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Police: 4 family members shot, killed in West Des Moines

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Relatives discovered the bodies of four family members, including two children, with gunshot wounds at their home in central Iowa, police said.

The bodies were discovered Saturday morning at the home in West Des Moines, The Des Moines Register reported .

Authorities identified the victims as 44-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, 41-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara, and two boys aged 15 and 10 years, according to a police news release. Autopsies were being performed to determine the cause of death.

Real estate records indicate the family had owned the home since March.

West Des Moines police Sgt. Dan Wade said there was no threat to the community and that investigators were trying to determine exactly what happened. Police said the relatives who discovered the bodies — also two adults and two children — had been staying with the family as guests.

West Des Moines police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation were investigating.

“This tragedy will impact family, friends, co-workers, anyone that knew this family,” Wade said. “We are continuing to work through this investigation. We will follow through until we have answered as many questions as the evidence allows.”

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said Chandrasekhar Sunkara worked for the department’s information technology unit for 11 years. He was not a sworn officer.

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Texas pastor who backed bill criminalizing abortion arrested

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A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years.

Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the relative to inappropriate touching that escalated to “sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week” from 2013 to 2015, according to Thomas Gilliland, a spokesman with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Court records show Bratton, 43, posted a $50,000 bond Saturday, The Houston Chronicle reported .

Bratton told his wife about the abuse in May, and admitted to his co-pastors at Grace Family Baptist Church that same day that he had “sinned in grievous ways,” according to court documents.

It isn’t clear whether Bratton has an attorney who can comment on his behalf. The Associated Press couldn’t locate a phone number for him Sunday.

Southern Baptist church leaders last week outlined a plan to address sex abuse in the largest U.S. protestant denomination. Aaron Wright, another pastor at the Grace Family Baptist Church, told the newspaper that Bratton has been excommunicated.

“This person’s life is in such a contradiction to the faith that we see no evidence that they are a Christian,” Wright said.

Bratton, who is a father of seven, was outspoken in support of a bill that would have abolished abortions in Texas and threatened to punish women who undergo the procedure with homicide. That level of offense can be punishable by the death penalty under Texas law.

Bratton publicly testified in support of the bill in April. The measure never got a vote.

“Whoever authorizes or commits murder is guilty,” Bratton said at the hearing. “They’re guilty already in a court that is far more weighty than what is here in Texas.”

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Florida cops arrest man who said he stole pool floats to use for sex

A Florida man arrested in the theft of stolen pool floats told cops he used the inflatables for sex instead of raping women, court papers show.

Christopher Monnin, 35, was charged Thursday with breaking into the backyards of homes with pools in Palm Bay and stealing only flotation devices, according to the arrest affidavit.

“Defendant stated that he sexually gratifies himself with the pool floats instead of raping women,” the affidavit said.

Monnin was on a bike when cops stopped him at 1:25 a.m. Thursday as a suspicious person. They found him in possession of a garbage bag full of deflated pool floats, the affidavit said.

CHINESE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘STOMPING ALL OVER’ SEA TURTLE NEST IN MIAMI, POLICE SAY

Palm Bay has been plagued with the theft of pool floats in more than a dozen reported burglaries in the past seven months, according to the affidavit. In some cases the thief cut a screen door to gain access to the pool area.

The affidavit stated that police found approximately 75 pool floats in a vacant house where Monnin admitted to stashing them.

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Mug shot for Christopher Monnin, 35, (Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

He was arrested on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and petit theft and booked into the Brevard County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

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The Sebastian Daily reported that in one of the burglaries Monnin was accused of stealing a bacon-shaped pool float.

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Florida toddler befriends dolphins at SeaWorld in adorable video

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A 3-year-old Florida girl is being called the “dolphin whisperer” after the toddler apparently attracted several of the mammals with her toy dolphin during a visit to SeaWorld Orlando over the weekend.

Paisley Cobb was holding the pink toy and looking through the dolphin tank when as many as five real-life dolphins quickly took an interest and gathered around her.

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“The coolest thing ever just happened!!!” Paisley’s mother, Katie Cobb, wrote in the video’s caption. “Such a special moment for our sweet girl.”

A voice in the video can be heard saying the dolphins like Paisley’s toy as the creatures appear to assemble against the glass for an up-close look at the small-scale imitation.

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Cobb told FOX13 Tampa that her daughter just might be the “dolphin whisperer” after witnessing the mammals follow the 3-year-old around and play with her.

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Home invasion suspect who was thwarted by 11-year-old on the loose after walking out of hospital

Authorities in North Carolina are looking for a suspect who walked out of a hospital on Friday night after an 11-year-old struck him in the head with a machete in a foiled home invasion.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that 19-year-old Jataveon Dashawn Hall walked out of UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital “against medical advice” shortly before 8 p.m. Hall had been hospitalized for treatment of a head wound since about 1 p.m., initially at UNC-Hillsborough hospital before being transferred to the Chapel Hill facility due to the severity of his injury.

“Our agency is very concerned about the events in this case,” Chief Deputy Sykes said in a statement Sunday. “Effective immediately, we will institute policy changes necessary to protect the public in situations like this. We expected to be notified prior to Hall’s discharge.”

MACHETE-WIELDING 11-YEAR-OLD FOILS NORTH CAROLINA HOME INVASION

Hall, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 135 pounds, had his head wrapped in a bandage when he walked out of the hospital carrying a cup of water, according to police.

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Authorities in North Carolina are looking for 19-year-old Jataveon Dashawn Hall , who walked out of hospital on Friday night where he was being treated for head wounds. (Orange County Sheriff’s Office)

The sheriff’s office said they were notified when the 19-year-old initially arrived at the hospital, but had no legal authority to hold him in custody at the time as he was only a suspect. By that afternoon, police said enough information was established to seek warrants for breaking and entering and assault.

Deputies were then planning to be at the hospital at the time of discharge and take Hall into custody but were told early Saturday morning that the 19-year-old had actually left the night before.

The sheriff’s office said that Hall had told a nurse he needed to leave because “the police were going to be looking for him.”

“When Hall left the hospital Friday evening against medical advice, we certainly should have been notified. But most concerning of all is that hospital police did not even know Hall had left the premises almost 10 hours prior,” Sykes said. “Indeed, Hall’s absence was only discovered when we placed a phone call to them.”

NYPD OFFICERS’ SUICIDES PROMPT TOP COP TO CITE ‘MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS’

UNC Health Care said in a statement the suspect was not under guard while hospitalized in the department’s emergency department.

“This patient was admitted to the ED, but was in the legal custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department which did not place an officer with him,” the organization told The News & Observer. “In similar situations, hospital staff will often alert law enforcement personnel when a suspect patient is discharged, but they remain the legal responsibility of law enforcement.”

The sheriff’s office said that hospital police were notified warrants were issued and were asked to call the department prior to Hall’s discharged.

“The arrangement all of our area law enforcement agencies have with hospital police of ensuring the eventual arrest of a suspect after the suspect receives medical care, has been in place for decades,” Sykes said. “I cannot remember another time when it has failed.”

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Authorities said that Hall was among intruders who broke into the home Friday but was chased off when the 11-year-old boy drew blood with the machete. A woman and a second man provided the getaway vehicle for the three intruders and drove away.

The boy’s aunt, Ashley Matthews, told WTVD on Saturday she was outraged by the news that Hall had walked out.

“Who is responsible? Who should have been there watching him? Who should have been there sitting outside the emergency department? Who is responsible for allowing this criminal to walk out of UNC Hospital?” she told the television station. “We want to know who it is, and we want somebody to take responsibility.”

UNC Healthcare said that personnel are working with the sheriff’s office to “offer them assistance in this matter.” Anyone with information about Hall’s whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 919-245-2900.

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NYPD officers’ suicides prompt top cop to cite ‘mental health crisis’

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The commissioner of the country’s largest police force said the department has a “crisis” on its hands after three officers killed themselves in 10 days.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill described the situation Friday as a “mental-health crisis,” and said that law enforcement as a whole “must take action.”

POLICE SUICIDES RISING, UNION SAYS MEDIA VILIFICATION IS ‘LEADING CAUSE OF DESPAIR’

His remarks followed the death of Officer Michael Caddy, 29. The officer killed himself around 3:50 p.m. on Friday outside of the Staten Island precinct where he worked.

Caddy, a six-year veteran of the force, used a gun to shoot himself inside of a car, the Daily News reported. He was going through a divorce, and leaves behind his wife and a young child.

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Deputy Chief Steven Silks, a 39-year NYPD veteran who was described by O’Neill as “one of the most capable and dependable cops this profession has ever seen,” was found dead in Queens on June 5 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The following day, the body of Detective Joseph Calabrese, 58, was found in Brooklyn. Chief of Department Terence Monahan said Calabrese “kept New Yorkers safe for nearly 4 decades.”

The suicides, the police commissioner said, “cannot be allowed to continue.”

“Cops spend so much of their days assisting others. But before we can help the people we serve, it is imperative that we first help ourselves,” he said, urging those who might need help to seek mental health assistance. “Accepting help is never a sign of weakness — in fact, it’s a sign of great strength.”

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Mayor Bill de Blasio shared similar sentiments, urging members of the NYPD to “reach out” for help in times of need.

According to Blue H.E.L.P., a non-profit organization that tracks law enforcement suicides, at least 91 police officers have killed themselves in 2019. Over the course of the last decade, 48 NYPD officers have committed suicide, The New York Times reported.

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Man says South Florida villa he bought at government auction turned out to be a foot-wide piece of land

A man who snagged a $177,000 villa for $9,100 now believes he was scammed by the Florida county that put the property up for auction for unpaid property taxes.

The villa turns out to be a 1-foot-by-100-foot strip of land that separates two villas in Tamarac and is worth $50, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Broward County sold the parcel to Kerville Holness at an online auction of tax delinquent properties in March.

The land, which holds two mailboxes, starts at the curb, goes under a wall separating the garages of two adjoining villas and then extends out to the back, the paper reported.

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Kerville Holness bid at a Broward County auction of tax-defaulted properties $9,100 for what he thought was a $177,000 villa. What he got was a 1-foot-by-100 foot strip of land. (Google Earth)

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“If I’m vindictive enough, I can cut right through the garage wall and the home to get to my air space, but what use would that be to me?” Holness told the paper.

“It’s deception,” he added.

He asked Broward to void the deal and return his money. County officials say state law does not allow for refunds.

FLORIDA TEEN COLLAPSES, DIES DURING HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PRACTICE, POLICE SAY

Holness said he submitted his bid based on property appraiser photos showing the villa as being the parcel, the Sun Sentinel reported.

The appraiser’s website and information on the county’s tax site show no villa or building value, according to the paper.

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Officials don’t know why the developer never attached the strip to either of the adjoining properties. The developer defaulted on the property taxes after dissolving.

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Washington father executed daughter over ‘petty argument’ about baby gate, prosecutors say

An argument over installing a baby gate turned into a deadly confrontation between a father and daughter in Washington state that left the mother of a newborn dead, according to prosecutors.

Wendell Wilson, 68, is accused of shooting his 38-year-old daughter Lila Wilson multiple times on June 10 at their home in Renton, Wash., located just outside Seattle.

In charging documents obtained by Q13 News, King County Prosecuting Attorneys said that elder Wilson shot his daughter six times, including twice in the head just feet away from her 13-month old son.

HUNDREDS PROTEST PLAN TO RELEASE CONVICTED KILLER OF 16-YEAR-OLD NEW YORK GIRL

Prosecutors said the father “executed his adult daughter” over the “petty argument” triggered by the baby gate installation.

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Prosecutors said that Wendell Wilson shot his daughter six times, including twice in the head, after a “petty argument” on June 10 over a baby gate instillation. (Q13 FOX)

Renton Police told the Seattle Times that Wilson claimed the argument stemmed over whether the baby gate would fit in the kitchen and that the two got in each other’s faces when the dispute “got crazy.”

Wilson then called his ex-wife around 4:30 p.m. and told her he was “gonna kill Lila” and hung up, only to call a few minutes later to tell her he had shot their daughter, according to police.

The 68-year-old, who waved his Miranda Rights to police officers at the scene, told investigators he “got my gun and I shot her,” according to the documents obtained by Q13.

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Prosecutors said that Wilson did not have a history of violent crime, but “his willingness to resort to lethal violence to settle a trivial dispute demonstrates the grave risk he presents to the community.”

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Wilson is being held on $2 million for first-degree murder charges, and is scheduled to make his next court appearance on June 27, KOMO reported.

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Alabama orders ‘chemical castration’ of some child molesters

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Alabama will require some sex offenders whose crimes involve children to take chemical castration medication during parole, a requirement that has prompted some legal concerns and appears to be rarely used in some states that allow it.

The law will require sex offenders whose crimes involved children under 13 to receive the medication that is supposed to lower sex drive. A judge would decide when they could stop.

At least seven other states allow chemical treatments to reduce male testosterone for certain sex offenders, but the procedure appears rarely used.

Randall Marshall of the ACLU of Alabama said there are legal concerns with forced medication.

Alabama lawmakers believe it is constitutional because it is only required if an inmate seeks parole.

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Off-duty LAPD officer fired fatal shot in California Costco shooting

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New details in a deadly shooting at a Costco store in Southern California on Friday night reveal an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer opened fire when a man assaulted him while he was holding his child, authorities said.

The off-duty officer shot and killed the alleged attacker, identified as Kenneth French, 32, and struck two of his family members. Both were in critical condition. The attack on the officer was apparently unprovoked.

COSTCO STORE GUNFIRE LEAVES 1 DEAD, 2 INJURED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

The officer, whose name was being withheld, fired several shots, according to witnesses, prompting scared shoppers to run for the exits.

“I saw people and heard shots and my first thought was ‘Jesus, is this another mass shooting?'” witness Nikki Tate told the Associated Press. She and her daughter huddled on the ground until they were able to get out a side door.

“I didn’t know if this was a random thing or a domestic thing or if this was a mass shooting,” she said. “Everything was happening so fast, I just wanted to get me and my kid to safety.”

The LAPD said it has launched its own investigation. The officer’s gun was the only weapon recovered at the scene. Police said the two men did not know each other.

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Police originally said a suspect was in custody Friday but later confirmed that no one had been charged.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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