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A Kentucky teacher has been charged with raping her 15-year-old student.

Twenty-three-year-old Kendall Burk was a biology teacher at Grant County High School. The sheriff says she began a relationship with one of her 15-year-old male students at the end of last school year and it turned sexual over the summer.

Burk graduated from the University of Kentucky just a couple of years ago. On Wednesday, she was booked into the Grant County Jail on four counts of rape and four counts of sodomy, which, by Kentucky statute, can mean oral sex. The school district said this all happened very quickly. A student Wednesday told a teacher; the teacher told the administration. Following a quick investigation, the administration told the sheriff’s office.

“Our deputies, at that point, once they were alerted, interviewed some other students who had made the allegations and worked backwards, interviewing the victim as well as the teacher,” said Grant County Sheriff Brian Mains.

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A 23-year-old Clearwater man was busted after being accused of possessing ecstasy pills shaped like President Donald Trump’s head.

Brendan Dolan-King had the ecstasy pills hidden inside his air vent at his home in the city of Clearwater, according to an arrest report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

They were labeled “Trump NL,” according to the report.

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Florida woman with a knife attempted to rob a Family Dollar store, the cashier said “not today” while another employee locked the door until deputies arrived, authorities say.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s arrest report says 27-year-old Brittany Rodriguez was taken into custody without incident at the Bradenton store Sunday night.

The arrest report says Rodriguez entered the store, selected some items and approached the cashier. That’s when investigators say she pulled the knife and pointed it at the cashier. When deputies entered the store, they say Rodriguez threw a knife to the floor. She was ordered to the ground and arrested.

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Danielle Gargano repeatedly told deputies she had nothing — not one thing — in her female private parts.

Even when deputies at the St. Lucie County Jail told Gargano, 32, on Aug. 10 that if she had drugs or weapons on her that bringing them in the jail would result in a charge of smuggling contraband into a detention center, she remained steadfast in her denial, an affidavit states.

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A woman from Okeechobee is wanted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in connection to a statewide truck theft ring.

Aubrey Lynn Waldron, 37, is one of four suspects in the case, the FDLE said.

Investigators said the theft ring stole 16 four-wheel-drive trucks in four Florida counties: Okeechobee, Glades, Highlands, and Polk.

The FDLE said those trucks were worth more than $300,000.

Waldron and the three other suspects are accused of trading the trucks for methamphetamines.

Investigators identified the three suspects as Ethan King, 24, of Okeechobee; Andrew Wheeler, 23, of Okeechobee; and James Janata, 38, of Okeechobee.

King faces conspiracy to commit grand theft, grand theft, grand theft of a firearm, burglary of a conveyance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, dealing in stolen property.

Walker is being held on charges of conspiracy to commit grand theft, grand theft.

Janata is being held on charges of dealing in stolen property.

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A warning to anyone looking to adopt after a Tampa Bay couple sent money to a woman in hopes of adopting her unborn child.

For the second time in a week, deputies have arrested a woman they say took money from hopeful parents and never delivered after delivering.

For Greg Garbee and his wife, having a child was the one thing they needed to complete their family. Having exhausted their options with conceiving on their own, they turned to an adoption lawyer and social worker to find them a mother looking to adopt her baby.

“When we were matched it was two days before Christmas, and I can’t think of a better gift. We were ecstatic,” says Garbee.

They were chosen by Angelica Lopez.

“The very first meeting she seemed very sweet,” Garbee remembers.

The pregnant 30-year-old was in the Pinellas County Jail at the time, and signed a pre-birth agreement to let the Garbee family adopt her child.

“We met Angelica several times. We visited her in jail while she was there, and once she got out we still met up with her. We had lunches and things,” says Garbee.

April 4, Lopez had her baby. Pinellas County Sheriff’s investigators say she never told the Garbee’s. When they asked her two weeks later how she was doing she sent back pictures of her large belly and swollen feet. They finally learned the baby had been born weeks earlier and Lopez cashed over a thousand dollars’ worth of checks.

“That was gut-wrenching. It was the hardest thing personally either one of us have ever gone through,” says Garbee.

Sometime later the Garbees matched with another woman and adopted a beautiful baby boy. Finally completing the family they wanted.

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Heidi Schmutz, an Uber Eats driver, who told deputies a man carjacked her at a Denny’s, alluded to having a gun, touched her inappropriately and tried to force her into a hotel room with two other men lied about the incident.

After Schmutz made the accusations against Brian Medina, 31, of New Port Richey, he was charged with false imprisonment.

Deputies said they realized Schmutz had lied after they reviewed surveillance video from the hotel. Police said it did not appear to show her in “any kind of danger or duress” during the early-morning incident Wednesday in New Port Richey.

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A reptile loving Florida woman who pulled a foot-long alligator from her pants during a traffic stop in May and had more than 40 turtles in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack pleaded no contest to multiple charges Wednesday in Charlotte County.

Ariel Michelle Marchan-Le Quire, 26, of Fort Myers was a passenger in a pickup pulled over for failure to stop for a stop sign in Charlotte County.

The driver of the 2013 Silverado told deputies from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office that he and Marchan-Le Quire had been trying to collect frogs and snakes from a nearby underpass.

When deputies searched the truck they found 42 striped mud turtles and a softshell turtle in the cartoon character backpack at Marchan-Le Quire’s feet.

She pulled the gator from her pants when deputies asked if there was anything else in the truck.

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Acasia Fuscaldo was wanted by police for violating her probation. When police received a tip that she was in a motel room, they sprung into action.

When deputies entered her hotel room, they saw no one was inside but K-9 officer Kyra alerted deputies of Fuscaldo’s presence under the mattress and inside the supporting box spring.

Fuscaldo apparently cut a hole in the box spring, slipped inside and covered her tracks by placing the mattress and sheets on top of her hiding hole.

Acasia Fuscaldo, 25, of Cocoa, was arrested on three felony charges of violating her probation, according to the sheriff’s office.

Willis, TX – Two former Willis police officers were sentenced to a year in jail after lying about an arrest captured on bodycam video.

Kenneth Elmore and John McCaffery were each convicted of felony tampering with a government record.

The charges stemmed from a July 2017 arrest.

Bodycam video presented during the trial showed a man walking through a residential area as McCaffery joked about a “drive-by tasing.”

“Yeah, I’m not gonna chase him on foot, I don’t need to chase him. My car will chase him though,” another officer replied. “He’s pissing me off now.”

As one of the officers is driving while holding a Taser, you hear him yelling “Get him, get him, get him!”

You can then hear the same cop taunting the man with a string of profanities as he was face-down and being handcuffed.

The man was charged with evading arrest, but the charge was dropped a few months later, following an investigation. We are not identifying him since the charge was dropped.

The Texas Rangers launched an investigation, and Elmore and McCaffery were indicted in 2018.

“They attacked [the man], charged him with a crime he didn’t commit, and lied to cover it up,” Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said in a statement. “These defendants disregarded their oaths to protect, to serve and to tell the truth.”

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Horrifying video seems to have caught the moments when police say a man identified as Michael Baker pointed a gun at a Lyft driver.
A camera inside the driver’s car was recording when just 30 seconds earlier, another gun was put to the driver’s head.
“At the moment, I didn’t realize if they were real or not until after the situation when I went back and looked at the video,” said the driver, who did not want be identified.
Police say the incident happened when the driver went to pick up a passenger on Howard Avenue Friday night.
“I think it was 100% set up because of the way it went down,” the driver said.
The driver, who has been with the ride-sharing company for nine months, has had the camera inside his car since he started picking up passengers. He says he uses the camera as a safety measure.
“It’s not a requirement,” he said. “It’s my personal belief if anything good should come out of this is that Uber and Lyft should provide you with a dashcam.”
He said he has no plans to quit his ride-sharing side job. He said he shared the video to keep other drivers safe.
“There is no point of robbing a Lyft driver or Uber driver whatsoever,” he said. “We don’t carry cash.”
Baker was arrested Saturday and faces charges of robbery and assault.
Police are still working to identify the second suspect seen in the video

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Police have charged a Montana man with assault after witnesses say he threw a 13-year-old boy to the ground because he was “disrespecting the national anthem.” Curt James Brockway, 39, was arrested Saturday at the Mineral County Fair and charged with assault on a minor, according to Sheriff Mike Boone. Brockway slammed the child on the ground because he did not remove his hat during the national anthem, witnesses told KPAX. Taylor Hennick told The Missoulian that Brockway said “he had every right to do that,” because the boy was disrespecting the anthem. “There was a little boy lying on the ground,” she told the outlet. “He was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent.”

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A Louisville man was arrested after he fractured an 8-year-old’s skull with a shovel Friday and sexually assaulted her, according to police. Cane L. Madden, 29, has been charged with first-degree rape, assault and robbery in connection with the attack that reportedly took place in the California neighborhood. According to an arrest citation, Louisville Metro Police officers responded about 4:30 p.m. Friday to a report of a 8-year-old girl who had been hit in the head with a shovel and robbed of her iPad. The girl was taken to the emergency room at Norton Children’s Hospital, where a doctor told detectives she suffered a right skull fracture, multiple cuts and bruises to the head and “significant bruising and tearing of the vaginal wall, which is indicative of sexual assault,” according to the arrest report.

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A Gilbert woman has filed a federal complaint against a police officer from her east Valley town, alleging that she suffers ongoing brain damage from his excessive use of force during her arrest.

Bodycam video of the arrest obtained by Phoenix New Times shows the 36-year-old woman, Samantha Glass, inebriated and resisting arrest after the officer told her she was being detained at an apartment complex. She was later convicted on related charges. But whether the officer’s violent take-down of Glass could have been avoided is a question that will now play out in Arizona U.S. District Court.

According to the complaint field last week, Officer Christopher Robinson of the Town of Gilbert Police Department used “unnecessary and unreasonable force” in throwing Glass to the floor after asking about an alleged vehicle burglary.

Glass “panicked and attempted to free her arm,” when Robinson tried to handcuff her, the complaint states. “The Officer, while still holding Plaintiff’s right arm, put his left hand on her back, pushed her down face-first, causing her face to violently slam onto concrete.”

In May of last year, a police report of the incident relates, Glass drove to the apartment complex at 230 East Civic Center Drive, where her “ex-boyfriend” lives, because he had agreed to help repair a flat tire. The complaint, written by a local attorney Glass hired, states the ex-boyfriend is actually her ex-husband, and that she drove there to meet with him to discuss issues regarding their minor daughter.

Glass was drunk, by all accounts. The two met in the parking lot, and an argument ensued. Her ex-husband walked away, taking their daughter with him to a nearby park.

In Glass’ version of the incident, documents show, she decided to sit in his car and wait for him, but it was locked. The alarm went off. She instead took the stairs to his apartment and sat down outside the door, intending to speak to him when he returned.

But other residents had seen her in the parking lot and believed she was trying to break into her ex-husband’s vehicle. They called 911, which brought Officer Robinson to her ex-husband’s apartment door.

An employee at Ferry Pass Middle School has been arrested on several drug charges.

An arrest report says 44-year-old Mary Katherine Sams Mundy was pulled over during a traffic stop on July 29.

According to the report, deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office found numerous bags of what they believed to be narcotics on the floorboard.

Court documents say the suspected narcotics tested positive for heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

The report adds that a backpack was found carrying approximately 20 unopened syringes, along with a silver plastic bag with a small amount of marijuana.

Deputies added that Mundy’s driver’s license had expired in July. She told deputies that she did have an up-to-date license, but it wasn’t with her at the time.

Mundy has been charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (heroin), possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (a Buprenorphine Hydrochloride 8 milligram pill), possession of cocaine, and a traffic violation.

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Breaking into homes might work up an appetite for some. It appears that may be the case for a woman in Ft. Lauderdale.

Home cameras caught a woman making a bold break-in. Police say she’s not a typical thief. They say she made a ham sandwich on her way out.

Jonny Buchanan, 60, appeared before a judge in bond court Thursday, accused of breaking into a home and helping herself to a snack.

The hunger heist happened on Gardenia Road and NW 18th Court in fort last Thursday around 10 a.m.

Home surveillance video shows the intruder scurrying around the apartment after getting in through the back door. She then went straight for the fridge.

Investigators say she threw the victim’s dog a piece of raw chicken, but the pup wasn’t pleased.

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A Florida Keys woman was arrested Thursday morning after biting and stabbing her boyfriend during an argument after she refused to have sex with him, deputies said.

Vanessa Nicholson, 33, of Marathon, faces a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The victim, later identified as Michael Lozano Flores, told deputies he suffers from insomnia and couldn’t sleep, so he asked Nicholson to have sex with him. He told deputies that sex helps him sleep.

“Vanessa became upset when he asked for sex and told him all he cared about was sex,” an arrest report said.

When Lozano Flores decided to leave, Nicholson became angry and started hitting him, the report said.

Lozano Flores said she later charged at him with a 12-inch kitchen knife, stabbing him in the shoulder.

When deputies questioned Nicholson about the lovers’ quarrel, she told them she denied him sex because she was on her menstrual cycle and wasn’t feeling well.

A Florida police officer surrendered to authorities Wednesday after pushing a handcuffed inmate into a wall, causing the man’s head to bleed. The video shows an officer, identified as Lester Brown, slamming the inmate head-first into a concrete wall in the booking room of the facility. The inmate, identified as Jose Garcia Alvarado, falls to the floor as blood pours from his head.

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Decatur police say a woman there used hot grease to fight off a man charged with burglary and domestic violence.

Decatur police say officers responded to a home on Wimberley Drive SW because of a domestic dispute.

When they got there they found Larondrick Macklin suffering from burns to his face. Police say Macklin had entered the victim’s home armed with a gun and that the victim used a pot full of hot grease to defend herself.

Macklin was taken to the hospital on August 1st and then arrested and booked into the Morgan County jail on Aug. 2. His bond is set at $300,000.

It was supposed to be the best day of their life. Instead, their maid of honor got arrested and is facing several charges from a wedding day gone wrong.

The Charlotte County ceremony has been described as beautiful, but when the reception kicked off, guests said the maid of honor Amanda Willis hit the bottle hard — and almost hit the best man with his own car.

The wedding pictures tell the story of a content couple, Brian and Jennifer Butler. They had their cake and first dance while Willis started drinking.

“She was a mess. She drank almost a whole entire bottle of Fireball,” said guest Robert Templeton.

“She was drunk within 20 minutes to half an hour,” said Jennifer Butler.

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Noorul Mahjabeen Hassan (known as Fractal) said she’s also been in a relationship with a calculator she named Pierre – and admits she’s had feelings for iPods, treadmills and a GPS system.

The 20-year-old, who likes to be known as Fractal Tetris Huracan, identifies as an objectum sexual – which means she’s attracted to inanimate objects.

The maths student, from Orlando, Florida, surrounds herself with Tetris-shaped objects in her room at home and said she now plans to marry the game when she graduates from the University of Florida in two years.

Fractal started a relationship with the puzzle game in September 2016 and sometimes spends up to 12 hours a day playing it on websites, her phone and her Gameboy.

She claims she sleeps with and enjoys a physical relationship with Tetris-themed objects including Tetris hard drives and cushions.

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A sadistic sergeant from a Vermont police department was fired for punching a handcuffed woman in the face who had kicked a cell door while he was having dinner inside a police station. St. Albans Police Sergeant Jason Lawton claimed the woman had kicked him in the shin which led to him charging her with assault but body cam video shows he was the one who assaulted her by shoving her against the wall with his forearm after she stood up in her cell with her hands cuffed behind her back.

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Tiffany Lea Bland was arrested after being accused of striking an 11-year-old girl multiple times.

An arrest report states the girl had to be taken to the hospital for medical examination due to chest pains from being kneed.

According to the report, the girl had bruising on the left side of her face, right side collar bone, back of her neck, her butt, her right shoulder, and her right ear. Bland denied causing the bruises and said she was not sure how the girl got them.

However, the girl had a reprieve when it was discovered that a witness recorded audio of the incident for 2 minutes and 26 seconds.

Police arrested Tiffany Lea Bland, 32, of Spring Hill and have charged her with child abuse.

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Christina Marie Curtis, 25, of Fort Walton Beach, was arrested last month for the alleged incidents at Kids Discovery Learning Center in Valparaiso, Florida.

The four young boys who were between the ages of 13 and 21 months were all fine in the morning but later had difficulty standing or walking, the Panama City News Herald reports.

Medical personnel determined they had suffered leg fractures from the events on May 21.

One mother Terika Graham told the News Herald that she had instructed Curtis to keep her child inside on the day of the alleged incident because he had a rash.

But upon picking him up, she claimed to find ‘dirt all in his hair’ and wasn’t given an explanation for three days. She believes Curtis may have let him crawl around outside.

Graham said her son suffered a hairline fracture but is healing-well. His injuries were not as serious as the other three children