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San Francisco official in charge of cleaning up city’s filthy streets arrested

The head of San Francisco Public Works, which is in charge of cleaning up the city’s feces-filled streets, has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of public corruption.

San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru was arrested Monday alongside Nick Bovis, the owner of a popular sports bar in Fisherman’s Wharf, Lefty O-Doul’s. Sources told NBC Bay Area that Nuru was arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes for airport concession contracts.

Both Nuru and Bovis were released on bond following their arrest.

As the top official in charge of the $312 million city public works budget since 2012, Nuru was tasked with cleaning up San Francisco streets, which critics note remain cluttered with feces, trash and used needles amid a homelessness crisis.

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File – In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, is interviewed at the Tenderloin Pit Stop mobile bathrooms in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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Nuru, who goes by “MrCleanSF” on Twitter, also oversees the design and construction of city facilities and the management of 1,600 employees. Its capital project portfolio is more than $5.6 billion.

Bovis, alongside Nuru in 2017, championed a portable toilet venture called “Tiny Potties” aimed at mitigating the city’s public defecation problem associated with its growing homeless population. The portable restrooms were meant to look like the Painted Ladies Victorian homes near Alamo Square, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Nuru, as of late, has attracted criticism from homelessness advocates for conducting sweeps of the city’s homeless encampments.

However Nuru’s authority has long been met with criticism. “It’s a shock. I think that department has been run like a one-person fiefdom for a long time,” said Supervisor Matt Haney, who has sparred with Public Works over street cleanliness in his district.

“There’s an understanding that ‘everything goes through Mohammed,’ and if you piss him off, there’s retribution. I think there needs to be an overhaul of that department. We need much more accountability and transparency there,” Haney continued.

Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer said the news “came as a complete shock.”

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“There was no buzz at City Hall, and that’s a place where secrets are hard to keep,” she said.

In the early 2000s, Nuru was accused by Public Works whistleblowers of misappropriating public funds and replacing city workers with employees from a nonprofit he previously led.

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Bovis, for his part, has a criminal past. The Chronicle learned he was arrested in 1993 and charged with second degree robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He was convicted of second degree robbery in 1996 and sentenced to five years in prison. Shortly after he took over the city’s iconic sports bar.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Florida van rolls over several times during police chase, woman arrested

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A Florida woman was arrested after leading police on a wild car chase that ended with her flipping her van several times as she attempted to flee, dramatic video shows.

DeLand Police said it all started before 11 a.m. Monday, when they tried to stop a the driver who ran a stop sign.

However, the van’s driver did not stop and was spotted later by a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office helicopter driving erratically on International Speedway Boulevard.

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Dramatic footage from the helicopter shows the vehicle, which had been reported stolen in Orange County, make a U-turn and, seconds later, appearing to lose control.

The vehicle rolled over twice before landing on its side.

Body camera footage then shows sheriff’s deputies and DeLand police officers approaching the white van and pulling a female driver from the overturned van.

A small dog in the vehicle escaped the crash unharmed. Different types of prescription pills and heroin were found in the van.

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Police identified the driver as Sarah Yurman. She was injured in the crash and taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

Upon her medical release, she will face multiple charges, including attempting to flee, eluding law enforcement and possession of narcotics.

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Children ask Georgia parole board to spare father’s life, he killed their mom

The children of a Georgia man scheduled to be executed on Wednesday by lethal injection are pleading with the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare the life of their father, according to a letter sent by his kids and attached to a clemency petition filed by his lawyers.

Donnie Lance, 66, was convicted in 1999 for beating death of his ex-wife, Sabrina “Joy” Lance, who was also their mother. He also fatally shot her boyfriend, Dwight “Butch” Wood Jr. in 1997. His now-adult children say the pain caused by losing their mother would be made even worse if the state kills their dad.

“We have spent our whole lives with this huge gaping hole in our hearts,” Stephanie Cape and her brother Jessie Lance wrote, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “but at least we’ve had dad at our sides. It’s almost impossible to imagine that it could get worse.”

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Donnie Lance was convicted in 1999 for beating his ex-wife to death and fatally shooting her boyfriend. (Georgia Department of Corrections.)

The state board will meet on Tuesday morning to consider the clemency petition for Lance, which comes weeks after they commuted the death sentence of Jimmy Meders to life without parole, according to the paper. The board is the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence.

The petition argues that the jury was unaware that Lance has brain damage stemming from repeated head trauma before they sentenced him to death, the paper said.

In January 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his latest appeal and his children have tried to get new DNA testing to confirm if he committed the crime, which Lance has reportedly denied over the years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Lance’s lawyers have also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to accept an appeal regarding Butts County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson’s decision to reportedly deny the DNA testing of evidence found at the murder scene, the paper said.

His lawyers argue that no blood or physical evidence was found on Lance after he was brought in for questioning.

Lance has reportedly also been a model inmate, with only two minor infractions during his two decades on death row — having 54 stamps rather than the allowed 50 and refusing to move to a different cell.

His children say Lance has also continued to help them live without their mother, the paper reported.

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“But one thing that sets us apart is what we have left to lose,” Lance’s children wrote, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “With us being the exception, everyone has lost everything they are going to lose from this nightmare. … We continue to pray that this final loss doesn’t come to pass.”

Lance would be the first prisoner executed in Georgia this year.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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Hanukkah machete attack suspect deemed incompetent to stand trial, defense says

A psychiatrist says Grafton Thomas, the New York man accused of stabbing five Hasidic Jews during a Hanukkah celebration last month, is incompetent to stand trial on federal hate crime charges, Thomas’ attorney said Monday.

Defense attorney Michael Sussman said he has asked a federal judge to hold a competency evaluation for Thomas, 37, who was arrested hours after a Dec. 28 stabbing attack at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City.

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FILE: Ramapo police officers escort Grafton Thomas from Ramapo Town Hall to a police vehicle in Ramapo, N.Y. (AP)

The federal court has given the U.S. Attorney’s Office two weeks to respond to the application for a competency evaluation, Sussman said.

Thomas has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in Rockland County. He pleaded not guilty to 10 hate-crime charges in federal court on Jan. 13.

Investigators found anti-Semitic writings in Thomas’ journals and articles on Jews and Nazis on his cell phone, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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The journals questioned “why [people] mourned for anti-Semitism when there is Semitic genocide” and claimed the “Hebrew Israelites” took from the “powerful [people] (ebinoid Israelites).” The journals also contained references to “Adolf Hitler” and “Nazi Culture” on the same page as drawings of symbols such as the Star of David and a swastika, the complaint read.

Thomas’ mother and Sussman have said Thomas suffers from mental illness and was not responsible for his actions. Sussman has said Thomas has no history of violent acts or anti-Semitism.

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One of the victims, 72-year-old Josef Neumann, remains in a coma with a fractured skull and other injuries.

Thomas remains in federal custody without bail.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Louisiana man asked gym buddies to borrow guns for robbery, cops allege

A Louisiana man is accused of approaching his gym buddies in the parking lot of a Planet Fitness and asking if he could borrow their guns for a robbery, police said.

West Monroe Police charged 19-year-old Landon Wayne Duke after two men flagged down an officer and informed him of Duke’s comments.

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Landon Wayne Duke is accused of asking two men whether he could borrow their firearms to commit a robbery.  (Ouachita Correctional Center)

Duke had approached the men, who he reportedly knew, and noticed they had guns in their truck, according to a police arrest report obtained by The Monroe News-Star.

The men claimed Duke said he wanted to borrow their guns to rob someone of enough money to leave town. The men said no and entered the gym, according to the arrest report.

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Duke allegedly followed and worked out with the men while continuing to talk about robbing someone, investigators wrote. Police later spotted Duke at nearby a gas station and found what they believed to be methamphetamine wrapped in a $100 bill in his pocket, the newspaper said.

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Duke was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on Sunday on one count of possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance. He remained in custody Monday with bail set at $3,000, the News-Star said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California man arrested in decades-old killings of his 5 infants

A California father suspected in the decades-old killings of five of his infants has been arrested, authorities said Monday.

Paul Perez, 57, was arrested at a state prison in Delano, days before he was expected to be released on unrelated charges. He is suspected in the deaths of the children born between 1992 and 2001.

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Paul Perez has been arrested in connection with the death of his five children. (Yolo County Sheriff’s Office)

The case reflects an “unspeakable evil,” Yolo County Sheriff Tom Lopez said.

“I cannot think of a case more disturbing than this one,” he said. “There can be no victim more vulnerable and innocent than an infant and unfortunately this case involves five of them.”

Perez’s arrest stems from a 2007 cold case in which the decomposed remains of a child that were found in a sealed, submerged box in a waterway near Woodland – about 80 miles northeast of San Francisco.

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Authorities believe Paul Perez murdered his five infants, though only the remains of two have been accounted for.  (Yolo County Sheriff’s Office)

Using an expanded DNA database, investigators in October identified the remains as 3-month-old Nikko Lee Perez, who they determined was born in Fresno in 1996 and had four siblings, Sacramento’s Fox 40 reported.

Investigators also determined that Nikko’s sibling Kato Allen Perez, born in Merced in 1992, is also dead, according to the station. Three other siblings are believed to be dead and their remains have not been found, the sheriff’s office said.

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District Attorney Jeff Reisig said Perez is eligible for the death penalty, but he has not yet decided whether to pursue it.

“The investigation in this case uncovered a deeply disturbing and chilling case of infanticide,” Reisig said.

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It is unclear whether Perez has other children or family members, or whether all the babies have the same mother. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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South Carolina bar shooting leaves 2 dead, no arrests, police say

Two people were killed and at least four wounded early Sunday in a shooting at a bar in South Carolina, officials said.

A gunman opened fire at Mac’s Lounge in Hartsville, located about 25 miles northwest of Florence, N.C., at around 2 a.m., Hartsville police said.

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Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee confirmed that two people had died, police said. Officials did not provide any details on the conditions of those injured or what led to the shooting.

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Crime scene tape stretches in front of Mac’s Lounge, the scene of an early morning bar shooting on Sunday. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

No arrests were immediately made, Hartsville Police Department spokeswoman Lauren Baker told WBTW-TV.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Marshals Service were assisting with the investigation, police said.

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Mac’s Lounge, which is located near Coker University, also serves as a music venue, according to its Facebook page.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Chris Watts’ murder of wife, young daughters gets renewed spotlight in new Lifetime movies

The shocking story of Chris Watts – the Colorado man who murdered his pregnant wife and two young daughters in August 2018 – is getting renewed attention after Lifetime released two new films Saturday revealing new details about the investigation that eventually resulted in his conviction.

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Watts is serving five life sentences for the murders of his wife Shanann Watts, who was 15-weeks pregnant at the time, and their daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, on August 13, 2018.  After making emotional on-camera pleas for his family’s return, Watts failed a lie-detector test and later confessed to authorities he had a role in their killing, Good Housekeeping reported.

He first claimed he strangled his wife to death in a fit of rage after she had smothered their daughters to death – purportedly as revenge for the husband asking for a separation. But he later confessed he killed all three – first Shanann by strangling her, and later his daughters by smothering them in a blanket before dumping their bodies in an oil field owned by a co-worker. He pleaded guilty to all counts.

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FILE – In this Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, Christopher Watts is escorted into the courtroom before his bond hearing at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley, Colo. The Colorado man, charged with killing his pregnant wife and two daughters, has pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, under a plea deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty. (Joshua Polson/The Greeley Tribune via AP, Pool, file)

Lifetime’s “Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer” and “Beyond the Headlines: The Watts Family Tragedy,” which both aired on Saturday, give a new take on the slayings. The first movie depicts the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s agent Tammy Lee, played by actress Brooke Smith, as she works to bring Chris to justice.

The movie part of Lifetime’s “Ripped from the Headlines” series includes an ominous recreation of a real-life Facebook video posted by Shanann’s before her death in which she tells her husband she’s pregnant, according to Oxygen. Another figure — Nichol Kessinger, the woman Chris was having an extramarital affair with at the time of the murders – is also portrayed in the film.

She is reportedly in witness protection after she was cleared of wrongdoing. She has stated that Chris told her that he was in the process of separating from his wife when they first began to date as co-workers, according to Inquisitr.

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The second film, more of a documentary, includes new interviews with the real-life Lee as well as Shanann’s close friends, Cassandra Rosenberg and Cindy DeRosset.

The Watts Family has been the subject of other crime documentaries in the past. Last June, Investigation Discovery (ID) released a docuseries on the case titled “Family Man, Family Murderer: An ID Murder Mystery.”

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Sen. Jim Inhofe: Dems have no case, just want to drag out impeachment ahead of election

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Senate Democrats and House managers in the impeachment trial against President Trump want to drag out proceedings as long as they can prior to the November electionRepublican Sen. Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Griff Jenkins, Pete Hegseth and Lisa Boothe, Inhofe said that the “whole purpose of this is” trying to “beat up” the president as opposed to “doing the things we need to be doing.”

“I was sitting there, listening,” he told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts. “We heard the same thing over… Every nasty word they could say about the president, they did. And yet… they’re trying to get more witnesses in all this. They just want to drag this thing out.”

“Here we have a president that’s given us the best economy of my life and rebuilding the military that was destroyed… I mean, he’s doing great things. And yet, they want to be talking about impeachment between now and November,” he remarked. “We’re not going to let them do that.”

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Saturday was the first chance Trump’s lawyers had to refute the House’s case. In a two-hour preview of their legal argument, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Democrats have no case and are doing damage to democracy by trying to undermine the will of American voters.

“For all their talk about election interference, they’re here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history,” Cipollone said in his opening remarks to the Senate. “And we can’t allow that to happen.”

Conversely, the Democrats have argued that Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors are such an offense to the Constitution and a threat to the fairness of the 2020 election that senators must remove him from office immediately, rather than wait for voters to decide at the ballot box in November.

Cipollone and his team will have three days and up to 24 hours to launch their defense — the same amount of time as House managers.

With little hope of winning a conviction in the GOP-controlled Senate, Democrats have turned their attention to forcing a vote on calling additional witnesses and obtaining White House documents, which would take the support of just 51 senators — or four GOP defections.

Inhofe said he would imagine that the House managers, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., will try to get that vote when the trial resumes on Monday.

“I think that Schiff is going to try to use that… because he had the opportunity to have all the witnesses they wanted to. They could have continued with their survey in the very beginning that set this thing up and they elected not to do it,” he said.

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“Monday and Tuesday will be major days,” the Oklahoma Senator said. “Now, keep in mind, right after that we’ll have a chance to… clarify anything or ask questions. But, no I think that… I don’t think you need all that time and the reason you have so many pages of information, of stuff that they came up with over the last four days on Schiff’s group, is that they don’t have a case.”

“This guy’s doing a good job and you know… they hate the guy,” he said of how Democrats feel about the president. “But, nonetheless, we’re going to win — they’re going to lose.”

Inhofe told Hegseth, Jenkins and Boothe that he believes the trial could wrap up within the next week.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Entering the workforce as a teenager, Roy Castro was never taught how to tie his tie. After a troubling past on the streets of New York and over ten years of his life spent in federal prison, Castro now runs an ice cream company worth millions of dollars. He credits his success to the STRIVE program.

Appearing on “The Fox News Rundown” podcast Saturday with “The Daily Briefing” host Dana Perino, Castro said the leadership of STRIVE, including President and CEO Philip Weinberg and his mentor Goldman Sachs partner Dina Powell McCormick, changed his life.

Founded in 1984, STRIVE’s mission is to help people in low-income communities learn the skills necessary for good careers. The program has served 75,000 people over the last 35 years and it operates in 12 cities nationwide.

Castro’s mother was a single parent and a drug addict. At age 13, Castro started selling crack cocaine. At age 16, he found himself incarcerated at Rikers Island Prison.

After serving multiple stints, Castro had an extremely hard time getting a job; he was rejected 50 times.

“I was at my wit’s end,” he told Perino.

Before almost deciding to return to his former life, a mother of a friend pointed him in the direction of a STRIVE orientation class where he heard co-founder Rob Carmona speak.

“You know, it was like he was preaching the Gospel to me, man. Like, he was talking my language. He was rough and he was saying it. But, it was what I needed to hear,” Castro remembered.

“And I realized, you know what? Before coming out of jail my whole…my whole wish, my whole vision, is to come home and do the right thing. You don’t come home saying I want to go back, right? You want to come home…you’re inspired to do the right thing,” he said. “And, it fulfilled and gave me that passion back that I had lost while I was being denied…from employment.”

It was there that McCormick heard Castro speak for the first time and was “so inspired” by his story. She gave him her card.

He eventually got a job cleaning up the back of ice cream trucks and ice cream freezers – and he worked his way up.

“I had a vision,” he said, noting that his talents started being recognized through higher management and his eagerness to work his way up the chain of command.

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Once Castro finally owned his own small business, he was scared to lose what he had built.

That’s when his wife remembered McCormick’s card. After six years, he emailed her and she responded immediately.

“Once I was there…[STRIVE] taught me how to keep a job,” he said. “Today, I am an excellent tie tier.”

In November, Castro was honored at STRIVE’s 35th-anniversary gala where Perino first heard his story – and it was one she need to share.

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