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Oklahoma teen killed by armed gunmen in Mexico, family attacked

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A 13-year-old Oklahoma girl visiting Mexico with her family was killed Saturday night in an ambush just south of Texas, according to the attorney general’s office in the state of Tamaulipas.

Three others were injured.

The family — who were permanent residents of the U.S. — were returning to the states in a Chevrolet SUV with Oklahoma plates after a holiday visit to see relatives in the state of San Luis Potosi.

The gunmen reportedly collided with the family to force them to stop. When they failed to do so, the attackers fired at the victims and fled in another vehicle, according to El Universal.

ASYLUM SEEKERS IN ARIZONA SENT ACROSS BORDER BACK TO MEXICO

The attorney’s office added that the teen was a U.S. citizen. They did not release the victims’ names.

The highway runs through an area that’s disputed by criminal groups and is considered dangerous.

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The road connects the city of Mier with Nueva Ciudad Guerrero, on the banks of the Rio Grande across the US–Mexico border from Falcon Heights, Texas.

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Back in November, 13-year-old Devin Langford survived a deadly ambush in Mexico that saw his mother, two brothers, as well as nine women and children killed following an ambush in the Mexican state of Sonora.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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Illinois Uber driver imprisoned for abusing passenger to face trial after allegedly trying to ‘silence’ victim

A former Uber driver in Illinois who was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for sexually abusing a passenger will stand trial this week on charges that he also tried to hire someone to “hurt or silence” the victim, according to a report.

Ahmed Tawfeeq, 29, of the Chicago suburb of Elgin, was convicted in November of criminal sexual abuse, attempted sexual assault, promoting prostitution, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint.

The conviction stemmed from a June 2017 incident in which Tawfeeq picked up a woman in his car. On the way home, he asked her “if she had any interest in being a prostitute,” prosecutors said. He then turned off the Uber app and attacked her in a parking lot, according to investigators.

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Ahmed Tawfeeq faced new charges that he tried to pay off someone to silence a woman he sexually abused. (McHenry County state’s attorney)

On Monday, Tawfeeq is to face a new trial on allegations that he offered to post bond for a fellow McHenry County Jail inmate and an additional $6,000 to “kidnap” the woman, the Chicago Tribune reported.

A court filing cited by the Tribune showed that Taqfeeq told an inmate he “raped a … girl in his Uber cab and that he needed someone to threaten the girl, kidnap her, or beat her so she wouldn’t testify.”

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Before he was sentenced Friday, McHenry Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Ann Scholl said Tawfeeq used his position to prey on the woman, and that a sex offender evaluation suggested he was an “above average risk” to re-offend.

She added that the harm Tawfeeq caused the victim was compounded by his alleged attempt to hire someone to “hurt or silence her.”

Court county records cited by the Tribune showed that Tawfeeq also faced domestic battery charges for allegedly intimidating a female relative while he was out on bond.

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Tawfeeq has denied all charges against him.

His lawyer, Brian Shields, said the victim’s testimony was not credible and Tawfeeq’s actions “did not cause serious physical harm to anyone.”

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Kentucky man allegedly skinned dogs for ‘doggy coat,’ state police say

A Kentucky man who was arrested last month after allegedly skinning four of his neighbors’ dogs to make a “doggy coat” has been charged with animal torture among other crimes.

Jonathan D. Watkins, 38, was arrested in David – near the western border of West Virginia – on Dec. 23 after a neighbor called law enforcement.

The neighbor told police that Watkins had asked him for a cigarette and was covered in blood. After asking where the blood had come from, the neighbor claimed Watkins said he had been skinning dogs, according to an arrest citation.

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Jonathan D. Watkins has had mental health issues in the past, according to one of his neighbors. (Floyd Detention Center)

The neighbor said he didn’t believe him at first because he knew Watkins had had mental issues. But, he later saw what looked like animal skins and dog carcasses on Watkins’ front porch, according to the citation. The neighbor told police he was missing two dogs and thought another neighbor was missing two dogs as well.

A state trooper who responded found Watkins at his home with “a large hunting knife” and what appeared to be blood on his clothing, according to an arrest report cited by WDRB.

When the trooper asked what the blood was, Watkins replied, “I’m making myself a doggy coat,” according to the arrest citation. Watkins allegedly told the trooper that he stabbed the dogs and then skinned them.

The trooper then asked Watkins if he killed his neighbors’ dogs, to which he replied: “Yes. There isn’t anything wrong with me making myself a fur coat,” WDRB reported.

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During a Dec. 27 hearing, Floyd District Court Judge Jimmy R. Marcum appointed a public defender for Watkins and ordered him held without bond.

He also ordered Watkins to undergo a psychiatric examination, court records showed.

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Watkins was facing four counts of torturing a dog or cat resulting in serious physical injury or death and two counts of tampering with physical evidence. He was being held in Kentucky’s Floyd County Detention Center.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida caregiver accused of stealing $1.1 million from woman before she died

A Florida woman was charged Friday with stealing over $1.1 million from an elderly woman for whom she was working as an unlicensed caregiver, officials said.

Anna Bullinger, 55, was charged in Sarasota County on a charge of exploitation of the elderly.

Investigators said the victim was Peggy Nardone, a Nokomis widow who was 94 when she died in June of last year.

Nardone had hired Bullinger in 2014 to drive her to doctor’s appointment and run errands to the bank and supermarket, court papers showed. She worked 40 hours a week and was paid $20 an hour.

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Anna Bullinger, 55, was charged with exploitation of the elderly. (Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office)

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“It is shocking. The only reason they found out is because the last check she wrote was the day after the victim died, which was $90,000,” Carlos Verondi, a detective with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, told Fox 13 Tampa.

The sheriff’s office issued a news release Friday that said starting in January of 2015, Bullinger, of Sarasota, was able to steal over $500,000 from Nardone by cashing 147 checks.

“Bullinger is also suspected of transferring a trust account valued at $650,000 to her daughter in January 2019,” the news release said. “Collectively, the amount stolen from the victim totals $1,102,307.”

Bullinger was arrested on New Year’s Eve and released the same day on bail.

She denied the charges in a brief interview with Fox 13 at her front door on Friday.

“That’s not true. Goodbye,” she said.

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Linda Howell, a neighbor of Nardone’s, told WWSB-TV she used to see Bullinger and other caretakers come and go.

“We had a little episode where the caretaker broke down crying to my husband about how awful it was that she was having to  spend her life taking care of Peggy,” she told the station.

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Florida dog owner reunites with Chihuahua missing for days after New Year’s Eve car crash

A Florida dog owner’s heartwarming reunion with his pet Chihuahua that disappeared after a car crash on New Year’s Eve was captured on video Saturday after days of searching, investigators said.

Max, the 6-year-old Chihuahua, vanished on Dec. 31 around 11 a.m. after its owner’s car crashed on Florida State Road 11 in Bunnell, located about 23 miles north of Daytona Beach, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

Detectives returned to the scene daily to help search for Max, the sheriff’s office reported.

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They left behind food in the hopes it might attract the dog and keep him fed until his rescue. The detectives also kept debris from the crash at the scene in case Max returned to the site.

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Detectives returned to the crash site daily in the hopes of finding Max after he vanished on Dec. 31. (Flagler County Sheriff’s Office)

When detectives and Max’s owner returned Saturday for the fourth day of the search, they said Max appeared from the wooded area near the road.

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In video shared by the sheriff’s office, Max could be seen running out of the dense foliage and into the arms of his unnamed owner.

“You smell terrible,” the overjoyed owner said to Max as the dog licked his face.

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The heartwarming reunion of Max and his owner led users on social media to thank the sheriff’s office for its dedication in searching for the missing dog. (Flagler County Sheriff’s Office)

Sheriff Rick Staly thanked his “outstanding” team for its effort and care in searching for the missing dog.

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Social media users also thanked all the officers involved for their dedication, with one user writing that they “deserve an attaboy.”

Another user wrote: “Thank you all for caring. Definitely brought tears to my eyes.”

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South Carolina airport officer shot and killed during traffic stop; suspect in custody

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A man in South Carolina who fatally shot a public safety officer during a traffic stop at a regional airport on Sunday and fled the scene has been caught, authorities said.

The suspect initially fled the Florence Regional Airport, but was later captured by Florence County deputies, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said in a news release.

CHICAGO COPS WREST GUN AWAY FROM MAN AT POLICE STATIONHOUSE

The SLED said no additional details on the circumstances that led up to the shooting or how deputies caught the suspect could be released at this time.

The names of both the suspect and the officer have also yet to be released.

The incident marks the first officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2020, according to the SLED. Last year, 45 officer-involved shootings occurred in the state.

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The division said it’s handling the ongoing investigation and will summarize all information gathered in a case file report which will be submitted to prosecutors.

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Amazon employee, 25, son of 2 Missouri judges goes missing in California on New Year’s Eve

Authorities in Northern California are asking for help to find the missing 25-year-old son of two Missouri judges who was last seen leaving his apartment in Sacramento early in the morning on New Year’s Eve.

The Sacramento Police Department said that Alexander Holden was last seen around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the downtown Sacramento area.

“Holden’s disappearance is uncharacteristic and family is concerned for his welfare,” police said.

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Holden’s girlfriend, Kennedi Perri, said she last saw him shortly before 2:30 a.m. on I Street near 22nd Street as he was leaving their apartment

The 25-year-old “went out with some of his friends, just gotten back from the bar,” Perri told FOX40. “I had to be up early, so he did wake me up. So we had some conversation.”

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Alexander Holden, 25, was last seen around 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve in the downtown Sacramento area. (Sacramento Police Department)

Holden told Perri he was headed for a walk to a friend’s house and would spend the night there, she said Friday. Perri believes his cellphone died as he was walking toward the Sacramento Northern Bikeway trail.

“He’s a long-distance marathon runner so he has done that trail before and he used to live in Natomas, so it all kind of connects,” Perri told FOX40.

Alex Holden’s Instagram includes photos of him at various running events, including several marathons.

Alex’s father, Greene County Judge Calvin Holden, told the Springfield News-Leader his son works for Amazon, has lived in Sacramento for about two years, and “has no history of disappearing.” His father and mother, Associate Judge Margaret Palmietto, cut short their vacation in Australia to head to Sacramento to search for their son.

Calvin Holden told FOX40 on Saturday after arriving in Sacramento “it’s been hard” and they are “hoping every day he comes home.”

“We do know that he’s not in the hospital, he’s not in the jails, he’s not deceased that they know of because nobody’s been shown up,” his father said.

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On Saturday, around a dozen friends and co-workers met at Sutter’s Fort Historic Park in Sacramento to post up flyers and canvass the city looking for Holden.

One of Alex’s friends, Aumad Malik, told FOX40 he thought the 25-year-old was coming over to his house after doing it “a hundred times.”

“It’s just this time is worrying because he didn’t make it there,” Malik said. “We need to find out where he is. We need to find out where he is and what happened.”

Malik described Alex as a “really, really nice guy” who is “super trusting.”

“He makes friends everywhere he goes so we’re really hoping that someone may have seen him or talked to him that night because he’s the type to make conversation wherever he’s at,” Malik told FOX40.

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The Sacramento Police Department said that Alex Holden is described as 6-feet, 1-inch tall, has green eyes, weighs about 190 pounds and was last known to be wearing the tan pullover and Birkenstock sandals.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sacramento police.

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Massachusetts professor accused of trying to kill faculty colleague in Christmas Eve attack

A professor at a prestigious Massachusetts college has been charged with trying to kill a female faculty colleague who suffered severe injuries after being attacked with a rock, garden shears and a fireplace poker, prosecutors said.

Rie Hachiyanagi, an art professor at Mount Holyoke College, was charged Friday with armed assault to murder, according to reports.

The victim, a 60-year-old woman, went to the hospital with broken bones to her face and other injuries.

Reports citing a police report suggest Hachiyanagi may have attacked her colleague over unrequited love.

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Art professor Rie Hachiyanagi (Mount Holyoke College)

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“During the winter recess, there was a serious incident involving two Mount Holyoke faculty members,” Mount Holyoke spokeswoman Christian Feuerstein said, according to MassLive.com. “The incident occurred off-campus and resulted in the hospitalization of one faculty member who is receiving care.”

Feuerstein said Hachiyanagi had been placed on administrative leave and was barred from setting foot on campus.

Police said they responded to the victim’s home in Leverett shortly before 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve and were met by Hachiyangagi, who told them that she called 911 after finding her friend “lying on the floor of the residence barely breathing, semi-conscious and with a head injury,” Fox 6 Springfield and other local media reported.

She said her friend had been attacked by an unknown assailant, the station reported.

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported Saturday that according to the police report the victim told officers at the hospital that the person who attacked her was Hachiyanagi, who was not a stranger. The report said the woman thought she was going to die at Hachiyanagi’s hands.

According to the paper, the police report also stated that the woman said Hachiyanagi began attacking her after showing up uninvited on Dec. 23 and saying that she wanted to talk about her feelings.

The police report also quoted the victim as telling officers that when she asked Hachiyanagi why she was attacking her, Hachiyanagi responded “that she loved her for many years and she should have known,” according to the paper.

The victim then played along, lying that she had reciprocating feelings to convince Hachiyanagi to stop beating her and call 911, the paper reported.

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The police report said that in an interview with police Hachiyanagi said she didn’t remember anything after 6 p.m. Thursday, that multiple concussions in the past had affected her memory.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike crash involving tour bus, semi-trucks leaves multiple dead; highway closed

Multiple people were killed in a major crash involving a tour bus, semi-trucks, and several other vehicles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday in the western part of the state, according to officials.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the highway’s westbound lanes in Mount Pleasant Township, located about 40 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo confirmed fatalities on Twitter, but did not provide a number. A “prolonged closure” of the turnpike is likely, DeFebo said.

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A Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher told KDKA-TV the accident involved one tour bus, multiple semi-trucks and an unknown number of passenger vehicles. It was not clear how many people were killed in the crash. Officials told CBS News Radio and WPXI that at least 5 were killed and 53 were transported to area hospitals.

Images from the scene showed mangled wreckage on the highway.

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Multiple people were killed after a major crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday. (KDKA-TV via NNS)

A turnpike spokesperson told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the tour bus flipped on its side during the crash.

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The crash happened on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County, around 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. (KDKA-TV via NNS)

“We don’t know how many (fatalities) exactly at this point,” DeFebo told the newspaper.

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The crash caused all lanes to be closed in both directions on the highway between the Breezewood and New Stanton exits, roughly an 86-mile stretch of roadway.

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Motorists traveling east are being urged to use Route 119 south US 40 east to Interstate 68 east (at Cumberland, Maryland) to Interstate 70 west and re-enter the turnpike at the Breezewood Interchange exit 161.

Westbound motorists are urged to use Route 30 west to Interstate 99 north to US Route 22 west to Route 66 south and re-enter the turnpike at exit 75 in at the New Stanton exit.

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike can be seen empty after it was closed in both directions following a major crash early Sunday. (KDKA-TV via NNS)

It was not clear if the weather was a factor in the crash. The National Weather Service forecast for Westmoreland County early Sunday listed light unknown precipitation and an air temperature just below freezing.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending investigators to the crash scene, WPXI reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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More than 70 anti-war protests take place across US after Soleimani killing

Angry critics of President Trump’s decision to authorize the killing of Iran’s top military general protested in at least 70 locations throughout the U.S. on Saturday, including New York City‘s Times Square and outside the White House.

Dozens of planned protests were spearheaded nationwide by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, a U.S.-based anti-war coalition.

“No justice, no peace. U.S. out of the Middle East,” about 200 protesters chanted outside the Trump Tower in Chicago, USA Today reported. Protesters held signs that read “stop bombing Iraq” and “U.S. troops out of Iraq.”

The New York Daily News reported that more than 250 people gathered in Times Square before marching down Manhattan’s Seventh Avenue in densely foggy weather.

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People took part in an anti-war protest at Times Square in New York. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Belgica Gonzalez told the publication that Trump should work on domestic solutions for poverty and racism instead of starting foreign wars.

Latin America, Afghanistan, Iraq — It’s enough,” said Gonzalez, 34, a nurse’s assistant from Washington Heights in upper Manhattan. “We have millions of poor. We have to try to fix things here.”

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People marched as they take part in an anti-war protest at Times Square. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Many protestors opposed war with Iran, and criticized the U.S. killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, calling it an illegal action taken without consulting Congress.

Trump ordered the game-changing U.S. military attack that killed the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC’s) elite Quds Force, among other military officials, at Baghdad International Airport early Friday local time, the Pentagon confirmed.

Trump said in a tweet Friday that he ordered the killing of Soleimani because the military leader was “plotting to kill” many Americans and that “he should have been taken out many years ago.”

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People marched as they take part in an anti-war protest at Times Square. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

“Why is the U.S. constantly, constantly at war, constantly in other countries intervening? And it’s because war is profitable. Destruction and death is profitable, and that is all the U.S. empire is focused on. It values profits over human lives,” a Times Square protester told NY1.

Several hundred demonstrators associated with Massachusetts Peace Action gathered in Boston, where they gave speeches, marched and held signs that said “No War on Iran!” and “Money For Jobs & Education Not For War & Occupation.”

Cole Harrison, the group’s executive director, said war with Iran would fail to achieve any of its aims, launch an entire region into a conflict and bring about civilian suffering.

Harrison said protesters are demanding that presidential candidates and members of Congress speak out on the crisis and that Congress take urgent action.

On Saturday, the White House sent Congress formal notification of the drone strike under the War Powers Act, according to a senior administration official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and requested anonymity. The notification, required by law within 48 hours of the introduction of American forces into an armed conflict or a situation that could lead to war, has to be signed and sent to Congress.

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The document sent Saturday to congressional leadership, the House speaker and the Senate president pro tempore was entirely classified, according to a senior Democratic aide and a congressional aide who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and requested anonymity.

It was unclear whether any information would be made available in a public release.

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Medea Benjamin, an activist with the anti-war group Code Pink, told The Guardian that protesters are furious that the president flip-flopped on his America First pledge to keep the nation out of “endless wars.”

“Donald Trump said he was going to end these wars,” Benjamin said at a D.C. rally. “And here he is plunging us in the abyss of war with Iran.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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