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Georgia parole board delays clemency for condemned man

The state parole board has delayed making a decision in a clemency hearing for a Georgia inmate set to be executed for the slaying of an off-duty prison guard.

Marion Wilson Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday. Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks.

Prosecutors say Wilson and Butts killed Parks and stole his car after asking him for a ride at a Walmart.

Butts was executed last year.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles says a decision regarding clemency would be issued before Thursday’s scheduled execution.

The parole board is Georgia’s only authority that can commute a death sentence.

Wilson would be the second prisoner executed by Georgia this year.

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2 killed when semitrailers explode on I-94 in Wisconsin

Two semitrailers exploded into flames Wednesday on an interstate in southeastern Wisconsin, killing both drivers and setting other vehicles on fire, authorities said.

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said one trailer was southbound on Interstate 94 around 11 a.m. when it hit a construction barrier, overcorrected and crashed onto a median that separated northbound traffic. That caused three northbound cars to crash.

Meanwhile, another semi traveling northbound went into a ditch while trying to avoid hitting the vehicles that had just crashed, Schmaling said. Both trailers burst into flames and set other cars on fire, sending dark plumes of smoke into the sky.

Two people in the cars suffered serious injuries and a third was unharmed, the sheriff said.

The names of those involved were not immediately released, and the accident remained under investigation.

“It only takes one person to make one small error to have devastating effects like we saw today,” Schmaling said.

The accident happened near Mount Pleasant, about 24 miles (38 kilometers) south of Milwaukee.

Photos from the scene indicated the semitrailer plummeted off the edge of the interstate onto a road beneath. Near-black smoke washed across the interstate from the still-burning truck.

Authorities closed all lanes of the interstate and transportation officials estimated it would be hours before the scene could be cleared.

A Flight for Life helicopter was called to the scene, but was unable to fly because of adverse weather, Tammy Chatman, a spokeswoman for the service told the Journal Sentinel. There had been scattered rain showers throughout southeastern Wisconsin most of Wednesday morning.

Chatman said Flight for Life sent one of its ground units to help instead.

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Woman pleads not guilty to dumping puppies in trash

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A Southern California woman authorities say was caught on surveillance video dumping a bag of 3-day-old puppies into a trash can has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty.

The Desert Sun of Palm Springs says Deborah Culwell appeared in a Riverside court Tuesday.

Culwell lives in Coachella, a desert city east of Los Angeles.

Prosecutors say Culwell dumped a plastic bag containing seven palm-sized puppies into a store dumpster in April. They were left in sweltering heat before a man heard their cries and rescued them.

The pups, believed to be terrier mixes, were treated for dehydration and malnourishment but one later died.

Another 38 dogs were rescued from Culwell’s home.

Culwell could face up to seven years in prison if convicted of 14 felony and misdemeanor counts.

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This story has been corrected to show incident occurred in April.

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Sheriff: Louisiana man linked to 4 random shooting deaths

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with three apparently random shooting deaths in a New Orleans suburb, and ballistics evidence connects him to a fourth death inside the city limits, a Louisiana sheriff said Wednesday.

Sean Barrette of Metairie was arrested late Tuesday and faces charges including second-degree murder in connection with a shooting death late Monday at a Metairie intersection, and two counts of first-degree murder in two fatal shootings Tuesday afternoon near another Metairie intersection. He is also linked by ballistic evidence to a June 6 shooting death in eastern New Orleans and another shooting on June 5 in New Orleans in which nobody was injured, Lopinto said.

“We’ve not been able to identify any connection between the victims and the suspect,” Lopinto said at a news conference. “I believe that he was actually picking his targets at random, shooting them in the vehicle.”

A cellphone found at the scene of Monday’s shooting was eventually traced to Barrette, said Lopinto. He added that Barrette has had “a history of mental problems,” including two commitments for treatment, in December and April.

The victim in Monday’s shooting was identified as Isai Cadalzo, 22. Killed Tuesday were Manuel Caronia 45, and Nicky Roseau, 57.

Lopinto had little information about the New Orleans slaying, but New Orleans media report the only shooting death reported June 6 was that of 61-year-old Bruce Reed, found fatally wounded in a grassy area next to a major eastern New Orleans street.

Barrette was arrested without incident at his parents’ home. The weapon believed used in the killings has been recovered, Lopinto said.

Lopinto was asked whether race was considered a factor in any of the deaths. Barrette is white. In Jefferson, two of the victims were Hispanic and one was white. The New Orleans victim was black.

There has been no evidence so far to indicate race might have been a motive, Lopinto said. “That could change, obviously, when we continue our investigation,” he said, adding that the probe would include scrutiny of Barrette’s web searches.

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Colorado youth baseball game erupts into brawl as parents slug it out on the field

There was plenty of slugging Saturday during a Lakewood, Colorado youth baseball game — but, luckily, none of it involved bats.

Roughly a dozen irate parents took their frustrations with the game out on each other, culminating in an all-out brawl on the diamond while their stunned 7-year-old children looked on, video of the incident shows.

The incident occurred shortly before Noon on Saturday on a baseball field at the Denver-area Westgate Elementary School, the Lakewood Police Department said on Facebook.

“I think the saddest part in all of this is we’re talking about a 7-year-old baseball game,” police spokesman John Romero told FOX31. “I think it’s the parents who have to grow up.”

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Police said coaches and parents who were “unhappy with a baseball game” — played by the 7-year-olds and officiated by a 13-year-old umpire — “took over the field” and began assaulting each other.

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The brawl broke out on the baseball fields at Westgate Elementary School, located just outside Denver. (Lakewood Police Department)

Several injuries were reported during the melee, including one person with a “serious bodily injury,” according to police.

Video released by police shows the parents taking the field for the fracas, throwing punches as other children watch.

“It’s disgusting,” Romero told FOX31. “I highly doubt that the Rockies had any scouts there during the game,”

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An investigation by Lakewood Police led to four people being cited, but authorities are looking for additional information on the brawl. In particular, cops are trying to identify a person who was seen in a white shirt and teal shorts in the video.

“I highly doubt that the Rockies had any scouts there during the game.”

— Lakewood Police Spokesman John Romero

More arrests are likely, according to police.

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Shannon Hartmann, who officiates high school sports in the area, told FOX31 after watching the video that he’d never seen anything like it.

“Kids look up to you, my kid does,” he said. “If you don`t lead by example what do you expect the future to be?”

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Body of Florida woman, 22, found in ‘suspicious circumstances,’ police say

A 22-year-old woman was found dead along a Florida highway early Sunday with signs of “minor trauma” and “an apparent broken” leg, police said.

Officers found the body of a woman laying on her back in the grass median of U.S. Highway 92 in Lakeland – about 60 miles southwest of Orlando – around 6:40 a.m. Sunday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

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Kara Fay Hanvey was found dead along a Florida highway on Sunday, according to police.  (Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

The woman was identified as 22-year-old Kara Fay Hanvey of Sebring. The sheriff’s office said there were signs of “minor trauma to her body and an apparent broken leg.”

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An autopsy determined Hanvey had been struck by a vehicle. The sheriff’s office said there were “other suspicious circumstances surrounding her death,” including her belongs found nearby along the westbound shoulder. No witnesses were located.

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Authorities are asking anyone who was in the area between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. or is acquainted with the victim to call the sheriff’s office at 863-298-6200.

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Alabama girl, 12, accidentally shoots two teen boys – one critically, police say

A 12-year-old Alabama girl was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after she’d accidentally shot and wounded two teenage boys, police said.

Authorities responded to a report of a person shot near a playground in east Birmingham around 3:30 a.m. 

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Two teenage boys were wounded by gunshots Tuesday afternoon in a neighborhood in east Birmingham, police say.  (Google Maps)

Responding officers found two boys, ages 13 and 14, with gunshot wounds. A police sergeant said one of the boy’s injury was serious; the other boy’s injury was life-threatening. Both were hospitalized, WRBL reported.

Police detained a 12-year-old girl two blocks away after receiving tips from residents. Preliminary evidence suggested the gun had discharged while the girl was playing with it, police said.

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Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith called the shooting an “unfortunate” situation and urged the public to “be a responsible gun owner to ensure everyone is safe.

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The owner of the gun has not been identified. No further information was released. An investigation is ongoing.

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Jury deliberations to begin in NXIVM sex-trafficking case

A jury is about to begin deliberating at the trial of the former leader of an upstate New York self-help group that prosecutors say branded women.

The deliberations in the case against Keith Raniere are set for Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn.

Prosecutors have told jurors that said the 58-year-old Raniere’s organization, called NXIVM, operated like a cult.

They said he formed a secret subgroup comprised of brainwashed female “slaves” who were branded with his initials and forced to have sex with him. There also were accusations that he began having sex with one follower at age 15 and took pornographic photos of her.

Lawyers for Raniere said he never had any criminal intent and that his encounters with the women were consensual.

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Sex-toy company alleges ‘sexism’ and ‘censorship’ in lawsuit over blocked NYC subway ads

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A startup company that manufactures sex toys for women filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the operator of New York City’s subway system, accusing the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority of sexism and illegal censorship for refusing to run its ads since November.

Dame Products, a women-owned sex toy company that promises to “close the pleasure gap” for women by selling “toys, for sex,” sued the MTA for deciding to “prioritize male interests” after denying its ads but allowing other ads related to male pleasure and sexual health.

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“The MTA is living in a Victorian era,” Richard Emery, a lawyer for Dame, said in an interview with Reuters. “It has a male-oriented censorship scheme that is discriminating against women’s sexual pleasure, and emphasizing male control of women’s sexuality.”

The MTA rejected a series of Dame’s ads with photos of sex toys alongside sex-related train slogans, including “Some riders need extra help getting off” and “The O Line is running express.” The company revised the ads to remove train references, instead OKing more general lines like “You come first,” but were still denied by the transit authority, according to the Verge.

Dame’s lawsuit against the MTA  points out that the MTA regularly runs ads on erectile dysfunction for Hims and Roman, posters for the Museum of Sex, promotion of the HIV prevention method PrEP and even ads for “Kyng”-sized condoms from the New York City Health Department, Reuters reported.

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Dame alleges that the MTA is violating the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guaranteeing free speech by choosing not to run its ads. Meanwhile, MTA spokesman Maxwell Young said in a statement that the transit agency is “constitutionally entitled” to set restrictions on the ads it runs which are “in no way gender-based or viewpoint discriminatory.”

Young clarified that the MTA runs ads for FDA approved medication, which includes ads for erectile dysfunction, but “advertisements for sex toys or devices for any gender are not permitted.”

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Active shooter scare at Honolulu airport delays flights

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Flights were being delayed and hundreds of people were waiting to go through security screening at Honolulu’s airport on Tuesday after an active shooter scare.

Passengers who had already passed through screening and were boarding flights at Terminal 2 were told to go through security checkpoint again, which was holding up flights.

Hawaii transportation department spokesman Tim Sakahara told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser rumors of an active shooter appeared to be linked to a laptop that malfunctioned, popped and started giving off smoke at a checkpoint.

Leslie Ryan was on board an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles with her husband and two children when they were all ordered to get off the plane and go back through the security line.

Two hours later she was still waiting to go through security. She said hundreds of passengers around her in the airport’s open-air lobby were doing the same. “It’s hot and we finally got a little water,” Ryan said.

People were spilling out onto the curb and sidewalk, she said.

Ryan said airport vendors and shops had to shut down and send their employees out to be rescreened as well.

United Airlines said it delayed four flights to provide passengers with enough time to go through security screening and board their planes.

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