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Woman pleads guilty to GoFundMe scam involving homeless man

A New Jersey woman pleaded guilty to her role in concocting a feel-good tale about a homeless man rescuing her from the side of a highway and scamming 14,000 donors out of $400,000 in GoFundMe contributions.

Katelyn McClure pleaded guilty in state Superior Court Monday to second-degree theft by deception under a plea agreement.

Prosecutors say McClure will serve four years in state prison and must repay the $400,000 under the deal. She must also testify against her former boyfriend and co-defendant Mark D’Amico.

McClure’s plea comes after Johnny Bobbitt was sentenced Friday to five years’ probation for his role in the scheme.

Prosecutors say the trio fabricated the 2017 story of Bobbitt rescuing McClure from the side of a Philadelphia highway to enrich themselves.

D’Amico has denied wrongdoing.

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Officials: Officer fatally shoots man who wielded knife

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Police in Tennessee say an officer fatally shot a man who was armed with a knife and grabbed another person as officers attempted to serve a warrant.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says in a news release that 42-year-old Samuel Charles Talbott produced the knife and grabbed someone inside the Pigeon Forge apartment where police had gone to find him Monday. The release says Talbott refused to comply when repeatedly told to drop the weapon and that the situation escalated.

The TBI says one officer fired at least one shot, killing Talbott. The officer wasn’t identified.

The TBI says no one else was injured.

The investigation was continuing.

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Man convicted of 5 murders in Kansas City cul-de-sac in 2014

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A man with a violent past has been convicted of killing five people in 2014 in a quiet cul-de-sac in south Kansas City.

Brandon Howell, 39, was found guilty Monday on five counts of first-degree murder and seven other felonies in the killings. Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty.

The Jackson County jury deliberated less than two hours after getting the case Monday morning. The defense did not call any witnesses during the weeklong trial, The Kansas City Star reported .

According to court records, the killings began when Howell tried to steal a classic Jaguar from the home of 80-year-old George Taylor and his wife, Anna Taylor. Police have said Howell couldn’t get the car started and instead stole the Taylors’ sports utility vehicle.

Witnesses told police they saw the driver of the Taylors’ vehicle stop in front of Susan Choucroun’s house next door. He got out and shot her in her driveway before leaving. Arriving officers found the Taylors severely beaten in their basement. They died a week later in a hospital.

Two other potential witnesses to the theft — 88-year-old Lorene Hurst and her son, 63-year-old Darrel Hurst — also were shot to death, possibly as they were returning from the grocery store.

The SUV later was found abandoned near a Motel 6 in neighboring Platte County, where Howell is charged with assaulting three people. Howell was arrested that night walking along a freeway carrying a shotgun in his pants.

Howell had long been on the radar of law enforcement. In 1998, the body of his classmate, 18-year-old Nick Travis, was found buried in the yard of a duplex in Kansas City, Missouri, that was being renovated by Howell’s father. Howell was the last person seen with Travis and 16-year-old Tabitha Brewer before the sweethearts disappeared from Johnson County, Kansas. Brewer’s body has never been found, although her partially burned purse was discovered in a trash container.

While that case was under investigation. Howell was arrested in a 1999 home invasion robbery in Gardner, Kansas, in which a pet cat was beheaded. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Before he was freed, Jackson County, Missouri, jurors acquitted him in the deaths of Travis and Brewer.

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Man convicted of 5 murders in Kansas City in 2014

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A man has been found guilty of killing five people in September 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reports that jurors on Monday convicted 38-year-old Brandon Howell of five counts of first-degree murder and seven other felonies.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours.

Prosecutors said Howell beat 80-year-old George Taylor and his wife, 86-year-old Anna Taylor, while trying to steal their vehicle. They died a week later.

The Taylors’ neighbor, 69-year-old Susan Choucroun, was shot in her driveway. Two others — 88-year-old Lorene Hurst and Hurst’s son, 63-year-old Darrel Hurst — were killed as they returned from a store.

Howell was arrested that night walking along a freeway carrying a shotgun in his pants.

Howell previously was acquitted of killing two teens from Kansas.

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Man accused of throwing boy, 5, from Mall of America balcony charged with attempted murder

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A Minnesota man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America last week told police that he was “looking for someone to kill,” prosecutors alleged in a criminal complaint filed Monday.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, was charged Monday with first-degree attempted premeditated murder in the Friday morning incident. The boy, who fell almost 40 feet, remained in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones.

According to court documents, the victim’s mother said she, a friend, her son, and a friend’s child were standing outside the Rainforest Cafe when Aranda came up very close to their group. The victim’s mother said she asked Aranda if they were in his way and should move. At that point, the suspect picked up the child without warning and threw him off the balcony.

Police caught Aranda on a light rail train at the mall waiting for it to leave. They said he admitted throwing the child from the balcony and said he had come to the mall a day earlier seeking to kill someone but it did not “work out.” Aranda originally said he planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead, the complaint said.

Aranda told officers that he had been coming to the mall for several years and made repeated attempts to talk to women, but had been rejected, investigators said. The complaint added that the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive.

Aranda has two past convictions for assaults at the mall, both in 2015, including one in which he threw a glass of water and glass of tea at a woman who refused to buy him something. Aranda at one point was banned from the mall.

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Court records show that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after the earlier mall assaults.

A GoFundMe set up for the victim, identified only as Landen, had raised close to $600,000 as of Monday afternoon. An update posted Sunday by page creator Noah Hanneman Sunday said the boy had “a peaceful sleep and is still continuing to fight his courageous battle.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former fugitive pleads not guilty in fiancee’s stragulation

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A man who was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list when he was captured last month has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the 2014 strangulation of his fiancee in New Jersey.

Lamont Stephenson entered his plea Monday during a brief hearing where he was represented by a public defender. He will remain jailed until his trial, which hasn’t been scheduled.

Stephenson is charged in the death of Olga DeJesus. Her body was found inside her Newark apartment. He was placed on the FBI’s Top 10 list in October 2018 and was captured in Maryland on March 7.

Stephenson was in a truck when Prince George’s County police approached him while investigating a suspicious person call. He told the officers he was homeless but later said he was a wanted man.

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Man arrested in assault on transgender woman in Dallas

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Police in Dallas have arrested a 29-year-old man in the brutal beating of a transgender woman in an attack that was caught on cellphone video.

Dallas police say Edward Thomas was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday “for his role” in the attack. He was jailed on suspicion of aggravated assault, and records don’t list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Police did not say whether anyone else would be arrested in the beating, which happened Friday in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people, but said the case is being investigated as a hate crime. The woman told police she was attacked after a minor traffic accident.

A purported video shows a man in a white shirt viciously beating the woman, apparently into unconsciousness, while the crowd looks on and homophobic slurs are shouted. Several women eventually carried the victim’s limp body to safety.

Family members told Dallas television station WFAA that the woman suffered facial fractures and injured her right arm in the attack.

Leslie McMurray, a transgender woman who is an education and advocacy coordinator at the Resource Center in Dallas, called the attack “terrifying.”

“You could just feel the energy and the malevolence of this crowd escalate as the violence ensued and there was no voice standing up saying stop,” McMurray, who wasn’t present during the attack, told WFAA. “There’s no reason that our lives are less valuable than someone else or that we should be someone’s punching bag just because we’re transgender.”

Last November, the FBI reported that 7,175 hate crimes were committed in the United States in 2017, the most recent year for which the agency had compiled data. Of those, 1,130 were based on sexual orientation bias and 119 on gender identity bias. The data showed a 5% increase in hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation bias and a 4% decrease in hate crimes motivated by gender identity bias. Of crimes motivated by gender identity bias, 106 targeted transgender people, a 1% increase from 2016.

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Eagles’ Jalen Mills, Wizards’ Devin Robinson arrested after brawl outside nightclub, police say

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An unfortunate sports crossover resulted in two stars being handcuffed after an NFL player and NBA player were arrested Saturday following a fight outside a Washington D.C. nightclub, police said.

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills and Washington Wizards forward Devin Robinson were involved in a “verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club,” the Associated Press reported, citing a police report.

Mills and Robinson were charged with disorderly affray.

Robinson was hospitalized after the incident. The Wizards then announced they wouldn’t be extending a qualifying offer to Robison, stemming from the incident.

“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a news release.

The Eagles said they were “aware of the situation” and were still in the process of gathering information.

Mills started eight games for the Eagles last season before injuring his foot in December.

Robinson played in seven games for the Wizards. He spent most of his time with their G-League affiliate, Capital City Go-Go.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Latest: Police say teen admits he killed elderly couple

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The Latest on the arrest of a 17-year-old boy in the deaths of an elderly Wisconsin couple (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

Police say a 17-year-old boy has admitted he fatally shot an elderly couple he knew in eastern Wisconsin and that he was planning an attack at his high school.

Grand Chute police officer Travis Waas told the Associated Press Monday that police responding to a 911 call for assistance found the bodies of the couple in their home in Grand Chute about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Waas declined to release details of the call.

Police say Alexander M. Krause, of Neenah, was arrested at the house. Waas says Krause acknowledged shooting the two and that he had a plan to cause harm at Neenah High School, where he is a junior. Police and school officials haven’t disclosed the nature of those plans.

Krause is being held in the Outagamie County Jail on possible charges of first-degree intentional homicide.

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7:06 a.m.

Police have arrested a high school junior in the killing of two people at a home in eastern Wisconsin.

Police officers found the victims at the house in Grand Chute during a welfare check Sunday. The 17-year-old boy was arrested at the home.

The teen is being held at the Outagamie County Jail on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide.

Authorities haven’t released the victims’ names, but police said in a news release that the teen knew them. No information has been released about how they died.

Grand Chute police say the killings were “an isolated incident, with no danger to the public.”

Neenah Joint School District said in a statement Monday that the student also planned to cause harm at the high school. The district and police have released no details of the alleged plan.

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Charges dropped against woman accused of assaulting Conway

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Prosecutors have dropped a criminal case against a Maryland woman who was charged with assaulting White House counselor Kellyanne Conway during a confrontation last year at a restaurant in a Washington suburb.

A trial for Mary Elizabeth Inabinett, 63, of Chevy Chase, was scheduled to start Monday morning in Montgomery County, Maryland. Instead, a county prosecutor asked a judge to dismiss the charges.

Police had charged Inabinett last November with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Conway told police she was attending a birthday party with her teenage daughter at a Mexican restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland, last October when she felt somebody grab her shoulders from behind and shake her. The woman who confronted Conway yelled, “Shame on you” and “other comments believed to about Conway’s political views,” according to a charging document prepared by Montgomery County police.

Conway wasn’t injured, the document says.

Montgomery County Prosecutor Kathy Knight said Inabinett sent Conway a letter apologizing for the incident.

“She has apologized for choosing this time and place to vent her political views,” Knight said. “That was inappropriate.”

Knight noted Inabinett had never been arrested for a crime before.

Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office said dropping the charges is “the best resolution for this particular set of circumstance.”

Maraya Pratt, an attorney for Inabinett said she couldn’t immediately comment.

In a CNN interview earlier this year, Conway said she was standing next to her middle school-aged daughter and some of her daughter’s friends when the woman began shaking her “to the point where I thought maybe somebody was hugging me.” She said it felt “weird” and “a little aggressive,” so she turned around to face the woman.

“She was just unhinged. She was out of control,” she said. “Her whole face was terror and anger.”

Conway said she told President Donald Trump about the incident “long after” it happened. She said Trump asked her, “Are you OK? Is your daughter OK? Are the other girls OK?”

The restaurant’s manager told police the woman who confronted Conway had to be forcibly removed from the premises. Conway told police the woman yelled and gestured at her for 8 to 10 minutes before she was escorted out of the restaurant. Conway’s daughter provided officers with a short video clip and photograph of the encounter.

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