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Police: Student stabs principal during graduation rehearsal

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Police: Student stabs principal during graduation rehearsal RUTHERFORD, N.J. fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc Associated Press article 391c88dd-8dae-5927-aa5b-7533ce5bf16c

Authorities say a New Jersey principal was stabbed at a school during a rehearsal for eighth-grade graduation.

A Rutherford police release says a 14-year-old male student ran across the Washington School gymnasium on Friday morning and struck the Union School principal in the chest several times. The student then turned around, dropped the knife and put his hands in the air.

The principal was identified as Kurt Schweitzer. Both he and the student were treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening wounds. Rutherford Public Schools Superintendent Jack Hurley tells the Bergen Record that Schweitzer is “a little shaken” but physically fine.

Hurley declined to comment on possible disciplinary actions against the student, who’s been charged with aggravated assault and weapon possession counts.

Rutherford police will attend Wednesday’s graduation as a precaution.

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Man arrested in ’87 cold case slaying of soldier in Colorado

A suburban Denver man has been arrested in the unsolved slaying of a soldier in Colorado 32 years ago after DNA evidence was used to create an image of what a suspect might look like, authorities said Friday.

Civilian and Army investigators arrested Michael Whyte of Thornton in the 1987 strangulation death of Darlene Krashoc, 20, a soldier stationed at Fort Carson outside Colorado Springs.

Whyte, 58, was arrested at his home Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder. Online jail records did not indicate whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Krashoc’s body was found behind a Colorado Springs restaurant on March 17, 1987. Investigators said she had gone to a nightclub the previous evening with other soldiers from her unit, a maintenance company.

She was last seen leaving the club between midnight and 1 a.m., and police found her body during a routine patrol. Investigators said they believe her body had been moved to a spot behind the restaurant, but they did not say where she was killed.

Authorities said they re-opened the investigation twice before, in 2004 and 2011, and found male DNA on several pieces of evidence.

The Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory re-analyzed the DNA in 2016, and it was sent to a private company that specializes in using DNA to create images of what someone might look like. The company made two composites, one showing the person at about age 25 and another at about 50 to 55.

Police said the process, called phenotyping, uses DNA to predict traits such as ancestry, hair and eye color and face shape.

Authorities made at least one of the pictures public in 2017. But they have not said if that generated a tip that led to Whyte’s arrest — only that DNA led them to him.

The images have not been made public.

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Missouri man, shot by police after allegedly firing gun at his child’s mom, is charged with possessing firearm

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A Missouri man, shot by police during a domestic violence dispute, has been charged with domestic abuse and firearms possession. Authorities say he’d shot at his child’s mother during a confrontation.

Police received complaints on Wednesday that Erron Williams, 31, got into an argument with the woman with whom he shares a child at their home in Maryland Heights, a St. Louis suburb. Williams, said to have been armed, reportedly threatened the woman with the child present, saying, “We are going to shoot it out.”

MISSOURI SUSPECT SHOT BY POLICE AFTER SHOOTING AT MOTHER OF HIS CHILD, AUTHORITIES SAY

The dispute continued outside and Williams again threatened the woman, according to authorities, saying, “You think I won’t shoot you while we are outside?”

After the woman tried to drive away with their daughter, Williams, a convicted felon, fired at the vehicle, but no one was injured and he fled the scene, according to the probable cause statement from the St. Louis County Police Department.

On Thursday, further investigation into the dispute led investigators to Williams’ job. When he was apprehended by police and officers tried to arrest him, “he was seen grabbing at his waistband trying to produce a weapon which he ultimately does produce,” St. Louis County Police Sgt. Ben Granda said.

“When he gathers that weapon, turns it towards officers, an officer discharged his weapon, striking that suspect.”

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Williams, still in the hospital as of Friday, has been charged with one count of first-degree domestic assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He is being held on a $200,000 cash-only bond.

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3rd suspected suicide in less than 2 weeks for NY police

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news 3rd suspected suicide in less than 2 weeks for NY police MICHAEL R. SISAK fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc Associated Press article 25bc1197-bf94-5a5f-8dd9-2c246bd665c8

New York City police say a 29-year-old officer died Friday in the department’s third suspected suicide in less than two weeks.

Police say he shot himself in the head around 3:45 p.m. on a Staten Island street, near a precinct. His identity hasn’t been released.

Last week, two longtime officers died in suspected suicides within 24 hours of each other. Deputy Chief Steven Silks was found dead in a police vehicle in Queens on June 5. Detective Joseph Calabrese was found the next day at a Brooklyn beach.

Police say both died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head.

In the wake of the deaths, Commissioner James O’Neill sent a note reminding the more than 36,000 officers and 19,000 civilians in the NYPD that help is available if they’re feeling depressed, hopeless or otherwise contemplating self-harm.

“This is about keeping our family healthy — and about saving lives,” O’Neill wrote. “Your jobs require that you spend so much of your work day helping people in crisis. But, before you can take care of others, it’s imperative that you first take care of yourselves.”

After Friday’s suspected suicide, O’Neill and Chief of Department Terence Monahan retweeted a message from the NYPD’s Talk to Me program encouraging officers in crisis to text a special help line.

The New York City officers’ suicides come amid a rising nationwide trend: More than 47,000 U.S. suicides were reported in 2017, or 14 per 100,000 — the highest rate in at least half a century.

Among police, at least 159 officers died by suicide in 2018, according to Blue H.E.L.P., a Massachusetts-based organization devoted to preventing police suicides.

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Editor’s note: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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Teen repeatedly stabbed middle school principal in chest during graduation practice: report

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A New Jersey teen repeatedly stabbed a middle school principal in the chest with a folding knife during a Friday morning graduation practice, police said.

Union School Principal Kurt Schweitzer was leading the eighth-grade graduation rehearsal in the Washington School gym in Rutherford around 9:30 a.m. when the student allegedly “ran across the gym and proceeded to thrust the knife, striking the chest of the principal several times,” a Rutherford police news release said.

The 14-year-old then turned around and put his hands up in the air. A teacher took the knife and walked him outside to police, and he was taken into custody. His name was not released because he is a minor.

The boy and Schweitzer were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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The teen is charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault and weapons possession. He remained in police custody as of Friday night.

No one else was harmed during the incident. It was unclear what might have motivated the attack.

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$10M claim says Phoenix police violated family’s rights

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news $10M claim says Phoenix police violated family's rights JACQUES BILLEAUD fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc Associated Press article 4c71df46-6d4b-570c-b125-46bb02fe6e59

A $10 million legal claim was filed against the city of Phoenix that says police officers committed civil rights violations by pointing guns and profanely yelling commands at the father and pregnant mother of two young daughters because one of the children, unbeknownst to the parents, had shoplifted a doll at a store.

Parents Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper said an officer injured their 1-year-old daughter on May 29 by pulling on one of her arms after the mother refused a command to put the child down. The mother said the girl couldn’t walk and the pavement was hot.

The notice of claim filed Wednesday also said Ames was injured by police who erroneously claimed he wasn’t complying with their commands after Ames exited the vehicle that the family was traveling in.

An officer is accused of throwing Ames against vehicle, kicking his leg so hard that Ames collapsed and punching him for no reason. The claim said one of the officers profanely told Ames in front of his children that he was going to shoot him in the face.

“No threat, no resistance,” said Tom Horne, an attorney representing the family. “It was completely unjustified.”

Phoenix Police Department Chief Jeri Williams said in a video released Friday afternoon that she began an internal investigation as soon as she was made aware of the video and that it’s ongoing.

“I, like you, am disturbed by the language and the actions of our officer. I assure you that this incident is not representative of the majority of Phoenix police officers who serve this city,” Williams said.

The accounts of the encounter provided by the family and police are conflicting.

While the parents’ attorney said the child and father were injured in the encounter, police said no injuries were reported to them.

Police also said there were other stolen items in the vehicle during the encounter besides the doll.

A video of the encounter has been circulated on social media. A bystander captured the footage outside an apartment complex after the family had left a Family Dollar store location where the doll was taken.

The notice of claim — a precursor to a lawsuit — said Harper, who is five months pregnant, was handcuffed after she gave the child to a bystander and thrown face-first into a police vehicle.

The officer who pulled on the child’s arm had profanely told Harper that he could have shot her in front of her children, according to the claim.

Police say an officer was at the store on an unrelated shoplifting call when store employees told him about another shoplifting complaint and directed him toward a vehicle that was leaving the parking lot as the officer approached. The officer had told Ames, who was driving the vehicle, to stop, but he didn’t, police said.

Another woman who was inside the vehicle was dropped off at another location before the family reached the apartment complex. She had three outstanding misdemeanor warrants and was booked, police said.

Police said Harper, the mother of the two children, remained in the vehicle and later explained that she believed one of her daughters had stolen the doll because they didn’t have any money.

Both parents were handcuffed and detained inside police vehicles, but they were eventually released, Horne said.

No one was charged with shoplifting because the property was returned, and store employees didn’t want the case prosecuted, police said. But Ames was given a traffic citation for driving on a suspended license.

Horne said the parents didn’t know their daughter had taken the doll until they were in the vehicle leaving the store.

Horne said the family was taken aback by officers approaching them at the apartment complex because police didn’t turn on their lights or sirens that would have indicated they should stop.

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Machete-wielding 11-year-old foils North Carolina home invasion

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An 11-year-old boy in North Carolina struck an intruder in the back of the head with a machete to foil a home invasion on Friday, according to reports.

The boy, who was home alone, answered a knock on the front door and saw a woman standing there. Simultaneously, a man broke into the home through a window and used the homeowner’s pellet gun to force the child into a bedroom closet.

HOME ALONE: POLICE SAY 11-YEAR-OLD HIT INTRUDER WITH MACHETE

The boy escaped the closet and grabbed a machete, using it to strike the man in the head.

He reportedly kicked the child in the stomach but the boy did not give up, swinging again at him but missing. The man again kicked the boy, and began to grab several items, including a television and a PlayStation, but fled the home without the electronics when he realized he was bleeding, according to a news release from the Orange County Sherriff’s Office.

The woman and a second man provided the getaway vehicle for the three intruders and drove away.

Police responded to a 911 call after 11 a.m. when the break-in occurred, and alerted local hospitals to be on the lookout for someone with a head wound.

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When 19-year-old Jataveon Dashawn Hall, checked into UNC Hospital in Hillsborough, authorities were alerted. He’s due in court on Monday, facing charges of breaking and entering, second-degree kidnapping, interfering with emergency communications and assaulting on a child under 12 years old.

Additional charges are pending against Hall and the two other suspects.

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Home alone: Police say 11-year-old hit intruder with machete

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Authorities say an 11-year-old armed with a machete thwarted a three-person home invasion in North Carolina.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Friday that the boy was home alone in Mebane when a woman knocked on the door. About the same time, a man entered the home by breaking a window, grabbed the homeowner’s pellet gun and forced the child into a bedroom closet.

The child got a machete and struck the intruder in the back of the head. The man kicked the boy in the stomach and in the side of the head.

The intruder, the woman and a second man standing at a car fled when the intruder realized he was bleeding.

Authorities say 19-year-old Jataveon Dashawn Hall faces charges that include kidnapping when he’s released from a hospital.

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Police: Footage shows wrongful arrest of Baltimore passerby

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Baltimore police on Friday released body camera footage showing a veteran officer chasing down and arresting a pedestrian who criticized his behavior, an incident that the city’s top cop says illustrates a “horrible culture” within the force that’s struggling to comply with federally mandated police reforms.

Sgt. Ethan Newberg and a subordinate officer have been suspended after investigators say body camera video disproved the 24-year veteran’s recent account of an arrest in Southwest Baltimore. In his initial report, Newberg portrayed the man as “combative and aggressive.”

But in video shown to reporters Friday, Newberg and the subordinate officer are shown to be aggressors as a male passerby tries to cross a rain-slicked street where uniformed officers are conducting a warrant check. The man is heard calmly criticizing officers as he walks nearby, saying they shouldn’t make their detainee sit on wet pavement. Newberg then rushes toward the passerby and a subordinate officer tackles him in the middle of the roadway.

When the man objects to his treatment, complaining his rights are being trampled, Newberg is heard saying: “Take your charge like a man.”

Newberg later tells him he’s going to jail because he doesn’t “know how to act.” When another officer tries to calm the situation, Newberg dismisses his colleague’s input, saying “take your hand-holding nonsense somewhere else.” Prosecutors later declined to pursue charges against the man.

Newberg, 49, is among the highest-paid city employees in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun has reported that the sworn sergeant was paid $243,000 last fiscal year, much of it thanks to numerous overtime shifts. He’s been charged with assault, false imprisonment and misconduct. He was arrested last week and is suspended without pay.

It’s unclear whether Newberg has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, who was formally put in command of the Baltimore Police Department in March after arriving from New Orleans, said he was concerned about what the video footage says about the city force’s “horrible culture” and he wants to find out how pervasive it is.

“The man did nothing to provoke Sgt. Newberg, whose actions were not just wrong but deeply disturbing and illegal,” Harrison told reporters.

But when Newberg was criminally charged last week, police union leader Mike Mancuso said the accused officer was “trashed” by Harrison. Mancuso said he was “struck by how willing the commissioner was to condemn an on-duty, uniformed police sergeant after watching the body worn camera video” while not similarly condemning a crowd of rowdy teenagers following a recent incident at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. During that situation, Mancuso, president of the Lodge 3 union of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, drew criticism after describing some of the youths as “criminals.”

Harrison said he plans to methodically improve the dismal image of the police department and boost its effectiveness in fighting crime. He’s the former leader of the New Orleans police department, helping that formerly scandal-plagued force implement consent decree reforms after becoming superintendent there in 2014.

Maryland’s largest city is in the relatively early stages of trying to comply with a federal consent decree mandating sweeping reforms after U.S. investigators detailed longstanding patterns of unconstitutional policing and excessive force.

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Family: Baby cut from slain Chicago woman’s womb dies

An infant boy who was cut from a Chicago woman’s womb with a butcher knife died Friday at a hospital where he had been in grave condition since the April attack that killed his mother, family spokeswomen said.

Yovanny Jadiel (yoh-VAH’-nee YAH’-dee-el) Lopez died at Christ Medical Center in suburban Oak Lawn from a severe brain injury, according to a statement posted on Facebook by family spokeswoman Julie Contreras, who expressed “great sadness” in announcing the baby’s death. Family spokeswoman Cecilia Garcia confirmed the statement.

The baby had been on life support since being brought to the hospital on April 23. Prosecutors say Clarisa Figueroa, 46, claimed she had given birth to the baby. She and her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree Figueroa, are charged with murder in the death of the baby’s mother, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, and Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Friday that he expects both women will now be charged with murder in the infant’s death.

Prosecutors will “make a determination on additional charges” after police and the county’s medical examiner’s office complete their investigations, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said in a written statement. An attorney for the family, Frank Avila, demanded that the office charge the two women with murder, and charge the Figueroa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, with murder as well. Bobak has been charged with concealing a homicide.

“The baby was murdered and we demand justice,” he said.

Garcia said the family had been weighing whether to remove the baby from life support when the child died. And Avila told reporters that he was notified overnight that the baby’s condition had deteriorated, prompting him to call a Catholic priest, who came to the hospital to administer last rites at about 1 a.m. Four hours later, he said, the child died as a result of brain injuries caused by a loss of oxygen when he was cut from his mother’s body.

Christ Medical Center said in a statement that its “hearts and prayers” were with the baby’s family, and that their “courage and grace have drawn the admiration of our entire organization.”

Authorities contend that not long after Clarisa Figueroa’s adult son died of natural causes, she told her family she was pregnant. They say she plotted for months to acquire a newborn, and that she posted an ultrasound and photos of a room decorated for a baby on her Facebook page. In March, she and Ochoa-Lopez connected on a Facebook page for pregnant women.

The two first met in person around April 1, when Ochoa-Lopez went to the Figueroas’ house and left unharmed, prosecutors allege. The teen returned on April 23 to accept Clarisa Figueroa’s offer of free baby clothes, and as Desiree Figueroa was showing Ochoa-Lopez a photo album of her late brother to distract her, Clarisa Figueroa sneaked up behind her and strangled her with a cord.

Once Ochoa-Lopez stopped showing signs of life, Clarisa Figueroa cut the baby from her womb and she and her daughter wrapped the teen’s body in a blanket, put it in a plastic bag and dragged it outside to a garbage can, according to prosecutors.

Later that day, Clarisa Figueroa called 911 claiming that her newborn baby was not breathing. When first responders arrived, the child was blue. They tried to resuscitate the infant and took him to Christ Medical Center, where he remained until his death.

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This version of the story corrects the spelling of rites in the sixth paragraph.

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Callahan reported from Indianapolis.

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