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Florida officer guilty of negligence for shooting caretaker

A Florida police officer has been convicted of a misdemeanor but acquitted of attempted manslaughter for shooting at a severely autistic man and wounding the man’s caretaker.

A jury deliberated for four hours late Monday before finding North Miami police Officer Jonathan Aledda guilty of culpable negligence in the 2016 shooting of caretaker Charles Kinsey, who was trying to protect 27-year-old Arnaldo Rios Soto. Aledda faces up to a year in jail but because he was acquitted of a felony, he might be able to remain a police officer.

Prosecutor Don Horn called the verdict “fair,” while Aledda’s attorney said he was disappointed.

“We thought he should have never been charged,” Douglas Hartman said. A March trial had ended with a hung jury.

Kinsey was shot after Rios fled his group home carrying a shiny silver toy truck and Kinsey went after him. Rios sat down in the street, playing with the truck, and a passer-by reported he was possibly armed. Police soon surrounded Rios and Kinsey at a residential neighborhood intersection.

Video taken by a bystander showed Rios sitting with the truck. Kinsey lay on his back next to him with his hands in the air, begging officers not to shoot. Rios shouted “shut up.” The video ended before the shooting.

Aledda, armed with a rifle, took cover behind a car 50 yards (45 meters) away. Two officers who were closer to Kinsey and Rios said they could tell the silver object was a toy, but a commander radioed that it appeared Rios was reloading.

Aledda fired three shots at Rios. Two missed but one hit Kinsey in the leg.

Aledda testified Monday that he thought it was a hostage situation and he needed to fire to protect Kinsey and his fellow officers.

“It appeared he (Kinsey) was screaming for mercy or for help or something. In my mind, the white male had a gun,” Aledda testified, according to the Miami Herald.

Jury forewoman Stacy Sarna told the newspaper that jurors didn’t necessarily believe Aledda, but didn’t think his actions reached the level of attempted manslaughter.

“What he was saying was very carefully considered. He was very calculated and practiced,” she said.

Kinsey and the Rios family are suing North Miami. Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon II, said he respects the jury’s decision and is glad they held Aledda accountable.

“It sends the message that before you squeeze the trigger, you need to take into account the lives that could be affected,” Napoleon said.

Napoleon wouldn’t comment on Kinsey’s federal civil rights case against the city but acknowledged that they’re still preparing for trial. Napoleon said the past three years of meeting with prosecutors, investigators and doctors have taken a toll on Kinsey, who still has shrapnel in his leg and needs physical therapy.

“There are certain services that he needs that he’s not currently getting,” Napoleon said.

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Authorities: Alabama man fed meth to caged ‘attack squirrel’

Alabama investigators say a man kept a caged “attack squirrel” in his apartment and fed it methamphetamine to ensure it stayed aggressive.

The News Courier reports authorities are seeking 35-year-old Mickey Paulk on multiple charges including possession of a controlled substance.

Law enforcement was warned of the animal prior to executing a search warrant of the Athens home Monday.

It’s illegal in Alabama to have a pet squirrel. Officials from the state’s Department of Conservation recommended releasing the animal, which deputies did successfully.

A spokesman for the Limestone County Sherriff’s Office says there was no safe way to test the squirrel for meth.

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Arizona man beheaded roommate’s dog as she moved out, police say

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A woman moving out of a home in Arizona made a horrifying discovery over the weekend when she opened a box and discovered her mutilated and headless dog inside, officials said.

The Buckeye Police Department said the woman was moving out of a home she shared with 21-year-old Jose Vega Meza in the Phoenix suburb on Saturday when she lost track of her dog.

The woman and her friends later say Meza attempted to load a small box onto a moving truck without being seen.

ALABAMA MAN ALLEGEDLY FED ‘ATTACK SQUIRREL’ METH TO KEEP IT AGGRESSIVE: OFFICIALS

When the woman confronted Meza about the box, she told police the 21-year-old just smiled back at her, FOX10 reported.

As she opened the box, the woman discovered her dead, headless dog inside.

Police told FOX10 the woman did not report the incident until Sunday, and Meza was then taken into custody.

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The 21-year-old was booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of animal cruelty and a count of misdemeanor assault for an alleged attack on another inmate.

Investigators told FOX10 that Meza admitted to the violent crime when he was arrested.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Oregon Woman falls 16 stories down building’s garbage chute, sustains ‘life-threatening’ injuries

A woman in Oregon was fighting for her life Tuesday after plunging 16 stories down the garbage chute of a Portland condo a day earlier, officials said.

Portland Fire and Rescue said on Twitter the incident happened around 1 p.m. local time at a building on West Burnside Avenue across the street from Providence Park, where the Portland Timbers play.

Witnesses reportedly said the woman got into the garbage chute and then fell 16 stories before landing in the garbage collection area, according to the rescue agency.

BODIES OF WOMAN AND HER SON, 3, FOUND IN REMOTE OREGON AFTER BOY’S FATHER ARRESTED ON MURDER CHARGES

Firefighters found the woman in the garbage collection area and transported her to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital with “life-threatening” injuries.

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A woman sustained “life-threatening” injuries after falling 16 stories down a garbage chute at a condo building in Portland, Ore. on Monday. (Portland Fire & Rescue)

Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Rich Chatman told the Oregonian the woman, who was not a resident of the building, sustained head injuries in the fall.

“I can say there was a mental health component involved,” he told the newspaper.

OREGON BEAR PUT DOWN AFTER PEOPLE FEED HIM, TAKE SELFIES, OFFICIALS SAY

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Firefighters found the woman in the garbage collection area, after she fell 16 stories down a chute. (Portland Fire & Rescue)

The woman was reported to be in her late 20’s. It was not known how she got in the building or why she entered the chute, according to FOX12.

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The incident caused traffic tie-ups in the area for roughly 30 minutes as first-responders rushed to the scene, firefighters said.

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Jenni Rivera biopic in the works with her family’s support

The late Mexican-American singer and activist Jenni Rivera always dreamed of a biopic about her turbulent and inspirational life. Now, seven years after her untimely death, that dream is coming true.

A feature film based on Rivera’s life is officially in the works from Jenni Rivera Enterprises, Mucho Mas Media and De Line Pictures, who announced the project in a joint statement Tuesday. The untitled film will endeavor to capture the essence of the superstar who was as admired for her soulful voice as she was for her openness about her experiences with abuse, sexual assault and finding success in a male-dominated industry.

“It’s been a long time coming,” her sister Rosie Rivera said in an interview Monday.

Although it’s in the early stages and no cast or director has been set, screenwriter Kate Lanier, known for the Tina Turner biopic “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and “Set It Off,” is working on a script.

Jenni Rivera died in December 2012 at the age of 43 in a plane crash that also killed six others. She left behind five children and two grandchildren.

Known as the “Diva de la Banda,” the California-born daughter of Mexican immigrants was at the height of her career when she died. She was one of the most successful female singers in grupero, a male-dominated regional style influenced by the norteño, banda and ranchero styles. She had sold some 15 million records and received multiple Latin Grammy nominations and two Billboard Mexican Music Awards.

Rosie Rivera remembers that people started asking about a biopic days after her sister’s death, but that it was too early then for the family and her children. She knew eventually it would become a reality though: She and her sister used to talk about a movie and silly dream casting scenarios (Jenni wanted Costa Rican actress Maribel Guardia and Rosie picked Charlize Theron).

But beyond glamour casting, Jenni Rivera knew that her story on film might help other women. Rosie Rivera said she remembers her sister crying one day about the “love of her life” whose drug issues made it impossible for them to be together.

“She was crying like a normal girl and then a few minutes later wipes the tears from her face and says, ‘I know why, I know why: It’s because I can help other women who have drug addict husbands or lovers and my story will help them,'” Rosie Rivera recalled. “I loved her strength. No matter what she was going through, she always found a lesson in it.”

The film will likely be primarily in English with some Spanish, since that’s the language they spoke with their father. It also will feature some unreleased Jenni Rivera music, Rosie Rivera said.

“Jenni’s story is universal in themes of love, loss, success, and cultural change,” said producer Donald De Line in a statement.

Mucho Mas Media partners Javier Chapa and Simon Wise added: “The film will honor her artistry and commitment to inspire and help people of all cultures to accomplish their dreams.”

There is also a documentary expected later this year from Emilio Estefan that will focus on the last six days of Rivera’s life, including her last concert, performed in Monterrey, Mexico, the night before she died.

The biopic, which does not have a planned release date yet, has become timelier too with the current political climate and the impact of the #MeToo movement.

“I think it is so very important, especially now, that she is a Latina born to immigrant parents,” Rosie Rivera said. “A woman, an underdog, daughter of immigrant parents who lived the American Dream.”

“I remember her tears, and I want her whole 43 years of what she went through to touch somebody,” Rivera said. “Every single tear, I want it to be worth it.”

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HS senior’s speech claims school did nothing to stop bullying, sexual assault

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A high school senior in Washington state used his graduation speech to accuse administrators of turning a blind eye to alleged cases of sexual assault, bullying and depression reported by members of the student body.

This comes shortly after two other high school seniors went viral for using their graduation speeches to call out perceived injustices both within the school system and the country as a whole.

Charles Chandler, a senior at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Washington, warned underclassmen of “all the things the school throws at you for two or three more years,” during a “Moving Up” assembly. He has since been barred from walking at graduation, according to the Daily Caller.

VALEDICTORIAN BLASTS SCHOOL’S STAFF IN COMMENCEMENT SPEECH, CLAIMS THEY FAILED TO HELP HER

Chandler accused his high school of being “a school where the administration closes their eyes to everything that happens in this school. Their school. The sexual assault, the bullying, the depression, the outcasts and they do nothing to fix it.” He delivered his speech without mentioning names or providing evidence to such claims.

Earlier this month, Nataly Buhr, a senior at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, used her high school commencement speech to accuse office staff of nearly making her lose out on scholarship money, a counselor of never having time for her and another teacher of being consistently drunk in class. She did so without mentioning the specific names of staff members.

Another senior in Texas accused school staff of cutting off her mic after she began to read out the names of victims of police brutality. Rooha Haghar Emmett, the valedictorian at J. Conrad High School in Dallas, tweeted out the moment, which now has been retweeted more than 50,000 times and has more than 120,000 likes.

“To Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and all the other children who became victims of injustice,” she said in the video before her principal Temesghen Asmerom can be seen motioning to someone offstage, CBS News reported.

Related to the most recent incident— Heritage High School principal Derek Garrison wrote a letter to parents June 6 that claimed Chandler’s speech had “many inaccuracies, inflammatory statements and unsubstantiated accusations.”

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“Even when people speak out about very real and serious problems in the world in which we live, if they add untruths about other people, including students and staff, it can be considered harassment and bullying,” the principal continued. Garrison explained that staff spoke with Chandler after the speech and offered several options for a “restorative solution,” but the student then opted out of walking at graduation.

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Louisiana officer mauled by gator, jaws had to be pried open

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An alligator about five feet long clamped down on a Louisiana deputy‘s arm Monday, forcing other officers to pry the beast’s jaw open to free the deputy, reports said.

SEARCH IS ON FOR ALLIGATOR WITH A KNIFE STUCK IN ITS SKULL

St. Charles Parish sherriff deputies and a nuisance animal officer responded to a home in the town of Luling where an alligator was spotted roaming through the backyard, according to a report by the St. Charles Herald Guide.

One of the deputies was detaining the gator and tried to tape its mouth shut before it managed to break free. The alligator took a bite out of the deputy’s arm before another deputy jumped on top of the animal.

The team was able to then pry the alligator’s mouth open. The injured deputy was transported to University Medical Center where he was treated for deep lacerations and puncture wounds in his right arm before being released.

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The deputy’s name has not been released. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. James Grimaldi said the unnamed officer is expected to make a full recovery. The alligator was returned to the wild.

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This Day in History: June 18

On this day, June 18 …

1983: Astronaut Sally Ride becomes America’s first woman in space as she and four colleagues blast off aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

Also on this day:

  • 1815: Napoleon Bonaparte meets defeat at Waterloo as British and Prussian troops defeat the French in Belgium.
  • 1948: Columbia Records publicly unveils its new long-playing phonograph record in New York.
  • 1979: President Jimmy Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev sign the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna.
  • 1981: Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart announces his retirement from the Supreme Court, effective July 3. (He would be replaced by Sandra Day O’Connor, who would become the first woman to sit on the high court.)
  • 1992: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Georgia v. McCollum, rules that criminal defendants could not use race as a basis for excluding potential jurors from their trials.
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Richard Allen Davis became a national figure after kidnapping and killing 12-year-old Polly Klaas. (San Quentin State Prison)

  • 1996: Richard Allen Davis is convicted in San Jose, Calif., of the 1993 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas.
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Rapper XXXTentacion died on June 18 after a shooting. He was 20. (Facebook)

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Man arrested at New York airport for allegedly smuggling 34 live song birds hidden inside plastic hair curlers

A Connecticut man was arrested at a New York City airport Sunday after returning from South America with nearly three dozen small live birds, each concealed in a plastic hair curler, hidden inside his carry-on luggage to be sold for high profit, police said.

Francis Gurahoo, 39, was selected for a customs examination at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens after returning from Guyana. US Customs and Border Protection officials discovered 34 live finches Gurahoo allegedly planned to sell to be used in lucrative bird-singing competitions in New York City.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection nabbed a passenger attempting to smuggling 34 singing finches, each concealed inside a plastic hair curler, inside his carry-on bag. (U.S. Customs and Border protection)

PASSENGER CAUGHT SMUGGLING 70 LIVE FINCHES INTO US AT NEW YORK AIRPORT

Court documents state Gurahoo admitted “that he had intended to smuggle the birds inside of his carry-on luggage” to be sold for approximately $3,000 each, which would earn him about $102,000 total. Guyanese finches are used for bird singing competitions in Brooklyn and Queens, according to the CBP. Though finches are available in the U.S., Guyanese finches are considered to have better singing voices.

“In such contests, often conducted in public areas like parks, two finches sing and a judge selects the bird determined to have the best voice,” court documents said, according to PIX 11. Prosecutors said that a bird’s value rises to around $5,000 if it’s crowned a champion.

US Customs and Border Protection said it seized approximately 200 finches in airports across the U.S. in 2018. In December, CBP nabbed a passenger flying into New York from Guyana with 70 live birds in a carry-on bag, also hidden inside of hair rollers.

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Gurahoo was arraigned on Monday on a charge of unlawful wildlife smuggling and later released after family posted his $25,000 bond. A judge ordered his passport be seized and his travel restricted to New York City and Connecticut.

Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler contributed to this report. 

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Nicholas Sparks apologizes for past emails deemed as homophobic

Novelist Nicholas Sparks on Monday apologized to “members of the LGBTQ community” for emails he’d written that were accused of being homophobic.

The purported emails, written in 2013 and published by The Daily Beast on Thursday, had apparently chastised a former employee of a private Christian school – which Sparks had co-founded – for promoting a pro-gay agenda.

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Sparks addressed the controversy in a Facebook post Monday, admitting he failed to be “unequivocal” in his support LGBTQ students at the Epiphany School of Global Studies in North Carolina.

“As someone who has spent the better part of my life as a writer who understands the power of words, I regret and apologize that mine have potentially hurt young people and members of the LGBTQ community, including my friends and colleagues in that community,” Sparks wrote.

The emails have surfaced amid a lawsuit filed by Saul Hillel Benjamin, the former headmaster of the school, against Sparks and the school’s Board of Trustees. Benjamin alleged that Sparks discriminated against minority students was opposed to LGBTQ clubs in the school, among other accusations.

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Sparks said in his Facebook post that the emails written to Benjamin were written “in haste under stressful and tumultuous conditions,” and insisted he is an ardent supporter LGBTQ rights.

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“I believe in an unreservedly support the principle that all individuals should be free to love, marry and have children with the person they choose, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation,” Sparks said. “This is and has always been a core value of mine.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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