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Missouri teacher charged with hiring hitman to kill student, 10, who he allegedly molested: report

A Missouri teacher is accused of hiring a hitman to kill a 10-year-old boy he allegedly molested.

Deonte Taylor, 36, and his boyfriend Michael Johnson, 66, pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in a St. Louis court on Wednesday, KSDK reported.

Taylor was busted in November after his DNA was found to match samples found on his former student.

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He’s facing three charges of first-degree statutory sodomy related to the accusation that he took the then-7-year-old boy from class at an elementary school where he worked as a teacher’s assistant in 2015, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Court papers said he took the boy to another room, where the boy performed oral sex on him, KSDK reported.

The boy reported the alleged attack right away, but the investigation lingered after the detective on the case left the department, and charges were not immediately filed.

In the meantime, Taylor got his teaching certificate, and was hired as a teacher by a different school district. He passed a series of background checks despite the open case in his prior district, and was working at a different elementary school when he was arrested, the station reported. That district alerted families about the accusations at Taylor’s former school after he was nabbed.

BOYFRIEND SLASHED WITH SWORD AFTER WOMAN CATCHES HIM MOLESTING HER DAUGHTER, 5: POLICE

Investigators said in February, Taylor met a fellow inmate and arranged to have him kill the boy — and his mother —  when that inmate was released. The man instead became a confidential informant for the police, the outlet reported.

Meanwhile, Taylor then talked to Johnson, whom he lived with before he was busted, and allegedly convinced Johnson to pay for the hit, the station reported. Court papers say Johnson paid the man.

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Taylor and Johnson were charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of attempting to tamper with a victim in a felony prosecution.

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Michigan father intentionally shot son, 2, in face with shotgun: prosecutors

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A Michigan father intentionally shot his 2-year-old son in the face during a heated argument with the boy’s mother last Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Michael Christopher Glance, 32, faces multiple felony charges in connection with the April 16 shooting of his son.

Jackson County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kati Rezmierski said Glance got into argument with the boy’s mother, Nicole McCarthy, in their Blackman Township home. Glance allegedly held a pistol to the boy’s temple and pulled the trigger, but it malfunctioned, mlive.com reported.

The mother took the boy to the car and strapped him in a seat, the report said. Glance came out of the house with a shotgun and allegedly fired the weapon, blowing half his son’s face off, according to the report. Glance fired at the mother as she fled the scene with her son in the car, but the shotgun malfunctioned, Rezmierski said.

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The boy was taken to Henry Ford Allegiance Health then transferred to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor where he remains in critical condition, officials said.

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Glance was arrested and charged with three counts of assault with intent to murder and felony firearms. He is being held on $10 million and will face District Judge Michael Klaeren on May 1 for a preliminary examination, WILX reported.

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California church parishioners help tackle woman with gun who allegedly threatened attack

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A mother in San Diego holding a 10-month-old baby while waving a gun was tackled at a church on Easter and ultimately arrested after she made threats to blow up the building, according to reports.

A service was ending at the non-denominational Tsidkenu Church in the Clairemont community of San Diego when “a lady came in with a gun and started talking delusional stuff,” Ronald Farmer told Fox 5.

“After she started pointing the gun at the baby, one of the older gentlemen grabbed it from her, and then me and a couple of other men tackled her,” said David Michael Miller, as KABC reported. “We got the baby away from her. A few minutes after that, the cops came in. She was trying to run away or something so a cop tackled her through a row of chairs. They arrested her and pulled another gun out of her bra.”

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A mother in San Diego holding a baby and waving a gun was arrested at the Tsidkenu Church in the Clairemont community of San Diego. (Tsidkenu Church San Diego)

The suspect was identified as Anna Conkey, 31.

No one, including Conkey, was injured. Police said the gun wasn’t loaded.

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San Diego Police Department said she was booked into jail on charges of “making criminal threats and displaying a handgun in a threatening manner.”

“We knew who she was. She had been coming on and off for a little bit of time. And we had been praying for her because we wanted to see her set free,” Ben Wisan, a church leader, said.

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Police kill suspect at North Carolina shopping center

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North Carolina investigators are conducting a probe into the fatal shooting of a man by a police officer in the state’s capital city, authorities said Sunday.

Soheil Antonio Mojarrad, 30, was killed in an encounter with an officer Saturday night at a shopping center in the eastern part of the city, Raleigh police said.

It’s unclear what prompted the shooting. Officials did not immediately disclose whether Mojarrad was armed with a gun or other weapon when he was shot.

Police identified the officer involved in the shooting as W.B. Edwards. Edwards was equipped with a body-worn camera at the time of the shooting, but that it was not activated, officials said. Raleigh police and agents with the State Bureau of Investigation were reviewing other video related to the incident, police said.

Authorities said the SBI will submit the findings of its criminal investigation directly to the Wake County District Attorney. Raleigh police will conduct an internal affairs investigation focused on compliance with departmental policy, while local detectives will investigate Mojarrad’s actions leading up to the shooting.

According to the City-County Bureau of Identification’s website, Mojarrad has a string of arrests in the Raleigh area dating to 2009 and was most recently arrested in January on a charge of simple assault.

Mojarrad, who was charged in 2017 with assault on a company or campus police officer and disorderly conduct, also has been arrested several times on drug charges, as well as charges of larceny and trespass.

Online records also indicate that he was arrested in Flagler County, Florida, in 2009 and charged with shoplifting and resisting an officer.

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Colorado dog reunited with Florida family after 2017 theft

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A dog found abandoned in Colorado has been returned to its family, nearly two years after it was stolen in Florida as a puppy.

Animal charity organization Wings of Rescue says the German Shepherd named Cedar was covered with snow in a rural Colorado ditch, apparently malnourished with an injured leg when a deputy marshal found her. The pet was identified thanks to its microchip.

The youngest of four dogs in the Peterson family, Cedar was stolen from their backyard in May 2017 in the town of Southwest Ranches, north of Miami. At the time, other signs for missing pets were going up around the community.

Back then, Tamara Peterson told reporters that she thought someone had hopped the fence to take the 4-month-old puppy. The family posted flyers with Cedar’s photos around the town, drove around several neighborhoods and hired a detective to track the pet down.

It was not clear how the dog wound up nearly 2,000 miles (3,219 kilometers) away in the Colorado town of Hugo. Deputy Marshal Steve Ryan found Cedar in a ditch and picked the dog up to put it in his car.

When Ryan took the dog to a veterinarian, she scanned the pet for a microchip and found out the puppy belonged in South Florida. Then the Petersons got a phone call.

“I immediately cried,” Tamara Peterson told The Miami Herald . “I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock. It’s almost two years to the day.”

After three weeks of recovery, Wings of Rescue, a charity known for flying pets in disaster zones, helped arrange Cedar’s return flight on Saturday. The Peterson kids petted Cedar’s furry chest and neck on a Fort Lauderdale airport tarmac as the dog looked around and shook its body.

“Miracles do happen, especially when you microchip your pet,” the animal charity wrote on a Facebook post about Cedar.

Peterson said Cedar has been resting, and the family is planning to take her out swimming as soon as she looks better.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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Abandoned vehicle found near Mexico border amid search for missing California girl, 2 murder suspects

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Authorities in California searching for a missing teenage girl who was last seen with two murder suspects located an abandoned vehicle connected to the trio on Friday near the border with Mexico.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Friday on Facebook that an empty white BMW 4-door sedan was found by San Diego Police in San Ysirdo.

The vehicle was the same car that Alora Benitez, 15, was last seen in on Wednesday morning with her 40-year-old mother, Maricela Mercado and a 39-year-old man identified as Roman Cerratos.

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Both adults are considered “armed and dangerous” and are suspects in a murder investigation. The victim, Jeffrey Appel, 32, was found dead Tuesday in the front seat of a white Audi in the city of Carson, California.

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Authorities are searching for Alora Benitez, who has been missing since Wednesday. She was last seen with Roman Cerratos, and her mother, Maricela Mercado, who are murder suspects and also missing. (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

“Her family is concerned for her safety,” police said.

Authorities have not revealed how Appel was killed, or what may have motivated the slaying. The trio had last been seen driving in the BMW sedan that had a Nevada license plate that read “MARIMAR.”

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Alora is described by police as 5-feet 2-inches, 100 pounds, Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes.

The missing teenager spurred authorities to issue an Amber Alert in Southern California, which at one pointed extended to Nevada, according to FOX11.

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Anyone with information on the murder or missing girl is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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Man sentenced after father-in-law dies in drug test scam

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A 35-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to prison after his father-in-law died while taking methadone to help the younger man cheat on a drug test.

Justin Jones was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2017 death of 47-year-old Eric Everts. Both men lived in Baldwin City.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Jones also pleaded guilty in January to distribution of methadone.

As part of his treatment for drug addiction, Jones was required to turn in urine samples containing nothing but methadone, which treats opioid addiction.

Baldwin City investigators said in an affidavit that for months Everts took methadone and provided otherwise clean urine samples, which Jones submitted as his own. Everts was found dead at his home in September 2017.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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Report: Man arrested on weapons charge faced similar in 2006

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A newspaper reports a New Mexico man, who is a member of an armed civilian group that has detained migrants at the border, was arrested on a criminal complaint accusing him of being a felon in possession of firearms and faced similar charges 13 years ago in Oregon.

The Santa Fe New Mexican says 69-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins also was accused of impersonating a police officer in Oregon’s Klamath County in 2006 and claimed to be a fugitive bounty hunter.

The FBI arrested Hopkins in Sunland Park, New Mexico, on a federal complaint Saturday.

Albuquerque FBI spokesman Frank Fisher says additional information about Hopkins won’t be released until after his initial appearance Monday in a Las Cruces federal court.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com

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Woman caught on camera dumping puppies next to dumpster behind store in Coachella, California

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A woman in California is being sought by officials after she was caught Thursday on a security camera dumping a bag full of puppies next to a dumpster behind a store.

The Riverside County Animal Services said in a Facebook post the incident happened in Coachella after a woman was captured on surveillance video around 1 p.m. pulling up in a Jeep and getting out of the vehicle carrying a plastic bag.

The woman can then be seen walking towards a dumpster used for recycling materials and dropping the clear, plastic bag next to the bin before driving away.

“There is no excuse for dumping puppies,” Animal Services Commander Chris Mayer said in a statement. “Especially in today’s age when we or other shelters would be willing to get these animals to foster parents or rescue partners. This was a shameful act.”

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About an hour later, a passerby named John was rummaging through the trash discovered the puppies still alive, according to officials.

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A woman was captured on surveillance video dumping a bag of puppies behind a dumpster in Coachella, California on Thursday. (Riverside County Animal Services)

In total, there were 7 puppies inside the bag. All were 3 days old and were believed to be terrier mixes.

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Officials said had it not been for the Good Samaritan’s actions, the puppies may not have survived much longer since temperatures in Coachella on Thursday were into the mid-90’s.

“The Good Samaritan played a major role in saving these puppies’ lives,” Mayer said. “His actions were humane and heroic.”

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The puppies are now being cared for by a rescue shelter in Orange County, FOX11 reported.

The Riverside Animal Services Department is now hoping that someone will recognize the woman and turn her in. Mayer, who called the woman’s actions “despicable,” said he’s been in contact with investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff Office and the District Attorney’s office, who said she could face animal cruelty charges.

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Ex-boyfriend of victim arrested in ax attack that left one woman dead and another fighting for her life

Police have arrested the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims of a brutal ax attack on Saturday that left one woman dead and another fighting for her life.

Jerry Brown, 34, has been charged with murder and attempted murder after allegedly chopping his girlfriend, Angela Valle, and her pregnant friend Savannah Rivera, with an ax at an apartment building in Brooklyn, New York.

Police found Rivera, who also has a three-year-old son, partially decapitated with her fingers severed at the grisly scene early Saturday morning. Valle, 21, called an Uber to take her to the hospital after the attack left her with gashes to her head, chest, arms, stomach, and throat, the New York Post reports. The Uber driver then called 911, and Valle, 21, informed medics before losing consciousness that her boyfriend was the attacker and that her four-year-old daughter Aliana was in the room next to the scene of the crime.

The girl was found asleep and unharmed. She is now with family as they wait with Valle at the Elmhurst Hospital Center and hope that she pulls through from the vicious attack.

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Brown is said to suffer from mental health issues and told Pix 11 before being arrested that he is schizophrenic, bipolar, and paranoid. He said he was trying to get medication from a hospital, and that he did not remember the attack. When he learned that his girlfriend was fighting for her life, he began to cry while speaking to reporters over the phone.

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Police found the ax covered in blood and tossed in a trash compactor at the Bushwick Houses, where the attack took place (Google Earth)

Brown allegedly purchased the ax at a Florama Hardware store about two weeks ago, employees said. They added that he asked 39-year-old worker Udi Amrussi if he could sharpen the ax for him, but the man refused.

Police found the ax covered in blood and tossed in a trash compactor at the Bushwick Houses, where the attack took place.

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Valle has previously gushed about Brown on Facebook, where the alleged attacker goes by the name “Grim Creepa.” Six weeks ago, she posted a photo of Brown and referred to him as “Mr. 187,” believed to be street slang identifying Brown as a murderer.

“I love you Daddy,” she wrote in the caption.

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“I love u my queen,” he responded.

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