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Man accused of marrying 4 women pleads guilty

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A man accused of being married to four women pleaded guilty Monday to bigamy in New Hampshire, but he will avoid jail time if he behaves for the next five years.

Michael Middleton, 43, married a Georgia woman in 2006, an Alabama woman in 2011 and a New Hampshire woman in 2013. That led to the bigamy charge in New Hampshire, but according to court documents, he also married a fourth woman in Kentucky in 2016.

Prosecutors say he used the marriages to gain access to the women’s assets. In court Monday, Assistant Strafford County Attorney Michael Rotman read a statement from Middleton’s New Hampshire wife, Alicia Grant, who blamed Middleton for her transformation from a compassionate person to someone with a “not-my-problem” attitude.

She said she was “satisfied” that he was facing consequences for his actions.

“When we got married six years ago, what I thought I had found in him was a life partner, someone that I could face life’s ups and downs with, someone my children could look up to,” Grant wrote. “Instead I got six years of pain and misery as I tried to free myself from the prison of his lies and manipulations.”

Middleton was arrested in Ohio in February. He also has faced domestic violence charges in Maine.

As part of his 12-month suspended sentence, Middleton was ordered to undergo screenings for domestic abuse and substance abuse, and comply with any recommended counseling or programs. Neither he nor his attorney spoke at the hearing other than to answer brief questions from the judge.

After the hearing, Middleton was asked if he was sorry for his actions. He told reporters he felt “compassion and understanding” for his New Hampshire wife, Grant, after hearing her letter.

“It was a good outcome,” he said. “I hope to move forward with my life and everything, and abide by everything that was handed down to me.”

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Iraq War vet recounts chasing after California synagogue gunman: ‘I scared the hell out of him’

Westlake Legal Group iraq-war-vet-recounts-chasing-after-california-synagogue-gunman-i-scared-the-hell-out-of-him Iraq War vet recounts chasing after California synagogue gunman: ‘I scared the hell out of him’ Jake Grate fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/religion/judaism fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc article 300a5f77-147c-53ba-a07b-bc65f283b860

The Iraq War veteran who fearlessly rushed the Southern California synagogue shooter said he acted on instinct when he heard gunshots ring out during services on Saturday morning.

Oscar Stewart, 51, spoke to reporters on Sunday about his courageous actions at Chabad of Poway, where he confronted the suspect accused of killing one worshipper and injuring three others.

“I heard gunshots,” Stewart said. “And everybody got up and started trying to get out the back door, so I – for whatever reason – I didn’t do that. I ran the other way. I ran towards the gunshots.”

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When he reached the lobby of the synagogue, he saw the suspect – identified by authorities as 19-year-old John T. Earnest.

“I knew I had to be within five feet of this guy so his rifle couldn’t get to me,” Stewart said. “So, I ran immediately toward him, and I yelled as loud as I could. And he was scared. I scared the hell out of him.”

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Oscar Stewart, who chased off the gunman inside the synagogue, speaks with members of the media in front of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Poway, California. (SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Stewart said he chased him out to the parking lot, where the shooter was able to lock himself in his car.

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As Stewart pounded on the door, Jonathan Morales, an off-duty Border Patrol agent, joined him and shot several bullets at the vehicle, intending to disable it.

Earnest was able to escape, but Stewart and Morales took down the license plate number. Earnest was arrested a short time later, and faces charges of murder and attempted murder.

Stewart, who served in the Navy in explosive ordnance disposal from 1990 to 1994 and then enlisted in the Army in 2001 because of the September 11 terror attacks, said he didn’t think before he leapt into action.

Stewart believes his actions helped stop the killer, but he said the real hero is 60-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye, who lost her life in the shooting.

“People in the aftermath here have been saying it’s important to be strong and defend ourselves. I also think it’s important to know that being strong and defending ourselves requires a lot of sacrifice, too.”

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“I don’t know if I consciously made the choice to potentially sacrifice myself,” he added. “But I did. And this lady, she stood and she jumped in front of the shooter and she saved the rabbi’s life. When somebody said I was a hero, I’m like, she was a hero. I just did it instinctively, like an animal. There was no conscious decision. I just did it.”

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Mom accused of abandoning baby is now charged with murder

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Charges have been upgraded against a South Carolina woman accused of leaving her newborn daughter to die in a cardboard box in an empty field.

The Greenville News reports that Brook Graham’s original charge of homicide by child abuse was upgraded to murder last week.

A man was picking flowers in the vacant field to prepare for Valentine’s Day in 1990 when he found the baby now known as Julie Valentine.

Julie was born alive outside of a hospital. She was found dead, wrapped in newspaper and bedding with her umbilical cord and placenta still attached. It’s unclear why she was abandoned.

Authorities said DNA submitted to genealogy sites revealed a likely match to the baby’s father, who then pointed police to Graham. She was arrested this month.

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Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com

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Man accused of marrying 4 women to plead guilty

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A man accused of being married to four women is set to plead guilty to bigamy in New Hampshire.

Authorities allege that 43-year-old Michael Middleton married a Georgia woman in 2006, an Alabama woman in 2011 and a New Hampshire woman in 2013. That led to the bigamy charge in New Hampshire, but court documents say he also married a fourth woman in Kentucky in 2016. Prosecutors say he used the marriages to gain access to the women’s assets, including $20,000 from his New Hampshire wife.

Middleton was arrested in Ohio in February. He also has faced domestic violence charges in Maine.

Middleton is scheduled to plead guilty Monday. Assistant Strafford County Attorney David Rotman says he faces 3 ½ to seven years in prison.

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Tip leads police to 4 bodies at Ohio apartment complex

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Four bodies were found at a West Chester Township apartment complex and police say foul play is suspected.

WCPO-TV reports that Chief Joel Herzog says authorities are investigating the deaths as homicides and that police are still searching for a suspect.

A tip to authorities on Sunday at about 10 p.m. led police to find the bodies at the apartment complex Lakefront at West Chester on Wyndtree Drive.

Authorities established a perimeter around the complex early Monday but did not find a suspect. Police have said there was no immediate threat to the community. A spokesperson says police do not yet have a “person of interest.”

Police did not release any information on the victims or how they died.

Multiple agencies are assisting in the investigation.

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‘One of the worst cases’: Alabama man accused of girl’s rape

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An Alabama man is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl, who was hospitalized and underwent surgery following the attack.

News outlets report 28-year-old Steven Sarandon Barnes was arrested over the weekend on charges including first-degree rape and chemical endangerment of a child.

Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson says authorities responded Thursday to a Prattville hospital for a report of a sexually assaulted child. He says she underwent surgery, and he believed the girl was in stable condition as of Saturday.

Authorities identified Barnes as the suspect and later arrested him in the neighborhood where the attack happened.

Johnson says this is one of the worst cases he’s seen in his 31 years in law enforcement. Barnes is being held on $106,000 bail. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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Maryland man sentenced after being caught on camera tackling a Key West pelican: report

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The Maryland man who was seen on video jumping onto a pelican in Key West earlier this year was sentenced last week to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, reports said.

William Hunter Hardesty, 31, was found guilty on four misdemeanors, The Miami Herald reported. The report said the offending video is still on his Facebook page and he will have the time reduced by 40 days for time served.

“Troopers were told the individual was bragging to them about being wanted for feeding and tackling a pelican in the Florida Keys,” authorities said. “Troopers confirmed the extraditable arrest warrant with Florida law enforcement. They responded to the hotel and, after identifying Hardesty, arrested him without incident.”

The video showed a man who appeared to have a fish in his hand as he leaned over the water near the edge of a harbor. He then jumped off the harbor and landed on top of the pelican. The man briefly managed to catch hold of the bird before the animal ultimately hit him with its beak and broke free.

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Ryan Maher, the assistant state attorney, called Hardesty an “internet troll.”

“He has troll remorse,” he said. “He got a rise out of that up to the point where he got in trouble.”

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Texas mom who blamed son, 3, with 6-week-old’s death faces murder charge: report

A Texas mother who had told authorities that her 3-year-old son was responsible for injuries that led to her 6-week-old daughter’s death now faces a capital murder charge, a report said.

Halle Murry, 25, took her daughter to a Fort Worth Hospital on Jan. 25. Her daughter, Acelyn, was badly injured. She allegedly said her son– who was aggressive with the girl in the past– injured her daughter, The Dallas Morning-News reported. But the injuries were extensive and a doctor at the hospital raised concerns. The doctor said the girl’s injury was “one of the worst skull fractures he has ever seen,” the report said, citing the affidavit. The doctor said “no way a 3-year-old could have caused this amount of damage,” the report said.

The report said she left the hospital but was told by a doctor about the observation and returned to the hospital.

Police said she changed her story. Three days after the girl’s death, she and her son tested positive to cocaine, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The boy is now in state custody.

Murry was booked into the Tarrant County Jail on a charge of capital murder.

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Investigators reportedly tried to talk to the 3-year-old about what happened to his sister, but they could not understand him. They placed him in a room with a doll that looked like his sister and reportedly observed him expressing love and aggression, but nothing to the extent that would cause that kind of damage, the report said.

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Alabama woman arrested after reporting fake burglary on husband she suspected was cheating: police

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An Alabama woman reported a burglary to get back at her husband who she suspected of cheating, but the ruse backfired after she was arrested for making a false police report, police said.

Amber Lewis, 33, suspected her husband was with another woman in their Millbrook, Ala., home when she called the police to report a burglary around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Responding officers found Lewis and another unidentified woman at the home, The Montgomery Advertiser reported. Both women said they did not know who was inside the home.

The officers found what appeared to be marijuana, cocaine and other drugs throughout the house – including their 5-year-old’s bedroom – but no burglar inside the home, police said. The officers also found that the reported “burglar” was Lewis’ husband.

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Lewis was arrested charged with making a false report to law enforcement and second-degree possession of marijuana and chemical endangerment of a child, the report said. She was being held at the Elmore County Jail on $12,500 bond.

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Millbrook Police Chief PK Johnson told The Advertiser that Lewis’ husband faces drug charges and the unidentified woman was charged with lying to police.

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Death penalty trial set for dad charged with killing 5 kids

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A father who police said killed his five young children in their South Carolina home and then drove their bodies around for more than a week is about to stand trial for his life.

Jury selection is set to begin Monday in Lexington County in the death penalty case of Timothy Jones Jr.

Jones is charged with five counts of murder for killing his children, ages 8, 7, 6, 2 and 1, in their Lexington home in August 2014. Indictments said he strangled four of them and beat the other.

Jones then wrapped the bodies in plastic bags, put them in the back of his SUV and drove around the Southeast for a week, logging more than 700 miles (1,125 kilometers) through North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and finally Mississippi where he was arrested, authorities said

Well into the trip, Jones buried his children on a rural hillside near Camden, Alabama, police said.

When he was arrested at a drunken driving checkpoint in Smith County, Mississippi, an officer smelled a terrible odor and found blood, maggots and children’s clothes in the SUV, authorities said.

Jones’ lawyers have filed court papers saying he plans an insanity defense. Jury selection will likely take most, if not all this week.

Jones, 37, was a software engineer and was given custody of his children after his marriage started to fall apart.

The computer engineer struggled as a single father, according to records from the Department of Social Services, whose employees visited the home a dozen times in three years.

But Jones also worked to correct the problems as social workers found them. There were trips to Disney World and the beach and a birthday party with cupcakes detailed in those records along with a mark on one of the children and a report they were made to exercise excessively as punishment.

“Dad appears to be overwhelmed as he is unable to maintain the home, but the children appear to be clean, groomed and appropriately dressed,” wrote the case worker, who name was blacked out, in a report filed two weeks before police said the children were killed.

The trial could take most of May. If jurors find Jones guilty of murder, the same jury will then hear testimony about whether he should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty.

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