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Witness against violent New Mexico prison gang gunned down outside home

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A former member of a violent New Mexico prison gang who testified against some of its members last year was shot and killed outside his home earlier this week, authorities said.

Las Vegas, N.M. police told the Albuquerque Journal that 48-year-old Leroy “Smurf” Lucero, a former member of the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (SNM), was shot multiple times on the night of July 22.

Las Vegas police investigator Caleb Marquez told the paper that a motive for the killing hasn’t been determined and no one has been arrested.

US: GANG LEADERS RAN KILLINGS, DRUGS FROM CALIFORNIA PRISON

“We have no reason to believe anybody else is in danger,” he added.

In May 2018, Lucero testified about SNM crimes — including a directive that led to the 2001 strangulation deaths of two inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Las Cruces — during the trial of seven defendants. The murders had gone unprosecuted until the FBI began building a racketeering case against the gang in 2015.

Defendants Joe Gallegos and Billy Garcia were found guilty of one of the murders, while Garcia was also convicted of the second murder. Both were sentenced to life in federal prison last month.

Lucero said had transferred to another prison when the crimes were committed, but he was aware they were being planned, according to the Journal. FBI case agent Bryan Acee testified Lucero had been a senior member of the gang but left around 2007 or 2008.

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“I just threw in the towel,” Lucero said.

Federal prosecutors were aware of the gang’s potential to retaliate against witnesses.

“If you snitch, you get killed,” one witness said on the stand.

The FBI also investigated threats against the family of another witness against the gang. Last summer, Lucero told a federal judge he didn’t want to testify in a racketeering case against Anthony “Antone” Cordova.

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“Someone came to his door with a gun asking for Smurf,” Lucero’s attorney told the judge.

He was allowed to leave without taking the witness stand. Cordova was convicted of racketeering and murder charges in July 2018 and faces a mandatory penalty of life imprisonment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Idaho firefighters respond to fire alarm at animal shelter, discover cat triggered it

Idaho firefighters responded to a fire alarm that went off at an animal shelter and turned out to have been called in by a cat.

It was a normal Friday at the Idaho Humane Society in Boise until the fire alarm sounded and a fire truck quickly arrived, KBOI-TV reports.

After it was determined there was no fire, “we started delving into why the alarm had gone off and discovered that the alarm had been triggered in a very unique place… the cat holding room!” staffers wrote on Facebook. “The offender was a female black and white stray cat that was brought in earlier today.”

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A stray brought in earlier at the Idaho Humane Society animal shelter in Boise called in a fire alarm Friday.  (Idaho Humane Society)

“This sweet feline had been rolled a bit too close to the fire alarm pull and took advantage of this opportunity to hail for an imminent rescue!” the post said.

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“Of course, cats and firefighters have always had a special bond… so she could have been possibly calling for a special someone to bring her home as if she had been stuck in a tree… or perhaps she wanted to bring more attention to her feline friends who are waiting to be adopted into their forever homes.”

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Minnesota newborn died from intoxication after mom unexpectedly gave birth following drinking ‘bender’: prosecutors

A Minnesota woman was charged with manslaughter Wednesday after prosecutors say her infant died from intoxication last year after she went on a drinking “bender” while pregnant.

Rianna Marie Cameron, 29, was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter after her newborn daughter was found unresponsive inside the family home on December 30, WCCO reported.

INFANT TWINS FOUND DEAD, ‘FOAMING AT THE MOUTH,’ IN BACK OF CAR: POLICE

According to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County Court, a man called the Rogers Police Department at around 8:39 p.m. to report that his child had been found unresponsive and that her mother, Cameron, was found lying nearby, disoriented. The two were still connected by an umbilical cord, suggesting that Cameron had unexpectedly given birth to the infant.

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Rianna Marie Cameron, 29, was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter after her newborn daughter was found unresponsive inside the family home on December 30, police say. 

When police arrived they found the newborn purple and not breathing. They began CPR until paramedics arrived. The baby was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead an hour after police first received the 911 call.

Prosecutors allege in the complaint obtained by WCCO that Cameron told police she had been on a “bender” that day and had been drinking since 5 p.m. In that length of time, she allegedly consumed about a liter of whiskey.

She was 34-weeks pregnant at the time. An autopsy report of the infant showed that the child’s blood alcohol content was .234, WFAA reported. Cameron also registered a BAC of .21, nearly three times the legal limit permitted for driving.

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Police said there were two other unattended children in the home at the time, a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old.

Cameron reportedly has a history of alcohol abuse – in 2015 child protection services got involved over reports of prenatal alcohol exposure. She went to treatment several times, the latest was just 15 days before her infant died.

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Scottish man wanted for rape arrested months after faking his death in California

Authorities say a Scottish man who allegedly faked his death off California’s Carmel coast to avoid rape charges back home has been arrested.

Kim Vincent Avis, 55, also known as Ken Gordon-Avis, was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last week, authorities announced on Friday. He’s being held by the U.S. Marshals Service.

KIDS LEFT IN CARS A GROWING CONCERN AMID SUMMER’S SCORCHING TEMPERATURES

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This photo provided by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office shows Kim Vincent Avis, also known as Ken Gordon-Avis, on Friday, July 26, 2019. The Scottish man who authorities say faked his death off California’s Carmel coast to avoid rape charges back home was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colo., a week earlier, authorities announced Friday. He is being held by the U.S. Marshals Service, Cmdr. Kathy Pallozolo with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said. The Associated Press has identified him as Kim Gordon.

The man’s teenage son alerted the police that his father disappeared on Feb. 25 after going for a nighttime swim in the area.

But the searchers couldn’t locate the man or any trace that he was actually swimming at Monastery Beach, often dubbed “Mortuary Beach” for its deadly reputation.

Three days later, investigators began to float the possibility that this was an elaborate hoax to avoid facing the law as the man is wanted on 24 counts of rape in Scotland.

When that came up, we start to wonder if this is a hoax, and he’s trying to escape these charges out of Scotland.”

— Capt. John Thornburg

“When that came up, we start to wonder if this is a hoax, and he’s trying to escape these charges out of Scotland,” sheriff’s Capt. John Thornburg said.

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The detectives claim the son’s story lacked crucial details, and he couldn’t explain how he and his father got to California’s central coast after traveling by air from Scotland to Los Angeles.

“There was a lack of detail,” Thornburg said at the time. “The son, who reported it, couldn’t even tell us where he went in under the water.”

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The son has been returned to Scotland and won’t face charges for filing a false report. The suspect, meanwhile, is set to be extradited back to Scotland to face the charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Female detention officer fired after discovery of love note to male inmate: report

A female detention officer in Oklahoma was fired and may face charges after professing her love in writing to one of the male inmates it was her job to monitor, officials said Friday.

Sharidan Wilson, 20, was let go from her position at the Oklahoma County Jail after less than seven months on the job after a love note to the inmate was found by co-workers, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office said.

The alleged object of her affections, inmate Darryl Frost, 23, had been booked into the jail on an attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon charge, Oklahoma City’s KFOR-TV reported.

During his incarceration, Wilson allegedly brought a cell phone to Frost in his jail cell and began corresponding with him at all hours over the course of two weeks, including times she was on-duty and during the night, court documents said.

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Darryl Frost, 23, was booked into Oklahoma County Jail on an attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon charge. (Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office)

Wilson allegedly wrote Frost a letter and handed it to him in his cell . The letter read, “Just know you’re all I think about and I’m ready for you to be out of there so we can actually try something real,” KFOR-TV reported.

“I want to talk to you as much as I can,” she also allegedly wrote. “If they find out it’s me you are calling, not only will I lose my job but I’ll get locked up too.”

Deputies said another detention officer suspected an unprofessional relationship between Wilson and Frost and reported the suspicion to superiors. Wilson was fired the same day the note was found, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators also reportedly possess recorded phone conversations between the pair but are not disclosing the content because the investigation remains underway, the station reported.

Both Wilson and Frost reportedly admitted to their romance, KFOR-TV reported. But it was unclear whether their relationship went beyond their phone conversations and the note.

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Department spokesman Mark Meyers said the sheriff’s office enforces heavy training on how detention officers are supposed to treat inmates. He said Wilson’s behavior definitely broke protocol but did not specify what if any charges would be filed against the former detention officer.

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Kids left in cars a growing concern amid summer’s scorching temperatures

It happens every summer: Forgetful or negligent parents leave a child inside a car on a hot day.

The outcomes can vary: Sometimes the child is found to be OK, other times not. Sometimes the parent faces criminal charges, other times not.

Here are some examples from recent reports:

Last weekend a police officer in Perkins Township, Ohio, rescued two kids who were trapped inside a minivan in a WalMart parking lot.

Their mother had accidentally locked her keys inside the car. The kids were fine and police found it was just an accident and not negligence, FOX 8 in Cleveland reported. The rescue was recorded on the officer’s body camera.

INDIANA MOM ALLEGEDLY LEFT CHILD IN HOT CAR DURING INTERVIEW WITH DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES: REPORT

INFANT TWINS FOUND DEAD, ‘FOAMING AT THE MOUTH,’ IN BACK OF CAR: POLICE

Two babies found in the back of a car in the Bronx borough of New York City last Friday weren’t so lucky.

Police found the 1-year-old twins unresponsive and “foaming at the mouth” after being left in the car for eight hours. Their father, Juan Rodriguez, was charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide, the New York Post reported.

In Indiana, a mom left her 4-day-old baby in her car while she went to an appointment with the state Department of Child Services, authorities say. The baby survived but the mother, identified as Jennifer K. Ost, 27, of Milroy, was arrested for negligence.

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Jennifer K. Ost is accused of leaving her child in a hot car during a Department of Child Services interview in Indiana.

Earlier this week, Justice Department officials in Oregon dropped negligence charges against a prosecutor who left his 18-month-old son in his car for five hours, OregonLive reported. Officials said they couldn’t prove Evander McIver’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Bend police found the boy sleeping in his car seat. He was unhurt.

An average of 38 kids die in hot cars every year, according to the organization Kids and Cars. So far this year, 23 children have died and last year, 52 children died after being left in a car.

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The organization recommends that parents leave an item they can’t start their day without (like a cell phone or purse) in the backseat so they don’t forget their child is in the car.

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Boy, 6, opens lemonade stand to raise cash for ‘date’ with mom after dad’s cancer death

A 6-year-old Denver boy opened up a lemonade stand earlier this month, one day after his father died from cancer.

Brady Campbell’s stand fulfilled a dying wish from his father who lost his battle with colon cancer on July 7.

“My dad and I came up with the idea of a lemonade stand to take my mom on a date because I didn’t have enough money and I wanted to pay, so I did it,” Brady said, according to FOX 31 Denver.

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Brady Campbell and his mom Amanda with the Denver Fire Department. (Denver Fire Department )

Campbell’s stand caught the attention of a Denver police officer who called in other first responders.

“It was amazing. You could just feel the warmth and energy and such a positive thing in such a tragic time for us. It really lifted our spirits and really made Brady so happy. Brandon was a savvy businessman and wanted to teach Brady all those lessons, and I could just [see] it happening. It made my heart really happy,” Brady’s mother Amanda said, FOX 31 reported.

The stand raised $244 the first day and a virtual GoFundMe lemonade stand has brought in more than $12,000 to continue the mother-son dates and cancer research.

Brady plans to make the date with his mom a weekly occurrence, the station reported. For their first one, he said they may go for sushi and ice cream.

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“Maybe we will have our Friday night date night. Brandon and I used to do that, so I think we will start that and take the time to spend that time together,” his mom said. “I feel like [the lemonade stand] gives some purpose to such a tragedy,” she said according to FOX 31.

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Search underway for boy, 2, after parents found dead in Montana

Police in Southern Oregon are searching for a 2-year-old boy after his parents were found dead Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide in Montana.

Aiden Salcido’s parents, Daniel Salcido, 21, and Hannah Janiak, 24, were first reported missing to the Medford Police Department on June 11, FOX 12 in Oregon reported.

The couple were involved in a police pursuit and crash in Kalispell, Mont., on Wednesday that ended when they ran over a spike strip and police found both of them dead in the car with gunshot wounds. Salcido apparently shot Janiak then himself, police reportedly said.

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Aiden Salcido, 2, was not inside the car when his parents were found dead, authorities say. (Medford, Ore., Police Department)

Aiden was not inside the car at the time and there was no evidence he had been inside recently, police said, according to FOX 12.

Janiak was supposed to start serving a prison sentence in Jackson County, Ore., on June 11 for a 2018 burglary to which Salcido was also linked, but she never showed up.

Felony arrest warrants were issued for Janiak on June 24.

Family members told police they hadn’t seen any of the three. They also said the family was homeless and often camped in Medford, FOX 12 reported.

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The FBI is assisting with the search.

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Bulletproof Emmett Till sign commissioned after recent vandalism: reports

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Just days after some armed University of Mississippi students were suspended from their frat after posing in front of a memorial to civil rights icon Emmett Till, a new bulletproof sign is reportedly being commissioned.

The current memorial sign is riddled with bullet holes.

“Unlike the first three signs, this sign calls attention to the vandalism itself,” the Emmett Till Memorial Commission said, according to The Huffington Post. “We believe it is important to keep a sign at this historic site, but we don’t want to hide the legacy of racism by constantly replacing broken signs.”

The sign is one of several that memorialize Till but has reportedly suffered the most vandalism.

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“Our signs and ones like them have been stolen, thrown in the river, replaced, shot, replaced again, shot again, defaced with acid and have had ‘KKK’ spray-painted on them,” the group wrote this week, according to The Post. “The vandalism has been targeted and it has been persistent.”

The new sign will reportedly be steel reinforced and weigh 500 pounds. A gate and security cameras will likely be added, The Post reported.

The memorial marks the spot where 14-year-old Till was pulled from the Tallahatchie River in 1955 after being lynched.

A white woman accused Till, who was visiting Mississippi from Chicago, of flirting with her. Her husband and half-brother later kidnapped the boy from his bed and beat and shot him in the head before throwing his body in the river.

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The men were later acquitted by an all-white jury.

As for the Mississippi students linked to the latest episode, they may face a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

U.S. Attorney Chad Lamar of the Northern District of Mississippi in Oxford said the case has been referred to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the Clarion Ledger of Jackson reported. The university’s police department had previously reported the photo to the FBI, the report said.

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‘America’ and ‘American’ potentially offensive words? Maybe not, university decides

Are the words “America” and “American” potentially offensive? Maybe not, a university in Colorado has decided.

According to reports, a draft version of Colorado State University’s “Inclusive Language Guide” included “America” and “American” among words deemed to be non-inclusive.

The argument: Inside the U.S., “America” and “American” typically refer to the United States. But outside the U.S., both terms are also used in reference to other countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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Colorado State University in Fort Collins. (Google)

The suggested alternative: Refer to an American as a “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.,” the draft said.

Using “America” or “American,” the draft argued, “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.”

Although the university, based in Fort Collins, ultimately changed its mind, some critics had plenty to say about the draft version of the document.

For example, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took issue with it in an op-ed for The Washington Times this week.

“Instead of spending so much time worrying about ways not to offend anyone, it would be nice if our colleges and universities actually worried about teaching our students,” Walker wrote. “Since 1978, college tuition has gone up 1,125 percent — four times the rate of inflation, while actual time in the classroom by tenured professors teaching undergraduates has gone down.”

“Instead of spending so much time worrying about ways not to offend anyone, it would be nice if our colleges and universities actually worried about teaching our students.”

— Scott Walker, former governor of Wisconsin

In a statement, Colorado State Chancellor Tony Frank stressed that use of the guide is voluntary anyway.

“We consider free speech and the First Amendment the foundations of a great American public university,” he added.

The university said it considers its “Inclusive Language Guide” to be a “living document” and “not an official policy or required practice.”

“This document is intended as a resource to help our campus community reflect our Principles of Community particularly inclusion, respect, and social justice,” the draft said. “The language in the guide may not apply to every individual and it is critical to take personal preference into account. The guide is not about political-correctness or policing grammar, but rather helping communicators practice inclusive language and helping everyone on our campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.”

The final version of the guide suggests avoiding words like “male” and “female” and “Mr.” “Mrs.” or Ms,” saying the words are considered non-inclusive.

“Male and female refers to biological sex and not gender,” the guide says. “In terms of communication methods (articles, social media, etc.), we very rarely need to identify or know a person’s biological sex and more often are referring to gender.”

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In addition, words and terms like “crazy,” “dumb,” “dwarf,” “Eskimo,” “gyp,” “Hispanic,” “illegal immigrant” and “normal person” also were deemed terms to avoid.

The guide also mentions the racist history of seemingly innocuous terms like “cakewalk,” which was apparently a game that slaves were forced to play, and “Eenie meenie miney moe,” which originally used the n-word in the phrase, “Catch a tiger by the toe,” according to the guide.

It also considers the term “straight” to be offensive because it implies that gay people are “‘crooked’ or not normal.”

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