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Ex-New York Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus dies of heat stroke age 32

Former New York Giants offensive lineman and Super Bowl winner Mitch Petrus has died in Arkansas of apparent heat stroke age just 32.

Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs says Petrus died Thursday night at a North Little Rock hospital.

Petrus had worked outside all day at his family shop, and that his cause of death is listed as heat stroke, he said.

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This 2012 file photo, shows Mitch Petrus of the New York Giants NFL football team. Officials say Petrus, a former Arkansas offensive lineman who later won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants, has died in Arkansas of apparent heat stroke.  (AP)

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Petrus was a University of Arkansas walk-on who played alongside Razorback greats Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and later earned all-Southeastern Conference honors.

He was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2010 and had a three-year NFL career, winning a Super Bowl with New York in his second season and playing briefly for the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans the following year.

Like much of the U.S., Arkansas is in the grips of an intense heat wave.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arkansas sheriff’s deputy killed in shooting after responding to domestic call, police say

An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was one of two people shot and killed Thursday after he responded to a call in a rural part of the state, police said.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told reporters that Stone County Sheriff’s deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen, 56, was killed when a suspect opened fire as he was responding to a call in Leslie, about 77 miles north of Little Rock.

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Stone County Sheriff’s deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen (Facebook/Arkansas Fire News)

Sadler said Stephen went to a home at around 8:40 a.m. for a domestic welfare check and “gunfire erupted” while he was talking to a woman outside the house. Sadler added that a man was inside the home at the time and did not indicate who shot first or how many shots were fired.

He said Stephen and a male suspect, who has not yet been identified, were killed. The woman was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“The State of Arkansas has a heavy heart today,” Sadler told reporters on Thursday. “All too often now we’re getting calls that are resulting in the deaths of law enforcement officers, the individuals who are charged with the duty to keep peace in our communities, counties and across the state.”

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“There is no routine call in law enforcement, but what happened this morning began as about as routine as you can get,” Sadler went on. “But anything can happen anytime.”

Stephen had worked in law enforcement for 20 years and was a U.S. Army veteran, according to Stone County deputies. He was also the chief of the Pineville Fire Department.

Fellow deputies called Stephen an “extraordinary leader” who always wanted to be first on the scene.

“It is heartbreaking to hear that Stone County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Stephen was killed in the line of duty today,” Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson tweeted on Thursday. “My heart goes out to his wife and son, and to his fellow officers and friends in their grief at this tragic loss.”

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Hutchinson ordered the United States flag and the state flag of Arkansas to fly at half-staff in Stephen’s honor.

Other police departments in Arkansas offered their condolences.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office and the family of Stone County Sergeant Mike Stephen, who was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning,” the North Little Rock Police Department tweeted on Thursday,

The tweet included the hashtags #GoneButNotForgotten and #BackTheBlue.

“Today, the State of Arkansas mourns the loss of a brave law-enforcement officer killed in the line of duty,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted. “Mike Stephen protected the people of Stone County, standing as part of the thin blue line separating our communities from crime and chaos.”

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., tweeted that his prayers went out to Stephen’s family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers.

“He served his community in so many ways and laid down his life in the line of duty this morning,” Boozman wrote. “We honor his sacrifice.”

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In a Facebook post The Stone County Sheriff’s Department thanked everyone for the “prayers and kind words.”

“Our Blue family has lost a great man who wore the badge with pride and honor,” the post said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sergeant Mike Stephen’s Family,”

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Barry threatens Louisiana, Arkansas, downgraded to tropical depression

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As fears of flooding, tornadoes, and prolonged power outages increased, Tropical Depression Barry dumped rain as it slowly swept inland through Gulf Coast states Sunday.

Though the system was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday afternoon and its winds were steadily weakening since it made landfall Saturday in Louisiana, Barry’s rain bands created a flooding and tornado threat stretching from central Louisiana to eastern Mississippi and beyond. Several parishes or counties in both states were under flash flood warnings.

Far from the storm’s center, tornado warnings were issued Sunday morning in both states, though no serious damage or injuries were reported.

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Forecasters warned of a continued threat of heavy rains into Monday as the center of the storm trudged inland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday parts of south-central Louisiana could still have rainfall totals of up to 12 inches, with isolated pockets of 15 inches.

In Mississippi, forecasters said 8 inches of rain had fallen in parts of Jasper and Jones counties, with several more inches possible. With torrential rain pounding the state’s Interstate 59 corridor, only the headlights of oncoming cars were visible on the highway, and water flowed like a creek in the median.

Barry’s center continued to move through northern Louisiana into Arkansas. The system, which had briefly become a Category 1 hurricane, had its maximum winds fall to 35 mph.

About 112,000 customers in Louisiana and another 5,000 customers in Mississippi were without power Sunday afternoon, according to poweroutage.us.

In Mandeville, north of New Orleans along Lake Pontchartrain, Michael Forbes was picking up limbs and other debris at his home as a drizzle fell. Water got under his house, which is on stilts, but there was no damage and the power never went off.

“I’ll take this any day over something like Katrina,” he said Sunday. “This will clear out, we’ll clean up and we’ll go on.”

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Sunday the city was “beyond lucky” that rainfall there fell well short of early predictions of a deluge that could overwhelm the city’s pumping systems.

“We were spared,” she said at a news conference, while noting the city was ready to help nearby parishes hit harder.

In a sign that the city was returning to normal, flights were resuming Sunday at its airport. Restaurants reopened, and people were retrieving their cars from medians and other high ground.

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President Trump took to Twitter to warn people across the region to be on guard as the day went on.

“A big risk of major flooding in large parts of Louisiana and all across the Gulf Coast,” the president tweeted. “Please be very careful!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dozens of uniformed service members attend funeral of 5-year-old who wanted to be ‘Army Man’

Dozens of service members on Tuesday attended the funeral of a 5-year-old Arkansas boy who wanted to be an “Army Man” when he grew up after he lost his battle with cancer last week.

River “Oakley” Nimmo fought neuroblastoma “110% until the end” for more than three years, his family said. He often played with his Power Wheels and shot toy guns when he had free time outside of hospital visits.

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The active service members and veterans wore their uniforms to Oakley’s funeral at the request of his parents who wrote on Facebook that they planned to give him  “a full military service in honor of his wish to become an ‘Army Man,’ one day,” The New York Post reported.

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The Arkansas National Guard announced Tuesday they had promoted Oakley to the rank of Honorary Colonel “in honor of his life and passion for the United States military.”

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“On behalf of the men and women of the Arkansas National Guard, rest in peace little buddy,” they wrote on Facebook. “To River’s family, you’re in our thoughts.”

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report. 

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Arkansas judge asks court to allow him to hear death penalty-related cases again

An Arkansas judge is petitioning the state Supreme Court to restore his power to preside over capital punishment-related cases after he was disqualified from those duties following his participation in an anti-death penalty protest two years ago.

In his Monday filing, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, who is black, said no white member of the state judiciary has been banned from hearing and deciding an entire category of cases. The document cites the case of a white judge who pleaded guilty to a DWI in 2017 was barred from presiding over similar cases for eight months.

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The state Supreme Court removed Griffen from hearing criminal and civil cases related to capital punishment after he was photographed at the April 2017 demonstration outside the Arkansas governor’s mansion. Griffen had blocked the state from using an execution drug the same day as the protest.

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Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, lying on cot, takes part in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock, Ark., in April 2017. (Cheryl Simon via AP) (The Associated Press)

The photo showed Griffen lying on a cot wearing a button opposing executions and surrounded by people holding signs. He said he was portraying Jesus and participating in a prayer vigil when he was laying on the cot.

“Petitioner has engaged in extrajudicial conduct, in his personal capacity and as a pastor in the religion of Jesus, that involves expression of his personal moral and religious opposition to capital punishment based on his personal and religious conviction that the death penalty is morally — not legally — unjustifiable,” the filing said. “At the same time, petitioner has never made any statement, pledge or promise that committed him to rule for or against any party in any case, including any civil or criminal case involving the death penalty or method of execution.”

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Griffen’s petition notes that the state’s Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission panel dropped an ethics case against him on the grounds that too much time had passed between the time a complaint against Griffen was filed and when the commission took up the case. His attorneys argue the disqualification violates the state’s Hunt Decree, which requires that judges serving in majority black voter judicial subdistricts exercise the same powers as other judges, and deprives citizens of “their choice of an elected judge from hearing all the matters heard by Circuit Judges under the Arkansas Constitution.”

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Griffen has challenged his removal before. A lawsuit against the state Supreme Court over his disqualification was dismissed last year. A federal appeals court in August decided not to hear the lawsuit and the U.S. Supreme Court left the decision in place earlier this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Boy, 5, who wanted to be ‘Army Man’ dies from cancer; family asks for military members to attend funeral

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A 5-year-old boy from Arkansas who dreamed of being an “Army Man” died last week after fighting cancer — and his family asked those he idolized to support him at his funeral.

River “Oakley” Nimmo passed away on Thursday after suffering from an “extensive battle” with neuroblastoma for more than three years.

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Described in his obituary as “feisty, courageous, smart and full of life,” his family said Oakley “often talked of being an ‘Army Man,’ as he called it, when he grew up,” and often played with his Power Wheels and shot his toy guns when he had free time outside of the hospital visits.

In honor of Oakley’s big dreams, his family requested military service members or veterans to attend the 5-year-old’s funeral service — in uniform — on Tuesday, which was scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. at Cullendale First Baptist Church in Camden, Ark. A burial was to take place at Furr Cemetery in Locust Bayou after.

“We are going to give Oakley a full military service in honor of his wish to become an ‘Army Man,’ one day,” his family wrote on Facebook. “We really want to pay tribute to this soldier.”

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Social media users were quick to send their prayers to Oakley’s family from around the U.S., as many had followed his journey.

One user said that despite it all, Oakley “is all army, after all he was in combat for 3 of his 5 year enlistment,” referencing that the boy was sick for more than three years.

“He was a fine soldier, and a proud American. God bless you little dude,” one user wrote. “He was as brave as any Navy Seal. We live in Georgia or my husband would be there in dress uniform,” another person added.

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Judge vacates Arkansas man’s death sentence in 1994 kidnap, murder of Texas girl

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A federal judge in Indiana Thursday threw out the federal death sentence for an Arkansas man convicted of kidnapping and murdering a 16-year-old Texas girl in 1994, ruling the man’s intellectual disability precluded his execution.

Bruce Carneil Webster, now 46, was one of five men prosecutors say kidnapped Lisa Rene from her Arlington, Texas home to get back at her two brothers for a botched $5,000 marijuana deal. Over two days, Lisa was taken to Arkansas, gang-raped, bludgeoned with a shovel and buried alive.

Rene was dragged from the family’s apartment as she pleaded with a 911 operator. “They’re trying to break down my door! Hurry up!” she said, according to a tape of the call.

Attorneys for Webster, who is housed at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. had challenged the death sentence based on what they claimed was previously unavailable evidence that medical professionals had found Webster to be intellectually disabled before his trial.

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In his ruling, U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence cited a 1993 application for Social Security benefits by Webster, in which two psychologists and a physician found him to be “mentally retarded and antisocial.” He also cited seven different IQ tests taken by Webster between 1992 and  2018, in which Webster scored between 59 and 65. An IQ score of about 70 is considered a benchmark for intellectual disability.

“The scores … consistently demonstrate that Webster has an IQ that falls within the range of someone with intellectual deficits,” wrote Lawrence, who dismissed arguments by prosecutors that Webster deliberately underperformed on the tests so as not to jeopardize his application for Social Security benefits.

“The application materials revealed that Webster was barely literate,” the judge wrote. “For example, for information about his job duties, Webster listed his job title as ‘Cement’.”

Webster’s appellate attorneys have said his trial attorneys tried to get the Social Security records but were given nothing. Steven Wells, a member of Webster’s legal team, called the ruling a “just outcome” for “an intellectually disabled man who never should have been sentenced to death.”

Erin Dooley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas, which tried Webster, said prosecutors are evaluating how to proceed following the ruling. Prosecutors had argued in court documents that prosecutors argued Webster was faking his intellectual disability, had sufficient mental capabilities to manage a drug dealing business and that during his crime, Webster “demonstrated an ability to plan, strategize, and adapt, particularly in his numerous efforts to conceal his crime by destroying forensic evidence.”

The case has been sent back to federal court in Dallas for resentencing.

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Webster had been set to be put to death in April 2007, but the execution was later postponed. Orlando Hall of El Dorado, Ark., was also sentenced to death for Rene’s murder and remains on death row.

There are currently 62 inmates on federal death row in the U.S., according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The last federal execution took place in 2003.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former campaign staffer held in shooting death of ex-Arkansas state senator: reports

A former campaign staffer has been arrested in connection with this month’s shooting death of former Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, according to reports.

Arkansas State Police identified the suspect as Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, 48, of Pocahontas, Ark., and said that criminal charges were pending, FOX 16 of Little Rock reported.

Arkansas State Police have not released the connection between O’Donnell and Collin-Smith but a former communications director for the former Republican state senator told Little Rock’s KTHV-TV that O’Donnell had worked on Collins-Smith’s most recent campaign and the two were friends.

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The Randolph County sheriff confirmed to Little Rock’s FOX 16 that this photo is of Linda Collins-Smith (left) and suspect Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell. (Facebook)

No further details about the circumstances of the arrest, or a possible motive, were immediately available.

Collins-Smith, 57, was found with a fatal gunshot wound at her Pocahontas home on June 4, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported. The Republican represented the 19th district in Arkansas from 2014 until 2019 until she lost a primary election last year.

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Arkansas police said the investigation is ongoing.

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Michigan hotel offers free lodging to those seeking abortions

The manager of a Michigan hotel has invited those from states with strict abortion laws who want the procedure done to schedule it in the Wolverine State — and to stay for free at the hotel.

“Dear sisters that live in Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, or any of the other states that follow with similar laws restricting access [to abortion], We cannot do anything about the way you are being treated in your home-state,” Shelley O’Brien, manager of the Yale Hotel, wrote on Facebook last month.

However, O’Brien said what she could do to help women seeking abortions is provide “several nights lodging, and transportation to and from your appointment.”

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The 55-year-old manager compared her idea to the Underground Railroad, a series of secret underground routes that allowed slaves to escape to freedom, the Detroit Free Press reported. She said that if a network similar to that is necessary now, she wants to be a part of it.

“This is important. This is my line. There’s no coming back from this. You start taking away the right for women to control their own bodies, and we’re done for as a civilization,” O’Brien told the news outlet. “I can’t stop what’s happening, but I have the resources to maybe help someone in that position, and especially knowing that women are coming from other states already.”

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The manager of the Yale Hotel in Michigan has offered free lodging to those seeking abortions. (Google)

Five states — Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Louisiana — have passed legislation that bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected in a fetus. Late last month, Louisana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, signed a so-called heartbeat bill into law, breaking with his party’s ideology.

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In Alabama, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill that will make nearly all abortions in the state illegal and make performing one a felony, punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison unless the mother’s health is at risk, with no exceptions for women impregnated by rape or incest.

In Michigan, where the Yale Hotel is located, both the Senate and the House of Representatives have passed anti-abortion bills in the state. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has reportedly said she plans to veto such bills.

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O’Brien said that no one has taken her up on her offer, but she’s heard both positive and negative comments about her idea.

“I have had one person call to say that he thought it was wrong,” O’Brien told the Detroit Free Press. “He didn’t have Facebook, but he heard about it and he wanted to let me know that he thought what we are doing is wrong. And I’ve been called a baby killer. And it’s like, No, I’m not killing babies in the basement. I am just giving someone a place to stay or maybe a ride.”

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Arkansas National Guard airlifts hay bales to stranded cattle on video

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Even wildlife are suffering amid the record-breaking rainfall and flooding that has hit most of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas in recent weeks.

The Arkansas National Guard airlifted hay bales to stranded cattle Wednesday, assisting local farmers in Conway County whose cattle were surrounded by floodwaters.

The officers transported the hay via helicopter to ensure that the cows were fed.

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Heavy rainstorms are expected to continue throughout the week, threatening more damage to homes and communities near the Arkansas River, which reached its crest Wednesday. The river began flooding at 23 feet.

The floodwaters reached 29.71 feet around 11 a.m. in Little Rock, according to the National Weather Service, falling just short of the predicted 29.8 feet. The river is expected to slowly start falling by the end of the week.

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More than 500 homes in Arkansas have been affected by the flooding, which has forced several bridges to close, stopping barge traffic, which has resulted in more than $20 million in economic losses every day for the state.

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