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Arizona high school student released from immigration lockup

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The family a Tucson high school football player has lived with for years says he is free after being released from immigration detention.

Thomas Torres has stayed with Lorena Rodriguez’s family during his years at Desert View High School. Rodriguez is announcing the 18-year-old’s release on her Facebook page, saying “OPERATION THOMAS COMPLETE!”

But the circumstances of Torres’ Tuesday release are unclear, including whether he’ll graduate May 22 as scheduled.

Torres’ detention last week prompted about 120 classmates to protest outside the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies contacted the Border Patrol on Thursday after Torres admitted during a traffic stop that he was in the U.S. illegally.

The Border Patrol initially held Torres, but has since transferred him to ICE. An ICE spokeswoman says she’s researching his status.

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Man attempts to enter Oklahoma home, gets snakebite to the face, video shows

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This snake wanted an unwelcome visitor to … well, hiss off.

A doorbell camera captured the shocking moment when a man attempting to enter an Oklahoma home was attacked by a concealed snake.

The video, posted to Facebook Tuesday by Marshawn Copeland, showed a family friend approaching Copeland’s father’s home in Lawton, Okla., KOCO 5 reported.

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As the visitor opened the screen door, a large snake suddenly popped into the frame and appeared to nip him on the face.

He ran into the home shouting, as the snake retreated.

(Warning: video contains graphic language)

Copeland told KOCO 5 it was a bullsnake, which is not venomous, and the man is doing fine.

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The snake, however, was not so lucky.

Other videos posted to Facebook by Copeland show a neighbor beat the serpent to death with hammers.

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Driver charged in crash; couple died on way to their wedding

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A truck driver has been charged with vehicular homicide in a fiery crash last fall that killed a couple driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh.

State police say 24-year-old Jaspreet Singh Chahal, of Frenso, California, is also charged with reckless endangering and misdemeanors in the Nov. 14 crash on Interstate 78.

The Reading Eagle reports that police in Berks County allege he was distracted by a cellphone conversation and didn’t see traffic stopped ahead of him before striking another vehicle.

Killed were 35-year-old Kathryn Schurtz, of Jersey City, New Jersey, and her fiance, 42-year-old Joseph Kearney.

Court documents don’t list an attorney for Chahal. A message could not be left Wednesday at a phone listing for him.

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Demand to remove crosses from county courthouse sparks uproar in rural Texas

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COLDSPRING, Texas — It was a request that angered many in this close-knit, rural community near Houston.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation demanded that four white crosses at the San Jacinto County Courthouse be removed immediately, alleging it violated the Constitution.

FFRF said it sent the request after receiving a complaint from someone living in the city that the county displays the crosses “all year round and even lights [them] up during the holiday season.”

But that demand was immediately met with anger by some members of the community — who pleaded with the county to keep the crosses.

On Wednesday, county lawmakers voted unanimously to keep the four Latin crosses after hundreds of people protested the request to take them down.

The county judge and four commissioners made the decision at a packed Commissioners Court meeting, where about 600 people showed up, following nearly two and a half hours of public comment.

“I am a Christian woman, a child of God. I’m here today as a servant of Jesus Church, our Lord and Savior, asking that the crosses on our courthouse in Coldspring be left on this building,” said one woman.

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The crosses are displayed on the sides of the San Jacinto County Courthouse. They are lit up during the holiday season.  (Fox News)

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FFRF alleged the crosses were a violation of church and state.

“The Constitution requires that the government not promote and advance or endorse religion, and by endorsing Christianity as the official county religion by having these symbols up on the county courthouse, the County is violating the establishment clause,” said Chris Line, an attorney for the organization.

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Hundreds of people attended San Jacinto County’s Commissioners Court meeting on Wednesday to oppose FFRF’s demands to take down the crosses.  (Fox News)

Pastor Phil Herrington of First Baptist Church said the FFRF conflicts with their freedom to express their religion.

“Their religion is humanism. What they’re saying is Christ followers cannot express their freedom, their voice of worship, their voice of God. Yet, they want to express themselves,” Herrington said.

“Freedom from Religion Foundation, you’re forcing up your beliefs upon others,” said Christian Stanley, a student of Cavalry Christian Academy.

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The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent this letter to San Jacinto County on April 26th. They said they sent this after receiving a complaint from a Coldspring resident about the crosses.  (Freedom from Religion Foundation)

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FFRF said it was not against all forms of religious expression. It simply opposes government from taking a religious viewpoint, which the San Jacinto County does, the group claims, by displaying the crosses.

“Right now, the government is endorsing Christianity, not the people. In fact, the only thing it’s doing right now is suppressing non-Christians’ ability to practice their religion,” Line said.

Line said the group receives 5,000 complaints from people across the country each year. They have had varying degrees of success.

In 2016, they succeeded in getting a Texas county sheriff to remove crosses from its patrol vehicles. Two years ago, Santa Clara, Calif., removed a Latin cross from a city park after being slapped with a lawsuit by the FFRF.

After hearing about the county’s decision, Line sent a statement, saying: “It is extremely disappointing that the County has decided to continue violating the constitutional rights of its citizens. FFRF will be following up with our local complainant and evaluating our next steps.”

County Judge Fritz Faulkner, meanwhile, said the county will seek legal counsel, if necessary.

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Officer who killed teen was ‘ticking time bomb,’ lawyers say

Relatives of a Connecticut man killed by a police officer last month called Wednesday for him to be arrested, while the family’s lawyers described the officer as a “ticking time bomb” because of problems he had at another police department.

The family members, attorneys and NAACP officials gathered for a news conference outside the police department in Wethersfield, where officer Layau Eulizier shot 18-year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz on April 20. Police body camera and business surveillance videos show Eulizier firing through the front windshield of Vega Cruz’s car as Vega Cruz drives at him while trying to flee a traffic stop.

Lawyers Ben Crump and Michael Jefferson said there was no reason for the officer to run in front of the car and create a dangerous situation. They also cited personnel records, first reported Monday by The Associated Press , that said Eulizier had problems handling stressful situations and making tactical mistakes when he was a Manchester officer from 2015 until 2018. The officer joined Wethersfield police in August.

“You have this ticking time bomb that they put on patrol here in this city and it begs the question, did they even look at his personnel file from his previous employer and, if so, then why would you hire this officer,” said Crump, a Florida attorney known for representing the families of young black men killed by police.

“There is no reason, when you look at the history of this police officer, that he should have been on the street,” Crump said. “It was foreseeable that this tragedy or one like it would occur.”

Jefferson called Eulizier “a cowboy engaging in reckless behavior.”

Vega Cruz was Hispanic, while Eulizier is black. Crump and Jefferson called the shooting another example of a national problem of police officers unjustifiably killing and wounding young people of color.

Wethersfield Police Chief James Cetran has declined to discuss details of the shooting, the records from Manchester police and the reasons Eulizier was hired.

“Out of respect for the process undertaken by the Connecticut State Police and the Hartford State’s Attorney we will not have any comment on any aspect of this event until their work has been completed,” Cetran said in an email to the AP on Wednesday.

Hartford State’s Attorney Gail Hardy is leading an investigation of the shooting, while Eulizier is on paid leave pending the review under normal police protocols.

Eulizier has not returned messages seeking comment. His lawyer, Elliot Spector, said Tuesday that he believed deadly force was justified because the officer’s life was in danger when the car came at him. Eulizier had to run in front of the car, when it stopped briefly, because he couldn’t see the driver through the darkly tinted door windows, Spector said.

Spector also said the Manchester documents portray Eulizier unfairly. While Eulizier did make “some rookie mistakes,” the records pertain only to a small fraction of Eulizier’s time on the Manchester force and don’t show all the good he did, Spector said. Eulizier is upset about what happened and wishes Vega Cruz had not driven at him, Spector said.

The Manchester records show that Eulizier had been told by several Manchester police officials that his conduct in some cases was unacceptable and that he had been sent to remedial training several times. The records describe several episodes in which Eulizier lost his composure with the public and made tactical mistakes.

“It is my opinion that Off. Eulizier needs immediate attention,” Manchester Sgt. Jamie Taylor wrote in 2016. “I worry that if he does not vastly improve his work performance under stress he is going to hurt himself or someone else.”

Former Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy reprimanded Eulizier in January 2018 for improperly approaching a car during a traffic stop with his gun drawn and pointed at the driver. Montminy wrote to Eulizier that although department officials had made several attempts to help the officer correct performance problems, “we are still observing deficiencies.”

Eulizier also was involved in a fatal police-involved shooting in 2015 that was ruled justified. A state trooper killed a man threatening the officers with a box cutter. Eulizier also fired at the man but missed.

Vega Cruz’s sister, Kassandra Vega, said she wants justice for her “little brother.”

“I want the cop to be in jail,” she said. “There was no reason for him to shoot him.”

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Naked New Jersey man under the influence of drugs attacks baby in stroller, police say

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A New Jersey man who was naked, bleeding and under the influence of drugs assaulted a 9-month-old baby in a stroller Monday, authorities said.

Stephon Whitfield, 28, approached a woman taking a stroll with her infant around 9 p.m., Atlantic City police said in a statement.

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Whitfield had no clothes on when he grabbed the child and slammed him down in the carriage, WCAU-TV reported, citing a criminal complaint. Doctors treated the baby, who lost a tooth in the attack, for non-life threatening injuries, including scratches, bruising and swelling to his mouth and face, the complaint said.

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Stephon Whitfield was allegedly under the influence of narcotics. (Atlantic County Justice Facility)

Bystanders attacked Whitfield, pulled him off the baby and called police, the station reported. Police said they found Whitfield nude, yelling and banging on an apartment door. Witnesses claimed the 28-year-old was under the influence of PCP, the station reported.

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Before his random attack on the baby, Whitfield had attempted to rob a man inside a vehicle but was pushed away, police said.

Officers arrested Whitfield without incident and charged him with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and disorderly conduct, police said.

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Florida sheriff deputy revived with Narcan, 3 others recovering after exposure to drugs

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A traffic stop in Florida came close to being deadly.

A Florida sheriff’s deputy was revived with Narcan and at least one firefighter was given the overdose reversal drug on Tuesday after exposure to what officials believe to be fentanyl during a traffic stop. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin.

The Lake Country Sheriff’s Office said one of its deputies stopped a vehicle on Florida Boys Ranch Road on Tuesday evening and found narcotics. Shortly after, the deputy felt ill and passed out, FOX35 reported.

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Another deputy quickly administered Narcan — a nasal spray used to counter opioid overdoses — and revived the deputy.

Fire rescue personnel arrived at the scene and two firefighters also fell ill. One of them also had to be given Narcan, Sgt. Fred Jones told reporters.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued warnings to law enforcement officers and other emergency responders about handling fentanyl, which, along with heroin, has been a major factor in the drug overdose epidemic of recent years.

“Exposure to an amount equivalent to a few grains of sand can kill you,” said a warning to emergency workers on the DEA website. “You can be in grave danger even if you unintentionally come into contact with fentanyl. This message about fentanyl could save your life or the life of a colleague, so please listen.”

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Jones said a male suspect in the vehicle also began to feel ill.

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Brennan Dowling, 30, Rebecca Wagner, 36, and Stephanie Martin, 29, were arrested after a narcotic believed to be fentanyl was found in a vehicle they were in. A responding Lake County sheriff’s deputy had to be given Narcan after coming in contact with the drug. (Lake Country Sheriff’s Office)

All four were taken to the South Lake Hospital and are recovering, officials said.

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Three other suspects – identified as Brennan Dowling, 30, Stephanie Martin, 29, and Rebecca Wagner, 36 – were arrested in connection with the incident. They are expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

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Florida man blames demons after beating pregnant girlfriend for playing Xbox, police say

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A Florida man claimed demons took over his body before he attacked his pregnant girlfriend for turning on an Xbox video game console before bedtime, authorities said.

Matthew Joseph Douglas, 26, was arrested Saturday night at his home in Hudson, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Douglas told deputies he was blacked out during the beating because demons had taken control of his body, WFLA-TV reported, citing an arrest report. He claimed he couldn’t remember the incident.

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Douglas allegedly told deputies that the demons may have caused him to attack his 18-weeks pregnant girlfriend. (Pasco County Sheriff’s Office)

The girlfriend, who is 18 weeks pregnant, claimed she was playing Xbox when Douglas told her to go to sleep and turned off the video game console, according to the report. The victim claimed that when she turned it back on Douglas choked her until she couldn’t breathe.

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Deputies stated in the report that they found “bruising and scratches” around the girlfriend’s neck “consistent with being choked,” FOX13 Tampa reported.

Douglas was held at the Land O’Lakes Detention Facility and charged with domestic aggravated battery on a pregnant female, police said. He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in connection with battery of a person 65 years or older.

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White police officer caught cursing at black middle school students rescinds public apology offer

The Virginia police officer who promised to publicly apologize after being caught on video in March threatening a group of black middle school students has rescinded the offer.

Richmond Police Chief William Smith told The Richmond Times-Dispatch that the officer, who is white and whose name has not been released, doesn’t feel comfortable apologizing in a large setting and therefore won’t be making good on his word.

Smith said the officer met with the students and their parents last week and apologized to them. At the meeting, the officer also signed an agreement promising to attend an Albert Hill school assembly and address the student body. However, “since then, he has reconsidered that promise and no longer feels he could handle the much larger setting of a school assembly,” Smith said in a statement Tuesday.

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“He wants me to pass along his sincere apology for what he said that day and add another apology for not being able to meet with the entire school,” Smith added. “I believe that if there is any good that has come out of this, it is that the Richmond Police Department has developed a stronger, much more positive and hopeful ongoing relationship with Albert Hill Middle School.”

The video, shot by student Cameron Hilliard, shows the officer telling the students to “wait until your asses turn 18, then you’re mine.”

Hilliard has said the comments were prompted after someone yelled an obscenity directed at the officer.

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The officer, a 15-year veteran, was removed from patrol of the Museum District neighborhood where the school is located. The officer also faces unspecified punishment and remedial training, according to the Times-Dispatch.

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Navy leader who told sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman to ‘clap like we’re at a strip club’ has resigned

A senior Navy official who told sailors to “clap like we’re at a strip club” during a visit from Vice President Mike Pence last week has resigned, the service announced Tuesday.

Command Master Chief Jonas Carter of the USS Harry S. Truman stepped down from his position as the ship’s enlisted leader and will retire, Capt. Nick Dienna, the commanding officer of the vessel, said in a Facebook post to crew members.

“Onboard USS Harry S. Truman, we measure ourselves by the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity,” Dienna wrote. “I commend Master Chief Carter for having the forthrightness and the courage to uphold this ethos by taking responsibility and holding himself accountable for his comments.”

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The U.S. Navy confirmed to Fox News the statement was made when Pence visited the ship last week, calling the comments “inappropriate.”

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Command Master Chief Jonas Carter has resigned after telling sailors to “clap like we’re at a strip club” during a visit from Vice President Mike Pence last week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph A.D. Phillips)

“Truman’s commanding officer personally engaged the crew during all-hands calls to ensure that all sailors on board understand that the comments they heard are unacceptable,” the Navy said at the time.

Dienna shared a statement from Carter in the Facebook post, which read in part: “When you find yourself making a mistake, own it, accept responsibility and learn from it. Today, I want each of you to know that I have taken full responsibility of my mistake last week and together with my family, I have decided to retire.”

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Carter served for nearly 30 years in the Navy, according to Dienna.

“During his seventeen years of wearing his anchors, from his leadership aboard three aircraft carriers and as CMC of the USS Chancellorsville, Master Chief Carter has touched the lives of thousands of sailors and has molded countless future leaders in our Navy,” Dienna wrote. “I’ve seen firsthand – and the more than 3,000 sailors aboard Truman can testify to – the incredible impact he’s made to our command.”

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Pence had toured the vessel in Norfolk, Va., and thanked those who served.

The Navy had announced plans to scrap the aircraft carrier in February as part of a cost-saving move to bring in more advanced aircraft carriers. The Navy said that the move not to refuel the Truman (with a new nuclear reactor, normally done at the mid-point of ship’s life after 25 years) and retire her early would save $30 billion.

But lawmakers on both sides of the aisles opposed the decision.

The following day, President Trump said he was “overriding the Decommission Order of the magnificent aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman.”

Trump said the ship will be “updated at a fraction of the cost of a new one (which also are being built)!”

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.

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