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#momsneeddrinks.

That’s the hashtag a Missouri woman used for pictures she posted to Instagram of her daughter and several glasses of wine during a gathering in June 2018, prosecutors say.

About 45 minutes later, Samantha Jones, 32, of Smithville left the party with her 5-year-old daughter Macklyn Lucas strapped into a car seat on the rear passenger side of the vehicle, according to a news release from the Platte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Jones lost control of the car shortly after leaving, crashing the side of the vehicle where Macklyn sat into a telephone pole, which snapped into two pieces, prosecutors said.

When police arrived at the scene, Jones was apparently distraught, saying, “My baby is my world. I don’t care if I go to jail, I just want my baby to be OK,” KCTV reported shortly after the crash.

Macklyn died from head trauma three days later at Children’s Mercy Hospital, and Jones was charged with driving while intoxicated, prosecutors said.

Macklyn was called the “princess of Smithville” by Casi Joy, a country singer from Smithville who was a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” and family members remembered her as “caring, compassionate, funny and so wise beyond her years,” The Kansas City Star reported.

Prosecutors said Jones admitted to drinking as much as two bottles of wine in about three and a half hours during the gathering in Camden Point, according to the release. Her blood-alcohol level was .186 about two hours after the crash, which is over twice the legal limit, prosecutors said.

In May, Jones pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, according to the release.

During a sentencing hearing last week, dozens of people attended to show support for Jones, according to the release. Jones’ attorneys read letters that argued she shouldn’t go to prison because she would punish herself for killing her daughter “more than prison ever could,” according to the release.

Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said he didn’t doubt Jones is “anguished” by her daughter’s death but argued she still deserved prison.

A judge sentenced Jones to nine years in prison, according to the release.
“The defendant said moms need drinks,” Zahnd said in a statement. “I will say this: Moms need to put their kids first. Moms need to protect their children. Moms need to obey the law. Moms must not get behind the wheel of a car after they’ve had drinks.”

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Authorities say a man serving a 40-year sentence for his role in a international child pornography ring has died following a fight involving seven inmates at a federal detention center in southeastern Michigan.

A statement Friday from the Federal Bureau of Prisons says Christian Maire had life-threatening injuries following the “altercation” Tuesday at the Milan detention center about 50 miles southwest of Detroit and was pronounced dead.

(In December, Christian Maire sobbed in court, telling the judge: ‘I am sick.’ Read more here.)

Maire’s drew national attention as federal prosecutors illustrated how nine men lured hundreds of teenage girls onto the dark web and convinced them to strip, masturbate and perform illicit sexual acts on a webcam.

The men even convinced some girls to cut themselves while they watched.

All nine defendants were convicted and sentenced to decades in prison, including Maire, a married father of two from New York who masterminded and ran the operation.

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With tears in her eyes, Samantha Allen pleaded for Circuit Judge Scott Duncan to set bond for Jaquoia Xiaxiana Collins.

Collins is the mother of Allen’s grandchild, and the woman accused of taking her son’s life.

“I know Jaquoia, and I would like for her to have bond, if you don’t mind,” Allen told the court. “Because I know that she’s a good mother. I’m hurting. I’m broken. But I know she has kids, and I want her to get her affairs in order, for her kids. She has my grandbaby. And I forgive her. And I love her. And I don’t know if she intentionally tried to do it. It’s up to you.”

Duncan denied Allen’s request. He determined there was probable cause to believe Collins had committed second-degree murder, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

At 11:39 Saturday evening, Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies found Quartez McShane lying motionless in a roadway at Wild Oak Farms Apartments. An investigator lifted his shirt and found a one-and-a-half-inch stab wound in McShane’s torso.

Deputies later learned that just 20 minutes before they arrived, Collins allegedly made a Facebook post directing women to not allow men to put their hands on them.

“Ladies, NEVERRRR let a Boy put his hands on You cs a Real MAN ain’t Going for it,” the post read, according to deputies.

Hours earlier, Collins allegedly made another post on her Facebook that read, “N***** Only think you Good for Sex, like b**** did you Know I knew how to Draw.”

Investigators took screenshots of the posts before deleting them.

McShane had only a faint pulse when deputies found him. Paramedics rushed him to an area hospital but he died early Sunday morning.

Security footage from the apartment complex’s leasing office showed McShane’s car arrive shortly before the stabbing. After a while, Collins could be seen running away from the car, deputies said.

She’s being held at the Escambia County Jail.

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A man was arrested on Sunday after breaking into his wife’s lover’s home and cutting off his penis with a pair of scissors, according to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy responded to the call Sunday after the victim called for help.

The man told investigators his neighbor, Alex Bonilla, 49, broke into his home with a gun and threatened to kill him. Two children were inside the home when Bonilla showed up, according to the report.

The victim said Bonilla tied him up and used a pair of scissors to cut off his penis. According to the arrest report, after Bonilla cut off the victim’s penis, he left the home with the penis.

Deputies said Bonilla caught the victim and his wife having sex a couple of weeks before the incident.

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Christopher & Shannon Scranton charged with child neglect, drug possession

Two adults were arrested after they were found with meth at a park while their five children were left alone in a nearby motel, the Palatka Police Department said.

Christopher Scranton, 34, and Shannon Scranton, 32, are each charged with five counts of child neglect, one count of possession of methamphetamine without a prescription and one count of possession of drug equipment.

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Chilling surveillance video shows the moment a gunman shot and killed a man in what police believe was a drug deal gone wrong on a Bronx street. Cops on Sunday released the video showing 31-year-old Richard Cepeda’s final moments. Cepeda met his killer in the lobby of a building on the Grand Concourse near Field Place in Fordham Heights at about 9:40 p.m. Thursday, cops said. He handed something to the man, who pulled a gun on him.

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Boyfriend will soon be making his own sandwiches as his girlfriend could be going to jail for assaulting him with one.

A woman was arrested for assault after throwing a sandwich at her boyfriend Thursday night, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office said.

According to arrest affidavits, 35-year-old Stacy Chamberlain was charged with domestic battery after getting into an argument with her live-in boyfriend over their pets attacking each other.

During the argument, Chamberlain threw a sandwich at her boyfriend. While attempting to clean up the mess, Chamberlian pushed the man causing a scratch.

Officials did not release any information on the type of sandwich used in the argument.

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MURRAY CITY, Ohio (WCMH) — A man is accused of stealing a piece of construction equipment and using it to flip a vehicle in Ohio. It happened July 6 on Main Street in Murray City. According to the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, Carl H. Williams, 26, of Glouster, admitted to stealing a front end loader from his employer and using it to flip a car belonging to a female acquaintance. A witness followed Williams as he brought the loader back to Murray Timber and Log Company before running into the woods. Williams was charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle. The sheriff’s office says additional charges for criminal damaging, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident will be presented to the Hocking County grand jury at a later date

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The hammer fell hard on Brittany Zamora, 28, from Goodyear, Arizona, who as sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday!

Per the conditions of her sentencing, she cannot be released on good behavior. This means that when Zarmora is done serving her sentence, she will be 48 or 49 years old.

After she is released, she will need to register as a sex offender and then begin serving two lifetime terms of probation.

Zamora, who taught sixth-grade at Las Brisas Academy, was arrested in March 2018.

She was accused of having sex with the 13-year-old multiple times in a classroom, and, on one occasion, in front of another student while he served as a lookout.

Zamora was caught when the victim’s parents noticed he was acting strange, leading them to install an app on his phone called Sentry Parental Control, which monitors messaging apps for ‘suspicious content or behavior’.

The Sentry app sends parents alerts when it detects suspicious images and messages on a child’s device.

It also detects whether or not a child is exposed to inappropriate online content through its web monitoring feature.

When the teen’s parents started getting the alerts about inappropriate text messages, they confronted him.

That’s when the teen admitted to having sex with Zamora.

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After her boyfriend said he was too tired to have sex, a Florida Woman allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and slashed him multiple times on the arm and shoulder, according to a criminal complaint.

The confrontation between Jennifer Lee Chapman, 37, and her live-in boyfriend occurred around 5:45 AM Friday in the couple’s apartment in Dunedin, a Tampa suburb.

A sheriff’s deputy reported that Chapman and the 36-year-old victim “got into a verbal argument over defendant wanting to have sex and the victim did not because he was too tired.”

After Chapman grabbed a knife and cut her arm, the couple began grappling on the kitchen floor. When they briefly separated, Chapman allegedly “cut victim’s left arm and shoulder area multiple times.” She also head-butted and punched her boyfriend in the face, cops allege.

Pictured above, Chapman was arrested yesterday in connection with the July 5 incident. She was booked into the county jail after being charged with aggravated battery, a felony.

Chapman is also facing a probation violation charge in connection with her guilty plea last year for illegally possessing marijuana, crystal meth, and the antidepressant Xanax. She was sentenced in October to two years probation.

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Dramatic courtroom video shows two brothers in Ohio lungeing at the man convicted of killing their mother. A sentencing hearing was held Thursday for Dale Williams, 62, who had previously pleaded guilty in the shooting death of Elizabeth Pledger-Stewart. Just as the victim’s daughter was about to make a statement, her brothers leapt at Williams in an apparent attempt to attack him.

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Nearly two years after a man lost custody of the daughter he had just gotten back, after he was convicted of felony meth possession, he knows exactly how it got there. Wester, state investigators now say, planted it himself — and now that man was far from the only victim. It’s unclear if he regained custody of his daughter since his arrest.

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Police in New York City are hunting a woman who they say stole a man’s $20,000 Rolex watch from his apartment after he passed out, following a night of partying together at the high-end Manhattan club 1 Oak.

The NYPD released surveillance video on Tuesday showing the unnamed suspect emerging from an elevator in the victim’s apartment building in a skimpy lace dress.

According to investigators, the 29-year-old man met the mystery brunette on the night of June 1 at the Chelsea hotspot, popular among such A-listers as Rihanna and Justin Bieber.

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A woman was arrested Tuesday night for child endangerment and abuse when she left her young child in a hot car as “punishment” in Draper.

Jesica Brown, 28, was arrested for child endangerment and child abuse when police found her child left in a hot car.

According to the probable cause statement, a Draper City Police officer was dispatched to a welfare check at the Draper City Park at approximately 9 p.m.

Dispatch advised the officer that the complainant called to report that a child between 4-to-5 years old was in a “time out” inside a vehicle with the windows rolled up for “punishment purposes.”

The officer stated in the probable cause statement that the outside temperature was approximately 82 degrees at the time of arrival. The officer then determined that the vehicle was not turned on and that the windows were in fact not rolled down, according to the probable cause statement.

The officer then spoke to the child’s mother – later identified as Brown – who advised that her son was 4 years old and told police that she put her son inside the vehicle as punishment for “acting out,” according to the probable cause statement. The officer also confirmed with Brown that the child was placed inside the vehicle alone, with the car turned off and no windows rolled down for ventilation.

An assisting officer made contact with Brown’s son and placed her hand on the child’s head, which was hot to the touch and that he was sweating and had puffy eyes, according to the probable cause statement. The assisting officer then spoke with Brown, who admitted to using meth and heroin, according to the probable cause statement. The assisting officer then received consent from Brown to search her purse and found a used syringe.

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Hillsborough County deputies have arrested a woman after she crashed into a mailbox on Sunday.

According to deputies, Katie Molner, 36, crashed her Mercedes into a cement mailbox in the 6500 block of Surfside Boulevard in Apollo Beach,

Deputies believe Molner was driving at least 40 mph during the crash.

Once at the scene, detectives located several empty bottles of alcohol and an Adele CD. Molner refused to take a breath test and was arrested for Driving Under the Influence with Property Damage.

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It almost seems like the plot for a reality show.

Nilsa Prowant, a 25-year-old cast member of MTV’s “Floribama Shore,” was arrested early Saturday morning in St. Petersburg, Fla., according to a report.

The charges were disorderly conduct and exposure of sexual organs, TMZ reported.

Prowant allegedly got drunk and flashed her breasts to a crowd below the balcony where she was partying. The witnesses include some police officers, the report said.

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A man in Hillsborough County is facing drug charges after a deputy caught him playing Pokemon Go in a closed Tampa park.

Jonathan Ortiz, 29, was found in Beacon Meadows Park after hours by a Hillsborough deputy.

A Hillsborough deputy observed Ortiz had marijuana in plain view and also noted Ortiz was actively trying to catch a wild Pokemon.

A search of Ortiz’s vehicle yielded 3.5 grams of Cocaine, 5.5 pounds of THC Oil, and 1 pound of Marijuana.

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A woman faces four felony charges after she jumped out of a vehicle in Jackson County and stole a pickup truck.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Kaitlyn R. Payne was riding in a private vehicle that was taking her to a court-ordered rehabilitation center. She allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to break into several other vehicles, eventually commandeering a pickup truck.

A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy encountered Payne at the intersection of U.S. Highway 231 and Lake Point Road near Compass Lake. Payne attempted to turn onto Sherry Circle near Alford, crashing the vehicle into a utility pole.

Payne fled the crash on foot, but a sheriff’s deputy apprehended her. The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Payne faces felony counts of grand theft auto, burglary of a conveyance, burglary of a conveyance (armed) and theft of a firearm. Authorities have also charged her with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident.

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A man who was convicted of killing his own baby son was punched in the face by his brother, the infant’s uncle, moments after being jailed for 25 years on Wednesday.

Kwin Boes was arrested in May last year after his 11-month-old son Parker died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Boes, 23, was leaving the courtroom in Evansville, Indiana, in shackles when his brother ran towards him and punched him in the face.

They were separated by court bailiffs.

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Clearwater police say a woman was angry when her boyfriend wouldn’t fly her home to New York, so she charged more than $5,000 on his credit card, according to an affidavit.

Police said Serina Wolfe, 24, of Buffalo, New York, and her boyfriend got into an argument because she wanted to buy a plane ticket using a credit card in his name.

Wolfe’s boyfriend refused to do this and placed a hold on the card, but once it was removed on June 27, she made a $55.37 purchase at Clear Sky Cafe, 490 Mandalay Avenue, with a $5,000 tip, police said.

When asked, Wolfe denied making the purchase and her boyfriend reported the charge as fraudulent.

His credit card company notified Clear Sky of the purchase, but the restaurant had already paid the waitress for $5,000 tip.

Detectives say Wolfe later admitted to using the credit card to pay for the expensive meal and handed them the card that she used.

Wolfe’s boyfriend told police he believed she was intoxicated at the time.

Wolfe was arrested and charged with grand theft. She is being held at the Pinellas County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

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An 18-year-old woman was arrested last week after she stabbed her boyfriend in the chest with a steak knife because she thought he was cheating on her, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, Nicole Pelletier was arguing with her 23-year-old boyfriend Friday at their apartment in the 200 block of Northeast 10th Avenue when she grabbed the knife and told him, “I will kill you and everybody in this house.”

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said the victim told Pelletier, “You don’t have the balls to do it,” at which time she grabbed the knife from a table and stabbed him on the left side of his chest.

Deputies said the victim ran to the bathroom and asked Pelletier’s mother for help.

Authorities said Pelletier grabbed a towel and applied pressure to her boyfriend’s wound before calling law enforcement.

According to the arrest report, Pelletier initially claimed that the victim had a seizure and accidentally stabbed himself by falling on the knife.

Deputies said the couple has a 6-month-old daughter together. She was inside her crib during the incident.

The baby was not harmed, authorities said.

The victim was taken to North Broward Medical Center, where he underwent a seven-hour open heart surgery, authorities said.

According to the report, the blade of the knife broke the sack around the victim’s heart and his lungs had started to drown in blood.

Deputies said the stab wound to his pulmonary artery was 1 1/2 inches deep and has left the victim with a permanent scar.

Pelletier was arrested on a charge of attempted first-degree murder. She appeared in court Saturday, at which time the charge was downgraded to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Pelletier was ordered held in lieu of a $3,000 bond. She was also ordered to not

Video showing a veteran Rhode Island state trooper using force against a suspect in a holding cell has been released from a federal court seal. The video was taken in 2014 and shows Trooper Jamie Donnelly-Taylor walking suspect Lionel Monsanto into a cell at the Lincoln state police barracks. Donnelly-Taylor is then seen throwing several punches at Monsanto, who falls to the floor.

The tape has been part of an ongoing legal battle between the trooper, state police, and the attorney general’s office. Donnelly-Taylor pleaded no contest to simple assault, but said he did so because then-Col. Steven O’Donnell assured him the plea would prevent the video from becoming public and the state would represent him in any lawsuit, according to a statement from his attorney. Then-Attorney General Peter Kilmartin eventually decided not to represent the trooper. The state reached a $125,000 settlement with Monsanto last year.

Donnelly-Taylor’s attorney argued that Monsanto first struck the trooper with his elbow, before Donnelly-Taylor used force.

“This case was truly a miscarriage of justice. A video showing an officer’s use of force is never pretty. However, viewing the video in slow motion in this case clearly shows that the officer was assaulted by the suspect prior to using force,” said attorney John Martin.

Donnelly-Taylor is a 17-year veteran of the state police. He is currently on injured on duty status.

A person with ties to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office shared some disturbing videos that show an inmate being attacked while in custody.

The video shows an inmate at the Shelby County Detention Center being pepper- sprayed then kicked by several officers with the county’s Detention Response Team.

As the video continues, the same kicking officer can be seen exchanging words with the inmate. Jailers the step in to separate the two.

The sheriff’s office responded by saying in part, “Once he attacked the deputy, the team immediately tried to gain control of the combative inmate, who positioned himself in a fighting stance, presumably to attack additional deputies.”