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College Football Player Killed by Police Had Drugs in System At Time of Shooting

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Christian Taylor, right, poses alongside his younger brother Joshua Taylor. (Courtesy Joshua Taylor)(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Christian Taylor, the college football player shot to death by police in Arlington, Texas last month, had marijuana and a psychedelic drug in his system at the time of the shooting, an autopsy confirmed.

According to the autopsy report released on Wednesday, Taylor was shot four times by police, but had six gunshot wounds found on his person. In his system, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office found THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and 25iNBOMe, a psychedelic drug that the report says can “cause distorted perceptions, agitation and hallucinations, and have been associated with random and bizarre behavior in users.”

The Angelo State University football player was seen on surveillance video bashing car windows, starting one vehicle, and driving that vehicle through a gate ito the showroom. The video did not capture his shooting.

The autopsy report said that officers attempted to use a Taser to subdue Taylor, but that only one of the stun gun’s two prongs struck him.

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Woman Charged With Falsifying Report Amid Manhunt for Fox Lake Cop Killers

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by

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Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(FOX LAKE, Ill.) —  A woman was charged Thursday morning with falsifying a report about suspicious men near the Illinois town where a police officer was shot and killed earlier this week, authorities said.

A manhunt continues for the three suspects responsible for the death of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, who was shot and killed Tuesday in the Chicago suburb of Fox Lake.

According to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office press release, Kristin B. Kiefer, 30, called police at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday to report that two men approached her car in the town of Volo, but later fled into a cornfield.

Federal, state and local authorities spent five hours searching the area – but no one was located.

Kiefer later admitted that she fabricated the account, the sheriff’s office said, because “she wanted attention from a family where she was employed as a nanny.”

“Additionally, she indicated she chose this location to fabricate the event, as she was aware of the death of a police officer in the area,” the press release states.

Kiefer was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct for falsifying a police report, and is currently being held in jail pending a bond hearing, authorities said.


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Ohio Dad’s Tear-Jerking Letter to Newlywed Daughter with Down Syndrome

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by

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Jeremy Frechette/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — One dad is warming hearts all over world after sharing a tear-jerking letter he wrote to his daughter, following her long-awaited wedding day.

“Everything that’s in that letter I’ve already said to her before,” Paul Daugherty of Cincinnati told ABC News. “The response has been exactly what I hoped it would be, parents pretty much saying, ‘We’ve have the same worries you had and we are just overjoyed that this worked out for her.

“When you have a child with a disabilities, all you want to hear for the first few days is that everything’s going to be OK. We didn’t have that. We had people telling us all the things Jillian could not do and we through that all of that in the trash.”

Daugherty said he was prompted to write a note to Jillian, who has Down syndrome, when a website publishing inspirational stories about people with disabilities approached him about doing a piece.

In an effort to express how proud he was of his daughter, 26, Daugherty wrote a letter Aug. 26 focusing on how far she has come before her June 27 nuptials.

The letter read, in part:

In two hours, you will take the walk of a lifetime, a stroll made more memorable by what you’ve achieved to get to this day. I don’t know what the odds are of a woman born with Down syndrome marrying the love of her life. I only know you’ve beaten them. What we couldn’t do was make other kids like you. Accept you, befriend you, stand with you in the vital social arena. We thought, What’s a kid’s life, if it isn’t filled with sleepovers and birthday parties and dates to the prom?

I worried about you then. I cried deep inside on the night when you were 12 and you came downstairs to declare, “I don’t have any friends.’’

We all wish the same things for our children. Health, happiness and a keen ability to engage and enjoy the world are not only the province of typical kids. Their pursuit is every child’s birthright. I worried about your pursuit, Jillian.

I shouldn’t have. You’re a natural when it comes to socializing. They called you The Mayor in elementary school, for your ability to engage everyone. You danced on the junior varsity dance team in high school. You spent four years attending college classes and made lifelong impressions on everyone you met.

Do you remember all the stuff they said you’d never do, Jills? You wouldn’t ride a two-wheeler or play sports. You wouldn’t go to college. You certainly wouldn’t get married. Now… look at you…

Daugherty said Jillian married her longtime sweetheart, Ryan, with whom she played on a soccer team for teens with disabilities over 10 years ago.

The wedding day, he added, was something out of a fairy tale.

“The dress fit perfectly, the hair was perfect, Jillian’s happy all the time but take that to the next level,” he said. “I’ve never seen her look more beautiful.

“Jillian’s the nicest person I know and everyone who’s gotten the chance to meet her and not just look at her, has felt the same,” he added. “So, to anybody I can tell, parents with newborns or younger children with disabilities, it does get better.”

Daugherty said he plans on presenting Jillian with the letter in private, when the time is right.

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Patches the Crossing Guard Dog ‘Fired’ by School District

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by

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ABC News(LYCOMING COUNTY, Pa.) — A dog that has spent the past two years acting as a crossing guard for the Jersey Shore Area School District in Pennsylvania has been “fired,” according to local media reports.

Though residents and students have credited Patches with helping keep kids safe, the superintendent of the school district told ABC affiliate WNEP that Patches has been removed for safety reasons.

“We have clear policies in the school district regarding any type of animal during the work day,” Superintendent Dorothy Chappel said in a statement to WNEP. “Yes, he is a cute, adorable pet. … The bottom line: There are always unanticipated risks with an animal. Any known distraction needs to be removed.”

Crossing guard Brad Curtis previously told ABC News that Patches, who used to don a highlighter-colored vest and a mini stop sign, helped cars slow down by his presence alone.

“A lot of people know he’s there in the afternoon, and they get a kick out of seeing him,” he said. “They pay more attention. They slow down. He’s really helped keep down the speed of traffic in the particular intersection.”

He added that Patches was never a problem and followed him at his heel.

“I didn’t really train him to do this,” he said. “He just started doing it on his own. He follows my every movement, and his eyes are totally focused on my feet. There’s no voice command, and I don’t have treats. He just follows me when I stop and go. It’s amazing.”

But Jersey Shore Area School District officials told WNEP they believe Patches could be a distraction, and thus, a safety hazard. The school district added that its employees who monitor the crosswalks didn’t know about the pooch until local media reports put a spotlight on the pint-sized crossing guard. No one had ever reported the dog to the school.

“Patches is missing,” resident Amy Wampler told WNEP. “We didn’t see him this morning and we wondered why, and now he’s not here.”

Another resident, Lyra Clark, said she always used to see the cute Malti-Poo from her shop, Country Beary Shack.

“People come by, even take pictures of him,” she said previously. “He’s been on the news. Everybody likes him. He’s a really nice dog.”

Though Patches may not be welcome on the crosswalk, Clark said he’s always welcome at the parking lot of her store.

Curtis told WNEP that he plans to continue working as a crossing guard even without Patches.
“We are look to the future,” Mohammed told me. “A better future.”

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Judge Rejects Effort to Try Officers Together in Freddie Gray Death

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by

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ABC News(BALTIMORE) —  The six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray’s death can have separate trials, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe had argued at the pre-trial hearing at Baltimore City Circuit Court that three of the officers should be tried together, saying they exhibited “degrees of the same breach of care.”

But Judge Barry Williams agreed with the defense that evidence in one trial would not necessarily be admissible in another, concluding that trying everyone together “is not in the interest of justice.”

Williams also ruled that the charges against the six police officers will not be dismissed and that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will not be recused from the case.

Williams denied the two defense motions. None of the six officers charged was present, only their lawyers.

Andrew Graham, who represented all six officers in the argument for dismissal of charges due to “prosecutorial misconduct,” said that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the chief prosecutor for Baltimore, “violated public conduct” and was “reckless” during her May 1 news conference about the arrests by implying guilt of the officers and discussing evidence. Mosby was present in court Wednesday but did not speak.

Graham hammered home the fact that Mosby used the phrase “no justice, no peace” — a common protest chant in the Black Lives Matter movement — noting that it was “tantamount to saying no conviction, no peace.”

Graham also argued that Mosby discussed evidence in the case and that it wasn’t her job to represent the Gray family.

Michael Schatzow, there to represent the State’s Attorney’s office, argued that the defense was taking Mosby’s comments out of context and that she only remarked on probable cause, which was a matter of public record.

“She never expressed personal opinion of guilt,” Schatzow said.

That’s when Judge Williams interrupted. The judge rhetorically snapped, “Is it the prosecutors job to calm the city or to prosecute cases?”

Graham also argued that Mosby used the protest chant -“no justice, no peace” – to prevent further crimes.

Judge Williams also dismissed the defense’s motion to recuse Mosby and her office from the case. The judge said that it was “troubling and condescending” for the defense to argue that Mosby was compromised and should be recused because of her marriage to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby.

Officers Caesar Goodson Jr., William Porter, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller, Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White were arrested and charged in May in relation to Gray’s death. The charges are varied and include murder and involuntary manslaughter. All six have pleaded not guilty. Gray, 25, was placed under police custody in Baltimore on April 12, and he sustained a spinal injury during that time, authorities said. Gray went into a coma several days later and died a week after his arrest.

A small group of protesters gathered today outside the courthouse in downtown Baltimore and nearby streets, briefly blocking the roadway, according to the Baltimore Police Department, noting that there was one arrest during the protests.

The trial in the death of Gray is set to begin Oct. 13.

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Man Bought 2 Shots of Whiskey with $100 Bill, Held Bartender at Gunpoint

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by

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ABC News(PUYALLUP, Wash.) — A man wearing a blonde wig paid for two shots of whiskey with a $100 bill at a restaurant in Puyallup, Washington, just before he robbed the bartender at gunpoint, according to police.

The suspect, who remains at large, walked into the restaurant, Ma’s Place, Monday around 9 a.m., ordering two shots of Jack Daniel’s and handing the bartender the $100 bill, Puyallup Police Capt. Scott Engle told ABC News Wednesday.

The bartender, who only identified herself as Rachel to ABC affiliate station KOMO-TV in Seattle, said when she turned around, “he had a gun up and said, ‘Give me all the money in the register,’ and so I did.”

Her “insides melted” the moment she saw the gun, she added.

The robber, who wore the wig under a Seattle Seahawks beanie, then asked for the restaurant’s money bags, police said, adding that he left 50 cents on the counter before leaving.

“[He] told me if I called anybody then he’d be back,” Rachel told KOMO. “He scooped all [the money] up but left me 50 cents, so I think I’ll frame those — lucky quarters.”

Puyallup police believe the suspect is tied to two other armed restaurant robberies last week in Pierce County, one at The Buttered Biscuit in Sumner and another at Elmer’s Restaurant in Tacoma, Capt. Engle said.

“We determined it was the same man based on security footage,” he explained. “He also appeared to have the same M.O. All three were armed robberies at restaurants, where he had a drink, pulled out a weapon and escaped with cash.”

All three police departments are working together to find the suspect, Engle said, adding that they are asking for anyone who has any information on the suspect or can identify him to come forward.

“He’s been successful three times, so he’s probably getting more bold and feeling like maybe he can get away with more,” he said. “So we need the public’s help in this case to identify him and quickly apprehend him.”

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84-Year-Old Man Walks 700 Miles to Raise Money for Park Memorializing Late Wife

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by

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Dean Troutman/Troutmans Trek(PRINCEVILLE, Ill.) — An 84-year-old man recently completed a 700-mile walk to help raise money for a children’s playground in the memorial park in Princeville, Illinois, he had built to honor his late wife.

The man, Dean Troutman, purchased 5.75 acres of land in 2011 to establish a park for his community in memory of wife Dorothy “Peggy” Troutman,” who had passed away just a few months earlier in July of 2010 from Parkinson’s disease at age 79, according to community leaders who spoke to ABC News.

The couple had been married for over 61 years and together for over 63.

“After she passed away, I wanted to do some kind of memorial for her, something that would last for a long time,” Troutman told ABC News. “I thought, well, land is about the only thing that’ll always be here, so I decided to buy a piece of land. I thought building a park for all ages would be a fitting memorial for her since she loved our community.”

By this spring, the park boasted a Little League ball field, a football and soccer field, walking trails and picnic pavilions, Troutman said, but he realized it was missing one important thing: a children’s playground.

“We ran out of money to build a playground, so I started thinking if I could walk to my nephew’s house in Texas, maybe it’d bring enough attention to help raise some funds,” he said.

His daughter-in-law, Amy Troutman, said she “thought he was crazy,” so she worked with fellow community members, including Kelly Jenkins and Nate Rice, to find a safer way for him to raise money.

“I told him, ‘Oh, Dean! You’re 84, and I don’t know if you should do this,” Jenkins, who chaired the committee to raise funds, said. “But we know him, and you can’t slow that man down for anything. We came up with a compromise and said rather than walking down to Texas, why don’t you just walk around Illinois and visit all the places you had memories with your wife.”

With the help of local businesses including Running Central and Bushwhacker in Peoria, Illinois, Dean Troutman got proper shoes, clothing, backpack and gear for his 700-mile trek, community member Rice said.

He is a Peoria firefighter who worked with Jenkins and other community members to rally behind Troutman.

On April 21, all 750 kids from the community’s school district sent Troutman off on his journey.
“I went alone, and I had my backpack and some basic supplies in a pet carrier I pushed,” Troutman said. “I slept mostly in volunteer firehouses, a couple of church and town halls and a few times, under the stars.”

Troutman said he walked about 10 miles a day, which was a slow pace for him.

“I visited my hometown growing up, where Peggy and I met and had dates on and eventually got married,” he said. “It was wonderful, and it was so nice spending time with some of the people I hadn’t seen for years.”

He added that he “never doubted at any point” he wouldn’t finish the trip.

Troutman finished on July 5, when he was greeted by hundreds of community members welcoming him back home. He said the trip raised over $70,000, and the playground was finished and opened Tuesday night.

“At one point we counted 48 kids, and the children have been loving it,” Troutman said via cellphone while sitting on bench in the park. “I know Peggy would’ve loved it, too.”

Troutman said he’s still raising funds to finish up the park with “a few odds and ends,” including bleachers and a scoreboard for the field.

“I’m just hoping I can see it all in my lifetime,” he said.

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Unidentified Suspect Attempts to Abduct 2-Year-Old Girl on DC Train, Police Say

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — An unidentified woman tried to abduct a 2-year-old girl on the Washington, D.C., Metrorail Wednesday, police said.

A mother and her 2-year-old daughter, who was strapped in a stroller, were on a train from Virginia to New Carrollton, Maryland, when the suspect on board tried pulling the girl out of her stroller. The strap helped prevent the woman from taking the child, police said.

D.C. Metro spokeswoman Morgan Dye said transit police received the call at 9:34 Wednesday morning. Witnesses on the train helped apprehend the suspect and held the woman until police arrived, Dye said, adding that an adult male was reportedly the main person who prevented the abduction.

The unidentified woman was taken into custody at the Foggy Bottom station. No details have been released about the suspect, or the mother and the child.

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Attorney General: ‘Sad Fact’ That ‘No One Is Safe’ Now from Gun Violence

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by

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NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The nation’s top law enforcement official offered a sobering and blunt warning to Americans Wednesday: “It is a sad fact now that no one is safe.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch was responding to a spate of “tragic” and “particularly troubling” attacks across the country in recent weeks.

“We have seen violence strike at all segments of our community,” she noted before listing several “brutal” cases from the past couple of months: The June massacre inside a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina; the attack at a Tennessee movie theater in July; and last month’s terrorist attack on military personnel in Tennessee.

“The particularly violent shootings of two Virginia reporters killed on air last week,” Lynch said, also noting the deadly ambush of an officer pumping gas in Texas last week, and Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a police officer in Illinois.

“This violence against all of us — regardless of what uniform any of us wear — has to end,” Lynch said.

She said she “strongly condemn[s]” the recent attacks on police officers, adding, “Our hearts are broken over this.”

Lynch, speaking to a crowd at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said her own agency, the Justice Department, is trying to determine exactly what is behind the “uptick in violent crime.”

She noted that she’s holding a summit in Detroit later this month with law enforcement from certain cities around the country to discuss ways to address the issue. In addition, she has asked some U.S. attorneys to set up similar meetings in their own areas because “specific causes” of violence are “different in every location,” she said.

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Fox Lake Police Officer Joe Gliniewicz Remembered as ‘Deeply Committed’ to Community

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by

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Fox Lake Police Department(FOX LAKE, Ill.) — The police officer killed in a Chicago suburb is being remembered by locals as a presence in the community.

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz served as a police officer for more than three decades and lived in Fox Lake, Illinois, a suburb about 55 miles north of Chicago.

“Not only did Fox Lake lose a family member, I lost a very dear friend,” the town’s mayor Donny Schmit said at a news conference Tuesday.

Gliniewicz was a 30-year, decorated veteran of the force, Schmit said.

Gliniewicz, 52, was also a married father of four boys and an active member in the community, reportedly spending some of his time off the clock as a youth volunteer.

“Many residents in here knew him as G.I. Joe, we remember him as someone deeply committed to Fox Lake, to the profession and his fellow officers,” Schmit said.

Gliniewicz was found by a back-up officer after he radioed in that he was going to pursue three suspicious individuals on foot. He had been shot. The only descriptions Gliniewicz gave of the men was that two of the men were white and one was black.

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