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Mom, boyfriend charged after missing 3-year-old girl found dead in Virginia river

A southwestern Virginia mother and her boyfriend were arrested Wednesday after authorities found the body of a missing 3-year-old girl in a local river.

The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office said that Kimberly Dawn Moore, 45, and Adrian Neil Puckett, also 45, have been charged with felony child neglect with reckless disregard for life and felony child endangerment in the death of Josie Burleson. The sheriff’s office added that more charges were possible and the investigation is ongoing.

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Josie Burleson was found dead Wednesday morning. (Wythe County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators say Josie was reported missing just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. When questioned, Moore and Puckett told authorities that the girl was playing outside a house they were visiting near the New River Trail and wandered away. The house in question is located within 150 yards of the river.

VIRGINIA POLICE SAY MISSING BOY, 2, IS DEAD; MOM ARRESTED IN DISAPPEARANCE

The sheriff’s office said more than 100 people searched for Josie in nearby fields, along adjacent trails and in the New River, where the girl’s body was found shortly after 1 a.m.

Wythe County Sheriff Keith Dunagan told The Roanoke Times that authorities did not know how long Josie was missing before her disappearance was reported because Moore and Puckett “were on meth and they made two or three different statements, and we don’t know which one is correct.”

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The sheriff added that investigators believe Josie wandered to the edge of the river looking for a swing she had visited in the past.

“They found her footprints in the mud at the edge of the river,” Dunagan told the Times. “The current was swift there, and we believe it carried her down the river.”

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Mackenzie Lueck’s alleged killer is formally charged as prosecutors reveal more crime scene details

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The man accused of killing Mackenzie Lueck was formally charged Wednesday, as prosecutors revealed the University of Utah student’s arms were bound behind her back when her body was recovered last week.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said Alooya Ajayi has been charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a human body. The remains of the 23-year-old student were dug up 80 miles north of Salt Lake City last Wednesday.

“Mackenzie’s arms were bound behind her back by a zip tie and rope,” Gill said. “A five-centimeter hole was located on the left side of her skull with part of her left scalp missing.”

Lueck was last seen alive on June 17 near a park in Salt Lake City, and investigators have said Ajayi was the last person Lueck was communicating with before she vanished.

SUSPECT IN MACKENZIE LUECK KILLING WANTED SECRET ROOM BUILT, CONTRACTOR SAYS

Gill told reporters Wednesday that a medical examiner determined she had died from blunt force trauma.

A search of Ajayi’s home before his recent arrest uncovered a human bone, charred muscle tissue and part of a scalp with hair on it, Gill said.

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Investigators reportedly later traced Ajayi’s cell phone to the area in Logan Canyon where her body was discovered. DNA testing of those remains, Gill said, found them to be consistent with the DNA profile of Lueck.

Ajayi, according to FOX13, is expected to appear before a judge at some point in the next few days.

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California residents warned of earthquake scams after recent temblors

After two major earthquakes within two days of each other last week in Southern California, authorities are warning that scammers may be trying to take advantage of residents’ renewed anxiety.

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck at 8:19 p.m. Friday was the largest one in Southern California in nearly 20 years and was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, the same area of the desert where a 6.4-magnitude temblor hit Thursday.

Those large quakes were followed by thousands of smaller aftershocks. The U.S. Geological Survey said the aftershocks will taper off, and the probability of another large quake — magnitude 4 or higher — also will decrease. But officials in Orange County have warned someone has been hyping the opposite, calling residents and claiming an even larger quake was on the horizon to get them out of their homes.

MASSIVE CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKES COULD BE SEEN FROM SPACE

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said that on Sunday night, four residents of Aliso Viejo reported they received a phone call saying there would be an 8.4 magnitude earthquake and urging them to evacuate their homes immediately.

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Crews work on repairing a section of highway 178 in the aftermath of an earthquake Sunday, July 7, 2019, near Trona, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

“Dispatchers provided the callers with information that Orange County does not have an alert system that would contact them prior to an earthquake, and that it may have been a scam,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement to FOX11.

The city of Aliso Viejo subsequently put out a warning on Facebook, warning of the scam to get residents to evacuate their homes in an attempt to possibly commit burglaries.

“Our City and OCSD – Aliso Viejo Police Services only use certain methods to communicate emergencies other than in person, so please always verify the source first!” the city said.

The sheriff’s office said, so far, it appears no one appears to have fallen for the scam and no home burglaries were reported in the city in the days since the quakes.

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Residents of the city, located about 50 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, blasted the scam.

“I think it’s terrible that people are capitalizing on people that are terrified of earthquakes, I personally am not super afraid of them but I know a lot of people that are still so shaken up and I think it’s really sad and unfortunate,” Aliso Viejo resident Debbie Crockett told FOX11. “I think the people that are doing this should be prosecuted it’s horrendous and it has to be stopped.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the sheriff’s office in Kern County, where the quakes have been centered, told the Los Angeles Times they had not received any reports of suspicious calls as of Tuesday.

“I think it’s terrible and it’s deplorable,” Ilene Rotstan told FOX11. “It’s a great way to get somebody to be fearful to leave their homes and then to fall prey victim to a robbery.”

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Another earthquake scam was reported in 2015 in Beverly Hills, where a caller claimed to be a city official wanting to inspect the property for earthquake damage, according to the Times.

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Crews in Southern California assessed damage to cracked and burned buildings, broken roads, leaking water and gas lines and other infrastructure Saturday after the largest earthquake the region has seen in nearly 20 years jolted an area from Sacramento to Las Vegas to Mexico. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Officials have reminded residents that in an emergency, messages will be sent out over the Emergency Alert System on television and AM/FM radio in addition to Wireless Emergency Alerts to cell phones based on their location.

Anyone who believes they have been contacted in a potential scam is urged to contact the sheriff office’s non-emergency line at 949-770-6011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Chicago police spot nearly 5-foot-long alligator swimming in lagoon in popular park

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A nearly 5-foot-long alligator was found living in a lagoon in one of Chicago’s most popular parks Tuesday night and officials are not saying how the creature could’ve ended up there.

Chicago police received unconfirmed reports on social media early Tuesday that a possible alligator was seen swimming in the Humboldt Park lagoon in the city’s busy West Side.

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Several hours later, Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that authorities spotted the gator and that a state reptile specialist put the alligator at somewhere between four to- five feet long.

Guglielmi said that an effort to “humanely” capture the animal would be made sometime Tuesday night. Authorities said they plan to relocate the gator to a zoo for “veterinary evaluation.”

Spokeswoman for Chicago Animal Care and Control Jenny Schlueter told FOX32 that the mysterious alligator may have been a pet that was released into the wild after getting too big.

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A similar incident occurred in 2011 when two alligators were spotted just weeks apart in the Chicago River. Police said at the time that the animals were likely pets that had been released.

Alligators favor warm weather climates such as Florida but have been known to survive temporarily in the cold through a process similar to hibernation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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3-week-old Georgia girl dies after dog bites her head: police

A 3-week-old Georgia girl died Tuesday hours after she was bitten on her head by the family’s dog, police said.

The encounter happened around 2 p.m. in the family’s Gainesville home in northwestern Georgia, according to to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

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A weeks-old Georgia girl died Tuesday after she was bitten on the head by a dog.  (gainesville.org)

Deputies who were on the scene said the family’s dog — a husky mixed — entered a bedroom where the infant was resting and bit her on the head.

UNLICENSED MIDWIFE ARRESTED AFTER BABY DIES FOLLOWING DELIVERY

Hall County Fire Services rushed the infant to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where she later died, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Hall County Animal Control took custody of the dog, the report said.

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The child’s identity was not released. No charges have been filed.

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Georgia man, 30, met girl, 13, online, tossed her from window during high-speed chase: cops

A 30-year-old Georgia man is facing multiple charges for allegedly throwing a 13-year-old girl he met online from his car during a high-speed chase in South Carolina early Sunday.

The chase happened around 3 a.m. in Columbia after deputies approached a vehicle in an empty parking lot, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.

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A Georgia man was arrested after throwing out a 13-year-old girl from his car during a high-speed chase in Columbia on Sunday, police said. (Google Maps)

The deputies observed a man – later identified as Augusta resident, Derek Jerome Nelson – climb from the back into the driver’s seat and take off, according to news release cited by The State.

During the chase, “the suspect’s vehicle braked hard and drove off the road,” and the deputies saw what looked like “parts of the vehicle flying in the air,” the sheriff’s department said.

The driver, wearing nothing but a T-shirt, eventually stopped and was arrested, the news release said. He told officers he was “hooking up” with a girl he met online, and she had jumped out during the chase, the news release said.

PENNSYLVANIA RAPE SUSPECT MET MINOR ON DATING APP ‘SKOUT,’ POLICE SAY

Investigators discovered that the girl, who was 13, had injured her arms and legs. She allegedly told deputies that Nelson, “her 30-year-old boyfriend” had “thrown her from the car.”

Nelson told deputies he thought the girl was 18 but had referred to her in a message as “my 13-year-old doll,” the news release said.

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Nelson was booked in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on a number of charges in connection with the incident, including assault and battery, and sexual exploitation of a minor, the news release said.

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This Day in History: July 10

On this day, July 10 …

1999: The U.S. women’s soccer team wins the World Cup, beating China 5-4 on penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Also on this day:

  • 1509: Theologian John Calvin, a key figure of the Protestant Reformation, is born in Noyon, Picardy, France.
  • 1919: President Woodrow Wilson personally delivers the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate and urges its ratification. (However, the Senate rejects it.)
  • 1925: Jury selection takes place in Dayton, Tenn., in the trial of John T. Scopes, who is charged with violating the law by teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. (Scopes would be convicted and fined, but the verdict is overturned on a technicality.)
  • 1973: The Bahamas becomes fully independent after three centuries of British colonial rule. 
  • 1973: John Paul Getty III, the teenage grandson of the oil tycoon, is abducted in Rome by kidnappers who cut off his ear when his family is slow to meet their ransom demand. (Getty would released in December 1973 for nearly $3 million.)
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  • 1985:  Bowing to pressure from irate customers, the Coca-Cola Co. says it will resume selling old-formula Coke, while continuing to sell New Coke.
  • 1991: Boris Yeltsin takes the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic.
  • 2002: The House approves, 310-113, a measure to allow airline pilots to carry guns in the cockpit to defend their planes against terrorists (President George W. Bush later signs the measure into law).
  • 2004: President George W. Bush says in his weekly radio address that legalizing gay marriage would redefine the most fundamental institution of civilization, and that a constitutional amendment is needed to protect traditional marriage.
  • 2009: General Motors completes an unusually quick exit from bankruptcy protection with promises of making money and building cars people would be eager to buy.
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USC gynecologist charged with abuse sold photos and videos of girls he met in hotel rooms while abroad, prosecutor says

A former University of Southern California gynecologist charged with sexually assaulting girls during exams also sold photos and videos of girls he met in his hotel room while traveling overseas, a Los Angeles prosecutor alleged Tuesday, according to a report.

George Tyndall was charged last month with abusing 16 women who visited the USC clinic between 2009 and 2016. The alleged victims were between 17 and 29 years old. He has been accused of unnecessary touching, taking inappropriate photos of women’s genitalia and making sexually suggestive comments during exams.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge reduced Tyndall’s bail Tuesday from $2.1 million to $1.6 million because of his lack of criminal history. The prosecutor tried to persuade the judge to raise his bail back to $2.1 million, claiming he is a flight risk and a danger to society, The Los Angeles Times reported.

FORMER USC GYNECOLOGIST GEORGE TYNDALL CHARGED IN SEX ASSAULTS OF 16 PATIENTS

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The University of Southern California faces several lawsuits over its failure to address complaints from campus gynecologist George Tyndall, who was accused last week of harassment and racial discrimination. (USC)

If Tyndall was able to film girls in his hotel room, “he can certainly do it in his bedroom,” the prosecutor said. He also noted Tyndall makes frequent trips to the Philippines, The LA Times reported.

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Two of the 16 alleged victims also spoke to the judge about keeping his bail at $2.1 million. Knowing “that he is somewhere out there will haunt me,” Jane Doe 6 wrote in a statement read to the judge. “Please do not make my nightmare a reality.”

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Texas woman and ex-boyfriend who abducted her found dead on remote property: police

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The bodies of a missing woman and her ex-boyfriend, who police believe kidnapped her at gunpoint last month, were found Tuesday on a private farmland in Texas, police said.

Jorge Jaramillo, 48, allegedly abducted Jessica Sanchez, 37, from her home in Devine, Texas, on June 30, according to the Devine Police Department. Family said Sanchez’s three young daughters witnessed the kidnapping, Fox 29 San Antonio reported.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office have yet to release the causes of death for the two victims.

TEXAS MAN FATALLY SHOOTS HIS SISTER BEFORE TURNING GUN ON HIMSELF IN SUSPECTED MURDER-SUICIDE

Gary Mangold, the owner of the property, said he found the two bodies around 3 p.m. on Tuesday in a remote part of his land that is covered by trees and brush.

“It’s just closure for the family now, and that’s good. At least they know. Not knowing is a terrible thing,” Mangold told San Antonio’s KSAT station.

Police traced Sanchez’s car to the edge of the private property on Sunday but did not go past the cattle fence line, Mangold said. The bodies were behind the cattle line, about 100 yards away from where police found the car, he said.

Jaramillo was arrested for aggravated assault after holding a knife to Sanchez’ throat on Memorial Day, Sanchez’ sister, Blasa Carrillo, told KSAT. Sanchez was granted a magistrate’s emergency order of protection against Jaramillo after the incident, police confirmed.

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Police have not released a motive for why Jaramillo allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend.

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Ex-Marine accused by Spain of North Korean embassy break-in freed on bail

A former U.S. Marine accused of breaking into North Korea’s embassy in Madrid and assaulting diplomatic personnel was freed on $1.3 million bond in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

As a condition of his release, Christopher Ahn must confine himself to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills ahead of his possible extradition to Spain and must wear an ankle monitor.

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“I spent a lot of time reading about you and I’m confident you’re going to do the right thing,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Jean Rosenbluth told Ahn, who had several family members in attendance at the hearing.

Ahn can only leave his home for medical appointments and church. He is expected to be released in the coming days.

Spanish authorities have charged Ahn, 38, who spent six years in the Marines and served in Iraq, with breaking into the North Korean embassy with five others on February 22. They said the group beat some embassy staff and held them hostage for hours before fleeing.

The charges include breaking and entering, robbery with violence and causing injuries, according to U.S. court documents.

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Ahn is said to be a member of Free Joseon, or the Cheollima Civil Defense, an activist group which supports North Korean defectors and seeks to overthrown North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Two people allegedly involved in the embassy incident are still at large, including Adrian Hong, a Mexican national and longtime U.S. resident who is the purported leader of the group.

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Christopher Ahn (U.S. Marine Corps)

Attorneys for Free Joseon said the allegations of violence are lies from Kim’s diplomats, who they say made up the story to save their own skins. They claim the group members were invited inside and that there were no problems.

“The extradition papers from Spain confirm that almost the entire case against Mr. Ahn is based on uncorroborated statements made by high-ranking North Korean officials,” Ahn’s attorney Naeun Rim told Fox News in a statement last week.

NORTH KOREANS WANT TO KILL EX-MARINE ACCUSED OF ENTERING PYONGYANG’S SPAIN EMBASSY, JUDGE SAYS

Video obtained by Fox News shows the activists walking into the embassy and chatting with a member of Kim’s diplomatic corps. One activist takes official photographs of Kim and his father Kim Jong II from a wall and smashes them on the floor.

Ahn was arrested by U.S. agents in April in Los Angeles. His actions have made him a target of the Kim regime, Rosenbluth said in an order conditionally granting him bail.

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Ahn during his tour of duty as a Marine in Fallujah, Iraq (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

“The F.B.I. has confirmed that the North Korean government has threatened his life,” the judge wrote. “He is apparently the target of a dictatorship’s efforts to murder him.”

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Prosecutors objected to Ahn’s release, citing him as a flight risk.

“It’s like a huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders knowing that he’s going to be home, he’s going to be with loved ones, we can visit with him now,” Juan Sanabria, a former Marine who served with Ahn, told Reuters.

Fox News anchor and senior correspondent Eric Shawn contributed to this report. 

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