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15-year-old dies after falling on first day of work for Alabama roofer, cops say

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An underage Guatemalan boy died in Alabama Monday after falling nearly 40 feet off of a roof during his first day of on the job as a construction worker.

The 15-year-old boy, whose name was not released due to his age, fell through an unsupported section of the roof of a gray iron factory in Cullman, Ala., around 11 a.m. Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His brother was also working with him at the time of the incident. The boy was a Guatemalan national who was living at a Cullman address before his death, police said.

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Safety equipment was installed on the roof but was not being used by workers, police said. The equipment involved harnesses for workers to be attached to a steel cable to prevent them from falling.

He was hired by W&W Restoration– which was a subcontractor hired by Apex Roofing to complete a roofing project for Cullman Casting Corp. factory, according to police.

“The state of Alabama has regulations in relation to the employment of juveniles, however, Apex’s policy is to not hire anyone under the age of 19,” Edward Merrell, an attorney for Apex Roofing, told Birmingham’s WIAT in a statement. “Apex also requires their subcontractors to comply with all state regulations and we learn a subcontractor does not follow state and federal regulations, Apex does not continue doing work with those subcontractors.”

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Police do not suspect foul play and believe the incident was an accident, Cullman police Lt. Todd Chiaranda told AL.com. Authorities are working with the Department of Labor to conduct an investigation into the matter to determine if the company was at fault for hiring the underage boy.

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Florida man arrested after pelting girlfriend with McDonald’s sweet and sour packets: police

A Florida man pelted his girlfriend in the “head and face area” with sweet and sour sauce packets Sunday because he was angry she had “bought the wrong food from McDonald’s,” a felony battery complaint said.

Jesus Oscar Ferrer Jr., 30, attacked his girlfriend — with whom he has a child — in the couple’s motel room in Tampa, police said.

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Jesus Oscar Ferrer Jr., 30, faces a charge of felony battery for an incident at a motel with his girlfriend, police say.  (Pasco County Jail)

A struggle ensued and Ferrer allegedly pinned his girlfriend to the ground. He “placed his palm on her face and pressed her head into the ground using his body weight,” which prompted the woman to rip off part of his beard, the complaint said.

FLORIDA MAN ARRESTED AFTER THROWING BURRITO AT GIRLFRIEND DURING ARGUMENT: POLICE

By the time officers arrived, Ferrer had fled the motel, according to the complaint. He was arrested and booked into the Pasco County jail on a charge of felony battery. He made his initial court appearance Monday, according to the Smoking Gun.

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Ferrer was charged with battery earlier this year involving the same woman at another motel, the report said. He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge, was sentenced to time served, and paid $750 in fines and court costs, according to the report.

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7 people identified from Texas plane crash that killed 10

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Seven of the 10 people killed in a plane crash on Sunday at Addison Airport in Texas were identified on Monday as federal investigators said they have recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the aircraft.

A family of four was on the twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air 350 that crashed just after 9 a.m. Sunday into a hangar at the airport. Mom Ornella Ellard and stepfather Brian died in the crash, along with children Alice Maritato, 15, and Dylan Maritato, 13.

Alice attended John Paul II High School, which confirmed the deaths in a note sent to students. Alice was a rising sophomore at the school and Dylan would have been an eighth grader at all Saints Catholic School. Brian was part-owner of Oak Lawn Italian restaurant Mille Lire. Ornella was an interior designer.

Steve Thelen, 58, and wife Gina also died in the crash. Steve worked at JLL real estate company, who notified employees of his and his wife’s death in an email to its staff. Mathew Palmer, 27, was ID’d as a victim by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office.

National Transportation Safety Board officials said Monday they hope the information they are working to get out of the voice recorder will help them figure out why the plane crashed.

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“The other thing we may be able to get out of, is some background noise that is picked up by the CVR which will give us a little better idea of what’s going on with the airplane itself,” said Bruce Landsberg, NTSB vice chairman.

The NTSB is looking at several factors in Sunday’s crash, including the flight team’s training and experience, weather conditions, air traffic control communications and the plane’s maintenance history. The NTSB said the plane crashed into the hangar fully intact.

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“The team was able to determine the landing gear was down at the time of the impact. Unfortunately, due to the extensive post impact fire and damage incurred during the impact sequence, other systems are virtually destroyed and at this time we do not believe we’ll be able to establish positive conditions for other systems and flight controls,” said Dr. Jennifer Rodi, NTSB investigator in charge.

The plane was headed to St. Petersburg, Fla. with two flight crew and eight passengers.

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Navy SEAL accused of killing ISIS detainee was victim of ‘target and fixation,’ attorney says in closing arguments

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Jury deliberations started Monday in the trial of decorated Navy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, as military prosecutors said his words and actions proved he murdered a member of the Islamic State terror network in May 2017, while the defense said the prosecution’s case had “huge gaping holes.”

Gallagher, 40, has been accused of stabbing to death a teenager who was detained as a member of ISIS in Iraq. He also allegedly posed with the detainee’s corpse for photographs and shot civilians.

The trial in San Diego has captured national attention as Gallagher’s defense has been championed by his family and some congressional Republicans who have claimed he’s a hero getting railroaded. President Trump even intervened to get Gallagher removed from the brig as he awaited trial and is said to be considering a pardon for him.

Gallagher’s defense attorney argued his client was a subject of “fixation” by military prosecutors. “They started with a conclusion … [and] … ignored everything that didn’t fit,” Timothy Parlatore told the jury of five Marines and two sailors during his closing argument.

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Summing up for the prosecution, Cmdr. Jeff Pietrzyk argued that Gallagher’s own words and actions, as well as the testimony of his fellow troops, demonstrated his guilt.

“The government’s evidence in this case is Chief Gallagher’s words, Chief Gallagher’s pictures, Chief Gallagher’s SEALs,” Pietrzyk said.

The prosecutor dismissed the testimony of Special Operator Corey Scott, who testified he saw Gallagher stab the prisoner in the neck but stunned the court when he said he was the one who ultimately killed the prisoner by plugging his breathing tube with his thumb as an act of mercy.

“He [Corey Scott] changed his account to assist Chief Gallagher,” Pietrzyk said. “He had his ‘I am Spartacus’ moment because he thought it would assist Chief Gallagher.”

Parlatore contended that investigators never asked Scott about the cause of the detainee’s death, which is why they were surprised by his testimony.

IRAQI GENERAL TESTIFIES NAVY SEAL EDDIE GALLAGHER DID NOT STAB ISIS DETAINEE

“After he [Scott] received immunity, he told them,” the defense attorney said. “… Nobody could have anticipated unless they asked him the right question the first time around … They focused solely on Eddie Gallagher … They didn’t even listen to their own witness.”

During the trial, it was revealed that nearly all the platoon members readily posed for photos with the dead prisoner and watched as Gallagher read his reenlistment oath near the body in an impromptu ceremony.

“That’s something you do over your accomplishment,” Pietrzyk said. “… He [Gallagher] was proud of what he had just done.”

Nearly a dozen SEALs testified over two weeks. Most were granted immunity to protect them from being prosecuted for acts they described on the stand.

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Seven SEALs said Gallagher unexpectedly stabbed the prisoner, moments after he and the other medics treated the 17-year-old boy. Two, including Scott, testified they saw Gallagher plunge his knife into the prisoner’s neck.

Parlatore accused those witnesses of plotting against Gallagher to accuse him of murder and singled out Special Warfare Operator Chief Craig Miller, the first to testify that he saw Gallagher stab the detainee, as “the king of this mutiny.”

An Iraqi general who handed the wounded prisoner to the SEALs testified that Gallagher did not stab the boy. And, Marine Staff Sgt. Giorgio Kirylo said after the militant died that he moved the body to take a “cool guy trophy” photo with it and saw no stab wounds on his neck.

The prosecutor said he wouldn’t try to argue sympathy for the teenage prisoner, who had been wounded in an airstrike.

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“Before the airstrike, he would have done anything in his power to kill an American,” Pietrzyk said before adding the prisoner was not a lawful target once he was in the SEALs’ custody.

“We’re not ISIS. When we capture someone and they’re out of the fight, that’s it,” Pietrzyk said. “That’s where the line is drawn.”

Fox News’ Dan Gallo and Jonathan Hunt in San Diego and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas city takes down church’s ‘Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins’ sign overnight

For four years, those who drove into a small town in Texas were greeted with a sign that said: “Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins.”

But overnight, after a lengthy court battle, the town abruptly took down the sign. City officials say it’s on public land and in the way of future development.

The church that put up the sign is vowing to fight back.

The sign along U.S. 80 leading into the Hawkins, a Texas town with a little over 1,300 residents, was put up in 2015 in front of a Hawkins coffeehouse, on property owned by Jesus Christ Open Altar Church. Until it was taken down, members of the flock stood watch over the “Jesus” banner.

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Church trustee Mark McDonald told the local news he was notified by the police of the removal.

“The city employees destroyed our church property, pulled up our crosses and destroyed everything,” McDonald told the Longview News-Journal Friday.

“We’re treating it like a hate crime of religious discrimination that was conspired by the city. We have enough documents to prove that,” McDonald added. “The city was warned (Thursday) by our attorneys not to touch it and not to bother it. There’s been closed meetings, closed records (and) a lot of things wrong.”

SUPREME COURT REJECTS ATHEISTS’ ATTEMPT TO SCRUB ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ OFF US CURRENCY

The city and church have had several legal battles over the property where the sign is located.

The church claims it bought the property from two funeral homes. City officials claim the funeral homes did not have a legal right to sell the property and that the rightful owner is the city.

ATHEIST GROUP SUES TEXAS JUDGE FOR ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL’ OPENING PRAYER

After a four-year legal battle, the city abruptly took down the sign. Hawkins City Secretary Dona Jordan said a municipal street will be constructed at the site.

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The church’s legal counsel said it will challenge the decision and continue trying to get the “Jesus” sign back up.

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Florida dad spots shark lurking near kids while taking beach photos with drone

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A Florida family’s summer beach outing was interrupted when a dad said he spotted a shark lurking through the shallow water near his three young children.

Dan Watson told FOX35 Orlando he unwittingly snapped photos of what appeared to be a shark approaching his kids at New Smyrna Beach last week while taking overhead pictures with his drone.

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“Kids were playing in the beach and I just decided, ‘Hey, now’s a good time to get a picture of them overhead,” he told the station. “Literally, as soon as I got it into the air, I started seeing a shadow moving through the water right towards them.”

Dan said he immediately ran to his wife and told her to get the kids out of the water.

“I was like, ‘Get out, get out, get out!” Sally Watson told FOX35.

In one photo, the family rushes out of the water as the shadowy figure swims just off the beach.

“When you think of a shark, you think of them in deep water, you don’t think of them extremely close, and you don’t think they’ll come in knee-deep water … it is terrifying to see them come that close to my kids,” Sally Watson told Central Florida station News 13.

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Florida recorded 16 unprovoked shark attacks in 2018, the most of any U.S. state, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File.

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Broward County Sheriff’s Office loses accreditation after school massacre, Florida airport shooting: report

The largest sheriff’s office in Florida sustained another blow after it was revealed Monday that a state panel last week voted to revoke the law enforcement accreditation of the controversial department in the wake of mishandling two major mass shootings in its jurisdiction.

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation voted 13-0 on Wednesday to strip the Broward County Sheriff’s Office of the accreditation, citing the missteps from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in 2018 that killed 17 people and the 2017 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting, according to a recording of the meeting obtained by the Miami Herald.

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said the law enforcement agencies are supposed to prove that proper standards and regulations are in place, in addition to personnel that are following those rules.

BROWARD SHERIFF FIRES TWO MORE DEPUTIES FOR ‘NEGLECT OF DUTY’ IN PARKLAND SHOOTING RESPONSE

“During the rating period of the time we’re talking in question here, there were substantial periods where they were not in compliance with how they performed in the field,” Ramsay said in the audio obtained by the Herald. “As a result we saw the catastrophic loss of life and injuries and what transpired because of lack of following procedures and things in place.”

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Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, center, announces that two additional deputies have been fired as a result of the agency’s internal affairs investigation into the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, at the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Last week, Sheriff Gregory Tony said that deputies Edward Eason and Josh Stambaugh were fired as a result of an internal affairs investigation for their inaction following the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting.

A state investigative commission found that Stambaugh was working an off-duty shift at a nearby school when he responded to reports of shots fired at the school. He got out of his truck, put on his bulletproof vest and took cover for about five minutes after hearing the shots, according to body camera footage. He then drove to a nearby highway instead of going toward the school.

In Eason’s case, the report reveals he provided inconsistent and conflicting statements to investigators. It also shows that instead of responding to the gunshots at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, he went to nearby Westglades Middle to lock it down. Eason, however, “never transmitted his actions,” and took 19 minutes to check the doors of the middle school to see if it was locked down.

Eason was also faulted for not writing an official report after receiving a tip in February 2016 that the shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz, was making threats on social media to shoot up a school. Tips to the FBI about Cruz also were not followed up, a separate investigation has found.

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Two other deputies were fired earlier this month for neglect of duty in connection to the February 2018 shooting. One of those was school resource officer Scot Peterson, who was also arrested on charges of child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury. Peterson’s lawyer has said he will fight the charges. The sheriff said no action was taken on three other deputies who were involved in the investigation.

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Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Tony said deputies Edward Eason and Josh Stambaugh were fired Tuesday for their inaction following the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Scott Israel, the sheriff at the time, was removed from office by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for similar reasons. He is appealing that decision before the state Senate.

The loss of accreditation isn’t expected to affect the department’s overall operations, but is a further blow to the agency, according to the Herald. The title allows law enforcement agencies to standardize practices and defend themselves against lawsuits if they are using validated procedures. There are over 200 standards that agencies in Florida must do to maintain accreditation.

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Records obtained by the Herald said the department initially was reviewed in December 2018 and May 2019 an assessment team and was “favorably reviewed. The commission, however, ultimately voted against that recommendation.

The sheriff’s office had not yet commented on the state panel’s vote.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Colorado resident kills mama bear trying to enter home; 2 orphaned cubs rescued, 1 missing: officials

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A Colorado resident was following the law when they shot and killed a mother bear accompanied by her three cubs early Thursday out of fear the sow was trying to enter their home, officials said.

The orphaned cubs had scattered by the time wildlife officials discovered the mother bear’s body Friday morning, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said in a news release Sunday. Two of the cubs were later found taking refuge up a tree and were safely captured. The third cub was not located.

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“This is an unfortunate occurrence, and you never want to hear of a sow getting killed and cubs being orphaned,” CPW Northeast Region Manager Mark Leslie said.

Under Colorado law, it is legal to use lethal force to protect one’s personal safety when feeling threatened by a bear. Any such killing must be reported within five days, the state wildlife agency says.

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CPW officials said the case underscores the challenges of managing wildlife in the area. Colorado’s Front Range already provides bears with ample habitat and food sources. Attractants such as garbage, pet food and the smells from barbeque grills can lure the animals to nearby neighborhoods.

“If you are putting your trash out the night before collection, or if you have a bird feeder out this time of year, you are harming the well-being of our bears,” Leslie said. “That leads to human-bear conflicts that can escalate into dangerous and sad situations like we are seeing here in Castle Pines.”

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CPW officials took the two orphaned cubs to Frisco Creek, a wildlife rehabilitation center operated by the state, to help them through their first hibernation without their mother. They will be released back into the wild when they can survive on their own, the CPW said.

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Texas man trapped in crashed car found alive after 5 days without food, water

Texas rescuers on Monday called it a “miracle” after discovering a missing man — who’d been badly injured and trapped in his car in the woods for five days without food or water — was alive.

Texas Equusearch found Jose Velazquez, 32, near Conroe on Sunday. He disappeared after he went out for drinks with his fiancée in Houston on Tuesday and was reported missing the next day when he failed to show up for work.

Doctors expect Velazquez to recover.

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“I don’t know how he [survived] the initial wreck, let alone as bad as he was injured five days later…to still be alive…that’s why we do what we do. We believe in miracles and here was one today,” Equusearch’s Tim Miller told KTRK-TV Monday.

Velazquez was found just before the search was about to be called-off, the station reported.

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An injured and dehydrated Jose Velazquez was found trapped in his wrecked auto after being last seen five days ago.  (Texas Equusearch)

A member of the search team spotted the bumper of Velazquez’s white Honda Civic — which had been totaled, deep in the woods, KTRK reported.

MISSING ALABAMA WOMAN FOUND ALIVE IN WRECKED CAR 5 DAYS AFTER DISAPPEARANCE, POLICE SAY

The injured Velazquez was reportedly severely dehydrated when rescuers found him.

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The car went off the road near FM 1488 near Highway 242 in Montgomery County, about 40 miles from Houston.

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Ohio school scrubs 92-year-old Ten Commandments plaque after atheists complain

An Ohio middle school removed a 1920s-era Ten Commandments plaque after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained about it.

The Wisconsin-based group that promotes separation of church and state and nontheism called the Joseph Welty Middle School plaque a “flagrant violation” of the First Amendment. The group claims a concerned district parent complained to FFRF that the plaque was prominently displayed near the auditorium entrance of the New Philadelphia, Ohio school.

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“The district’s promotion of the Judeo-Christian bible and religion over nonreligion impermissibly turns any non-Christian or non-believing student into an outsider,” Christopher Line, representing FFRF, wrote in an April letter to the school. “Schoolchildren already feel significant pressure to conform to their peers. They must not be subjected to similar pressure from their schools, especially on religious questions.”

The class of 1926 gifted the plaque to the middle school. But the gift has been scrubbed from the building, according to school officials.

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“In speaking with the district, it is my understanding that the plaque has been taken down and is no longer on display on district property,” Brian J. DeSantis, an attorney representing the school district, wrote in a June 19 email to the FFRF.

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Joseph Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio removed a Ten Commandments plaque after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. (Google Maps)

The FFRF celebrated the removal of the Ten Commandments.

“We applaud the district for taking action to remedy this violation,” FFRF co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote in a statement. “Students in our public schools are free to practice any religion they choose — or none at all. In America, we live under the First Amendment, not the Ten Commandments.”

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But the New Philadelphia Schools Superintendent David Brand said he disagrees with the FFRF’s approach.

“With over 90 years on display, the plaque is recognized as part of the tradition and history of New Philadelphia City Schools,” Brand said in a statement, according to the Times Reporter newspaper.

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Brand laments the “costs” it would be on local taxpayers and the “burden” on school officials. He said he plans to challenge the decision.

“Rather than engaging FFRF in an action where the community’s resources are at stake, the district will consider filing an amicus brief in a forthcoming case on the matter,” he said.

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