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Elmo in Times Square busted for groping 14-year-old tourist: police

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A perv dressed as Elmo grabbed a 14-year-old girl’s buttocks after she approached him for a photo in Times Square, police said Sunday.

Inocente Andrade-Pacheco, 54, was cuffed around 6:45 p.m. Saturday for allegedly groping the teenage tourist on Broadway near West 46th Street as she posed for the picture with him and her parents.

The costumed creeper was charged with forcible touching and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

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He was released on his own recognizance at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court Sunday night.

Prosecutors had asked for $7,500 in bail. They said multiple witnesses saw the miscreant Muppet grope the girl. Andrade-Pacheco denied grabbing her through his legal aid attorney.

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The lawyer argued that his client — who lives in Passaic, NJ., with his wife and child — has strong ties to his community and no prior convictions.

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Protests in Minnesota over officer-involved shooting after chase streamed on Facebook Live

Protesters blocked traffic on Interstate 494 in Richfield, Minnesota, Sunday evening following a vigil for an officer-involved shooting in the city.

Family members say 30-year-old Brian Quinones was shot and killed by police after a chase around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.

The moments leading up to the officer-involved shooting were captured on a Facebook Live video that was started by Quinones. The video starts minutes before officers tried to pull him over.

In the video, officers begin pursuing Quinones — who seems to remain calm but doesn’t stop — not long after the video starts.

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At that point, the video shows Quinones jump from the vehicle — with what appears to be a weapon in his hand — and seconds later gunshots are heard. We’re told Richfield and Edina officers were involved in the incident but it’s not clear which department fired shots.

A vigil was held in Quinones’ memory near the shooting scene around 6 p.m. According to a Facebook event, members from Black Lives Matter and other advocacy groups took part in the candlelight vigil along with members of Quinones’ family.

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Protesters halted traffic on Interstate 494 in Richfield, Minn., after an officer-involved shooting. (Fox 9)

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After 7 p.m., protesters moved from the shooting scene toward Portland Avenue and the 494 ramps. On 494, protesters blocked cars from moving, creating a substantial back up along the highway headed east for about a half-hour. Shortly after, the protest moved back off the roadway and towards the shooting scene.

The circumstances of the shooting are being investigated by police. Few details about the incident have been released by officers.

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Pennsylvania couple allegedly went on massive spending spree after $120G mistakenly added to bank account

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A Pennsylvania couple is accused of theft after going on a shopping spree with $120,000 that was mistakenly deposited into their bank account, according to a report.

Robert Williams and his wife, Tiffany Williams, appeared in court Tuesday after they spent two and a half weeks blowing through most of their accidental windfall on expenses such as cars, bills and a camper, news station WNEP reported.

Both Robert, 36, and his 35-year-old wife were arraigned on charges for theft and receiving stolen property.

State police said that BB&T Bank deposited the dough into the couple’s account on May 31 in a clerical error by a bank teller.

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But by June 19, the pair had spent six figures on purchases that included an SUV, two four-wheelers and a car trailer.

They also allegedly used the money for bills, car repairs, cash purchases, as well as gave $15,000 for friends, WNEP reported.

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Bottle with Texas man’s ashes returned to Gulf of Mexico after washing up on Florida beach

A bottle containing the ashes of a Texas man along with some handwritten notes from loved ones has been returned to the Gulf of Mexico, resuming its ocean journey after it washed up on a Florida Panhandle beach.

The beachgoer who found the bottle near Miramar Beach handed it over to local authorities last week. Inside were some of the ashes of Brian Mullins, a tow truck driver from Garland, Texas, who died earlier this year at age 39.

Sgt. Paula Pendleton of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office said she cried while reading the notes, which included the phone number of the deceased man’s family. His mother had placed four $1 bills in the bottle to help pay for the phone calls she hoped people would make to update her family on the bottle’s journey.

“This bottle contains the ashes of my son, Brian, who suddenly and unexpectedly passed on March 9, 2019,” one of the handwritten notes said. “I’m sending him on one last adventure.”

A second note, written on wrinkled school paper, especially moved Sgt. Pendleton, whose husband died last year.

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A note written by the mother and daughter accompanied the ashes of Brian Mullins found in a bottle that washed ashore last week near Miramar Beach, Florida. (Corey Dobridnia/Walton County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

“When my father passed, I was 14-years-old,” the message read. “It has struck our whole family pretty hard and, so far, it has been a very hard road. But, like my granny said, he loved to be free. So, that’s exactly what we are doing.”

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Pendleton knew she had to help.

“I was overwhelmed with emotion,” Pendleton recalled. “I sat in here, in my patrol car, and cried like a baby.”

Pendleton enlisted an acquaintance who owns a charter boat to ferry the ashes far off the Florida coast. And on Friday, the bottle, the dollar bills and the ashes were again at sea.

“He was an avid fisherman. He wanted to travel the world,” his mother Darlene Mullins said, noting that her son had never gone ocean fishing. Garland, a suburb northeast of Dallas, is about 300 miles from the Gulf Coast.

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Unable to afford to take her son’s ashes out to sea herself, the mother entrusted the task to relatives bound for Florida. While visiting the small Panhandle community of Destin in early August, the bottle was released into the tide.

“We thought it might have been the last we saw of the bottle,” Darlene Mullins said. “But we’ll see where it turns up again.”

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Two sisters make Army history after both attain general’s rank

For the first time in the US Army‘s 244 year history, two sisters have attained the rank of general.

Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and her younger sister, Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi, grew up in a military family. Their father, Ruston Lodi, served in World War II and received the Silver Star.

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Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett poses with Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi during then Col. Lodi’s promotion ceremony at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA on 12 July 2019.

Both have impressive resumes: Maj. Gen. Barrett is the Commanding General of NETCOM, while Brig. Gen. Lodi is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Office of the Surgeon General, USA Today reports.

But while fathers and sons have risen to general in the past, the Army believes this pair are the first sisters with the distinction.

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Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett presenting Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi a beret with one-star rank insignia as a tribute to the history of women serving in the Army and the historic moment of sisters serving together as General Officers.

“Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi represent the best America has to offer,” said Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy. “However, this comes as no surprise to those who have known them and loved them throughout this extraordinary journey. This is a proud moment for their families and for the Army.”

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Tennessee couple, 6-year-old grandson dead in double murder-suicide, police say

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A Tennessee man killed his wife and 6-year-old grandson before taking his own life on Saturday, police said.

Terry Majors, 64, was believed to have shot and killed his wife, Leigh Shea-Majors, 61, and his grandson, Ty Dodson, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department told reporters.

Police said his 4-year-old granddaughter was not injured and ran to a neighbor for help.

The three were found dead in a home in Hermitage, which is about 20 minutes from Nashville, around 7 p.m. om Saturday, Fox 17 reported.

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The incident remained under investigation. No additional information, including a possible motive, has been released.

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Florida day care worker charged in death of 2-year-old left in hot van, officials say

A Florida day care worker, who reportedly failed to follow protocol and switched off a safety alarm in the van she was driving, has been charged in the July death of a 2-year-old boy who’d been left in the sweltering vehicle for hours.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested Engrid Thurston, 46, on Friday. She has been charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of Noah Sneed.

Thurston reportedly was released on bond Saturday.

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The Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested Engrid Thurston, 46, on Friday. She has been charged with aggravated manslaughter in the July death of Noah Sneed.  (Broward Sheriff’s Office)

Detectives said Thurston picked up Sneed and other children on July 29, adding that she had disengaged a safety alarm in the van that would have alerted her if she left anyone behind.

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Thurston allegedly shut off the alarm – which would make a sound if passengers were left inside – before letting children out of the van that day.

Sneed was found dead in the parking lot of Ceressa’s Daycare & Preschool in Oakland Park on July 29 after he’d been left inside the vehicle for more than five hours as temperatures soared to around 93 degrees, the Miami Herald reported.

A medical examiner reportedly determined Sneed died of hyperthermia.

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Sneed’s family was happy to hear an arrest had been made in the case, WPLG reported.

“This was a situation that could have been avoided, if proper procedures and protocol was followed,” Shatavia Symonette, Noah’s aunt, said. “Someone is to blame for it. It was a careless mistake, and we just want to make sure that it doesn’t happen to anybody else.”

Symonette added, “We have no idea [why the alarm was turned off], and those are the questions that we’re still asking.”

If convicted, Thurston could face a possible life sentence for the charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child.

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It was not immediately known if Thurston had an attorney.

Fox News’ Kira Grant and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Small plane crash near Las Vegas kills 2, injures 3

Two people were killed and three others were injured on Saturday night after small private plane crashed near a Nevada airport, investigators said.

Around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, the single-engine Beechcraft Sierra plane, carrying four people, crashed right after takeoff from Henderson Executive Airport, which is about 25 minutes from Las Vegas, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Fox News. The crash unfolded about half a mile south of the airport, an FAA spokesman said, adding that the plane, made in 1977, caught fire after it crashed.

One person died at the scene and another died at a hospital, investigators said. They declined to release the names or ages of the victims.

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Two people were killed and three others were injured on Saturday night after a small private plane crashed near a Nevada airport, investigators said. (KVVU Fox 5)

Three people were hospitalized; two remained in the hospital in serious condition Sunday, Fox 5 in Las Vegas reported. The third person who had been hospitalized, apparently a good Samaritan, reportedly suffered from smoke inhalation.

The plane had a mechanical issue and turned around in an attempt to land when it crashed, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing a Henderson spokeswoman.

The pilot had reported to air traffic controllers that a door had come open about two minutes after takeoff, Fox 5 reported, citing air traffic control archives. The station reported that the next communication was about seven minutes after takeoff when another pilot reported the crash.

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The propeller plane, which reportedly was registered to a flight school in Southern California, was bound for Gillespie Field Airport in suburban San Diego, officials said.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ware investigating the cause of the crash.

The NTSB, the lead investigative agency, was expected to have an investigator at the scene Sunday, according to a statement it sent to Fox News.

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Around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, the single-engine Beechcraft Sierra plane, carrying four people, crashed right after taking off from Henderson Executive Airport, investigators said. (KVVU Fox 5)

“The investigator will document the scene, examine the aircraft, request any air traffic communications, radar data, weather reports and try to contact any witnesses,” the NTSB spokesman, Keith Holloway, said. “Also, the investigator will request maintenance records of the aircraft, and medical records and flight history of the pilot.”

Holloway told Fox News a preliminary report should be made available within the next two weeks but the exact cause of the crash will be released once the investigation was complete, which could take up to two years.

Less than 14 hours after the deadly plane crash had been reported, officials said another small plane made a hard landing at Henderson Executive Airport.

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The plane sustained minor damage and no injuries have been reported, according to the Henderson Fire Department.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Missouri man indicted in cold case murder he was quizzed about 31 years ago

A Missouri man has been indicted for a cold case murder he was questioned about 31 years ago after it happened, according to reports.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said Friday in a news release the indictment charges Lawrence Timmons, 65, of Pierce City, with the murder of 31-year-old Cynthia Smith in 1988.

Shortly after Smith’s body was found in a cemetery, Timmons was questioned in connection with the death, but no charges were filed, KYTV reported Saturday.

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The station reported that the popular reality TV crime show “Cold Justice” helped investigators crack the case.

In the news release, the sheriff’s office said only that the case was reopened after investigators were contacted by a “private investigation firm who wished to assist with new information that they had received.”

“After several months of ongoing investigations, information was turned over to the Lawrence County prosecutor, who presented the information to a grand jury,” the sheriff’s office said. “After receiving the information, the grand jury issued the indictment on Timmons.”

The Rochester Democrat Chronicle reported Saturday that according to Missouri investigators, Oklahoma police have reopened investigations into two homicides: the 1994 murder of his first wife and the 1998 drowning death of an 11-year-old girl.

“We call him an opportunist,” Lawrence County Sgt. Melissa Phillips told the paper. “He does not target on sex or age. He has little boys in his past. He has little girls in his past. He has women in his past.”

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Mugshot for Lawrence Timmons, indicted last week for the cold case murder of a 31-year-old woman in Missouri 31 years ago. (Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office )

Investigators found Smith’s body 10 days after she was last seen leaving a Pierce City bar with an unknown man, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

She went to the bar after leaving her two sons, 8 and 4, with a babysitter who was the one who reported her missing, according to the paper.

KYTV reported that Timmons was arrested on a forgery charge last month after being charged with gaining employment to sell alcohol and lottery tickets despite being a felon.

He served three years behind bars for the felony kidnapping of an 11-year-old boy in 1976 who he also tried to drown in a cooler of water. The boy escaped and alerted police.

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Since the forgery arrest Timmons has been locked up in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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Education Department rejected 99 percent of applicants for student loan forgiveness program

The U.S. Department of Education accepted just 1 percent of applicants in the first year of a revamped student loan forgiveness program, according to a government watchdog report.

The Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (TEPSLF) was funded by Congress in 2018 to help students who were having trouble qualifying for loan forgiveness.

It expanded upon the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF), which was established in 2007 to forgive federal student loans for those who go to school and work in public service for at least 10 years. Borrowers in the program are expected to make 120 payments via specific repayment plans, among other requirements, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.

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The U.S. Department of Education accepted just one percent of applications in the first year of a revamped student loan forgiveness program, according to a government watchdog report.  (iStock)

The report comes after the American Federation of Teachers sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over the Education Department’s handling of its student loan forgiveness program in July.

Congress had set aside $700 million in 2018 to temporarily expand the PSLF program with the goal to forgive the loans of students who didn’t initially qualify. Just $27 million of the amount has been used.

There were 54,184 applications completed between May 2018 and May 2019 for the TEPSLF program and only 661 were approved. Steps were “not clear to borrowers,” with many not aware they had to apply for the original PSLF program, even if they knew they didn’t qualify, according to the report.

A bulk of all applications — 71 percent– were considered ineligible for the program because they hadn’t submitted a PSLF application, with the report labeling the process as “confusing for borrowers.”

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“As a result, some eligible borrowers may miss the opportunity to have their loans forgiven,” the report said.

Three percent of borrowers were denied because they had yet to make 120 payments, while 4 percent were denied because they had no qualifying federal loans.

What makes it difficult for borrowers is that some of the Department of Education’s key resources for students didn’t include information on the expanded program and they don’t require federal loan services to include TEPSLF information on their websites, according to the report. A Department of Education official did say they will have a new online portal this fall that could include a simplified application process, “if they had sufficient resources and time.”

Right now they don’t have any specific plans to do so.

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Donald Trump recently signed an executive order on Aug. 21., forgiving all student loan debt for any permanently disabled U.S. military veteran.

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