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A group of angry fathers took matters into their own hands when a teen girl told them a man leered at her in a Cracker Barrel restroom.

The incident happened at a Duncan, SC Cracker Barrel restaurant on Sunday morning. A group of fathers were having breakfast with their daughters - members of a softball team - when a 15-year-old girl returned from the women's restroom and told her father a man was peeking at her from under the restroom stall.

The girl said she noticed something moving near her feet and realized it was a man's head coming from the stall next to hers. The 15-year-old wasn't the only girl in the restroom at the time.

"I'll never forget the way they looked after. They were traumatized," a witness said.

The outraged father asked a female employee to get the man out of the restroom so he could have a word with him. The employee found the man in a stall and told him to get out.

The girl's father confronted the man - identified as Douglas Lane, 53, of Charlotte, NC, as he exited the restroom. Other fathers joined in to "talk" with Lane.

"The guy came running, sprinting out the front door with a very bloody nose," a witness told WSPA.com.

Not done with their talk, the group of outraged dads pursued Lane into the parking lot and tackled him to the asphalt.

Lane tried to get away, but the fathers restrained him until police arrived.

Police recovered Lane's cell phone on the floor of the women's restroom.

Lane, a registered sex offender, was charged with voyeurism, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He had been charged with peeping at least eight times prior to this incident.

Lane was released on $2,000 bond and will be monitored by GPS. The judge ordered he move to South Carolina, but he must have no contact with the victim or her family.
 

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The family of Adam Dowdell, the Alabama State University student who was murdered by a fellow student, is getting death threats.

Ivry Hall (pictured right), 20, was arrested and charged with killing Dowdell, whose body was found Sept. 14 behind a church, not far from the ASU campus in Montgomery. Dowdell was missing for 6 days before he was found. The 22-year-old had been fatally shot.

Hall, a native of Chicago, was a Golden Glove boxer and valedictorian of his high school. He was the last person to see Dowdell alive on Sept. 8.

When reached by phone Sunday, Dowdell's sister told Al.com the family is cautious about commenting publicly because they've received death threats from people in Chicago.

Dowdell's family members, including his mother Toya Cohill, took to social media to plead for information when he went missing.

It was Cohill who publicly identified Hall as the killer in a post on Facebook.

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According to the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church on the South Side, Hall turned himself in to police after returning to Chicago shortly after the murder.

"I really don't know this — what he's being accused of, I've not seen nor known that person. I don't know him. I do know the Ivry who's a kind kid, who's a gentle spirit, who's been faithful at church, who's always pushing himself as a student. That's the Ivry I know and that I believe in," Pfleger told Al.com.

Pfleger said he met with Hall and advised him to go back to Alabama and turn himself in to authorities, which he did.

"I've talked to him at length. He was back in Chicago for a couple of days," Rev. Pfleger said. "I spoke with him and sought to pastor him and counsel him, and we contacted the police and set up his returning to Montgomery. He's in Alabama now; he turned himself in on Friday. He does have a lawyer, and now we've got to be sure we get all the information and all the stuff out of what happened, that's what’s important now."

Hall is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.

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North Carolina police responded to calls of a shootout between two groups of people outside a daycare center in Charlotte on Friday, Sept. 18.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the scene of the shootout around 2:45 p.m. at a daycare on West Arrowood Rd.

Police say 20-year-old Isaiah Kersey and two others went to the daycare to pick up his toddler son, but he was denied by the daycare staff because he wasn't on the child's approved list for pick up.

The staff called the child's mother, who soon arrived with three other men - all packing firearms. An argument ensued in the parking lot between the two groups, which escalated into a wild shootout.

Police said two people in each group opened fire outside the daycare -- which had several children inside. None of the children were hurt. One staff member fell and injured her arm while running from the gunfire.

Kersey was the only person arrested and one firearm was recovered. He was booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail on charges of simple affray, obstruction and resisting an officer.

In 2019, Kersey was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm after he was injured in a shooting in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

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A Michigan teenager who fatally stabbed a high school classmate during an argument over a boy was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Tanaya Lewis, 19, pleaded no contest last month to first-degree premeditated murder in the September 2018 stabbing death of 16-year-old Danyna Gibson.

Gibson was stabbed multiple times in the chest and back by Lewis, who brought a steak knife to Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Lewis chased Gibson around a classroom and stabbed her numerous times in front of horrified students and a teacher.

Lewis, who was then 17, said she still has nightmares about attacking Gibson during a fight over her ex-boyfriend.

"If could take it back, I would," Lewis said during Wednesday's hearing. "I accept the punishment ... and I know no amount of apologies will take it back ... and I'm so, so sorry. I just hope one day, you'll be [able to] forgive me."

Lewis will be eligible for parole after 25 years due to credit for time served.

Gibson's aunt, Christina Ford, read a statement via video on behalf of the victim's mother. She said there's "really no words" to explain the pain caused by losing a child to violence.

"I mourn the loss of my baby every day," the statement read. "Times does not heal. It is more of a punishment because the more time that passes the more I realize I will never see my baby again."

"You took a life that was so beautiful," the statement continued. "All I ask is that the Lord have mercy on your soul."

The aunt said she didn't think the family would be able to forgive Lewis.

"She gets a chance to get out and have whatever life she has left. Yeah, it's going to be hard for her to get a job because she's a felon. So what? She still gets to see her people. She still gets to have kids, she still gets to get married, she still gets to do all that. My niece doesn't."

Gibson, a straight-A student, was studying to be a computer engineer and was already learning how to build robots, her father said.

"I feel like I was robbed by the system," Preston Gibson said. "I feel like I was robbed by her mother and I feel like I was robbed by a teenager. Although my baby's not here, I'm still paying child support. My baby's dead and I don't get no justice for it. This is how I feel. Everybody who played a part in her death... f*** y'all."

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An Alabama State University student is charged with the murder of fellow ASU student Adam Dowdell, 22.

Ivry Hall, 20, was taken into custody on Friday and booked into the Montgomery County Detention Facility. Bond was set at $250,000.

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Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

Dowdell's body was found behind a church not far from the ASU campus at about 2:45 p.m. Monday. According to a press release by the Montgomery Police Department, Dowdell was shot to death.

He was last seen on Sept. 8 as he left his dorm room with a friend to go to an ATM machine. He was reported missing the following day.

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Hall, a native of Chicago, overcame incredible odds to become valedictorian of his high school graduating class. Despite the double tragedies he endured -- losing both of his parents before age 16 -- he excelled at boxing and was a dedicated student.

Dowdell's mom, Toya Cohill, and a cousin identified Hall as the friend who accompanied Dowdell to an ATM machine before he went missing.

Cohill posted photos of her son and Hall on Facebook late Wednesday. She wrote in all caps: "THEY GOT HIM!!... THANK YOU JESUS... WHEN I TELL Y'ALL GOD IS AWESOME!! HE IS AWESOME!! JUSTICE FOR ADAM DOWDELL AKA BELLE... I WON'T MISS A COURT DATE!"

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Cohill didn't go into any specifics, but a cousin revealed more information in the comments section of a YouTube video posted by a crime blogger on Thursday.

A user named "Yazmine" wrote: "They have phone records that prove that he had intentions on hurting my cousin... phone records have proven a lot more than we knew. Stay tuned!"

She added:

"We are hurting BADLY! We have so many questions, and we are angry. This young man took his life for no reason, then fled out of state. That screams GUILT all day! You'd think that all that he experienced in Chicago, he would make better decisions being that he's trying to be an influencer. This is not what a good influence does. Only a cold-hearted person would do this!"

When Cohill learned her son was missing, she and family members drove an hour from Alabaster and remained in Montgomery until her son was found.

"I didn't realize my child was two blocks away from me on the ground," Cohill said at a candlelight vigil for Dowdell Thursday night.

She warned the crowd of 200 mourners to be wary of the people in their circle.

"Make sure the person you call your friend is really your friend," Cohill said. "Be cautious on who you call your friend. Everybody that smiles in your face is not your friend. That goes for friends, family, your next-door neighbors, your roommates.

"You have to limit yourself, limit the people who know your A to your Z," she said.

Cohill cautioned the crowd to turn on their location on their phones.

"Stay focused on where you're at when you go somewhere. It's hard for people to keep up with you when you don't turn your location on," Cohill said. "Your parents aren't trying to run your business. They're just trying to keep up with you."

She said her son didn't turn off his location. "They turned it off. I know this for a fact, my child didn't go down without a fight."

"It wasn't right how they did my baby," Cohill said. I don't want this to happen to my worst enemy. I just want justice for my baby."
 

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The reward offered for the capture of the man or woman who shot two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies grew to $675,000 on Thursday.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors initially authorized a $100,000 reward for the shooter. But public outrage over the shooting sparked private donations that pushed the reward to nearly $700,000.

The reward includes $75,000 from the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs and $25,000 from the L.A. County Metropolitan Authority.

The rest of the cash came from private donors, ABC affiliate KABC reported.

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Two sheriff's deputies -- a 31-year-old female and her 24-year-old male colleague -- were shot multiple times by an unknown assailant who walked up to their patrol unit and opened fire around 7 p.m. local time on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The male officer was released from the hospital this week after being treated for a gunshot wound to the arm.

The female deputy is still hospitalized with 5 gunshot wounds to the jaw and upper chest.

Police referred to the shooter as a Black man about 28-30 years old. But witnesses say the shooter was a brown skinned or Hispanic woman.
 

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"Cheer" coach Monica Aldama broke her silence on the arrest of Jerry Harris on charges of child p0ornography. 21-year-old Harris was accused of sexually harassing twin boys, Charlie and Sam.

He was also sued for $1 million by the brothers who retained separate lawyers.

Harris was arrested this week and charged with one count of producing child pornography, according to Page Six.

He also admitted to receiving explicit photos and videos from at least 10-15 other minors, according to a complaint filed by the US Attorney’s Office in Chicago.

Aldama, who coached Harris on the Netflix cheerleading docuseries "Cheer," said, "My heart is shattered into a million pieces. I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news."

She added, "Our children must be protected from abuse and exploitation, and I'm praying hard for the victims and everyone affected."

Aldama also asked that fans respect her privacy as her family "mourns during this heartbreaking time."

If convicted, Harris faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and maximum of 30 years.

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Hundreds of mourners gathered at a candlelight vigil in Alabaster for slain Alabama State University student Adam "Belle" Dowdell on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old student-athlete's body was found behind a church not far from the ASU campus on Monday.

More than 200 mourners hugged, prayed, and released red balloons in Dowdell's memory on Thursday.

"Belle was a lot of things to a lot of people," said the Rev. Gerry Bivins of Bethesda Apostolic Worship Center in Montevallo, and family friend. "He was a great athlete. I remember him coming into the barber shop with that bushy hair, but he could catch a football. We’re going to miss him."

He continued: "Black folks, it's not enough to try to get white folks to understand that Black lives matter. We can't keep killing our brothers and our sisters. I don't care who like it and who don't," Bivins said.

His mother, Toya Cohill, told police her son left his dorm with a friend to go to an ATM machine on Tuesday, Sept. 8, but he never returned.

Police have not announced any arrests or suspects. But Cohill and other family members named the man they believe is responsible for Dowdell's death.

Cohill and a cousin identified Chicago native Ivry Hall as the friend who accompanied Dowdell to an ATM machine last week.

Cohill posted photos of her son and Hall on Facebook late Wednesday. She wrote in all caps: "THEY GOT HIM!!... THANK YOU JESUS... WHEN I TELL Y'ALL GOD IS AWESOME!! HE IS AWESOME!! JUSTICE FOR ADAM DOWDELL AKA BELLE... I WON'T MISS A COURT DATE!"

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Cohill didn't go into any specifics, but a cousin revealed more information in the comments section of a YouTube video posted by a crime blogger on Thursday.

A user named "Yazmine" wrote: "They have phone records that prove that he had intentions on hurting my cousin... phone records have proven a lot more than we knew. Stay tuned!"

She added:

"We are hurting BADLY! We have so many questions, and we are angry. This young man took his life for no reason, then fled out of state. That screams GUILT all day! You'd think that all that he experienced in Chicago, he would make better decisions being that he's trying to be an influencer. This is not what a good influence does. Only a cold-hearted person would do this!"

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Instagram.com

Dowdell's mom addressed the crowd at the vigil. She warned the crowd to be wary of the people in their circle.

"Make sure the person you call your friend is really your friend," Cohill said. "Be cautious on who you call your friend. Everybody that smiles in your face is not your friend. That goes for friends, family, your next-door neighbors, your roommates.

"You have to limit yourself, limit the people who know your A to your Z," she said.

Cohill cautioned the crowd to turn on their location on their phones.

"Stay focused on where you're at when you go somewhere. It's hard for people to keep up with you when you don't turn your location on," Cohill said. "Your parents aren't trying to run your business. They're just trying to keep up with you."

She said her son didn't turn off his location. "They turned it off. I know this for a fact, my child didn't go down without a fight."

"It wasn't right how they did my baby," Cohill said. I don't want this to happen to my worst enemy. I just want justice for my baby."
 

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Jerry Harris, star of Netflix's cheerleading docuseries "Cheer," was arrested Thursday and charged with production of child p0rnography three days after FBI agents removed bags of evidence from his Naperville, Illinois home.

The 21-year-old male cheerleader was the subject of a federal investigation after the mom of 14-year-old twin boys, Charlie and Sam, found sexually explicit texts and alerted Varsity Brands, who, in turn, notified police.

The twins are suing Harris over sexual exploitation harassment that began when they were just 13. The brothers filed separate lawsuits against Harris this week, accusing the flamboyant star of harassing them at cheer competitions.

It was reported on Monday that the flamboyant cheerleader was under investigation amid allegations he "solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from a minor".

The criminal complaint alleges Harris requested nude photos from the boys.

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In one Snapchat exchange, Harris asked one of the twins, "Would you ever want to****." The boy interpreted the message as a sex act.

In another message, one of the boys sent Harris a photo of himself and Harris allegedly responded: "Do it naked and take a video."

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CBS 2

In court documents, the siblings, who are Caucasian, alleged they befriended Harris, who is Black, during a cheer competition in 2018, and were "star struck" by him.

Following steamy text messages from Harris requesting nude photos from the boys, they met up with Harris in "secluded locations at various competitions".

After their mother found out about the sexually explicit messages, she reported him to cheerleading organization Varsity Brands, who contacted police.

Harris, who was 19 at the time of the incidents, worked for Varsity at a cheer camp last year.

"As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.

Since Cheer premiered in January, Harris has covered the Oscars red carpet for Ellen DeGeneres, signed endorsement deals with Schmidt's deodorant, Panera Bread and American Eagle and racked up over a million followers on Instagram.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden held a chat with Harris weeks before investigators raided Harris's home.

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Harris was part of Biden's plan to help "win back the internet."

"If the same percentage of young blacks turned out and registered to vote as the average voter, you'd increase voting by several million people, you could change the outcome of elections," Biden told Harris.

During a recent episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast "The Big Ticket," Harris, who was referred to as a "gay icon," said his late mom was watching over him.

"I feel like she's very, very happy and excited for everything that's been going on, and she's really loving it," said Harris, whose mother died of lung cancer when he was 16. "I know she's telling me to always stay humble, because she doesn't want to see me get a big head."

Harris met his cheerleading inspiration, Gabrielle Union, last month.
 

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ABC7

Ivry Hall (right), a sophomore majoring in business at Alabama State University, is a person of interest in the murder case of ASU student Adam Dowdell, whose body was found behind a church on Monday.

Dowdell's mother, Toya Cohill identified Hall as the friend who went with her son to an ATM machine last week. Dowdell, 21, never returned to his dorm room.

He was missing for 5 days when his body was found behind a church not far from the ASU campus.

Cohill posted photos of her son and Hall on Facebook late Wednesday. She wrote in all caps: "THEY GOT HIM!!... THANK YOU JESUS... JUSTICE FOR ADAM DOWDELL AKA BELLE... I WON'T MISS A COURT DATE!"

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Hall, a 20-year-old Chicago native, grew up on the South Side, and overcame incredible odds to become Valedictorian at Tilden high School.

According to ABC7, Hall moved in with a cousin after his single mom passed away from cancer when Hall was 12.

"When my mom passed away, I was so hurt. And I just wanted to do better," he told ABC7.

"I had to get on three buses and one train!" Hall said. It took him 2 hours to get to school.

Hall said his childhood was filled with trouble.

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"Gang banging. I used to smoke when I was little," Hall said, adding that he dropped out of school at one point.

"I did a lot of stuff. That's just from the image I was seeing so I wanted to do it too," he said.

"I don't believe in giving up, and I think that failure is not an option," Hall said.

When he was a senior, he lost his dad to lung failure.

"Of course, I lost my mom. I lost my dad. I wish they were still here to see what I've accomplished now, but they're not. Everything is not going to come as you want it," he said.

Despite the tragedy and setbacks in his life, Hall persevered and studied hard to become school valedictorian.

"I always wish that I could graduate valedictorian, and look, I did," Hall said. "I was beyond happy."

In 2019, Hall headed to Alabama State University on a full scholarship.

"Major in business, so I can open up my own business. I'm not for sure what I want to open up, but I want to help people, like she's doing," Hall said, referring to his mentor, Sally Hazelgrove, who runs an Englewood boxing gym.

"I'm going to go to college and graduate, so I'm going to find a way to study. I'm going to find a way to do everything without giving up. If I give up, I will be just like everybody that I know," Hall said.

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Jerry Harris, star of Netflix's cheerleading docuseries "Cheer," is facing more legal drama amid an FBI investigation into allegations he solicited sex from two minors.

Twin boys, Charlie and Sam, are suing Harris, 21, over sexual exploitation claims.

It was reported on Monday that the flamboyant cheerleader was under investigation amid reports he "solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from a minor".

After Harris' representative categorically disputed the allegations, it emerged on Tuesday that Harris is now being sued by 14-year-old twin brothers, who claimed they were sexually exploited by him when they were just 13 years old.

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In court documents, the siblings, who are Caucasian, alleged they befriended Harris, who is Black, during a cheer competition in 2018, and were "star struck" by him.

Following a torrent of text messages from Harris requesting nude photos from the boys, they met up with Harris in "secluded locations at various competitions".

After their mother found out about the sexually explicit messages, she reported him to cheerleading organization Varsity Brands, who, in turn, reported him to the police.

Harris worked for Varsity at a cheer camp last year.

"As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.

Since Cheer premiere in January, Harris has covered the Oscars red carpet for Ellen DeGeneres, signed endorsement deals with Schmidt's deodorant, Panera Bread and American Eagle and racked up over a million followers on Instagram.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden held a chat with Harris weeks before investigators raided Harris's Naperville, Illinois home.

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Harris was part of Biden's plan to help "win back the internet."

"If the same percentage of young blacks turned out and registered to vote as the average voter, you'd increase voting by several million people, you could change the outcome of elections," Biden told Harris.

During a recent episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast "The Big Ticket," Harris, who was referred to as a "gay icon," said his late mom was watching over him.

"I feel like she's very, very happy and excited for everything that's been going on, and she's really loving it," said Harris, whose mother died of lung cancer when he was 16. "I know she's telling me to always stay humble, because she doesn't want to see me get a big head."

Harris has not been criminally charged in the ongoing investigation.

Harris met his cheerleading inspiration, Gabrielle Union, last month.
 

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LASD

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has identified the shooter who ambushed and shot two deputies as they sat in a patrol unit outside a Metro bus station in Compton on Saturday.

The suspect's name has not been released and he/she is not yet in custody, Fox News reported Tuesday.

LASD deputy Claudia Apolinar, 31, was shot in the jaw. Her 24-year-old male colleague was shot in the head. Both officers are recovering from emergency surgery in stable but serious condition.

Apolinar's 65-year-old father Adolfo has held a bedside vigil for his daughter. She is a former librarian and the mother of a 6-year-old boy. "I'm here with her right now," he told a reporter in Spanish. He added that an LA Sheriff's Department deputy was standing guard outside her hospital room.

Apolinar and her colleague graduated from the police academy last year.

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KTLA

A 33-year-old father of two was mistakenly identified as the shooter in a police BOLO (Be On the Lookout) alert issued on Monday.

Darrell Hicks, a youth football coach, was described as "armed and dangerous" and incorrectly stated he was wanted for the attempted murder of two LA County deputies.

It is unclear how Hicks' name and photo ended up on the BOLO alert. Hicks said he received death threats on social media after he was named as the gunman.

Hicks said he was out riding a dirt bike all day Saturday and had nothing to do with the shooting. An attorney with the Cochran Group law firm is representing Hicks.

"Any person would suffer greatly when falsely accused of a crime, especially a crime as heinous as this," said attorney Brian Dunn.

Hicks said he is afraid to take his 2 daughters outside, and he believes that his neighbors look at him differently now.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the BOLO circulating on social media was erroneous. He offered a $200,000 award for information leading to the capture of the suspect.

Villanueva challenged NBA star LeBron James to match his award. The sheriff said, as of Tuesday morning, there has been no response from James.

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A popular pastor threatened his wife a day before he fatally shot her outside the Florida credit union where she worked.

The threat was made in a chilling video that shows Ghanian Pastor Sylvester Ofori arguing with his wife, Barbara Tommey's sister and brother-in-law the day before he killed her on Sept. 8.

During the argument, Ofori told Tommey's brother-in-law that another pastor told him his sister was a witch. "Name the pastor!" the brother-in-law said, as Ofori walked away.

Seconds later, Ofori told the man, "If I don't kill your sister, know that I am fake."

The brother-in-law told Tommey to pack her things, while Tommey's sister, who was recording the video, told her to leave the house.

"Death is death. You can not replace life with death," said Tommey's sister, who provided a copy of the video to police.

Tommey's sister and brother-in-law told police the couple was in the midst of divorcing.

Later that evening, Ofori wrote in a post on Facebook: "One thing people gotta understand about extremely kind, nice, loving people, is that their other side is just as extreme."

The next morning, Ofori ambushed Tommey and shot her multiple times outside the front doors of the Navy Federal Credit Union on the 4600 block of Gardens Park Boulevard in Orlando, just before 9 a.m..

The murder was captured on CCTV. Ofori is seen holding a gun as Tommey walked up and knocked on the door of the credit union.

He approached her and shot her at point blank range. When she collapsed on the ground Ofori shot her in the head several more times.

"You can tell that she was surprised by what was happening," police chief Orlando Rolon said.

"You can tell she's trying to get inside. Unfortunately, he shoots her."

Ofori, 35, was taken into custody at his apartment and charged with first-degree murder.

Ofori described himself as a prophet and motivational speaker on Facebook. He was a pastor at Floodgates of Heaven International Ministries in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando.

He is being held at the Orange County Jail without bond.
 

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Jerry Harris, one of the stars of Netflix's "Cheer" is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly soliciting sex from minors.

FBI agents executed a search warrant at Harris' Naperville, Illinois home on Sept. 14, USA Today reported.

The criminal investigation is based on allegations from twin brothers who described a pattern of harassment by Harris, 22.

In interviews with USA Today, the boys say Harris solicited nude photos from them. The harassment started when they were 13 and Harris was 19.

The boys met Harris at cheerleading competitions and the harassment continued for more than a year.

Harris is accused of asking one of the brothers to perform an inappropriate act in 2019 at two Varsity cheerleading competitions.

The allegations were reported to police by Varsity Brands, a private company that handles uniform sales to major competitions and dominates the cheerleading industry.

"As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.

Two screenshots were included in the letter, with one Snapchat screenshot message that read: "Would you ever want to ****."

Another screenshot of a series of text messages starting on May 3, 2019: "Hey btw I found a place for us to do stuff it's actually pretty good haha".

Harris has not been charged with any crimes. The federal investigation is ongoing.

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An Alabama State University student who went missing for 5 days has been found dead. The body of Adam "Belle" Dowdell Jr. was found behind a church on the 800 block of Hutchinson Street about 2:45 p.m Monday.

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Dowdell, 22, graduated from Montevallo High School, where he played on the boys football team. He was a second-year student majoring in physical education at Alabama State University in downtown Montgomery.

Dowdell left his dorm around 8 p.m. Tuesday to get money from an ATM, but his friends say he never returned.

His mother, Toya Cohill, says Dowdell did not have a car on campus. She said he and a friend went to get cash from an ATM machine.

Cohill said she last spoke to her son on Monday, and his siblings spoke with him the following day. But on Wednesday, she got messages from friends saying he hadn't returned to his dorm and no one had heard from him.

"I've slept three hours a day," Cohill said. Cohill and relatives made the 70-mile trip to Montgomery from the Alabaster area, where Dowdell is from.

He left his backpack and cell phone charger in his room and his relatives were unable to track his phone because the battery was dead.

Montgomery police Capt. Saba Coleman said the circumstances of Dowdell's death are under investigation. No other information was released and there are no suspects.

ASU President Quinton T. Ross Jr. released a statement on Monday.

"We all had hoped for a different outcome," Ross said. "Losing a student is always difficult, and the Hornet Nation is in mourning over his death. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Adam’s mother and the rest of his family and friends as they face this tragic loss."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 334-215- STOP, Secret Witness at 334-625-4000 or Montgomery Police at 334-625-2831.