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Driver seen attacking Florida hotel owner over parking spot, reports say

Police in Florida said they’re looking for a man who was spotted on surveillance video allegedly attacking a hotel owner over a parking spot earlier this year.

The Hollywood Police Department released the video on Friday showing the hotel owner speaking to the suspect, who then started beating the 69-year-old man.

“It’s amazing how people can do that, plus I was a senior citizen,” the owner, who identified himself as Rudy, told WSVN. “Next year I’m going to be 70 years old.”

Rudy, who owns the Shore View Hotel, told the television station that drivers who weren’t guests at the hotel still used the parking lot often.

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“People park in our spaces, even though they say ‘tow away’ and everything else,” he said. “They’ll park in our private property and go to the beach.”

Rudy told the station he asked the man not to park in a clearly marked parking spot on the property after he showed up on May 25.

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Police in Florida said they are looking for this man who was caught on surveillance video attacking a hotel owner, reportedly over a parking spot. (Hollywood Police Department)

“I asked him very kindly if he would move,” he said, adding that the suspect told him he was not going to move his car.

“He told me that when he comes to Hollywood, he parks wherever the ‘f—’ he wants to,” Rudy told the station.

“When I saw he was that hostile, I turned around and went to get my cellphone out of the office to call the police,” he continued.

Rudy said when he came back out of the office, the suspect was “smoking a joint.”

“He told me that because I was so nice to him, he would go ahead and leave, but after he finished his joint,” Rudy told the station.

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“So I told him, ‘You can’t smoke because I’ve got a hotel full of people and kids here. The smell is everywhere. You can’t do that.’”

Rudy said it looked as if the suspect was going to leave, but instead, he attacked.

“Before I know it, he came back behind me, and he sucker-punched me,” Rudy told the media outlet.

The video showed the man punching the hotel owner repeatedly. Rudy was then seen kneeling on the ground trying to protect himself.

“I can’t defend myself like I used to, when I was in my 20s and 30s,” he told the station.

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A woman who was in the car with the suspect tried to stop the attack, police told WSVN.

Rudy told the station he was badly bruised on his neck and still suffered from blurry vision.

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Chloë Grace Moretz’s alleged stalker skates by on actual stalking charge: report

Chloë Grace Moretz‘s alleged stalker is facing several criminal charges, but stalking won’t be one of them.

TMZ reports that Justin Alexander Behr was hit with four charges of trespassing for alleged incidents on June 30 and July 1, but won’t be charged with felony stalking.

Earlier this month, a judge granted Moretz a restraining order against 18-year-old Behr after he reportedly trespassed on her family’s Los Angeles property twice in less than 24 hours.

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Moretz’s brother, Brandon, went to police after the incidents to obtain a temporary restraining order against Behr.

Behr reportedly banged on the front door and asked if the “Let Me In” actress was home.

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Chloë Grace Moretz attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills. A judge granted Moretz a restraining order against an 18-year-old man who allegedly trespassed on her family’s property twice in less than 24 hours. (Getty)

Brandon alleged that Behr scaled their private gate and banged on the windows and doors of the family’s home last Sunday.

The actress’ family called the police, who arrested Behr — only for the troubled trespasser to return less than a day later.

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For his second arrest, Behr’s bail reportedly shot up from $1,000 the first time to $150,000.

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

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Handcuffed suspect stole police cruiser, authorities say

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Police in Pennsylvania had their hands full Saturday with a suspect who had to be arrested twice, according to reports.

Officers initially arrested Monica Nicole Christian, 31, after responding to reports of squatters in a neighborhood in Rochester Township, near Pittsburgh.

Police say Christian became violent with them during the arrest, WTAE-TV reported.

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But once inside a police cruiser, the handcuffed Christian managed to climb through the cage separating the front and back seats – and then drive off in the police cruiser while the officer was gathering some items outside the vehicle, the Times of Rochester reported.

At some point the suspect slipped off the handcuffs, parked the vehicle and fled on foot, the report said.

But tips from neighbors helped police locate the suspect, according to WPXI-TV.

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“Without their assistance, we would have had a hard time trying to track her down,” Sgt. Dawn Shane of the Rochester Police department told WTAE.

Christian was later seen on local television, sticking her tongue out at a news crew as she was escorted by law enforcement officers.

Authorities say the suspect was wanted in Texas for robbery.

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Florida ‘doomsday prepper’ couple charged with abusing 2 women on farm for years

Florida authorities raided a farm and arrested a “doomsday prepper” couple on physical and sexual abuse charges.

The two female victims say they were abused for years while under the care of Mirko Ceska, 58, and his wife, Regina, 55, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office said Friday in a news release.

“The females described Mr. and Mrs. Ceska as doomsday preppers who had getaway properties located throughout the United States and food rations and weapons stored in the event of a major calamity,” the news release said. “The females stated they had been trained to raise pigs, raise sheep, grow various fruits and vegetables, sheer sheep, utilize a loom, and sew.”

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Mugshots for Regina Ceska, 55 and Mirko Ceska, 58. (Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office)

They stated that if they didn’t smile they would be punished, the news release said.

The investigation began July 1 after the women escaped the Ceskas’ custody three days earlier, according to the news release. Their identities, ages and relationship to the Ceskas was not disclosed.

The search of the farm Friday in Crawfordvile led to the discovery of large quantities of food rations and other survivalist items, the news release said. Detectives also seized dozens of high quality firearms and many cases of ammunition. Some of the firearms were hidden behind fake walls or a staircase.

The women said they endured various punishments, including having their food withheld, physical beatings where they said Mirko Ceska would hit them with a metal rod and sexual episodes where Mirko Cesko forced sex acts upon them, “some with the support of Regina Ceska,” according to the sheriff’s office.

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The Ceskas were quoted in a 2009 Associated Press article about the over-medication of children in the Florida foster care system, the Tallahassee Democrat reported Saturday. The Ceskas said they had adopted 12-year-old twin girls a year earlier.

The Ceskas, who met then-Gov. Charlie Crist, were critical of the foster care system for medicating children in transitional care, the paper reported.

“The foster people that are taking care of these kids, many of them that we have seen don’t want these kids to have too much to do,” Mirko Ceska told the AP, according to the paper. “So they really put them asleep. They really do.”

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Mirko Ceska was charged with sexual battery, sexual assault, abuse and neglect. Regina Ceska was charged with two counts of neglect and two counts of failure to report abuse.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas woman lived with mother’s skeletal remains for 3 years

A Texas woman who worked as a police dispatcher lived in a home with her mother’s remains left on the floor for the past three years, authorities said.

Jacqueline Crayton, 71, died in a fall inside the home in Seguin that she shared with her daughter and granddaughter, a disabled 15-year-old girl, according to news reports.

“They were in a bedroom on the floor in plain view,” Seguin Police Chief Terry Nichols told reporters Thursday, referring to the remains.

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Police found Crayton’s skeletal remains Sunday after going to the house on a child abuse complaint called in by the 15-year-old, Nichols said.

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Mugshot for Delissa Crayton, 47. (Seguin Police Department)

According to Fox 7 Austin, police said Jacqueline Crayton could have survived if her daughter had attended to her injuries.

The daughter, Delissa Crayton, 47, was arrested on a felony charge of injury to a child, police said.

The chief told reporters that Delissa Crayton worked as a dispatcher for the Seguin Police Department until she quit in 2014.

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Fox San Antonio reported that Jacqueline Crayton worked as a secretary and a teacher’s aide for the Sequin school district for 35 years. She retired in 2000.

Nichols said the dead woman was well-known and respected in Seguin.

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Family members have taken in the 15-year-old, he said.

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SHOCKING VIDEO: Murder victim’s sons jump handcuffed, convicted killer in courtroom brawl

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The sentencing hearing for a man convicted of killing an Ohio woman erupted in chaos Thursday when the victim’s two sons attacked the handcuffed defendant inside the courtroom.

Dale Williams, 62, was to be sentenced for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Pledger Stewart, in Youngstown, Ohio.

But moments before Pledger Stewart’s daughter was to give her victim impact statement in court, the two sons both ran toward Williams, breaking past officers who tried to intervene. Court cameras captured the entire brawl on video.

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The men tackled Williams — who was handcuffed and wearing an orange jumpsuit — and punched him several times before officers restored order. A stun gun was used on one of the sons to get him to stop fighting.

“He killed my mother, man,” the son said as deputies handcuffed him. “That was my mama! She took care of me, bro, when nobody else did.”

Williams pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Pledger Stewart in 2017. Investigators said Williams admitted to waiting for Pledger Stewart for more than 45 minutes for her to drive by him on her way to work so he could cut her off and shoot her, Youngstown’s WKBN-TV reported.

Both sons were arrested and will be held in jail under contempt of court for 30 days, Youngstown’s WFMJ-TV reported. Williams’ sentencing hearing will be rescheduled due to the disruption.

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Extra officers were assigned in the courtroom that day because officers anticipated “some tensions with this sentencing hearing,” Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene told WKBN.

“From everything I can see, the officers acted appropriately. In fact, did a pretty good job, in my opinion,” he said.

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Detroit man charged with first-degree murder, other felonies in LGBTQ killing

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A 26-year-old man was charged with numerous felonies, including first-degree murder and four firearm counts, for allegedly assaulting two gay men in Detroit, one of whom died.

Authorities suspect Demetris Nelson used the gay dating app Grindr to target 31-year-old Brian Anderson and 26-year-old Malcolm Drake focusing on them because of their sexual orientation.

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During an attempted robbery on July 6, officials allege, Nelson shot and killed Anderson and critically wounded Drake. Detroit Police investigated the shooting for two days before arresting Nelson, who was arraigned on Friday.

“The allegations are that social media contacts were used to target, contact, rob, fatally shoot one gay man, and seriously wound another gay man,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “To some, this will be just another hateful and violent act in America. They will read about this case and continue to go about their day. To me, that is quite tragic.”

The case was assigned to Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP) through a program that allows the prosecutor’s office to team up with law enforcement to tackle serious crimes against the LGBTQ community.

“We are saddened and outraged by this despicable crime. This case is just the most recent example of how members of Detroit’s LGBTQ community are too often targets of violence,” Alanna Maguire from the Fair Michigan Project, told Fox 2.

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Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien told officer he struck his wife after incident in car: report

Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien acknowledged to a Washington state officer late last month that he had struck his wife during a domestic dispute, according to a police report.

Rypien pleaded not guilty on July 1 to a charge of domestic violence against his wife, Danielle. He was charged with four-degree assault and was released without bail. The former Washington Redskins quarterback allegedly struck his wife in his car while in Spokane on June 30, a witness told police.

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Rypien acknowledged hitting his wife and told officers that his wife covered his eyes as he drove and she got the “wind knocked out of her” after he pushed her hands away, The Spokesman-Review reported, citing a police report.

Later when his wife laid in the grass holding her stomach and struggling to breathe, Rypien reportedly demanded that she told the truth.

“Did you hit her?” Spokane officer Todd Brownlee asked Rypien, according to the report.

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Former Washington State quarterback and Superbowl MVP Mark Rypien appears alongside defense attorney Chris Bugbee via video conference for a hearing presided over by commissioner Kristin O’Sullivan on Monday, July 1, 2019, in Spokane, Wash. (Libby Kamrowski/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

“Yes, I did,” Rypien replied.

Chris Bugbee, Rypien’s attorney, told the Associated Press in an email Thursday that his client struck his wife in self-defense.

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“He shoved Danielle back into the passenger seat with his right arm and elbow hard enough to ensure that he would move her out of the way,” Bugbee said in a statement. “So when the officer informed Mark that a witness had seen a man strike Danielle in the car, he told the officer that he was the person. There is no doubt that he struck her when he moved her.”

Mark and Danielle Rypien both said they were cooperating with authorities.

Rypien, who played for five different teams over 11 NFL seasons, said last year that he believes he has Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) caused by repeated concussions he suffered during his years playing football.

“I suffer from a complex stew of mental health conditions – dark places, depression, anxiety, addictions,” he said in an interview with KHQ6 last year, “brought about from dozens of concussions and thousands of subconcussive injuries.”

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Rypien said that in the past he has attempted suicide and hired prostitutes as a result of his condition. He was a lead plaintiff in a successful lawsuit brought against the NFL by thousands of former players for its handling of head injuries in 2013.

Last year, Rypien told the Spokesman-Review that he was also involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife in 2017, saying he “got angry and I threw her on the bed a couple of times.” He and his wife blamed a medication change for his behavior.

Rypien played six seasons with Washington and was named the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXVI when he threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Redskins over the Buffalo Bills, 37-24. It was the franchise’s third Super Bowl under then-head coach Joe Gibbs and their most recent title.

CTE can only be diagnosed by examining a person’s brain after their death. Individuals who play football or other contact sports, as well as some military members, are thought to be at the highest risk for the condition due to repeated blows to the head, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Numerous NFL players have reported a wide variety of problems related to CTE, including homelessness, erratic behavior, suicide and other early deaths.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Frank Miniter: To reduce gun violence, we need to do these things

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When he called the Republican-controlled Virginia Legislature to the state Capitol for a special session this week, Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam wasn’t really attempting to make changes to the state’s gun laws that would have stopped the murderer who killed a dozen people in Virginia Beach in May.

In fact, despite his claims to the contrary, Northam was simply playing gun control politics. He was crassly using the deaths of victims to push the current national agenda of those who want to blame guns and law-abiding gun owners for the actions of criminals and the mentally ill.

The Republicans called Northam on this obviously political ploy. With their one-vote majorities in the state House of Delegates and Senate, they cut the special session short. It lasted only 90 minutes.

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Republican lawmakers wisely referred all of the gun control bills submitted to the special session of the Legislature to the bipartisan state Crime Commission. This will enable the proposals to be studied, so lawmakers can actually craft legislation that would help save lives.

By declining to vote on a long list of gun control proposals, Virginia legislators reminded us of what is really preventing America from coming together in a bipartisan way on this issue: Americans are divided between three wildly different gun cultures.

First, there is the freedom-loving, law-abiding, gun rights culture that upholds the responsible use of guns for hunting, sport and self-defense. This includes nearly all of the more than 100 million gun owners in America today. Over 5 million people who are part of this culture are members of the National Rifle Association, where I serve as editor in chief of the NRA’s magazine America’s 1st Freedom.

Will we continue to waste resources, media time and more as we allow the mainstream media to unfairly blame America’s law-abiding gun owners for the actions of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill?

Second, there is the criminal culture that thrives in spite of, or even because of, government attempts at restricting our constitutional right to bear arms.

And third, there is the part of the culture – including many members of the mainstream media – that is made up of people who have no experience with firearms, but who fear guns out of ignorance. This group often exhibits a complete unwillingness to even try to understand American freedom.

Worse still, this last group is actively blaming the gun rights segment of the American citizenry for the unlawful actions of the second part – the criminals and the mentally ill.

This sets the stage for the culture war now underway.

The most disturbing part of this issue is there are good solutions available, but the mainstream media have no interest in them, as they require us to focus on the actual problem – the criminal element in our society and the mentally ill.

The mainstream media, instead, are waging a political war. They want to win power for their preferred political party. They have little interest in doing honest reporting on gang violence and how we can make inner city communities safer.

They have little interest in devoting more resources to helping us find and treat the small percentage of mentally ill people who might do violent things. To the mainstream media, doing any of that would require us to focus on what they view as marginalized communities, many of which have high minority populations.

It is more politically expedient for them to instead blame people who largely don’t vote for Democrats and who mostly live outside of inner city communities where gang-related homicides are a serious problem.

The same can be said for focusing on the relatively few members of American society who are violent due to serious mental health issues. Those people can be hard to find and diagnose. It is much easier and more politically advantageous for the mainstream media to simply blame gun ownership.

Meanwhile, things that might have actually stopped the Virginia Beach murderer – at least before he killed a dozen people – require us to allow average citizens to utilize their constitutional right to bear arms.

To stop something as random as a person who doesn’t have a criminal record – yet suddenly and for unfathomable reasons decides to perform an evil act – people need their right to self-preservation, as granted to us by the Second Amendment of our Bill of Rights.

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Virginia’s political disagreement on this issue demonstrates what is happening nationally. Will we continue to waste resources, media time and more as we allow the mainstream media to unfairly blame America’s law-abiding gun owners for the actions of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill?

Criminals almost always use illegal guns to commit their crimes. This is hardly the fault of average gun owners in America or their guns. Criminals and a small percentage of the mentally ill are the cause. We need to focus our resources on the actual problem.

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New York police, prosecutors point fingers after Jeffrey Epstein skipped court-mandated check-ins

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The New York Police Department and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office are both denying responsibility for enforcing Jeffrey Epstein’s court-mandated check-ins as a registered Level 3 sex offender.

The financier was required to register as a sex offender in New York almost three years after a controversial nonprosecution plea deal in Miami in 2008 resulted in an 18-month sentence for solicitation of prostitution involving an underage victim. (He served just 13 months of that sentence.)

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Under the 1996 Sex Offender Registration Act, Epstein should have appeared at the NYPD’s Sex Offender Monitoring Unit, in the Manhattan criminal courthouse, every 90 days to verify his address and have his photo periodically renewed for the online database.

Epstein failed to keep that appointment at least 34 times, according to reports by the New York Post, and was never arrested for noncompliance despite it being a felony punishable by up to four years in prison for a first offense — up to seven years for subsequent violations.

The chief of detectives of the NYPD, Dermot Shea, told Fox News on Thursday that “before his legally mandated first check-in, he [Epstein] changed his residence to the Virgin Islands, requiring monitoring to take place in that jurisdiction, not in New York.”

But then came an explosive hearing in 2011, when a sex crimes prosecutor from Vance’s office pleaded with federal Justice Ruth Pickholz to downgrade Epstein from a Level 3 offender to the lowest possible classification, Level 1. The judge found Epstein’s change of address insufficient to exempt him from checking in with New York law enforcement, as required for Level 3 offenders.

The judge ruled that Epstein, who owns homes in both Palm Beach, Fla., and Manhattan, “may have to come here every 90 days,” from the Virgin Islands, or “give up his New York home if he does not want to come every 90 days,” according to court transcripts.

Epstein did not check in any time after his hearing, Det. Sophia Mason, a police spokeswoman, told The Washington Post.

The NYPD did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

“The NYPD – which is the agency responsible for monitoring SORA compliance – has repeatedly told us that Mr. Epstein was in full compliance with the law,” Danny Frost, a spokesperson for Vance’s office, told Fox News on Thursday. “Our office vigorously prosecutes all failure-to-verify cases.”

Epstein, 66, pleaded not guilty Monday to additional sex trafficking and conspiracy charges brought against him this week after he was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on Saturday.

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The financier allegedly created and maintained a “vast network” and operation from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005 that enabled him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens” of girls, in addition to paying victims to recruit other female minors.

“Jeffrey Epstein is in jail because of the hard work of NYPD detectives and our law enforcement partners who built a strong case and arrested him for his vile crimes,” Shea told Fox News. “The NYPD follows the same protocol for every sex offender referred to us pursuant to state laws. NYPD detectives are relentless: if you are a sex offender, we will find you.”

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