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Las Vegas massacre death toll rises after southern California woman’s death

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The death toll for the 2017 Las Vegas massacre rose to 59 last week after a woman in southern California succumbed to injuries sustained two years ago in what had already been deemed the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, according to reports Monday.

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Kim Gervais, 57, of Jurupa Valley, Calif., died on Friday after she was rushed to Redlands Community Hospital, the San Bernardino County coroner confirmed in a statement. She was shot in the back and suffered spinal injuries on Oct. 1, 2017, when a gunman fired down into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Riverside, Calif.’s The Press-Enterprise reported. Gervais was the 59th person to die as a result of the mass shooting. More than 400 people were also injured.

Family told Fox 11 in Portland, Ore., that Gervais was paralyzed from the neck up. Her heart stopped as a result of the stress on her body from the injuries she sustained, Dena Sarvela, Gervais’ sister from Washington state, told the station. Gervais had scrap metal lodged inside of her as a result of “exploding bullets,” according to her sister.

“It took almost a year before she was able to transport out to go back home to California, that was rough,” Sarvela said. “She lost her zest for life because of it, because of the shooting, because of her injuries that she sustained. It was hard to be that same person, that we all know and love.”

“She was ready to retire. Her and I spoke the night before she went to the concert,” Sarvela continued. “She was going to sell the business, she was ready to just go abroad and enjoy life, like she should have, and it was snatched from her. She worked her life, and butt off for – just to go enjoy, you know, and she doesn’t get that, she doesn’t get that chance.”

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Gervais was a mother to two daughters. Her husband died in 2008 and she operated a small business alone, according to her sister.

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DMV workers accused of taking bribes to allow man to skip long lines, SC officials say

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Three people – including two DMV employees – are facing bribery charges in South Carolina after investigators accused a man of paying money to skip long lines to transfer 18 vehicle titles, a published report said.

The two employees, 21-year-old Alyson Leigh McFerrin and 25-year-old Elizabeth Seay, are accused of taking cash in two separate bribery cases involving Robbie Ray Biershenk, according to warrants from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), The State newspaper reported.

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McFerrin is accused of taking money from Biershenk so he could avoid waiting in line to make the vehicle title transfers. DMV rules typically allow only three title transfers per day, the report said.

In addition, authorities said McFerrin listed the value of Biershenk’s vehicles as $1 so he could avoid paying the state’s infrastructure maintenance fee, The State reported.

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Officials claim the bribery arrangement involving McFerrin and Biershenk took place between mid-September and Oct. 4, the report said.

The three suspects were released on bond after their Friday arrests, according to court and jail records.

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Criminal charges expected this week against Epstein guards

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Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

The federal charges could come as soon as Tuesday and are the first in connection with Epstein’s death. The wealthy financier died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.

The officers on Epstein’s unit at the federal jail in New York City are suspected of failing to check on him every half-hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to claim they had. Federal prosecutors offered the guards a plea bargain, but the AP reported Friday that the officers declined the deal.

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The expected charges will be filed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who have been investigating Epstein’s Aug. 10 death. The people familiar with the matter insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

Both guards were working overtime because of staffing shortages when Epstein was found. The officers have been placed on administrative leave while the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death.

The city’s medical examiner ruled Epstein’s death a suicide, but that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theories. A forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s family to observe the autopsy has said authorities could help clear things up by being more transparent.

Epstein’s death ended the possibility of a trial that would have involved prominent figures, and it sparked widespread anger that he wouldn’t have to answer for the allegations. He had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing girls as young as 14 and young women in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.

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Even with his death, federal prosecutors in New York have continued to investigate the allegations against Epstein. The Justice Department has vowed to aggressively investigate and bring charges against anyone who may have helped him.

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There is also a related investigation in Paris, where accusers are complaining police haven’t done enough to track down potential witnesses.

Epstein was placed on suicide watch after he was found July 23 on his cell floor with bruises on his neck. Multiple people familiar with operations at the jail have said Epstein was taken off suicide watch about a week before his death, meaning he was less closely monitored but still supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes.

Investigators believe those checks weren’t done for several hours before Epstein was discovered in his cell with a bedsheet around his neck, another person familiar with the matter told the AP.

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Houston Police Department changes dress code to allow religious clothing in honor of fallen Sikh deputy

The Houston Police department announced Monday that the department is changing its dress code policy to be more inclusive in honor of a fallen Sikh deputy.

The department will now accommodate Sikh officers by letting them wear their articles of faith while on duty, Mayor Sylvester Turner said. The announcement was made at a news conference on Monday morning.

The city of Houston tweeted that “Houston Police is now the largest law enforcement agency in Texas to adopt a policy allowing officers to wear articles of faith on duty.”

“I know that Sikhs have a proud history as first responders & members of the military. #HPD [Houston Police Department] can be their home,” Turner said.

Sandeep Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and its first Sikh deputy, was shot multiple times while conducting a traffic stop in September.

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Dhaliwal’s dashboard camera captured video that showed the officer speaking with the driver in what appeared to be a conversational tone with “no combat, no arguing,” Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Lee said. The driver’s door was opened at one point, and Dhaliwal shut it as the driver remained in the vehicle. When Dhaliwal turned to walk back to his patrol car, the driver steps from the car “almost immediately running with a gun already out,” Lee said. The driver shot the deputy from behind, hitting him in the back of the head. The driver got back in his car and drove away.

Dhaliwal, 42, was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The deputy was a father of three children.

“Deputy Dhaliwal taught us all a valuable lesson about inclusion. It was an honor to know him,” Turner said on Monday.

The sheriff had implemented a religious accommodation policy that allowed Dhaliwal to wear the traditional turban and beard of the Sikh religion.

“We know the spirit, the soul, the delight that that man emitted,” Fox 26 reported Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

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Dhaliwal was known as being one of the first law enforcement officers in the nation to wear his turban while on the job, the station reported.

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Sandeep Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and its first Sikh deputy, was shot multiple times from behind while conducting a traffic stop in September. (Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

“We have seen Sikhs across the country proud to show their children that here in America, Sikhs can serve as an officer in the law enforcement without compromising their faith,” the television station reported Kiran Kaur Gill of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund said.

“What it really means to people like me is: we love you, we respect you, and your turban is a part of the fabric of this nation,” Army Reserve Lt. Col. Kamal Singh Kalsi of New Jersey reportedly said.

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Robert Solis, 47, had been charged with capital murder in Dhaliwal’s death, according to the sheriff’s office. Solis was wanted on a parole violation warrant dating back to January 2017, when he was reportedly accused of threatening his girlfriend and possessing a prohibited weapon, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. Click2Houston reported that Solis was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison in 2002 for aggravated kidnapping but was released on parole in 2014. His parole would have expired in 2022.

Fox News’ Melissa Leon and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Meth. We’re on it’ campaign rolls out in South Dakota to confusion, ridicule

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An anti-drug campaign in South Dakota intended to steer viewers away from crystal methamphetamine instead inspired a backlash and ridicule.

The $1.4 million campaign, featuring people saying, “Meth, I’m on it,” in coffee shops, and on a football field, paid nearly $500,000 to Broadhead Co., the Minnesota-based ad agency that created the tagline.

“We didn’t want this to look like every other anti-drug campaign,” said Laurie Gill, the secretary for the Department of Social Services, which oversaw the campaign.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, described the state’s methamphetamine epidemic in a video announcing the campaign rollout, saying the problem was “growing at an alarming rate.”

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“This is our problem, and together, we need to get on it,” she said. “It is filling our jails and prisons, clogging our court systems, and stretching our drug treatment capacity while destroying people and their families.”

Some users online were not as enthusiastic about the campaign as Noem.

One Twitter user asked if South Dakota was actually advertising the drug as opposed to deterring its use.

“Is South Dakota trying to advertise meth?” the post read.

“The only way to explain South Dakota’s new anti-Meth ads is that everyone involved in their creation is on meth,” wrote another.

“Surprising anti-meth campaign in South Dakota. With the theme “Meth. I’m on it,” what could go wrong?” one post read.

Noem defended the campaign, saying “Hey Twitter, the whole point of this ad campaign is to raise awareness. So I think that’s working…”

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The campaign is expected to run through May and include a website, billboards and television. Gill justified the price paid to Broadhead Co., by saying meth addiction in her state is a “huge issue.”

The state has seen an uptick in meth use by 12- to 17-year-olds in the last year that is double the national average. From 2014 to 2018, the number of people in the state seeking treatment for meth addiction has doubled.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Air Force airman accused of white nationalist ties reduced in rank

A U.S. Air Force airman stationed in Colorado has been reduced in rank after he was accused of having ties to a white nationalist group, according to a report on Tuesday.

Sgt. Cory Reeves, based at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, was reduced in rank from master sergeant to technical sergeant after an investigation into alleged white supremacist ties, Air Force Times reported.

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Cory Reeves, an U.S. Air Force airman, was demoted to technical sergeant at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs following allegations that he has ties to a white nationalist group. (Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs)

In April, Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists identified Reeves as a “patron” and organizer of “Identify Evropa,” a white supremacist organization classified by the Anti-Defamation League as a hate group. The group accused Reeves of making monthly donations to Identity Evropa beyond what regular members pay and released photos which allegedly showed Reeves taking part in the group’s protest.

Per Air Force Instruction 51-508, members are prohibited from “actively advocating supremacist, extremist or criminal gang doctrine, ideology or causes, including those that advance, encourage or advocate illegal discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex, religion, ethnicity or national origin or those that advance, encourage or advocate the use of force, violence or criminal activity or otherwise advance efforts to deprive individuals of their civil rights.”

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The Anti-Fascists’ allegation of Reeves prompted the Air Force to investigate. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told the Air Force Times last week that Reeves is now serving in the Air Force as a tech sergeant.

Schriever Air Force Base did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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The Air Force Times report came amid the data leak of a now-defunct neo-Nazi forum that showed active members of the military engaging in online white supremacist threads.

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Epstein accuser says she once took Bill Clinton’s seat on private jet, saw bedroom floor made of mattress foam

A woman who came forward with accusations of child sex abuse against Jeffrey Epstein on Monday described a disturbing encounter with the now-deceased sex offender, said she took Bill Clinton’s seat on the “Lolita Express,” and noted bizarre bedroom floors made of mattress foam and being encouraged to cry after sex with the disgraced money man.

The accuser, who went by the name Jane Doe 15, enlisted high-powered attorney Gloria Allred who held a news conference Monday in Los Angeles. The accuser was 15 when Epstein preyed upon her and she was seeking compensatory and punitive damages as a result, Allred said.

“Her lawsuit alleges battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress,” Allred said.

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Jane Doe 15 said Epstein began grooming her when she was in New York for a school trip and eventually found herself on the “Lolita Express,” his private jet.

“When I chose a seat on the jet, Jeffrey told me that is where his good friend Bill Clinton always chose to sit,” Jane Doe 15 said.

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Jane Doe 15 enlisted high-powered attorney Gloria Allred for her lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein.

Jane Doe 15, who is now 31 years old, detailed her first sexual encounter with Epstein.

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“I was invited to his home. There, his assistant took a photo of me and later reached out, inviting me to Epstein’s ranch. I only knew Jeffrey Epstein for five days. During a trip to the Zorro Ranch, his massive compound surrounded by government land in the New Mexico desert, Epstein took my sexual innocence in front of a wall of framed photographs of him shaking hands with and smiling with celebrities and political leaders,” Jane Doe 15 said. “I was only 15 years old. After, he wanted to talk to me about what had just been my first sexual experience and directed me to take time to myself that night to cry.”

Jane Doe 15 said Epstein offered her money for college almost immediately after the sexual encounter.

“While he was giving me a tour of the bedroom, he told me to get down and feel the carpeted floors of the room. He then asked if I noticed anything special about the floor and I responded that it felt very soft,” Jane Doe 15 said. “He laughed and said it was because the floors in the bedroom were foam mattress floors, because he liked to have girls sleep around him on the floor while he slept in the bed.”

Jane Doe 15 said she declined other invitations from Epstein.

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“I left Zorro Ranch with a deep sense of shame,” she said.

Epstein was found dead this past August in his Manhattan prison cell while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges. Prosecutors alleged that the convicted sex offender paid girls as young as 14 hundreds of dollars for massages before he molested them in his homes in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., between 2002 and 2005.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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Supreme Court denies Martin Shkreli’s appeal to get out of prison

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli’s bid to overturn a 2017 conviction for securities fraud and conspiracy, according to reports.

Shkreli, 36, was sentenced in 2018 to seven years in prison for securities fraud after he scammed investors out of millions.

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Martin Shkreli sought to appeal his 2018 conviction. (Getty Images)

He also made headlines for raising the price of the anti-parasite drug Daraphim – it helps AIDS and cancer patients – by 5,000 percent when he was chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals.

Shkreli argued that negative publicity had undermined his defense, according to Reuters. He also argued that a $7.36 million forfeiture for cheating investors was excessive, the report said.

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“We are disappointed by the court’s decision and continue to main that Martin was never treated fairly by any of the courts that have reviewed his case,” said Benjamin Brafman, Shkreli’s defense attorney. “Unfortunately, there is often a price to pay for notoriety. It is never helpful.”

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Shkreli is serving his sentence at the low-security federal correction center in Allenwood, Pa. A federal inmate registry shows he is eligible for release in September 2023.

The Supreme Court declined to say why it decided not to hear Shkreli’s appeal.

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Delaware police release facial reconstruction images after finding remains of young girl

Police in Delaware released facial reconstruction images Monday in the hope of identifying a young girl whose remains were found last month.

The Smyrna Police Department says the girl was between the ages of 2 and 5, had wavy brown hair, and was Caucasian or Hispanic. She was found in September next to the Little Lass softball fields.

“Somebody [was] down there, visiting the park, it’s open to the public, they had their dog with them. Dog wanders off, comes back with what looked like a bone fragment,” Smyrna Police Cpl. Brian Donner told News Radio WDEL. “At which point, that person notified the police.”

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Smyrna police in Delaware released these images in hopes of identifying remains of a little girl found near softball fields in September. (Smyrna Police Department)

Donner said investigators were analyzing evidence found at the scene to determine if the body had been set on fire, according to the station.

Investigators haven’t said how the child died, but believe the girl died weeks before the remains were found, if not longer.

“An anthropological exam of her remains suggests that she suffered from chronic illness,” the department added in a news release.

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Forensic artists with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children came up with the digital reconstruction.

In a Facebook post, Smyrna police said the case had no connection to the Dulce Marie Alavez missing child case in southern New Jersey.

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“Their child [Alavez] went missing [three] days after we discovered the remains of ours,” the post said. “These children, while resembling one another, are conclusively separate.”

Dulce, 5, hasn’t been seen since disappearing from a park in Bridgeton, possibly in an abduction, police said.

Anyone with information about the Delaware case should contact detective Bill Davis at 302-653-3490.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida marina fire destroys 2 luxury yachts worth $24 million

Florida fire officials were investigating after a weekend fire at a marina in Fort Lauderdale destroyed two luxury yachts worth a combined $24 million.

The fire was reported Saturday at 4:30 a.m. on Fort Lauderdale’s Marina Mile, according to reports.

“When I stepped outside, I saw this blazing fire, maybe 12 stories high,” Arlene Meyer told Fox 7 Miami. Meyer said the fire woke her up.

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Two luxury yachts worth $24 million were destroyed in a fire at Fort Lauderdale marina early Saturday. (Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue)

“It was very eerie. You could see the flames, and it was very quiet,” she said. “You could see the reflection of the fire in the water.”

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The Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue released video of the massive fire that 60 firefighters and three fireboats battled for five hours. Wind spread the fire to one yacht to another, local media reported.

“At this time, the fire is under investigation, however it is believed to have started on the 160-foot yacht and then spread to the neighboring 100-foot yacht,” the department said on Facebook.

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One woman said the flames from the yacht fire reached 12-stories in the air. (Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue)

Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan called the destruction of the yachts “the biggest fire loss in Fort Lauderdale history,” the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The paper said no one was aboard the two yachts at the time of the fire.

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The larger yacht was named Lohengrin and was built in 2006, according to reports. The smaller yacht was named Reflections and was built 22 years ago.

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Sixty firefighters and three fireboats battled the yacht blaze for five hours, officials said. (Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue)

Gollan said Lohengrin was worth $12 to $16 million; Reflections was worth $8 million.

The yachts were next to each other at the marina for repainting, according to the paper.

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Aftermath of fire that destroyed two yachts worth $24 million in Fort Lauderdale Saturday. (Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue)

Reflections owner Chip McElroy, of Tulsa, Okla., told the paper the yacht was named Reflections “for all the blessings in our lives.”

“We were a week away from being out of here,” he said.

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Lohengrin’s owner purchased the yacht in January, the paper reported.

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