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North Carolina man accused of murder by poisoning wife with eye drops in 2018

A North Carolina man who collected $250,000 in insurance money upon his wife’s 2018 death has been accused of fatally poisoning her with eye drops.

Stacy Hunsucker’s death had been ruled a heart attack. She was 32 and the mother of two young children, now 5 and 6, when she died.

Joshua Hunsucker, a paramedic, was charged with her murder Friday after being accused by a prosecutor of poisoning her with Visine.

VA DEPT. NURSE ADMITS POISONING HUSBAND WITH EYE DROPS OVER THREE DAYS, FACES MURDER RAP

A blood test “detected very high levels of tetrahydrozoline which is one of the active ingredients in certain eye drops,” prosecutor Jordan Green said in court, according to Fox 46 Charlotte.

The station also quoted Green as telling the judge, “We believe, through the interrogation of the defendant that occurred yesterday, that he was the one that poisoned Hunsucker with Visine or a similar product.”

Hunsucker was ordered held on a $1.5 million bond.

High levels of tetrahydrozoline in the body can cause heart stoppages, WBTV reported.

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The station quoted prosecutors as saying they believe the life insurance money was the motive for the crime.

The North Carolina Department of Insurance opened a fraud case after Stacy’s mother Suzie Robinson reported her suspicions about the death in May, the Gaston Gazette reported.

A search warrant affidavit says that her suspicions were based on her belief that Hunsicker was having an affair during the marriage, the paper reported.

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Mugshot for Joshua Hunsucker, 35. (Gaston County Sheriff’s Office )

Two weeks before Stacy’s death, local media had reported the arrest of a South Carolina nurse who was accused of killing her husband by putting eye drops in his water, the paper reported.

The paper also reported that Stacy had suffered from heart problems in the past and had received a pacemaker in 2015.

Hunsucker’s Facebook page shows that on the first anniversary of his wife’s death he posted a photo of the two of them together.

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“One year ago our lives changed forever,” he wrote. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her, her encouragement, her smile, how awesome of a mother she was”.

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Las Vegas apartment complex fire kills at least 6, injures 13

A fire that erupted at a Las Vegas apartment building early Saturday morning killed at least six people and injured 13, officials said.

Authorities said they are investigating the fire that broke out at the Alpine Motel Apartments, a three-story complex in downtown Las Vegas. Initial reports showed that it appears to have been accidental, a fire official told reporters.

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The fire was in a first-floor unit of the Alpine Motel Apartments and its cause was under investigation, the department said. (Las Vegas Fire and Rescue)

The fire department earlier said five of the injured were in critical condition and that several residents were hanging out of windows as firefighters arrived. Several jumped and were injured, the department said.

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Tim Szymanski, the public information officer for the fire department, told Fox 5 Las Vegas that the fire originated on the first floor of the building before spreading. He said when crews arrived, multiple people were seen hanging from windows on the second floor.

Heavy smoke and high heat were coming from the building, the station reported.

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Six people were killed and 13 injured after a fire Saturday morning in a three-story apartment complex in downtown Las Vegas, authorities said. (Las Vegas Fire and Rescue)

The incident reportedly happened at around 4:15 a.m. Later that morning, the Red Cross announced that it was helping people at a nearby school.

According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, at least 30-35 people were displaced by the fire. The damage is currently estimated at $475,000, KTVN reported.

No firefighters were injured.

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Las Vegas Fire Department firefighters work the scene of a fire at a three-story apartment complex early Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 in Las Vegas. (Las Vegas Fire and Rescue)

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The station reported the fire may be the second deadliest fire since the 1980 blaze at the MGM Grand Hotel where more than 80 people were killed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jayme Closs’ captor manipulated her, admitted to having sexual fantasies of the teen, new documents reveal

The kidnapping of 14-year-old Jayme Closs from her parent’s Wisconsin home more than a year ago captured the nation’s attention for weeks but left more questions than answers.

For the first time since Jayme returned home on Jan. 10, investigators have released a trove of documents, which are shedding new light on her parents’ brutal murder in their home and her 88-day captivity. Up until this point, her ordeal remained a mystery to anyone outside the Closs family and law enforcement.

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Thousands of investigative reports released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice on Friday revealed disturbing details about the three-month period where Jayme was being held hostage by her parents killer, 22-year-old Jake Patterson.

The newly released transcripts from police interviews with Patterson following his arrest showed the psychological manipulation that Jayme underwent.

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This Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 photo shows Jayme Closs, right, with her aunt, Jennifer Smith in Barron, Wis. Jake Thomas Patterson, a 22-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a baffling scheme to kidnap Jayme Closs, their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for three months before she narrowly managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for her, authorities said. (Jennifer Smith via AP)

“I know that she was just (expletive) terrified of me,” Patterson, who is serving a life sentence for the shooting deaths of James and Denise Closs, said. “I just trusted her and that, she wouldn’t try to get out.”

The transcript of Patterson’s interview paints a picture of a man who acted on impulse and controlled Jayme’s movements around the cabin where she was held more than an hour away from her family home.

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Patterson believed he had restrained Jayme with fear, telling police he never put extra locks on the doors or windows, because he thought she’d never leave. He said he was counting on “mind things” to keep her from running.

Patterson also admitted to having sexual thoughts about the then-13-year-old girl but refused to act on them because of the guilt he had from killing her parents. He said they slept in the same bed.

Much of the documents are heavily redacted.

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Jake Patterson appears for a hearing at the Barron County Justice Center, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Barron, Wis. Patterson pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents and holding her captive in a remote cabin for three months. (T’xer Zhon Kha/The Post-Crescent via AP, Pool)

Patterson said he became drunk one night and let Jayme write a letter to her aunt but he never sent it. He also told police that he allowed Jayme out of the house on rare occasions to walk in the yard with him but never off the property.

The documents also revealed Patterson’s train of thought during the killings and his desire to kidnap anyone: “If it wasn’t Jayme, it would probably be someone else,” he said.

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Officials also released the horrifying 911 call Jayme’s mom placed, seconds before she was killed and another video from a police dashcam that showed responding officers pass right by Pattersons car on the way to the initial crime scene.

Jayme was in the trunk of that car.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Conan, the ISIS raid dog, leads list of most heroic dogs of 2019

People will let you down, but in 2019, dogs proved yet again that come rain or shine — or an ISIS raid — you can always rely on your furry friend.

They’re there when you need a hug or a (furry) shoulder to cry on, but sometimes take their jobs as man’s best friend to the next level.

Many of the dogs who made headlines or went viral online in 2019 can be considered heroic, but below is a list of the best, bravest and most courageous dogs of the year.

Conan, dog who helped capture ISIS boss

Conan, a young Belgian Malinois named after talk show host Conan O’Brien, was credited with helping take down Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October.

The military working dog was injured during the Middle East mission after being exposed to live electrical wires while pursuing Baghdadi through a tunnel underneath a compound in northwestern Syria, officials said.

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Following the raid, Conan was commended by President Trump for his heroic actions, describing the pooch as “incredible,” brilliant,” “smart” and the “ultimate fighter” during a visit to the White House in November.

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President Trump called Conan, pictured here at the White House on Nov. 25, an “incredible” dog after he helped take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

According to U.S. Central Command, Conan has worked with special operations for four years and has taken part in roughly 50 missions.

While it was eventually confirmed Conan is of the male gender, there was, however, some confusion over whether he was a very good boy or a very good girl.

Pit bull puppy dies saving baby from snake

Zeus, an 8-month-old pit bull, died in September rescuing his human siblings from a coral snake in Sumter County, Florida.

The Richardson family was in their backyard cleaning Zeus’ water bowl when the snake — a venomous snake whose bite could eventually cause respiratory or cardiac failure in humans if left untreated — slithered up near their two kids.

“All of a sudden, he started attacking the snake which was close to my son and he was bit four times,” Gary Richardson told WOFL.

The beloved puppy was rushed to the vet, where he was administered antivenom, Sadly, he died the next day.

Mom Gina Richardson said Zeus was “a member of the family” and his loss “just killed us.”

“If you find [a pitbull] that’s aggressive, most likely, it’s because they weren’t treated right,” she said. “If you treat them right, they would give their life for you and I owe my son’s life to him.”

Rescue pooch credited with rescuing kids from possible kidnapping

A Pennsylvania rescue dog was hailed as a hero earlier this year when his owners credited him with saving their three children from possibly being abducted at home.

Edgar, a 4-year-old hound-mix, was acting strangely on April 28 — both growling and howling at the same time — grabbing the attention of his owner, Thom Lambert.

Once Lambert got Edgar to quiet down, he heard someone on his staircase. He dialed 911, but authorities didn’t find anyone or anything.

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Days later, 20-year-old Thomas Dewald was arrested for abducting a girl who lived down the street — and confessed to being in the Lamberts’ home. He said he entered the house through the window but was scared off by a dog.

“Without Edgar genuinely who knows where our daughters would be right now,” Lambert told WPMT. “Our family was 100 percent rescued by our dog that we rescued.”

Jack Russell dies alerting family to house fire

A tiny family dog named Zippy died in September after a fire broke out at his home in Bradenton, Fla.

The rescue dog alerted his family to the flames that were spreading through the house at around 2 a.m., his owner, Leroy Butler, told WTVT  Zippy kept trying to run back and forth “from bed to bed” trying to tell his loved ones what was happening.

But the fire was too quick, and engulfed everything. Butler said he tried running back to grab Zippy, but it was too late. Firefighters found him, but the small pup seemingly died from the smoke.

“He was a short little dog. There was nowhere for him to go,” Butler said. “We adopted him as a pet, so we can only, I can only, say he was a good dog. He only did what he could.”

Bear rescues koalas from Australian wildfires

A “koala detection dog” with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) works alongside human rescuers to find koalas and other wildlife that have become trapped or injured in the flames of Australian wildfires.

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Bear, a 6-year-old Border Collie-Koolie mix, was surrendered after his family discovered he is “high-energy, obsessive, doesn’t like to be touched and is completely uninterested in people,” the IFAW said.

While such qualities aren’t conducive to life in a home, they “do make him a perfect candidate for a detection dog which is exactly why he was chosen.”

The IFAW said in November that Bear and his handler had recently deployed to areas of Queensland and New South Wales, which have been hit hard by bushfires that appear to be decimating the koala population.

“Although they did not locate koala survivors, Bear indicated possible live koalas at a number of spots, and we’re hopeful more will be found in the coming days,” the organization said.

Bonus: A heroic cat!

Cats — often described as elusive and mischievous, as well as warm and cuddly — have shown moments of bravery, too. A cat named Gatubela in Bogota, Colombia, was credited in October with saving a little boy who almost fell down a flight of stairs.

In surveillance video of the heroic ordeal, the boy is seen crawling on the floor at home, toward a staircase, while the cat sits on a chair nearby. Quickly, the cat spots the child before leaping over and latching on to him.

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California shop owner fatally shoots masked robbers, 3rd suspect on the run

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A California smoke shop owner fatally shot two armed robbers in ski masks when they tried to rob his store Friday night, police said.

A third suspect is on the run after he fled from the Smoke N Vape Smoke Shop near the intersection of Blackstone and Cambridge avenues in Fresno.

Police Lt. Tim Tietjen said the three armed men, dressed in dark clothing and ski masks, entered the shop around 9:30 p.m. and demanded money from the clerk.

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The store owner, who was outside, re-entered the shop and confronted the robbers as they were trying to leave, the Fresno Bee reported.

Tietjen said the owner pulled out his own gun and multiple shots were then fired.

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“As we understand, there might’ve been an exchange of gunfire,” he added.

Police said two of the suspected robbers were hit by bullets and were taken to the Community Regional Medical Center where they later died.

A third suspect fled the scene on foot and remains loose. A description of the suspect was not immediately available.

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Tietjen said there were no other injuries and that the store owner is not expected to face any charges.

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Wife, 3 sons hopeful as veteran starts to emerge from 10-week coma: ‘Christmas miracle’

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A Missouri veteran and father of three has started to emerge from a 10-week coma, giving his family the best Christmas gift they could imagine.

“The doctors told me he probably wasn’t going to make it to the weekend,” Kyli Belt told KETV in Nebraska.

Her husband, Tony Belt, went into the coma after a workplace accident when he fell 18 feet from a scissor lift and suffered a traumatic brain injury at the steel company where he works.

This isn’t Belt’s first fight. He was in the Army for eight years and while deployed to the Middle East he was separately injured in a tank explosion and was later shot in the head for which he received a Purple Heart. The injury ended his military career, KETV reported.

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Kyli told KETV although the doctors said Tony wouldn’t wake up, “last week, he started moving his left side, opening his eyes.”

Their three sons, who are four years old, three years old and seven months, have been by their father’s side. “They talk to him and play with him. The baby lays in bed with him,” Kyli said.

She stressed that it has been a confusing time for them.

“They went from being told that daddy was going to heaven and they will never see him again to him being here and interacting with them,” she explained. “I just want to change their moods and let them be kids again.”

Their four-year-old son determined his father would wake up by Christmas Eve, she said. “Maybe he was right. Maybe he will be the Christmas miracle that what he’s been telling me,” Kyli said as Tony gave a thumbs up, the station reported.

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The boys have been receiving Christmas cards from friends and well-wishers at the hospital, and they are hoping to receive at least 1,000.

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North Korea warns US could ‘pay dearly’ for human rights criticism

North Korea took aim at the United States on Saturday, declaring Washington would “pay dearly” for criticizing the country’s human rights record, according to state news agency KCNA.

The warning was issued three days after the United Nations General Assembly condemned North Korea’s “longstanding and ongoing” human rights violations during an annual resolution sponsored by dozens of countries throughout the globe. The Dec. 18 condemnation had been rejected by Pyongyang’s U.N. envoy.

KCNA’s statement was attributed to a foreign ministry spokesperson, who warned that if the US continued to take issue with the human rights problems of the North Korean government, they would “pay dearly,” according to Reuters.

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People watch a TV news program reporting North Korea’s announcement with a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. North Korea said Sunday it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that U.S. and South Korean officials said the North had partially dismantled as part of denuclearization steps. The letters, top left, read “North. Very important test.” (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The outlet reported it was the first statement by the North Korean Foreign ministry since Stephen Biegun, the US special envoy for North Korea, publically urged Pyongyang to return to peace talks. It follows an increase in tension over newly conducted weapons tests and words from President Trump — who tweeted on Dec. 8 that “[Kim Jong Un] does not want to void his special relationship with the president of the United States.”

North Korea issued a similar warning towards the United Nations Security Council earlier in December, where the country said any discussion of its human rights situation would be taken as a “serious provocation” and they would “respond strongly to the last,” according to Al Jazeera.

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On Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he remained hopeful both nations could restart diplomacy before the year-end deadline for nuclear talks is reached, while a senior White House official said earlier this month the door remains open for talks — unless the country decides to test a fully operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

“We have, and will remain, always open to dialogue with the DPRK — the door is open for talks and we are ready to be very flexible in finding an agreement that works for all sides,” explained one senior White House official. “But if North Korea does decide to test a fully operational ICBM in some sort of effort to test our resolve they won’t like our reaction — and we will respond.”

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North Korea has continued to imply all future talks will be put on the back burner until the US drops its “hostile policy,” according to Reuters.

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Baltimore civil rights groups oppose aerial surveillance pilot program

Civil rights groups in Baltimore voiced their opposition to a pilot program announced by the police department Friday that would involve three surveillance planes flying over the city in an effort to stem violent crime.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Coalition for Justice, Safety and Jobs issued a joint statement that said the program is a “fateful step” that will “impact the privacy rights of Black and Brown residents for generations to come.”

The statement said the airplanes would put every Baltimore resident under permanent surveillance.

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City solicitor Andre Davis, left, listens as Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, right, announces support for a pilot program that uses surveillance planes over the city to combat crime on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, who was a previous skeptic of the program, said the test (which could last up to six months) will be “yet another tool” to fight the increasing violence in the city.

The planes will collect imagery during high crime hours, with technology developed by Ohio-based Persistent Surveillance Systems, that will be reviewed by investigators for specific crimes.

Harrison added that police will not have access to live feeds.

“We will be the first American city to use this technology in an attempt to solve and deter violent crime,” Harrison said in a news conference Friday.

The pilot program set to launch in May 2020 has been controversial since it was secretively tried three years ago by a different police commissioner.

Top officials were unaware of the program’s use in 2016 until it was reported by Bloomberg Businessweek. More than 300 hours of images were captured by the cameras. The images were primarily used to see criminals arriving to and leaving crime scenes.

“During the short test in 2016, in the equivalent of two weeks of flying, we watched five murders and 18 shootings and provided that information to investigators. We look forward to supporting the people of Baltimore in their efforts to reduce major crime and we look forward to doing so in a very open and transparent way,” the company’s president said.

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Harrison announced there will be a series of meetings to inform the public about the test and how it will benefit the city. The cost of the program will be covered by philanthropic funds, not tax dollars.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Florida vegan couple charged with murder after 18-month-old son dies of malnutrition: cops

A Florida couple who told police they fed their children a vegan diet of only raw fruit and vegetables was charged with murder Wednesday months after their 18-month old son allegedly starved to death in their home.

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Ryan Patrick O’Leary, 30, and Sheila O’Leary, 35, of Cape Coral, were indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and other charges, State Attorney Amira Fox said.

The mother called police on Sept. 27 when police said she said she noticed her 18-month-old son had gone cold and stopped breathing. The father tried to resuscitate him, police said. Paramedics pronounced the boy dead at the home in Lee County when they arrived, Fort Myers News-Press reported.

He weighed 17 pounds, the average weight of a seven-month-old, according to the police report. Sheila O’Leary allegedly told officers the family eats a vegan diet and she fed her children raw fruits and vegetables – mostly mangoes, bananas, avocados, and rambutans.

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Sheila O’Leary, 35, and Ryan Patrick O’Leary, 30, of Cape Coral, were indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder related to the death of their 18-month-old son. (Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

“The evidence and crime scene, in this case, are gut-wrenching. These are images, as a mother and state attorney, I will not be able to forget,” State Attorney Amira Fox said Wednesday. “I commend the detectives and officers with the Cape Coral Police Department for their difficult task of dealing with the horrendous nature of this case.”

The parents were arrested last month after a medical examiner ruled that their child had died due to malnutrition, including dehydration. They turned themselves in on Nov. 6 and were initially charged with aggravated manslaughter. They were being held on a $250,000 bond each. They were arraigned in court on Monday. The charges against them were upgraded Wednesday.

The indictment related to three other children, ages 3, 5 and 11, who allegedly suffered from child abuse and extreme neglect at the same home, Fox said. Officers said the children appeared small for their ages and had a yellowish complexion. One child had blackened, decaying teeth, the Washington Examiner reported.  Two of the children, ages 3 and 5, were placed in state custody. The 11-year-old is in the care of the child’s biological father in Virginia.

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Sheila O’Leary allegedly claimed that the 18-month-old had not eaten for a week before his death – something she attributed to teething — and he became short of breath while she tried to feed him breast milk, News-Press reported. She also allegedly told police the older children were being homeschooled, but law enforcement did not find evidence that proved they were enrolled in a homeschool program.

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California K-9 jumps through shattered car window, takes down assault suspect

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A California K-9 who served in the Marine Corps in Iraq was captured on video taking down an assault suspect who had allegedly led police on a chase in California early Friday morning.

Video of the incident shows a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer breaking the driver’s side window of the pickup before the 5-year-old Belgian malinois named Duke jumped through the shattered glass into the driver’s seat.

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“CHP pursued a felony suspect, wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, into Corona ending near El Cerrito Road, and the 15 FWY, where the suspect refused to exit his vehicle to surrender,” the Corona Police Department said. “Officer Neff and his partner K9 Duke responded to assist and gave several opportunities for the suspect to give up as well, which he refused. K9 Duke apprehended the suspect, and Fontana Police took custody of him.”

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The suspect, 31-year-old Julio Ugalde Vasquez, was arrested and taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Fox 11 Los Angeles.

Officer Neff spoke about the encounter with Duke by his side on the department’s Facebook page Saturday.

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Duke and the officers weren’t injured during the incident, police said.

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