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Michigan man who ran over, killed deputy sentenced to life without parole

A 24-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole for running over and killing a sheriff’s deputy in southeastern Michigan in 2017, according to a report.

Christopher Berak was convicted last month for first-degree murder and the murder of a police officer, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

“I’m sorry for what I did. I hope that they’re all doing OK,” Berak had said before sentencing, per the news outlet.

Berak was accused of leading Lapeer County deputies on a car chase and deliberately hitting the cop at an intersection.

Deputy Eric Overall, 50, a 22-year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, was hit outside his car on Thanksgiving 2017 while deploying “stop sticks” to deflate Berak’s tires.

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Christopher Berak, right, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and the murder of a peace officer for the death of Deputy Eric Overall, left. (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office / Macomb County Sheriff’s Office)

JERSEY CITY GUN BATTLE LEAVES 6 DEAD, INCLUDING POLICE OFFICER

Berak’s car rolled over, and he was arrested.

Berak’s defense said he had no intention of striking the deputy and was reacting to the stop sticks on the road.

Earlier in the day, Berak had told authorities at the Lapeer County jail he was “God” and came to break out one of his “sons.”

“He was a man of honor and integrity. On and off duty, he always strived to do the right thing. … Eric had a big heart and wore it on his sleeve,” Overall’s wife, Sonya, said about her husband at the sentencing this week.

“My father impacted so many lives, like Sonya just said — raised me and my brother up to be the best men we could be,” the cop’s son, Kenneth Overall, said. “My father was a great man, always selfless. That Thanksgiving morning, it will be a day we’ll never forget. Every morning, every day we relive it.”

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“We wish we had him back,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jersey City detective killed in shooting is remembered for helping get many guns off the streets

A New Jersey police officer who was among six people killed in a shootout that brought the streets of Jersey City to a standstill Tuesday had been credited with having led the department in the number of illegal guns removed from the streets in recent years, according to his superiors.

Detective Joseph Seals, 40, was among six people, including three bystanders and two of the three suspects who opened fire on police and civilians, killed Tuesday.

“Dozens and dozens of handguns he’s responsible for removing from the streets,” Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters. “We believe he was killed while trying to interdict these bad guys on Garfield Avenue.”

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Joseph Seals, a Jersey City police officer, was killed during a shootout Tuesday. 

Authorities said the shootout might have been started by Seals trying to stop an incident involving illegal guns when he was shot down by gunfire that erupted near a cemetery.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop praised Seals’ legacy, saying that his performance “speaks for itself.”

JERSEY CITY SHOOTING: BERNARD KERIK’S SON AMONG OFFICERS HOSPITALIZED

“He [probably] is responsible for more guns being removed from the streets than any,” Fulop tweeted. “He was an officer that loved JC, was involved in the city, and one that everyone knew regardless of their precinct.”

Seals, who is survived by his wife and five children, joined the Jersey City Police Department in 2006.

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Kelly said Seals “came up in the South District,” a high-crime area. He was promoted to detective in November 2017, WABC-TV reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Michigan man who ran over, killed deputy sentenced to life without parole

A 24-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole for running over and killing a sheriff’s deputy in southeastern Michigan in 2017, according to a report.

Christopher Berak was convicted last month for first-degree murder and the murder of a police officer, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

“I’m sorry for what I did. I hope that they’re all doing OK,” Berak had said before sentencing, per the news outlet.

Berak was accused of leading Lapeer County deputies on a car chase and deliberately hitting the cop at an intersection.

Deputy Eric Overall, 50, a 22-year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, was hit outside his car on Thanksgiving 2017 while deploying “stop sticks” to deflate Berak’s tires.

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Christopher Berak, right, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and the murder of a peace officer for the death of Deputy Eric Overall, left. (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office / Macomb County Sheriff’s Office)

JERSEY CITY GUN BATTLE LEAVES 6 DEAD, INCLUDING POLICE OFFICER

Berak’s car rolled over, and he was arrested.

Berak’s defense said he had no intention of striking the deputy and was reacting to the stop sticks on the road.

Earlier in the day, Berak had told authorities at the Lapeer County jail he was “God” and came to break out one of his “sons.”

“He was a man of honor and integrity. On and off duty, he always strived to do the right thing. … Eric had a big heart and wore it on his sleeve,” Overall’s wife, Sonya, said about her husband at the sentencing this week.

“My father impacted so many lives, like Sonya just said — raised me and my brother up to be the best men we could be,” the cop’s son, Kenneth Overall, said. “My father was a great man, always selfless. That Thanksgiving morning, it will be a day we’ll never forget. Every morning, every day we relive it.”

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“We wish we had him back,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mississippi residents put makeshift Christmas tree into pothole in hopes of getting street fixed

MCCOMB, Miss. — People living in McComb, Mississippi, have added street work to their Christmas lists after they said the city left them with a gaping pothole, and now they’re using holiday cheer to bring some attention to it.

At the corner of North James Avenue and North Street, the pothole has been serving as the base for a makeshift Christmas tree. John Drummond said the tree — made of a metal rod sitting inside of a traffic cone — originally was supposed to be a deterrent for the cone, which had been knocked all over the neighborhood after city workers dug up the street and placed it over the pothole.

“For a couple of days, the cone stayed in the hole. Then, people starting knocking it all up and down everywhere,” Drummond said. “I saw a Christmas tree on TV and said, ‘imma put one of those out there in that cone and everybody can like it and not hit the pothole.’”

From there, the makeshift tree took on a life of its own. Neighbors in the Edgewood community would come and add silver, red and gold pine cone ornaments. Others added silver and gold garland to the metal tree. Cyrena Austin added lights for the ultimate festive feel.

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John Drummond checking on the makeshift Christmas tree he placed over a pothole on the street where he lives in McComb, Mississippi. He and neighbors said they decided to decorate the tree to get the attention of city officials. (Fox News/Charles Watson)

“The lights came on like the second day after John had it up,” Austin said. “All of sudden it’s like people got into it and that’s what we have now.”

Aside from wanting their street repaired, Austin said the tree became a way to ensure the pothole didn’t cause a holiday headache for drivers who could have run right over it. It’s not uncommon, according to AAA, which estimated Americans have shelled out anywhere between $250-$1,000 for damage caused by potholes—about $3 billion annually.

“The worst thing was, if two cars came by, somebody was going to hit the pothole,” Austin added. “We just hated seeing that people were going to damage their cars, possibly.”

Otherwise, the tree has been a sight to see for people driving through McComb. Some passersby stopped to take photos so they could share it with friends and family through texts and social media.

“I just wanted to come out and take a picture to share with my brother in Nashville, Tennessee,” Watkins Wise said. “I think it’s pretty funny.”

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Presents underneath the makeshift Christmas tree in McComb, Mississippi. Residents placed the tree inside the pothole in the hopes of getting it fixed. (Fox News/Charles Watson)

CHRISTMAS TREE USED TO FILL POTHOLE IN ATLANTA NEIGHBORHOOD

Filling potholes with Christmas trees wasn’t unique to McComb. Last month, people in an Atlanta neighborhood filled a pothole on their street with a light-filled Christmas tree in hopes of galvanizing city officials to fix the issue. People in Jackson, Miss., did something similar in 2017 when a pothole opened up on their street.

Fox News reached out to the McComb mayor’s office to inquire about when the pothole would be fixed. The mayor’s office deferred to the city’s streets department, which did not respond.

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Drummond, who has visited the makeshift tree sitting in the pothole, said he hoped it would be on the city’s radar, at least. If not, he and his neighbors have been having fun with the tree anyway. He said maybe they’ll be doing something different for New Year’s.

“We’ll come up with something,” he said. “Maybe the city will come before then and we won’t have to deal with it.”

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Michigan high school student claims teacher grabbed ‘Women For Trump’ pin off her shirt

A Michigan high school student claims her teacher assaulted her last week because she was wearing a pin supporting President Trump.

Sadie Earegood, a 16-year-old junior at Mason High in Mason, Michigan, told Fox News on Tuesday that her teacher “aggressively” grabbed her “Women For Trump” pin that was attached to her jacket, saying he “took both hands and unlatched the pin from my jacket and put it upside down on his shirt and said it belongs upside down.”

She told Fox 47 the incident took place on Dec. 5 during school hours.

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Sadie Earegood, a high school junior, claims her teacher ripped off her “Women for Trump” pin during school hours.  (Sadie Earegood)

NEW SURVEY FINDS NEARLY HALF OF CONSERVATIVE STUDENTS HEARD ANTI-TRUMP RANTS FROM PROFESSORS

Her family has filed a police report, claiming that the teacher assaulted her, WILX 10 reported.

“He had no right to put his hands on my child over a pin or anything else,” said Sadie’s mother, Capi Earegood. “The First Amendment gives everyone the right to express their freedom of speech. No one should get that upset about someone wearing a political pin.”

Fox News reached out to Mason Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki and Mason Police Chief Don Hanson with a request for comment.

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Sadie Earegood, meanwhile, said she won’t stop wearing political pins and being outspoken in her views.

“I just want him to know that it’s not okay to do that. I want this to be a learning experience for other teachers, and I’m not going to stop wearing my political stuff,” she told WILX 10.

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California firefighters rescue man, 87, who fell down 25-foot well

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California firefighters rescued an 87-year-old man who fell down an abandoned 25-foot well in his front yard.

Ron Sparks was mowing the lawn Monday afternoon in Simi Valley, outside Los Angeles, when he noticed an indentation in the grass and stepped on it, KCBS reported.

“And that’s the end of that story,” daughter Merrilee Kaszacs told the station. “He said it was like a bad ride at Magic Mountain.”

After falling, Sparks reportedly battled to keep from sinking in the mud at the bottom. He suffered scrapes and a broken ankle in the fall.

Sparks hollered for help for 30 minutes until a caregiver heard him as she pulled up to a neighbor’s house, the station reported.

ALASKA HIKER BURIED UPSIDE DOWN IN AVALANCHE FOR OVER AN HOUR SAVED IN ‘MIRACLE’ RESCUE

The Ventura County Fire Department’s specialized urban search and rescue team got him out of the well after lowering rope which Sparks used to keep from sinking deeper in the mud, according to the station.

NEW ZEALAND VOLCANO RESCUER SAYS ISLAND LOOKED LIKE SCENE OUT OF ‘CHERNOBYL’ AS ISLAND ‘BLANKETED IN ASH’

The fire department posted a short video of the rescue on Twitter.

A fire department spokesman said the well had been covered over for 35 years and people had forgotten about it.

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Sparks returned home from the hospital Monday night, the station reported.

“Well, I’m home after a great adventure,” Sparks told the station by Skype.

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Atheist group targets Alabama sheriff for ‘using tragedy to promote’ prayer

There’s a new sheriff in town, and he isn’t backing down.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is targeting an Alabama sheriff’s office for calling on “citizens to pray during times of tragedy,” but they’re not in the least bit worried.

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The Wisconsin-based group — a self-described “nonprophet nonprofit” watchdog for “atheism, agnosticism [and] skepticism” — went after Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith for pleas to pray in the wake of two recent tragedies: the shooting death of Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams, and another referencing a tragedy involving a young boy and a sheriff’s deputy, according to WBRC.

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After getting a complaint letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation asking the Walker County Sheriff’s Office to stop making religious references, the sheriffs are pushing back, saying, “No.” (Courtesy of T.J. Armstrong)

“The issue here is that the sheriff’s office has a pattern of using tragedy to promote the idea of prayer and our letter reminds the sheriff, not everyone in Walker County prayers or believes in the same religion,” FFRF associate counsel Sam Grover wrote in a letter accusing the sheriff of disregarding the Constitution.

But T.J. Armstrong, a public information officer with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, told Fox News that they were “shocked” to receive the complaint because they haven’t violated any Constitutional laws, state or local.

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“Our response is going to be to continue to do the best we can,” Armstrong said. “We have never once received a single complaint.”

When asked if they would change anything because of the FFRF letter, he responded: “It’s a very implicit, no.”

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Walker County Sheriffs T.J. Armstrong and Nick Smith. Armstrong is the public information officer and Smith is the officer who received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation about asking the community to pray in the wake of tragedies. (Courtesy of T.J. Armstrong)

“We’re not looking for a fight,” Armstrong added. “However, we will not cower down, especially when it comes to our individual faith.”

Since the complaint, the sheriff’s office has received messages of support from the county and across the country.

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“We stand behind [Sheriff Smith],” the sheriff said. “We have far bigger things to do… So we’re going to pray for them and continue to serve and protect the people of Walker County, Alabama, and that’s what Sheriff Smith was elected to do.”

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Mexico’s ex-public security secretary arrested in US, accused of taking millions in bribes from ‘El Chapo’ cartel

Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexico’s former public security secretary, has been arrested in the U.S. on charges of taking millions of dollars in bribes from the cartel controlled by ruthless drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Garcia Luna, 51, who now lives in Florida, was arrested Monday in Dallas. The charges against him were contained in an indictment unsealed Tuesday in New York.

“Garcia Luna stands accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel while he controlled Mexico’s Federal Police Force and was responsible for ensuring public safety in Mexico,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said. “Today’s arrest demonstrates our resolve to bring to justice those who help cartels inflict devastating harm on the United States and Mexico, regardless of the positions they held while committing their crimes.”

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Genaro García Luna when he was Mexico’s Secretary of Public Security. (UNIVERSAL/Roberto Armocida/RCC)

Garcia Luna was Secretary of Public Security from 2006 to 2012, a role that put him in charge of Mexico’s war against the drug cartels in thousands have died.

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The president at the time was Felipe Calderon, who said on Twitter Tuesday that he learned of Garcia Luna’s arrest on social media and was unaware of the details.

“My position will always be in favor of justice and the law,” he said.

Garcia Luna was accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel from 2001 to 2012, a period that covers the years when he was Mexico’s top federal police official.

In exchange, Garcia Luna provided protection to the cartel for its drug trafficking activities, prosecutors say.

MEXICAN DRUG KINGPIN ‘EL CHAPO’ DRAWS LIFE SENTENCE IN US PRISON

A news release from Donoghue’s office said that on two occasions, the Sinaloa cartel personally delivered bribe payments to Garcia Luna in briefcases containing between three and five million dollars.

According to financial records obtained by the government, by the time Garcia Luna relocated to the United States in 2012, he had amassed a personal fortune of millions of dollars, the news release said.

During El Chapo’s trial in Brooklyn, former cartel member Jesus Zambada testified that he personally made at least $6 million in hidden payments to Garcia Luna.

Zambada told the jury the cash was delivered during two meetings at a restaurant in Mexico between the start of 2005 and the end of 2007.

Garcia Luna denied the claims.

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In July, El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison on drug smuggling charges.

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Mexico’s ex-public security secretary arrested in US, accused of taking millions in bribes from ‘El Chapo’ cartel

Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexico’s former public security secretary, has been arrested in the U.S. on charges of taking millions of dollars in bribes from the cartel controlled by ruthless drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Garcia Luna, 51, who now lives in Florida, was arrested Monday in Dallas. The charges against him were contained in an indictment unsealed Tuesday in New York.

“Garcia Luna stands accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel while he controlled Mexico’s Federal Police Force and was responsible for ensuring public safety in Mexico,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said. “Today’s arrest demonstrates our resolve to bring to justice those who help cartels inflict devastating harm on the United States and Mexico, regardless of the positions they held while committing their crimes.”

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Genaro García Luna when he was Mexico’s Secretary of Public Security. (UNIVERSAL/Roberto Armocida/RCC)

Garcia Luna was Secretary of Public Security from 2006 to 2012, a role that put him in charge of Mexico’s war against the drug cartels in thousands have died.

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The president at the time was Felipe Calderon, who said on Twitter Tuesday that he learned of Garcia Luna’s arrest on social media and was unaware of the details.

“My position will always be in favor of justice and the law,” he said.

Garcia Luna was accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel from 2001 to 2012, a period that covers the years when he was Mexico’s top federal police official.

In exchange, Garcia Luna provided protection to the cartel for its drug trafficking activities, prosecutors say.

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A news release from Donoghue’s office said that on two occasions, the Sinaloa cartel personally delivered bribe payments to Garcia Luna in briefcases containing between three and five million dollars.

According to financial records obtained by the government, by the time Garcia Luna relocated to the United States in 2012, he had amassed a personal fortune of millions of dollars, the news release said.

During El Chapo’s trial in Brooklyn, former cartel member Jesus Zambada testified that he personally made at least $6 million in hidden payments to Garcia Luna.

Zambada told the jury the cash was delivered during two meetings at a restaurant in Mexico between the start of 2005 and the end of 2007.

Garcia Luna denied the claims.

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In July, El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison on drug smuggling charges.

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Sydney shrouded in ‘unbreathable’ smoke as Australia wildfires rage

A thick haze from raging wildfires in Australia engulfed Sydney on Tuesday, creating dangerous air conditions and smoke so thick it was enough to trigger fire alarms in buildings across the city.

The winds on Tuesday from the north pushed smoke into the city, causing a haze that was so thick in some places it was 11 times worse than the air quality level considered “hazardous.”

Thomas Costa, assistant secretary of Unions New South Wales, said that due to the dire air quality, workers should not be forced to work on outdoor job sites as long as the haze sticks around.

“Toxicity is very, very high,” Costa told reporters.

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Australia’s fire season normally peaks during the summer in the Southern Hemisphere, but started early this year after an unusually dry and warm winter. Last month, authorities reported more than 50 wildfires burning mainly in northern New South Wales.

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Thick smoke from wildfires shroud the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

As Sydney was engulfed with smoke on Tuesday, city officials canceled ferries and some offices in the downtown area were evacuated.

Local health officials advised people to stay indoors as much as possible and those with heart and lung problems were told to avoid all outdoor activity.

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A ferry sails on the harbor as thick smoke settles in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

“The smoke here in Sydney is extremely bad today, it is some of the worst air quality we’ve seen,” Richard Broome of New South Wales Health told reporters. “We are just urging people once again to take these (conditions) seriously.”

As the smoke settled into the metropolitan area of five million people, ambulances have been answering dozens of respiratory-related calls a day, according to the head of NSW Ambulance, Brent Armitage.

Sydney Trains also warned that fire alarms at train stations might be set off by the thick smoke drifting into the city from fires ringing Sydney.

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Thick smoke from wildfires shroud the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Winds are forecast to shift, which may help air quality in greater Sydney but also fan the ongoing wildfires even further.

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The early fire season has reignited the debate on whether Australia has taken enough action on climate change.

“These are the health consequences of a changing climate that health professionals have been warning us about,” said public health expert professor Hilary Bambrick and Climate Council member in a statement to Australia’s Nine News. “Climate change is supercharging bushfires and that is what we are seeing now with massive, unprecedented fires producing unbreathable air.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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