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Tennessee soldier found bound, shot dead in home months after returning from deployment, officials say

A Tennessee Army National Guard soldier who had recently returned home from a deployment was found earlier this month tied up and shot dead — reportedly with few clues to guide investigators toward whoever killed the father of two.

Jacob Bishop, 35, was discovered by his mother around 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 1 “physically bound and shot multiple times” inside his duplex apartment in Lenoir City. Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider said Bishop “was known to oversleep,” so his mom headed over to his place after he didn’t answer her calls.

ARMY VETERAN PUSHES WIFE OUT OF WAY BEFORE HE WAS STRUCK, KILLED IN HIT-AND-RUN CRASH, CALIFORNIA POLICE SAY

Once there, Bishop’s mother used a spare key to enter and found his body in the middle of the living room floor, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Deputies “arrived on scene and quickly determined that foul play was involved,” the sheriff said.

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Jacob Bishop, 35, was found bound and fatally shot in his apartment on Sunday in Lenoir City, Tenn., authorities said. (Loudon County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators are looking for information on a white SUV seen in the area in the days before Bishop’s death, which apparently left the area the day of his murder. They don’t believe his death is a random act of violence.

THOUSANDS ATTEND FUNERAL OF VETERAN WHO HAD NO FAMILY: ‘IT WAS REALLY OVERWHELMING’

“We have been pursuing multiple leads, spending countless hours around the clock, in our search for clues that we need to lead us to the party or parties responsible for the tragic killing of another,” Guider said in a press release posted to Facebook. “We continue to work tirelessly and around the clock to bring the party, or parties, responsible for the murder of a U.S. Soldier to justice, and to provide the Bishop family with some form of closure.”

Just a few months earlier, Bishop returned home from a year-long deployment in Poland, officials said. He was a U.S. Army veteran, per his obituary, and was serving in the 278th Infantry of the National Guard.

He leaves behind fiancée Brittany Kindred and two children. Kindred wrote on Facebook after Bishop’s funeral on Sunday that his loss is “unlike any.”

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“My heart is shattered and crumbles even more as I watch my boys cry and ask questions,” she wrote, according to the Sentinel.

Anyone with information on Bishop’s death is urged to contact the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office at 865-986-4823.

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Alaska murder mystery twist: Memory card found along road shows man assaulting and killing woman, cops say

Alaska cops charged an Anchorage man with murder Tuesday after shocking videos found on a mysterious memory card allegedly captured the suspect assaulting and killing a woman whose remains were recently discovered near a highway.

Brian Steven Smith, a 48-year-old reportedly from South Africa, was arrested at Ted Stevens International Airport after investigators linked him to the crime.

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Nearly a week prior, on Sept. 30, someone called Anchorage Police claiming to have “an SD card containing a video of a homicide,” according to a press release from authorities. The caller told police the memory card was found laying in the middle of the street in the Fairview neighborhood of Anchorage.

Upon examining the card, police said it “contained several videos which appeared to show the assault and subsequent homicide of an adult female” and an investigation was opened. Days later, on Oct. 2, police officers found human remains on the side of a highway.

Investigators believe the remains along the highway belonged to the woman killed in the videos — and they believe Smith killed her in early September and recorded the photos and videos himself. It’s unclear who the woman is, but authorities are working to identify her and determine how she died.

CALIFORNIA MAN KIDNAPPED GIRL, 17, WHO WORKED WITH PALS TO NAB HIM IN THEIR OWN UNOFFICIAL OPERATION: COPS

There are 39 images and 12 videos on the card, according to a charging document filed by the Alaska Department of Law. The videos show the woman being strangled and in one video, a man is heard saying, “just … die.”

Photos apparently show the woman underneath a blanket on a hotel luggage cart near a truck and in the truck bed, per the document.

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Police said the body was found near milepost 108 of Seward Highway on Oct. 2.  (Google)

Authorities who have reviewed the videos and photos said they remembered Smith from another investigation and found he was registered in early September to a room at a local hotel that has carpet that matches the one seen in the footage. There were no immediate details about the earlier investigation involving Smith.

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Smith appeared in court Wednesday, where a judge said he’d be appointed a public defender. Deputy District Attorney Brittany Dunlop said the process calls for the case to be brought before a grand jury.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Whistleblower lawyers admit client had contact with presidential candidates; Trump wants Turkey to be ‘humane’

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Whistleblower lawyers acknowledge client had ‘contact’ with presidential candidates
The attorneys representing the whistleblower at the center of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry acknowledged in a statement Wednesday that their client “has come into contact with presidential candidates from both parties” — but insisted the contact involved the politicians’ roles as “elected officials – not as candidates.” Mark Zaid and Andrew Bakaj asserted in their statement that the whistleblower “has never worked for or advised a political candidate, campaign or party” — leaving open the possibility that the whistleblower advised a current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate prior to their run for office.

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Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The lawyers’ disclosure came shortly after the Washington Examiner reported that Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson told lawmakers the whistleblower worked “or had some type of professional relationship” with one of the Democratic presidential candidates, citing three sources familiar with Atkinson’s interview with lawmakers on Friday. Click here for more on our top story.

In other developments in the Trump impeachment inquiry: President Trump on Wednesday told reporters that he would cooperate with a formal impeachment inquiry if there is a House vote on the investigation and if Democrats commit to rules he believes are fair. Trump also said Republicans must get a “fair shake.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden for the first time called for the impeachment of President Trump over the Ukrainian controversy. According to a new Fox News poll released Wednesday, just over half of voters want President Trump impeached and removed from office. A new high of 51 percent wants Trump impeached and removed from office, another 4 percent want him impeached but not removed, and 40 percent oppose impeachment altogether.

And in an interview on “Hannity,” Trump’s son Eric noted that former President Barack Obama has been conspicuously silent regarding the link between Ukraine and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. “He’s the only guy who’s hiding,” Eric Trump said of Obama. “I mean, Joe Biden was his vice president. Where is Obama? What does he think about this rampant corruption?”

Turkey says ground forces advancing in Syria, at least seven civilians among the first deaths reported
Turkish ground forces pressed their advance against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said, launching airstrikes and unleashing artillery shelling on Syrian towns and villages the length of its border.. The latest development comes as at least seven civilians and three members of the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces were among the first reported deaths Wednesday after Turkey announced that its ground forces invaded northeastern Syria to fight against Kurdish forces.

The ground offensive was part of a wave of initial attacks in the region after President Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw American troops from the area. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the mission was to “neutralize terror threats against Turkey and lead to the establishment of a safe zone, facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.” After Erdogan announced the offensive, Trump called the operation “a bad idea.” Later Wednesday, he said he didn’t want to be involved in “endless, senseless wars.”

The president told reporters Wednesday that he would do “far more than sanctions” against Turkey if the country didn’t act in the most “humane way as possible,” and that he hoped Erdogan would act rationally. When asked what would happen if Erdogan wiped out the Kurds, Trump threatened to “wipe out” Turkey’s economy, saying he’d done it once before. Click here for more on this story.

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Matt Lauer rape accuser thanks supporters, calls Lauer letter ‘victim blaming’
A former NBC News employee whose rape allegation against Matt Lauer went public for the first time Wednesday posted a Twitter message later in the day, thanking those who supported her decision to come forward with her story. Brooke Nevils, 35, who claims Lauer raped her in a hotel room at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, also excoriated Lauer in a letter to NBC News, calling Lauer’s written denial of her allegations “a case study in victim blaming.” (Click here to read Lauer’s letter.)

Lauer, who was fired from NBC News for sexual misconduct in 2017, is accused of sex crimes reported in graphic detail in journalist Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book “Catch and Kill.” Lauer in a letter provided to Fox News by his lawyer called the rape allegations false and said the sex was consensual.

US-China trade talks may last only one day as tensions flare
The latest trade talks between the United States and China may have cooled before they even started. Originally set for Thursday and Friday, the talks may only last one day, Fox Business has learned. The delegation, led by Vice Premier Liu, will depart for China on Thursday at the conclusion of the talks. It is unclear why talks were shortened so close to the start. However, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere issued this statement: “We are not aware of a change in the Vice Premier’s travel plans at this time.”

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Carlos Lama of Bayside Cafe, which was among businesses to lose power due to PG&E’s public safety power shutoff, uses an LED lamp and light from his phone at the counter of the restaurant in Sausalito, Calif. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal via AP)

PG&E begins second wave of California planned power outages to head off wildfire risk
The largest utility company in California began its second wave of planned power outages to head off wildfire danger from downed power lines Wednesday evening, according to a report. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. delayed the outages planned for noon local time Wednesday in parts of Northern California until after 7 p.m. Around 234,000 customers were expected to lose power in the second wave, Sacramento’s KCRA-TV reported.
 
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Alaska nurse practitioner, doctor charged in opioid distribution scheme

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An Alaska nurse practitioner and a doctor dubbed “the Candy Man” were charged Wednesday with providing millions of opioid doses to patients who did not medically require the drugs, which in turn fueled addiction and caused overdoses and deaths, officials said.

The Alaska U.S. attorney said 48-year-old Jessica Joyce Spayd and 74-year-old Lavern Davidhizar were arrested and charged separately for distributing the prescription painkillers. Federal prosecutors said the two medical professionals help fuel the state’s opioid epidemic.

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Spayd, an advanced nurse practitioner and owner of Eagle River Wellness in Eagle River, was charged with distribution of narcotic substances resulting in death. Davidhizar, a physician at Family Medical Clinic in Soldotna, was charged with distribution of a scheduled controlled substance.

Spayd allegedly distributed more than 4 million doses of opioid narcotics, including oxycodone, methadone, and hydromorphone, to 450 patients between 2014 and 2019. At least 19 of her patients “died within one month of filling an opioid prescription” she issued, according to court documents. Twelve died within two weeks and five died the same day or the next day.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spotted signals — including patients traveling long distances, prescriptions written before previous prescriptions expired, and patients using multiple names and pharmacies — that led them to Spayd, according to court documents. Some pharmacies in Anchorage stopped filling prescriptions written by Spayd, Anchorage’s KTUU-TV of Anchorage reported.

Davidhizar prescribed so many narcotic pills he became known by drug users as “the Candy Man,” authorities said. Court documents stated he prescribed more than 700,000 narcotic pills between 2017 and 2019, and “it was common knowledge that people could obtain pain medication prescriptions from him even though they did not have a legitimate medical need.”

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Undercover FBI agents posed as patients with signs of opioid addiction but “little pain justifying the opioids they sought,” court documents stated. Davidhizar still prescribed them the drugs.

Davidhizar was put on probation in 1999 for a two-year period and fined $5,000 for failing to keep medical records for prescriptions, KTUU reported. He was placed on probation again in 2009 for five years and fined $35,000 for overprescribing drugs and failing to show concern for patients’ wellbeing.

Spayd faces a minimum of 20 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges, while Davidhizar faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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PG&E begins 2nd wave of California planned power outages to head off wildfire risk

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The largest utility company in California began its second wave of planned power outages to head off wildfire danger from downed power lines Wednesday evening, according to a report.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. delayed the outages planned for noon Wednesday in parts of Northern California until after 7 p.m.

Around 234,000 customers were expected to lose power in the second wave, Saramento’s KCRA-TV reported.

PG&E said it turned the power back on for some of the 513,000 customers in 22 counties who were left in the dark around midnight Wednesday for the company’s first wave of outages due to a “widespread, severe wind event.”

Around 44,000 customers in the northeast Sierra Foothills had the power turned back on Wednesday afternoon, KCRA reported.

The second waves of outages include Calaveras, Tuolumne, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties, which are all east of San Francisco.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE RISK MAY CAUSE POWER OUTAGES IN 30 COUNTIES FOR MORE THAN 600,000 CUSTOMERS

Other counties expected to lose power in the second wave include Alameda, Alpine, Contra Costa, Mariposa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Mendocino County, KCRA reported.

PG&E has set up about 30 community centers offering air conditioning, restrooms, bottled water, and electronic charging stations during daylight hours.

PG&E made the decision to turn off customers’ power because forecasts of dry, hot and windy weather, which up the risk of a rapidly spreading wildfire.

The company said the weather event is expected to last through midday Thursday.

“The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has decided to turn the power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event,” Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president of Electric Operations, said in a statement. “We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public’s patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire.”

The company expects the planned outage will in total affect around 800,000 customers in 34 counties.

“We’ve also identified areas where we could safely energize sections of our electrical system that were not in high fire threat zones and reconfiguring our system in different areas so it didn’t have as large an impact as previously planned,” PG&E spokesperson Brandi Merlo said in a statement.

California has suffered a series of deadly wildfires across the state in the last few years, including the Camp Fire, the deadliest in the state’s history, which killed 85 people and nearly destroyed the town of Paradise.

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A potential third wave of shutoffs would include the company’s southernmost customers in Santa Barbara and Kern County.

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North Carolina town told not to wash clothes for 5 days

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Residents of a North Carolina town have been asked to give up doing laundry for a week by city officials.

Surf City made the request in a Facebook post last week, saying Public Works crew would begin “a directional flush of the hydrants and waterlines” from Oct. 7 through Oct. 11.

“The purpose of this flush is to remove excess iron from the water lines,” officials explained on Facebook.

The post didn’t explain why the water would be unsafe for clothes, but added that all Pender County Island residents would be affected.

The water should clear up through normal use, the post assured. Some residents jokingly reacted while others were in disbelief. One user wondered if the post was from this year.

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Another wrote: “It’s gonna be murder catching up with our families of 5, and extracurricular activities/sports.”

Calls to Surf City’s Public Works Department were not immediately returned.

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Florida begins arming teachers as large school districts rebuff controversial program

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. –– Teachers in seven Florida county school districts will soon be locked and loaded thanks to a state law enacted this month that provides schools with the option to allow teachers to carry concealed guns.

The law expands on a safety measure known as the “guardian” program. The program was created in response to the February 2018 Parkland massacre but did not allow teachers to carry guns, in part due to the recommendation of former Gov. Rick Scott. Under the original law, guardians were either non-instructional personnel who volunteered, or employees–such as school resource officers– hired specifically to protect students.

“That initial program [said] everybody except classroom teachers … could be armed. With the recent legislation, our board approved to train classroom teachers to be able to further protect our students,” said Dylan Tedders, the assistant superintendent of Okeechobee County.

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The original program was created in response to the February 2018 Parkland massacre but did not allow teachers to carry guns, in part due to the recommendation of former Gov. Rick Scott. Under the original law, guardians were either non-instructional personnel who volunteered, or employees hired specifically to protect students, such as school resource officers.  (Elina Shirazi)

Okeechobee, a school district with roughly 6,600 students, is one of seven districts taking advantage of the new option to arm teachers. Tedders explained that school districts must first vote in favor of it and then teachers have to volunteer. The other six districts arming teachers include Bay, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam and Suwannee counties.

Tedders said their first priority is protecting students.

“You can’t have a hashtag of putting students first and not want to use every opportunity to keep them safe, so I think districts have to really look at that,” Tedders said.

FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICTS PUSH BACK AGAINST AGAINST BILL TO ARM SCHOOL TEACHERS

But not every school district in the state has embraced the law. The 60 other school districts in the state, including the largest ones — Miami-Dade, Broward and Orange counties — have not approved it. The state does not track how many districts or teachers are taking part in the program, a matter that has become a point of contention.

“For you to implement a program that does more harm than it does good — and we don’t even know who does it — is absolutely asinine and it’s counterproductive to what the agency for school safety is supposed to be doing,” State Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, told the Miami Herald recently. “This is the dumb, backwards stuff that we do here.”

But more rural districts in the state are happy to take part in the program.

Tedders said his district already has several volunteers. One teacher participating in the guardian program and who wished to remain anonymous due to safety concerns said they are ready for the responsibility.

“Twenty years as a teacher, you know your kids, you wouldn’t want to see anything bad happen to any of them,” the teacher said. “For me, the pros definitely outweighed the cons. You know you have to be ready and prepared if something happens. You have to be willing to do what needs to be done.”

But gun-control groups continue to oppose the law, arguing teachers simply can’t fill the role of law enforcement.

“We are worried about the accuracy of that teacher being able to shoot, or to be able to shoot at all in that type of high, intense adrenaline type of situation,” said Angie Gallo, the co-char of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. “They are just not trained for it, they are not trained for it like law enforcement are.”

Law enforcement working to train teachers and staff in Okeechobee say otherwise.

“This we consider as a force multiplier because, as we have learned, time is the most critical factor,” said Sgt. Michael Hazellief, one of the officers responsible for training guardians. “If an incident were to occur, we want as many people there as immediate as possible … no one is going to be authorized to go into a school or classroom with a firearm under this program, if they haven’t made it through me.”

Some parents who have kids enrolled in the district think it’s a good idea as well. They say the new law will eliminate schools as soft targets.

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL EXPANDING PROGRAM TO ARM TEACHERS

“If all else fails and my child is sitting in a classroom with some psycho coming through that door, I want my child behind that teacher, and I want that teacher equipped to do something to help themselves, which is also going to help my child,” said Adam Cohen, whose two kids are enrolled in Okeechobee County schools. The family moved to Okeechobee from Parkland after the 2018 Parkland Massacre. Cohen’s daughter, now in the ninth grade, was enrolled in Parkland’s middle school at the time.

“I was concerned in Parkland,” Cohen said, “people were getting consumed and misdirected in a lot of politics, a lot of things, there was a lot of energy and there wasn’t a lot of action. There weren’t things happening that were making safety changes for the kids in the schools and I was concerned that wasn’t going the right direction.”

Another Parkland parent, Andrew Pollack, describes himself as an expert, but not by choice. His daughter, Meadow, was killed during the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Pollack said he strongly supports arming teachers, saying that when police are minutes away, seconds matter.

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Andrew Pollack said he strongly supports arming teachers, saying that when police are minutes away, seconds matter. His daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting last year. (Elina Shirazi)

“You’ve seen multiple mass shootings stopped by people that saw something, said something and then they saw someone actually did something, not like in Parkland — where no one did anything and that it was these failures and these policies that are in the schools or across the nation,” Pollack said.

School employees and teachers who volunteer to pack heat have a long list of requirements, including passing drug tests, psychological exams and over 100 hours of training. Presently, in addition to the seven counties that have opted to arm teachers, 32 of Florida’s 67 counties have opted to arm school personnel other than teachers. They include Broward County, where the Parkland massacre took place, as well as Brevard and Duval. According to the Miami Herald, nearly 1,100 school employees are armed statewide. The state doesn’t track how many are teachers.

“It is a very unique measure, you know. It is in response to very unique and very violent incidents that have happened nationwide. All schools are having to take measures such as ensuring that there are safe corners, blinds in your classroom doors, that the lockdown procedures are in place. But we have seen that even with those measures in place, things happen,” said Tuuli Robinson, the principal at North Elementary School in Okeechobee.

“I actually think that the arming of the teachers is not going to create these dramatic gunfights in schools, it is going to create a deterrent. The schools are not going to be a soft target and they are not going to be attractive,” Cohen said.

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According to the Education Commission of the States, at least eight other states allow some teachers or other school employees to have guns. They include Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.  (Elina Shirazi)

But many school districts say they are reluctant to arm teachers and think the law is a bad idea.

“Teachers have a lot on their plates,” Tamara Shamburger, chairwoman of the Hillsborough County school board, in Tampa, told the Wall Street Journal. “Their focus has to be on educating their kids and not fighting off bad guys.”

Tedders said he understands the hesitation in some districts, but that he firmly believes they are going about the process in the safest manner possible.

“I think the negativity would be that we are passing out guns at the door and that is not what we are doing,” Tedders said.

According to the Education Commission of the States, at least eight other states allow some teachers or other school employees to have guns. They include Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.

Since 2018, legislation to allow teachers and other school staff to carry firearms has been proposed in a handful of additional states, including Washington, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

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California man kidnapped girl, 17, who worked with pals to nab him in their own unofficial operation: cops

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A California man was arrested after allegedly kidnapping a girl who, with the help other female teens, lured the man — in an unofficial “sting operation” — to help expose him as an older man looking to sleep with underage girls.

Richard Dreyfus, 32, was contacted by a group of girls on social media and planned to meet up at a location in Vista. When at the spot on Sunday, Dreyfus convinced the 17-year-old girl, whom he allegedly kidnapped, to get into his vehicle to talk. Then he immediately drove away, officials said.

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Dreyfus drove the girl several miles, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. During that time, the teen “was able to send a message for help to the group, who called law enforcement.”

Deputies were able to call Dreyfus’s cell phone and he pulled over. The teen quickly fled from his vehicle, investigators said, adding she was rescued “unharmed.”

Dreyfus was arrested and charged with kidnapping, sending harmful matter to a minor and communication with a minor for specific offenses.

“There does not appear to be any relationship between the suspect and victim outside of their communication through social media,” the sheriff’s office said.

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Investigators said they “strongly” discourage members of the public to try to catch criminals.

“These types of situations can be extremely dangerous and should be handled by your local law enforcement agency,” officials said.

“The Sheriff’s Department takes all crimes against our children extremely serious and is committed to keeping our children and communities safe. If you have information involving a crime, please report it to your local law enforcement agency.”

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California firefighters save dog stuck in culvert pipe by using treats

California firefighters saved an adventurous dog from inside a narrow culvert pipe on Tuesday using tools more powerful than the Jaws of Life: tasty treats.

The unnamed pup’s leg became stuck in a pipe off Kearsarge Mill Road in Alta, located about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento, CAL Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit wrote on Facebook.

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Placer County firefighters of Alta Station 33 responded and maneuvered her leg free, according to the post. A photo showed the dog’s head sticking out of the pipe as she was coaxed out with a treat.

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A rescue team coaxed the dog out with treats after dislodging its trapped leg. (CAL Fire NEU)

The exact circumstances of how the dog became stuck were unclear.

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The dog’s brother was waiting at the scene when his sister was freed. The two were safely returned home and “ready for the next escape to explore the neighborhood,” firefighters said.

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The pup was reunited with her brother at the scene, firefighters said. (CAL Fire NEU)

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Social media users praised the department following the rescue.

“Thank you so much Cal Fire,” one user wrote. “We appreciate all that you all do.”

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Third suspect in murder of Joshua Brown, witness in Amber Guyger trial, sought in Louisiana; 2 arrested

Two of the three men wanted in connection to the killing of Joshua Brown, a key witness who testified in the high-profile murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, have been arrested while a third, Thaddeous Green, remained on the lam Wednesday morning.

The second suspect, Michael Mitchell, 32, was arrested by federal deputy marshals Tuesday night in Marksville, Louisiana, while Mitchell’s nephew, 20-year-old Jacquerious Mitchell, is in critical condition in a Dallas-area hospital with a gunshot wound.

Authorities believe the three men traveled from Alexandrian, Louisiana, to buy drugs from Brown, 28, in the parking lot of a Dallas apartment complex.

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Jecquerious Mitchell told the police that Brown shot him in the chest after an argument during the drug deal. Dallas Police Assistant Chief Avery Moore said that during the deal Green shot Brown twice.

Green left with Brown’s backpack and gun. Investigators also seized 12 pounds of marijuana, 149 grams of THC cartridges and more than $4,000 in cash during a search of Brown’s home. It was unclear how the three men came into contact with Brown or why they would have driven more than 300 miles from central Louisiana to purchase pot in Texas.

While there had been widespread speculation that Brown’s death had something to do with Guyger’s trial, Moore on Tuesday afternoon cautioned against it.

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Even though an attorney representing Brown’s family previously said Brown had reservations about testifying in the high-profile Guyger trial, Moore said Brown’s killing had nothing to do with the case.

Brown, who lived in the same apartment building, testified about what he heard the night Botham Jean was murdered. Lee Merritt, an attorney representing Brown’s family, said Brown’s mother told him about her son’s reservations about his visibility in the Guyger trial. In November, Brown was wounded in the foot in a shooting that left a 25-year-old man dead outside a Dallas nightclub, The Dallas Morning News reported.

“He was concerned that the people who shot him there still wanted to do him additional harm,” said Merritt, who also represented Botham Jean’s family.

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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and other officials had asked the public to refrain from speculating about the killing of Brown while police investigated. Meanwhile, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. requested an independent investigation into Brown’s slaying, calling it “deeply alarming and highly suspicious” in a news release.

Dallas police had no comment on calls for an independent investigation.

Guyger testified that in September 2018, after working a long shift, she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and thought he was a burglar. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison for murder.

At the time of Jean’s shooting, Brown lived in the same apartment building as Guyger and Jean. Brown was killed at a different complex, investigators said.

Brown testified that on the night of Jean’s killing, he was in a hallway on the fourth floor, where he and Jean lived, and that he heard what sounded like “two people meeting by surprise” and then two gunshots.

At times during his testimony, Brown became emotional and used his T-shirt and tissues to wipe away tears. He said he had met Jean, a 26-year-old accountant from the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia, for the first time earlier that day.

Judge Tammy Kemp, who presided over Guyger’s trial, said Monday she was “saddened” and “stunned” to hear about Brown’s death, adding that “he seemed to be a very compassionate young man and I hate that his life has ended so soon.”

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Brown, a Jacksonville, Fla., native, graduated from South Florida State College. Following college, he managed Airbnb units in California and Georgia and worked to get a similar business off the ground in Dallas. He had three children – a 6-year-old and two toddlers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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