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Teens who were with boy shot by officer are added to lawsuit

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Teens who were with boy shot by officer are added to lawsuit fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc COLUMBUS, Ohio Associated Press article 4414a9e0-4806-5a34-9c6a-34ce970fdbef

Four teenagers who were with a black Ohio boy before he was fatally shot by a white police officer are now third-party defendants in a lawsuit over his death, even though his family doesn’t believe the teens should be held financially responsible.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the city of Columbus wanted the teens added to the case over the September 2016 death of 13-year-old Tyre (TY’-ree) King. That means they could be on the hook if Columbus or the officer is found liable for damages.

The city contends Tyre’s death was a consequence of the teens’ misbehavior.

Police say Tyre was with another teen who robbed someone, and Tyre was shot by a responding officer who thought he had a firearm. It turned out to be an inoperable BB gun.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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George Zimmerman kicked off Tinder after creating fake profile, report says

Westlake Legal Group george-zimmerman-kicked-off-tinder-after-creating-fake-profile-report-says George Zimmerman kicked off Tinder after creating fake profile, report says Kathleen Joyce fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime fox-news/tech/technologies/apps fox-news/tech fox news fnc/us fnc bec4bd85-04be-5890-abda-b47c95896f85 article

George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, is apparently on the market.

However, Tinder and Bumble will not be helping him with his quest.

Zimmerman, 35, allegedly went under the name “Carter” on Tinder, according to screen grabs of his dating profile that were obtained by Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. “Carter” described himself as self-employed and as a Liberty University graduate who was “looking for carefree fun.” His profile claimed he liked to be outdoors and enjoyed fishing.

“I love adventure not into huge crowds,” his profile stated, according to the screenshots. “I’m also down for a quiet night with Longhorn take out.”

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Tinder said in a statement that they removed the profile from its plaform.

“At Tinder, we take our users’ safety very seriously and our team has removed this profile from our platform,” Tinder said in a statement.

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“We utilize a network of industry-leading automated and manual moderation and review tools, systems and processes – and spend millions of dollars annually to prevent, monitor and remove bad actors who have violated our Community terms and guidelines,” the statement continued.

This is not the first time Zimmerman has been kicked off a dating app. In December, Bumble “blocked and banned” him twice, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“George Zimmerman was blocked and banned in December 2018 when we first discovered his profile and we have blocked and banned him again after we were informed by our users that he had created a new unverified profile,” a Bumble spokesperson said.

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“Let’s get coffee and cake pops I’m looking for a mature and fun woman that’s ready to be loved and respected the way she deserves and is able to reciprocate,” Zimmerman wrote on his Bumble profile.

Zimmerman, a onetime neighborhood watch volunteer, fatally shot Martin, the 17-year-old unarmed black teenager who was staying at the gated townhouse community in Sanford where Zimmerman lived in 2012. He was acquitted of criminal charges in 2013.

Tinder did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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20 years after school attack, Columbine remembers 13 lost

Westlake Legal Group 20-years-after-school-attack-columbine-remembers-13-lost 20 years after school attack, Columbine remembers 13 lost KATHLEEN FOODY fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc c8011466-c33f-582a-914c-e741ec8c9ba6 Associated Press article

A Colorado community is marking the 20th anniversary of the attack on Columbine High School that killed 13 people and injured 24 others with community service projects and a remembrance ceremony.

Saturday’s events end several days of memorial events in the suburban community surrounding Columbine, remembering those killed and lending support to their families, survivors of the attack and the school’s students and staff.

The days surrounding the anniversary remain emotionally fraught for survivors of the attack, including those without physical wounds.

This week brought a new burden as federal authorities led a manhunt for a Florida teen “infatuated” with the shooting. The young woman flew to Denver on Monday and purchased a shotgun.

She was discovered dead in an apparent suicide Wednesday in the foothills west of Denver.

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Man convicted of murder at 13 pleads to exposure charge

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Man convicted of murder at 13 pleads to exposure charge PONTIAC, Mich. fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc Associated Press article 71f03a45-9b1c-58a3-9e50-827ccdf25888

A Detroit-area man convicted of murder at age 13 has pleaded guilty to an indecent exposure charge.

Thirty-three-year-old Nathaniel Abraham was sentenced last week to 30 days in jail, which he had already served. Last year, he was charged with resisting officers trying to arrest him on the exposure charge.

He was charged this year with several counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Abraham remains jailed on those charges. Defense attorney James Galen said Friday that Abraham “was at best a street-level dealer” trying to make money for his son born a few months ago.

Abraham was 11 in 1997 when he was accused of fatally shooting a stranger in Pontiac. He was convicted in 1999.

Abraham was released in 2007, but pleaded guilty in 2008 in a drug case and was released from parole last year.

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Prosecutor: No charges against Arkansas officer in shooting

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Prosecutor: No charges against Arkansas officer in shooting Little Rock (Ark) fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc Associated Press article a92401f9-2847-56f6-ae2e-9f0d37422a18

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a Little Rock police officer who fatally shot a man by firing at least 15 times into the windshield as the car was in motion.

Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley announced Friday that Officer Charles Starks won’t face charges in the Feb. 22 shooting of 30-year-old Bradley Blackshire, who was black. Police say Starks, who is white, was responding to a call after a detective confirmed the car Blackshire was driving was stolen.

In a video of the incident released last month, various angles showed Starks on the vehicle’s hood shooting at Blackshire through the windshield as the car continued to move.

Little Rock police say Starks is still being paid but not performing any departmental duties while they conduct an internal investigation.

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Parents who starved and shackled children sentenced to life

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The eldest son and daughter of a couple who starved and shackled 12 of their children spoke publicly for  the first time Friday, alternately condemning and forgiving their parents before a judge sentenced the pair to up to life in prison.

Since being freed from their prison-like home more than a year ago, the two adult children of David and Louise Turpin described how they had gained control of lives and, despite receiving little education at home, were now enrolled in college and learning simple things, including how to ride a bike, swim and prepare a meal. They are still thin from years of malnutrition.

“I cannot describe in words what we went through growing up,” said the oldest son, now 27. “Sometimes I still have nightmares of things that have happened, such as my siblings being chained up or getting beaten. But that is the past and this is now. I love my parents and have forgiven them for a lot of the things that they did to us.”

The hearing put an end to a shocking case that had gone unnoticed until a 17-year-old girl escaped from the home in January 2018 and called 911. Investigators discovered a house of horrors hidden behind a veneer of suburban normalcy.

The children — ages 2 to 29 — had been chained to beds, forced to live in squalor, fed only once a day, allowed to shower only once a year and deprived of toys and games. They slept during the day and were active a few hours at night.

As her children spoke from a lectern, 50-year-old Louise Turpin sobbed and dabbed her eyes with tissues.

“I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to hurt my children,” she said. “I love my children so much.”

Her husband, who was shaking and could not initially read from a written statement, let his lawyer speak for him until he regained his composure. He did not apologize for the abuse but wished his children well in with their educations and future careers and hoped they would visit him. He then began sobbing.

Jack Osborn, a lawyer representing the seven adult Turpin children, said they understand the consequences of their parents’ actions and are working hard toward forgiving them. Some plan to talk with their parents eventually, but others want no contact with them for 10 years.

The one who called police was a hero for liberating her siblings, Osborn said.

“Maybe but for that we wouldn’t be here today,” he said.

The sentence of life with no chance of parole for 25 years was no surprise. It had been agreed to when the couple pleaded guilty in February to 14 counts each that included torture, cruelty and false imprisonment.

The courtroom fell hushed as the oldest daughter, now 30, entered wearing a blue cardigan over a white shirt, her dark hair in a ponytail. Her eyes were already red from crying when she began to speak in the voice of a little girl.

“My parents took my whole life from me, but now I’m taking my life back,” she said, as her mother’s lower lip quivered trying to hold back the tears. “Life may have been bad but it made me strong. I fought to become the person I am. I saw my dad change my mom. They almost changed me, but I realized what was happening. I immediately did what I could to not become like them.”

There was no explanation from the parents or lawyers about why the abuse occurred, but a letter from one of the children read by an attorney hinted at a home life that veered from birthday celebrations and trips to Disneyland and Las Vegas to severe punishment and disarray.

“Through the years, things became more and more overwhelming, but they kept trusting in God,” the girl wrote “I remember our mother sitting in her recliner and crying, saying she don’t know what to do.”

She said her parents did not know the children were malnourished because they thought the children inherited a gene from their mother, who was small.

From the outside, the home in a middle-class section of Perris, a small city about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, appeared to be neatly kept, and neighbors rarely saw the kids outside, but nothing triggered suspicion.

But when deputies arrived, they were shocked to find a 22-year-old son chained to a bed and two girls who had just been set free from shackles. All but one of the 13 children were severely underweight and had not bathed for months. The house was filled with the stench of human waste.

The children said they were beaten, caged and shackled if they did not obey their parents. Investigators concluded that the couple’s youngest child, a toddler, was the only one who was not abused.

David Turpin, 57, had been an engineer for Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Louise Turpin was listed as a housewife in a 2011 bankruptcy filing.

The teenage daughter who escaped jumped from a window. After a lifetime in isolation, the 17-year-old did not know her address, the month of the year or what the word “medication” meant.

But she knew enough to punch 911 into a barely workable cellphone and began describing years of abuse to a police dispatcher.

Although the couple filed paperwork with the state to homeschool their children, learning was limited. The oldest daughter only completed third grade.

Referring to the restraints, the oldest daughter’s statement said her mother “didn’t want to use rope or chain but she was afraid her children were taking in too much sugar and caffeine.”

Life got more difficult after her mother’s parents died in 2016.

Her parents tried their best, “and they wanted to give us a good life,” she said. “They believed everything they did was to protect us.”

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Associated Press writers Amanda Lee Myers and Michael R. Blood in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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Parents who starved and shackled children sentenced to life

The eldest son and daughter of a couple who starved and shackled 12 of their children spoke publicly for  the first time Friday, alternately condemning and forgiving their parents before a judge sentenced the pair to up to life in prison.

Since being freed from their prison-like home more than a year ago, the two adult children of David and Louise Turpin described how they had gained control of lives and, despite receiving little education at home, were now enrolled in college and learning simple things, including how to ride a bike, swim and prepare a meal. They are still thin from years of malnutrition.

“I cannot describe in words what we went through growing up,” said the oldest son, now 27. “Sometimes I still have nightmares of things that have happened, such as my siblings being chained up or getting beaten. But that is the past and this is now. I love my parents and have forgiven them for a lot of the things that they did to us.”

The hearing put an end to a shocking case that had gone unnoticed until a 17-year-old girl escaped from the home in January 2018 and called 911. Investigators discovered a house of horrors hidden behind a veneer of suburban normalcy.

The children — ages 2 to 29 — had been chained to beds, forced to live in squalor, fed only once a day, allowed to shower only once a year and deprived of toys and games. They slept during the day and were active a few hours at night.

As her children spoke from a lectern, 50-year-old Louise Turpin sobbed and dabbed her eyes with tissues.

“I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to hurt my children,” she said. “I love my children so much.”

Her husband, who was shaking and could not initially read from a written statement, let his lawyer speak for him until he regained his composure. He did not apologize for the abuse but wished his children well in with their educations and future careers and hoped they would visit him. He then began sobbing.

Jack Osborn, a lawyer representing the seven adult Turpin children, said they understand the consequences of their parents’ actions and are working hard toward forgiving them. Some plan to talk with their parents eventually, but others want no contact with them for 10 years.

The one who called police was a hero for liberating her siblings, Osborn said.

“Maybe but for that we wouldn’t be here today,” he said.

The sentence of life with no chance of parole for 25 years was no surprise. It had been agreed to when the couple pleaded guilty in February to 14 counts each that included torture, cruelty and false imprisonment.

The courtroom fell hushed as the oldest daughter, now 30, entered wearing a blue cardigan over a white shirt, her dark hair in a ponytail. Her eyes were already red from crying when she began to speak in the voice of a little girl.

“My parents took my whole life from me, but now I’m taking my life back,” she said, as her mother’s lower lip quivered trying to hold back the tears. “Life may have been bad but it made me strong. I fought to become the person I am. I saw my dad change my mom. They almost changed me, but I realized what was happening. I immediately did what I could to not become like them.”

There was no explanation from the parents or lawyers about why the abuse occurred, but a letter from one of the children read by an attorney hinted at a home life that veered from birthday celebrations and trips to Disneyland and Las Vegas to severe punishment and disarray.

“Through the years, things became more and more overwhelming, but they kept trusting in God,” the girl wrote “I remember our mother sitting in her recliner and crying, saying she don’t know what to do.”

She said her parents did not know the children were malnourished because they thought the children inherited a gene from their mother, who was small.

From the outside, the home in a middle-class section of Perris, a small city about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, appeared to be neatly kept, and neighbors rarely saw the kids outside, but nothing triggered suspicion.

But when deputies arrived, they were shocked to find a 22-year-old son chained to a bed and two girls who had just been set free from shackles. All but one of the 13 children were severely underweight and had not bathed for months. The house was filled with the stench of human waste.

The children said they were beaten, caged and shackled if they did not obey their parents. Investigators concluded that the couple’s youngest child, a toddler, was the only one who was not abused.

David Turpin, 57, had been an engineer for Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Louise Turpin was listed as a housewife in a 2011 bankruptcy filing.

The teenage daughter who escaped jumped from a window. After a lifetime in isolation, the 17-year-old did not know her address, the month of the year or what the word “medication” meant.

But she knew enough to punch 911 into a barely workable cellphone and began describing years of abuse to a police dispatcher.

Although the couple filed paperwork with the state to homeschool their children, learning was limited. The oldest daughter only completed third grade.

Referring to the restraints, the oldest daughter’s statement said her mother “didn’t want to use rope or chain but she was afraid her children were taking in too much sugar and caffeine.”

Life got more difficult after her mother’s parents died in 2016.

Her parents tried their best, “and they wanted to give us a good life,” she said. “They believed everything they did was to protect us.”

___

Associated Press writers Amanda Lee Myers and Michael R. Blood in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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Phoenix woman accused of harassing man with 159K texts, threatening to turn his kidneys into sushi, says its ‘ridiculous’ she’s in jail

Westlake Legal Group woman Phoenix woman accused of harassing man with 159K texts, threatening to turn his kidneys into sushi, says its ‘ridiculous’ she’s in jail Matt Richardson fox-news/us/us-regions/southwest/arizona fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc fbe07651-c35c-5cde-b429-b535de72d305 article

A Phoenix woman accused of harassing a man with more than 150,000 text messages — in one, she threatened to turn his kidneys into sushi — reportedly thinks its “ridiculous” that she’s been jailed for the alleged actions.

“I can’t believe that it turned into this. I can’t believe that I’m actually in jail over some text messages,” Jacqueline Ades said in an interview with The Arizona Republic.

Ades reportedly met the unidentified Paradise Valley man via Luxy, a dating site for millionaires. The two went on one date, but Ades allegedly became infatuated and continued to pursue him. However, the man, said to be the CEO of a skin care products company, was not interested in a relationship.

He reportedly called police in July 2017 when he discovered Ades parked outside his home. After the call, Ades allegedly started sending him threatening texts including one that stated, “I’d wear ur [your] fascia n [and] the top o [of] fur skull n ur hands n feet,” according to The Arizona Republic.

“I’d make sushi outta ur kidneys and chopsticks outta ur hand bones,” another text read.

But in the recent interview with the outlet, Ades said she was just playing around.

“I said, ‘If I had a perverted imagination, what would I think?'” Ades said. “And then I wrote all these weird things. Just, like, I was literally playing with my imagination and it turned out that that scared him.”

Ades has been in a Maricopa County jail for nearly a year following the initial allegations. She’s pleaded not guilty to criminal trespassing and stalking, but in March was determined to be mentally incompetent during a Rule 11 hearing to evaluate her mental status.

She told The Arizona Republic that she was eager to go to trial, adding that she was not only confident that she would be freed, but that she’d also be reunited with the man.

“They’re going to say, ‘You’re not guilty and on top of it we, like, demand that you two get married,'” Ades said of the jury.

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In the interview, she also claimed to have once been kidnapped by Walt Disney. The deceased illustrator, she said, once flew a spaceship and was a member of the Illuminati.

“Does that sound crazy?” Ades asked. “It sounds like I’m crazy. My mom says, ‘They’re going to put you back in Rule 11 court if you go around telling people.’ But this is a true story — I’m not lying.”

A trial scheduled for early April was delayed, her lawyer said, in order to continue to work on restoring her mental competency. Ades will have a hearing next in the Maricopa County Superior Court on May 21.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report

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Heiress pleads guilty in NXIVM sex slave case

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A wealthy heiress has pleaded guilty to charges implicating her in a sex-trafficking conspiracy case against an upstate New York self-help group.

Clare Bronfman entered the plea on Friday in federal court in Brooklyn.

The plea means the 40-year-old Bronfman will avoid going to trial early next month with Keith Raniere. He’s known as the spiritual leader of the group called NXIVM (NEHK’-see-uhm).

Prosecutors say Bronfman was bankrolling Raniere’s group at a time when he had a secret harem of sex slaves who were branded with his initials.

Sentencing is set for July 25.

Bronfman is a daughter of the late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr.

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Louisiana man gets jail time for threatening President Trump

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A Louisiana man has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in federal prison for making threats against President Donald Trump.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Baton Rouge says 63-year-old Henry Rayborn, of Baton Rouge, was sentenced Wednesday.

A federal complaint filed in March 2018 says Rayborn made threats against the president while hospitalized in Baton Rouge. Rayborn had been taken there after police found him lying down in a public street.

Court records say Rayborn told an investigating U.S. Secret Service agent that he “heard voices in his head saying kill Trump.” Rayborn was later found mentally competent to face the charges. He pleaded guilty in October to making a threat against the president.

After serving his prison sentence he will serve three years of supervised release.

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