help and she did not perform any resuscitation efforts.”

“Tietsort admitted that she put the [baby’s] lifeless body on the floor in the hallway of her home, dressed him in the snowsuit and then placed his body in the car seat with his blankets,” according to the investigator’s account.

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Odessa, Fla. — A man was arrested after deputies say he got into a drunken altercation over a sandwich.

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies say, Joseph Lagana, 27, got upset after getting a sesame seed bun on a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Deputies said Lagana began arguing with the cashier and then got into a fight with a man who deputies say didn’t want to press charges for battery.

When talking with Lagana, deputies say he was being loud and argumentative with people at the flea market on Gunn Highway. Deputies said he appeared heavily intoxicated because of his slurred speech.

The owner of the flea market told deputies Lagana’s behavior was causing a public disturbance.

Lagana was charged with disorderly intoxication.

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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man claimed ignorance when jail officials found syringes in his rectum during an early morning strip search.

Wesley Scott, 40, was arrested Friday in Pinellas County on an outstanding warrant charging him with drug possession, reports The Smoking Gun.

When Scott was searched at the jail, officers found three syringes inside his rectum.

However, Scott claimed he had found the syringes and they were not his, although he did not explain how they wound up in his buttocks.

Scott was charged with introducing contraband into a correctional facility and held on $5,000 bond.

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Atlanta Police released surveillance video Friday that shows the moments before a northwest Atlanta homeowner was shot and killed last month.

Jeremie Charles died on Dec. 3, 2018, after being shot by two men in the 1900 block of Main Street, Atlanta police said.

The video appears to show Charles and a man talking to each other before a fight between the two breaks out. Charles appears to be holding a gun, but no shots are fired as the two struggle for it.

A third man standing a few feet away then pulls out a handgun, points it at Charles and shoots him, police said. The video cuts off before a shot is fired, and it’s unknown how many shots were fired.

Spencer Douglas Henry, 50, of Decatur, was arrested 10 days later, and police believe he drove the two suspects seen in the video to and from the scene in a black Dodge truck.

Henry faces charges of felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony, according to Fulton County Jail records. He remains in jail without bond.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detective was fired after law enforcement said he showed up to a homicide investigation under the influence of alcohol.

Investigators said George D. Moffett Jr., 48, was off duty Thursday when he responded to a deadly shooting on Gandy Boulevard in an unmarked Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

Patrol deputies said Moffett appeared intoxicated when he got out of the car. He had bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred speech and smelled like an alcoholic beverage, according to deputies.

Moffett admitted he had had several drinks with Crown Royal liquor in them before he headed to the scene, according to law enforcement.

Investigators said Moffett agreed to do field sobriety tests, and he performed poorly on the tests.

Moffett submitted to a breath sample which indicated he had a BrAC of .129/.134, which is well above the legal limit of .08 percent, deputies said.

Moffett was hired by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office on March 20, 2006.

According to a court document, he was the lead detective on the Michael Drejka case, which gained national attention and reignited the debate over Florida’s controversial stand your ground law.

The sheriff’s office reported Moffett was previously convicted of DUI in October 1995, 11 years before he was employed by them.

Consistent with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s policy regarding members arrested for DUI, Moffett’s employment was immediately terminated following his arrest.

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Polk County stripper has been charged with threatening a mass shooting.

Lakeland Police say 31-year-old Brien Basarich posted about her homicidal urges on social media under the username “taking-lives.”

According to an arrest affidavit, she said she had a vision of a bar or club with only one entrance and exit and that she planned to purchase an AR-15 “soonish.”

News outlets are reporting that she described herself as a great admirer of serial killers and mass murderers.

She was charged this week with written threat to kill or injure and arrested at home.

Online jail records show she was released from the county jail on a $5,000 bond.

It’s unclear if she had retained an attorney who could comment on the charges.

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HOLIDAY, Fla. — A Florida man was arrested on Thursday after he threw a pizza at his father because he was mad that his dad helped birth him, deputies said.

When deputies arrived at the home in Holiday, Robert Houston, 33, put his hands behind his back saying he knew deputies were going to take him to jail. When the deputy asked why he thought he would be taken to jail, he told them that he threw pizza at his dads face because he was mad that his dad helped give birth to him.

According to Houston’s father, Houston was on the front porch when he got home waiting for pizza. When the father went into the home, Houston came inside and shoved the pizza in the father’s face while holding him down in a chair and yelling, investigators said.

The deputy located a pizza slice on the chair and chunks of pizza and sauce all over the area.

Houston was arrested and charged with domestic battery.

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LAKE WORTH, Fla. – A South Florida woman upset that her parents refused to take her to Outback Steakhouse was arrested after she attacked the couple Wednesday night, deputies said.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Deana Seltzer, 28, asked her mother to go to the popular chain restaurant in Lake Worth and was told no. Seltzer then became enraged and began punching her mother in the chest and arms, an arrest report said.

Seltzer’s father suffered multiple scratches to his face and body when he attempted to intervene.

“Deana went around the house flipping recliners and tearing up other random … furniture inside the home,” the report said.

Seltzer also charged at her father with a 12-inch decorative knife that had been hanging on the wall, chasing him and screaming, “I’m going to (expletive) kill you.”

Deputies found a knife laying on a kitchen counter after entering the home, along with a glass dining table that had been flipped over.

Seltzer was arrested on one count each of simple domestic battery and battery of a person 65 or older. She also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A Palm Beach County judge ordered that Seltzer undergo a mental health assessment upon her release from jail. She was also ordered to stay away from drugs, alcohol and weapons.

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Jorge Porto-Sierra’s plan to burn and kill sex offenders was thwarted when police arrived too soon.

Police say that the 50-year-old Porto-Sierra was trying to kill sex offenders and set them on fire at the Friendly Village Inn & Motel in Kissimmee, Fla. An Osceola County detective said the man admitted his plan and he has now been charged with four counts of attempted premeditated murder.

According to the police report, a man was standing outside his room when Porto-Sierra jumped out of his car and began screaming at the individual. Terrified, the man ran back into his room, prompting Porto-Sierra to break one motel’s windows and pour gasoline inside. The enraged Porto-Sierra also reportedly yelled, “You’re going to die child molester! I’m coming in!” Meanwhile, the man and his roommate escaped through the back window.

In addition, Porto-Sierra allegedly attacked two other individuals inside a car in the hotel parking lot, first by pouring gasoline into the car through an open window. When the driver attempted to flee, Porto-Sierra got into his black Ford Focus and started ramming their car.

Deputies then arrived on the scene, where they say Porto-Sierra surrendered right away. Waiving his Miranda rights, Porto-Sierra confessed and told the authorities, “they raped kids, they are child molesters that all live here and deserve to die.”

Osceola County is known for being a sex offender haven, as it isn’t in the restricted range of schools, playgrounds, and churches, and there is a history of registered sex offenders living at the Friendly Village Inn & Motel.

WESH 2 News reported that at least two of the four victims are convicted sex offenders.

When the police asked why he didn’t follow through with the plan, Jorge Porto-Sierra responded, “because you got here too soon.”

He is currently in custody at the Osceola County Jail without bond.

A search is under way for the driver and passenger involved in a hit and run crash in Oakland, that left a 14 year old boy in critical condition. That boy was riding his bike near the Fruitvale BART station at around 12:30pm Wednesday when a car slammed into him and dragged him for almost four blocks. This cell phone video shows the man and woman allegedly involved get out of that gold Honda Accord and switch places before eventually driving off…leaving that injured boy in the middle of the street.

Investigators later found the car involved in this crash, abandoned nearby. Now police are urging the man and woman involved in this hit and run to do the right thing and turn themselves in. There is a $5,000 reward being offered for information in this case. If you know anything, please put in a call to the Oakland Police Department.

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Cleveland, OH – An armed man opened fire inside of a gas station convenience store, sending more than a dozen customers running for their lives.

It happened just after 3 a.m. Saturday inside Hanini Gas Station at the corner of Woodland Avenue and East 55th Street in Cleveland. Surveillance video captured the entire terrifying ordeal.

More than a dozen customers were waiting in line for food at the counter when three men began to exchange words near the front door.

One of the men suddenly pulled out a gun and shot the other two men. At one point the shooter stepped outside, returned with an even bigger weapon and continued firing.

An 36-year-old female, an innocent bystander, was caught in the gunfire and shot in the knees. She told Cleveland police that, “someone drug her to the back wall, away from the scene.”