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Opening statements began Tuesday in the high-profile murder case of Ezra McCandless in a Wisconsin courtroom.

A defense attorney portrayed his client as the victim during his detailed opening statement. McCandless, 21, is accused of stabbing her boyfriend, Alexander Woodworth, 16 times.

McCandless and Woodworth, 24, were in his truck that got stuck in the mud on a dirt road in rural Dunn County, Wisconsin on March 22, 2018.

According to a criminal complaint, McCandless claimed she crawled into the back seat when Woodworth attempted to rape her. She said she grabbed a knife to defend herself and started stabbing "anywhere and everywhere."

She said Woodworth didn't stop even after she stabbed him multiple times. Police say she spent time mutilating his penis.

After McCandless stabbed Woodworth to death, she carved the word "boy" in her own forearm and slashed her clothes.

In her opening statement, the prosecutor described McCandless as a cold-blooded killer who committed premeditated murder. She reportedly took her father's EMT knife with her.

McCandless, who was born a biological female, experimented with her gender identity in high school. She changed her name multiple times, finally settling on the boyish name "Ezra". On that basis, the media insists on calling McCandless "transgender".

But friends say McCandless has always dressed in feminine clothing and never appeared as a male to them. They describe her as "mentally ill" and "weird".

The jury will hear from a former boyfriend who said McCandless followed him as he drove 150 miles to a friend's house. He found her sleeping in her car in his friend's driveway the next morning.

McCandless reportedly had three boyfriends at the time of Woodworth's death.

She pleaded not guilty of first-degree intentional homicide by reason of mental illness. She was later found competent to stand trial. She is being held on $250,000 bail in the Dunn County jail.

McCandless faces life in prison if convicted.
 

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Aaron Dean, the former Fort Worth, Texas officer who shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson in her own home was bonded out of jail by the police union.

A union official posted 10% of Dean's $200,000 bond on Monday night, less than four hours after he was handcuffed and charged with murder.

Dean, 34, resigned from the force on Monday morning before he could be fired. His resignation is officially listed as a dishonorable discharge.

Dean and another cop responded to a non-emergency call from a neighbor around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday to conduct a welfare check at Jefferson's home because her front door was left open.

The Fort Worth Police Department said the two officers saw someone near a window inside the home and one of the cops drew his weapon and fired because he perceived a threat.

But body cam video shows Dean already had his gun drawn when he approached Jefferson's bedroom window shouting, "Put your hands up! Show me your hands!".

Dean did not give Jefferson enough time to respond to his demands to show her hands.

"Nobody looked at this video and said that there's any doubt that this officer acted inappropriately," said Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus during a press conference to announce Dean's resignation on Monday.

Kraus said, even if Jefferson had a gun in her hand, the mere fact she had a gun shouldn't be considered unusual in Texas.

Texas has had a "castle doctrine" law on the books since 2007 that gives homeowners the right to protect their home with deadly force.

Kraus said he submitted the case to the FBI for a federal investigation. Dean was arrested hours later and charged with murder.

Jefferson was caring for her 8-year-old nephew in her mother's home the night she was killed. Her mother is hospitalized and was not at home at the time of the shooting.

Jefferson worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales and was considering going to medical school, according to the family’s lawyer, S. Lee Merritt.

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The Fort Worth, Texas cop who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her own home has been arrested and charged with murder.

Fort Worth PD released a mugshot of Dean following his arrest on Monday evening. He was booked into the Tarrant County Jail and his bond was set at $200,000, Fox 5 DC reports.

Dean, 35, reportedly refused to cooperate with police investigators. He resigned from the Fort Worth police force on Monday morning.

Dean and another cop responded to a non-emergency call to conduct a welfare check at Jefferson's residence early Saturday.

Neighbor James Smith, 62, called the non-emergency number after he spotted Jefferson's front door was left open since 10 p.m. Friday.

Jefferson's 8-year-old nephew was in Jefferson's bedroom playing a video game when they thought they heard a prowler in the backyard.

She was shot when she walked over to her bedroom window and peered out into the darkness.

Body cam video shows Dean did not give Jefferson sufficient time to respond to his orders before he fired through her bedroom window a split second after telling her to show him her hands.

 

Dean was identified by Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus during a Monday afternoon press conference.

"Had the officer not resigned I would have fired him for violations of several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy, and unprofessional conduct," Kraus said.

Kraus apologized to Jefferson's family and vowed to investigate Dean for criminal conduct.

Kraus said Dean refused to cooperate with the investigation. "He resigned before his opportunity to cooperate," Kraus said.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price released a statement on Monday addressing Jefferson's neighbor James Smith and her 8-year-old nephew.

To Mr. James Smith, I know you are hurting today as well. You called police to check on your neighbor because you cared about her safety and wellbeing. You were being a wonderful neighbor and doing the right thing to make sure she was ok. You are the type of person we all want living next door, watching out for us. Atatiana's death has eroded your own your sense of safety and trust in law enforcement. I'm truly sorry.

To Atatiana's nephew, who has witnessed an unspeakable loss — sorry doesn’t really cut it. This entire city needs to surround him with prayers, support, and anything his family needs.

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A Dallas woman was sentenced to six years in prison for subjecting her 10-year-old son, Christopher to hundreds of procedures and 13 major surgeries.

According to a Child Protective Services (CPS) complaint obtained by the Star-Telegram, Kaylene Bowen-Wright faked or caused her son's illnesses and medical problems almost from the day he was born.

CPS states Bowen-Wright, 36, subjected Christopher to years of unnecessary invasive medical treatments in Dallas, where they lived.

Bowen-Wright pleaded guilty to injury to a child causing serious bodily harm. She admitted she faked his medical conditions and subjected him to 13 major surgeries as well as hundreds of minor medical procedures.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Christopher was fed through a feeding tube and for a time he was in a wheelchair.

When he was 5, Christopher was placed in hospice care and Bowen-Wright signed a "do not resuscitate” order, meaning nurses would allow him to die if his condition took a turn for the worse.

"(She would) just always say that something's wrong with Christopher all the time," the child's father, Ryan Crawford testified in court. "It was just one thing after another."

Bowen-Wright was arrested in 2017 after CPS notified authorities of a possible Munchausen syndrome by proxy child abuse case. Her other children were removed from her home.

Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a condition in which a mentally unstable parent or caregiver exaggerates or causes medical problems in children or people in their care.

Christopher, who has healed from his surgeries, was placed in his father's custody by the state.

"She stole Christopher's childhood," prosecutor Jennifer Sawyer said in court.

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The mother of a 9-year-old boy charged with starting a fire that killed 5 family members says he made a mistake, but he has a good heart.

28-year-old Katie Alwood told CBS News her son, Kyle Alwood, is not a monster.

"Everyone is looking at him like he's some kind of monster, but that's not who he is."

Alwood said her dead family members would want Kyle "to get the help he needs."

"People make mistakes, and that's what this is. Yes, it was a horrible tragedy, but it's still not something to throw his life away over."

Police say Kyle set fire to the family's mobile home while everyone was asleep on April 6. Alwood and Kyle were the only ones who managed to escape the blaze.

"I stood at the window and I told my kids I was sorry I couldn't save them. Mommy was right there, and I loved them. At least hopefully they heard that," she said.

"I don't know what's worse. Hearing them scream or hearing them stop."

Among the dead are Alwood's children, 2-year-old Daemon Wall and 1-year-old Ariel Wall; her niece, 2-year-old Rose Wall; her 69-year-old grandmother, Kathryn Murray; and her fiancé, 34-year-old Jason Wall.

The NY Daily News reports Kyle was arrested on Tuesday and charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson.

Alwood says Kyle, who was recently diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia, ADHD, and bipolar disorder, "has a good heart."

She added that he helped her around the house and took care of the younger kids.

"He helped feed his brother and sister, helped teach them how to walk," she told The Chicago Tribune. "Yes, he should be punished, but he needs mental help, that's what he needs."

ALwood gave permission to media outlets to publish Kyle's photo and name.

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A homeless man allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's Nashville apartment and stabbed her and her 13-year-old son to death in a vicious attack that left a 16-year-old girl hospitalized.

Police say Jermaine Agee broke into Mayra Garcia's apartment before 2 a.m. Monday morning. He grabbed a kitchen knife and went straight to the bedrooms.

After fatally stabbing Garcia's son, Jaden Taylor, in his bed, Agee ordered Garcia and her teen daughter, Alexis, to sit on a sofa in the living room.

Agee then said, "Someone is going to die tonight," according to a police report obtained by PEOPLE.

Garcia fought for her life, and "additional injuries to the victims were inflicted then," the police statement says.

Police say Garcia and Jaden died from stab wounds. Alexis is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she is being treated for stab wounds. An 8-year-old girl was not injured.

Agee fled the apartment through the front door, but he was eventually tracked down with the assistance of members of the public.

Homeless persons told police that Agee was a regular at a nearby homeless encampment.

Police say Agee is a convicted felon in Alabama who served nearly 3 years in prison for robbery and theft convictions before his release in June 2018.

Prior to the violence, police were called to an elementary school where Garcia and Agee were arguing in the school's office.

Agee left the school before police arrived. Police observed several bruises on Garcia's face. They assisted her with filing an order of protection against Agee.

A GoFundMe account was created to help pay the funeral costs. The campaign raised nearly $16,000 of the $20,000 goal.

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A Pinellas County man who was convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a Black man during a convenience store parking lot dispute was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday.

Michael Drejka, 48, was arrested last year and charged with manslaughter in the July 19, 2018 shooting death of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton, right.

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone sentenced Drejka after listening to witness impact statements from McGlockton's family members, including his parents and Britany Jacobs, the mother of his four children.

"The defendant's weakness, his cowardice and his anger are the reasons Markeis is dead," said Jacobs, reading from a prepared statement. "Think about raising four children alone without their daddy. Without Markeis my world can never be whole again," said Jacobs.

She asked Judge Bulone to sentence Drejka to a maximum of 30 years.

Judge Bulone, who described Drejka as a "wannabe cop," refused the defense's request for a lenient sentence such as house arrest.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri initially refused to arrest Drejka, citing Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law that allows licensed gun owners to use deadly force if they feel threatened -- even if the other person is unarmed.

Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend Britany Jacobs for parking in a handicapped spot outside the store. McGlockton, who was unarmed, was shot when he rushed out of the store to defend Jacobs.

Surveillance camera footage shows McGlockton shove Drejka to the ground. Drejka then shot McGlockton in the chest as McGlockton backed away from him.

Black residents complained to police that Drejka, who is white, threatened them and shouted racial slurs after they parked in the same handicapped spot.

Drejka was described as a menace to society who waved his gun at other drivers during road rage incidents.

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A hotel employee turned the tables on an armed robber when she grabbed his gun after he dropped it on the counter to pick up the cash.

It happened at a Country Inn and Suites hotel in Paducah, Kentucky on Monday night. Surveillance video shows the female employee throwing cash at the hapless robber who dropped his gun on the counter to scoop up the cash.

As he bent down to pick the money up off the floor, the quick-thinking employee grabbed the gun and pointed it and him.

The suspect fled out the front door but he returned moments later demanding his gun. The woman pointed the pistol at him again, sending him fleeing into the parking lot.

The suspect was a white male with a thin build and curly blond hair. Police recovered the gun at the scene, and a white shirt and knit cap were found nearby on McBride Lane.

Update:

The Paducah Police Department announced an arrest in the case on Wednesday.

The hapless robber has been identified as Cory T. Phillips, 26, of West Paducah. Phillips was arrested on Tuesday during a traffic stop.

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Phillips is charged with first-degree robbery and receiving a stolen firearm stemming from the robbery at the Country Inn and Suites hotel in Paducah, Kentucky on Monday night, according to WPSD Local 6 News.

The gun recovered at the hotel was reported stolen during a burglary at a home on Adams Street last week.

Police say a McCracken County Sheriff's deputy noticed the driver of a gray Dodge Stratus wasn't wearing his seat belt. He pulled the car over on Bridge Street on Tuesday afternoon. The deputy said the driver, Phillips, was acting nervous.

The deputy searched the car and found an Apple computer that was reported stolen from the same Adams Street home where a gun was taken during a burglary.

The deputy also found a white Stryper t-shirt of the same brand and style as the one the hotel robber wore to conceal his face. A white Stryper t-shirt and knit cap were found discarded near the hotel on Monday night.

A Paducah police detective made the connection between the computer, the gun and the white t-shirts, and Phillips was charged with the 2 robberies. He is currently being held without bond in the McCracken County Jail.
 

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The Dallas Police Department released a mugshot of one of two suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the Amber Guyger murder trial.

Police say Jacquerious Mitchell, 20, is one of three men who drove more than 300 miles from Alexandria, Louisiana to buy 12 pounds of marijuana from Brown on Friday, Oct. 4.

The men met Brown in the parking lot of his upscale apartment complex at the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road on Friday night.

An argument ensued and Brown shot Mitchell in the chest before one of the men shot Brown twice, killing him. Mitchell is under police guard in an intensive care unit at a Dallas hospital.

Brown, 28, was killed just 10 days after he testified in Guyger's murder trial. The former Dallas cop was convicted of murdering 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean in his own apartment. Guyger is serving 10 years in prison.

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Mitchell's uncle, 32-year-old Michael Mitchell, pictured top right, is also in police custody. A third suspect, 22-year-old Thaddeous Green, pictured bottom right remains at large.

Investigators served a search warrant on Brown's apartment and found 12 pounds of marijuana and over $4,100 in cash.

Brown was previously sentenced to 18 months in prison for felony drug possession in 2016. He feared for his life after he was shot in the foot outside a nightclub in 2017. A man who was with him was shot and killed.

The gunman who shot Brown and his friend is free on bond.

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The Atlanta police appear to dispute Tameka "Tiny" Harris' story that someone broke into her Lamborghini SUV and stole a reported $750,000 worth of diamonds and pricey watches.

Tameka, 44, claims a thief broke into her Lambo truck while she had drinks with a friend at Bar Amalfi in Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood over the weekend.

Tiny parked her Lamborghini SUV in the restaurant's lot around 8:45PM and returned to the car at 9:45 pm, only to discover a thief broke into the pricey vehicle and stole her jewelry.

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The jewelry was stored inside a blue velour bag which she accidentally left on top of the center console.

Among the jewels were diamond wedding rings, expensive watches and diamond stud earrings, according to WSB-TV.

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Tameka is reportedly "devastated" over the loss of her jewels - most of which are irreplaceable gifts from her husband, rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris, 39.

Not long after Channel 2 Action News broke the story on Monday, rumors spread that the jewelry heist was part of an insurance scam.

According to reports, Tiny's friend went out to the car to retrieve something. And police say there were no signs of a break-in or damage to Tiny's SUV.

Via WSB-TV -- Police told Channel 2 Action News there were no signs of a break-in or damage to the $200,000 SUV, but Harris told police she believed someone took the bag from her Lamborghini.

On Monday, Channel 2's Audrey Washington spoke with two sources, one an APD source who was at the restaurant Sunday night.

Both sources told Washington there was security in the parking lot and that they did not witness anything suspicious.

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A second suspect has been arrested in the ambush murder of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the Amber Guyger murder trial in Dallas, Texas.

Police say Brown, 28, was shot to death during a drug deal that went horribly wrong on Friday night. He was killed 10 days after he testified against Guyger, a former Dallas police officer who is currently serving 10 years in prison for murdering Botham Jean, 26.

Just 2 days after Guyger's trial ended, Brown was killed by three men who, police say, drove from Alexandria, Louisiana to buy 12 pounds of marijuana from him.

During his testimony, Brown admitted to previously serving time for a felony drug conviction.

The three men met Brown in the parking lot of his apartment complex. An argument ensued and Brown shot one of the men before he was shot twice. Brown was rushed to Parkland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police say Michael Mitchell, 32, has been arrested in Brown's murder. Another suspect, Jacquerious Mitchell, 20, is in intensive care in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police are searching for the third suspect, Thaddeous Green, 22, of Louisiana.

Dallas police denied Brown's death was linked to the Guyger trial, and the police department vigorously denied rumors of retaliation or assassination.

During a press conference to announce the arrests, Dallas Police Assistant Chief Avery Moore rebuked "community leaders" for spreading rumors.

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Police executed a search warrant at Brown's apartment after his murder. They found 12 pounds of marijuana and over $4,100 in cash.

Brown reportedly feared for his life after he was shot in the foot outside a nightclub in 2017. A friend who was with him was shot and killed.

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Tameka "Tiny" Harris was the victim of a car break-in while she reportedly had drinks with a friend at Bar Amalfi in Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood.

Tameka parked her Lamborghini SUV near the restaurant around 8:45PM and returned to the car at 9:45 pm, only to discover a thief broke into the pricey vehicle and stole over $750,000 in jewelry.

Among the stolen jewelry that was stored inside a blue velour bag on top of the center console were diamond wedding rings (she had more than one), expensive watches and diamond stud earrings, according to WSB-TV.

Friends wondered why the 44-year-old singer kept nearly $1 million worth of jewels in a bag on the console. Haters wondered if the theft is really insurance fraud. But according to a source, the mom-of-7 sat the bag on the console and forgot it when she got out of the car. She always carried the bag inside her purse.

Tameka is reportedly "devastated" over the loss of her jewels - most of which are irreplaceable gifts from her husband, rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris, 39.

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Friends remember Joshua Brown, Botham Jean's neighbor, who was killed after he testified at Guyger's murder trial.

Dallas police responded to reports of gunshots at the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road around 10:30 pm on Friday. They found Brown unresponsive on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses reported seeing a silver four-door sedan speeding out of the parking lot.

Brown was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

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Brown, 28, was gunned down about 5 miles from the South Side Flats complex in Dallas where he previously lived across the hall from Jean.

Brown was a defensive back for the University of South Florida. His former teammates were stunned to learn of his murder just 10 days after he testified against former Dallas cop Amber Guyger at her murder trial.

"He was a passionate individual," former USF offensive lineman Kofi Amichia told a reporter via text message Saturday evening. "A guy that always spoke his mind no matter what, and one of the funniest guys at USF. Could make anybody laugh."

Brown was a native of Lancaster, Texas, who transferred to USF in 2012 from an Arizona junior college.

He played in 8 games for USF in 2012. But he suffered a career-ending injury when he tore his Achilles tendon before the start of the 2013 season.

Former Bulls cornerback Kayvon Webster described Brown as athletic and competitive.

"Just sucks to see another brother lose their life so young," Webster said.

Twitter activist Shaun King announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to Brown's killers.

Brown testified on day 2 of Guyger's murder trial. His testimony was key because it conflicted with Guyger's claim that she shot "an intruder" after he refused her verbal commands.

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Brown broke down in tears on the witness stand when he recalled hearing the 26-year-old accountant singing gospel music in his apartment every morning.

Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who represents the Jean family, tweeted that Brown was "ambushed" and shot "at close range" in the mouth and chest as he got out of his car at his apartment complex on Friday night.

His tweet sparked rampant rumors that Brown's murder was in retaliation for his testimony in court.

Merritt later clarified that he didn't know where Brown was shot. But he hinted that Brown may have been targeted for testifying against Guyger, 31.

"Brown lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence, either state sanctioned or otherwise. We have more work to do deal with the constant threats to our community both from within and without," Merritt said on Saturday.

"Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family. The Dallas County criminal justice system must mobilized to identify his killer and see that he is held accountable for this murder," he added.

Merritt said he spoke with Brown's mother and that she is "devastated."

Dallas County prosecutor Jason Hermus, praised Brown on Saturday, saying he was "brave" to testify. Hermus said more people should be like him.

"He bravely came forward to testify when others wouldn't," said Hermus. "If we had more people like him, we would have a better world."
 

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Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder on Tuesday for fatally shooting her neighbor, Botham Jean, after she claimed she thought he was an intruder in her own apartment.

A jury of her own peers convicted the 31-year-old former cop after deliberating on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Jean, a 26-year-old accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, was sitting on his sofa eating ice cream when Guyger entered his apartment and opened fire.

Her attorney claimed she was tired after working a 13-hour shift. But the prosecutor said she was distracted by steamy text messages from her police officer boyfriend.

In tearful testimony on the witness stand, Guyger claimed she feared for her life after Jean refused to obey her orders to raise his hands.

She said he yelled, "Hey hey hey!" And she fired twice to neutralize the perceived threat.

But the jury didn't buy her tears.

Guyger broke down and cried again when the guilty verdict was read.

Jean's family celebrated in the hall outside the courtroom, as supporters cheered, "It's a new day!"

The jury was given three options: murder, manslaughter (which carried the lightest sentence), or acquittal.

Guyger faces 99 years in prison when she is sentenced on Tuesday.

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Rapper Drake is looking over his shoulders after a series of threats targeting his California home and OVO store.

Last week rapper Drake's Hidden Hills, California home and Los Angeles OVO store were vandalized. Well, a source tells Hollywood Unlocked that Drake's OVO store in Chicago was hit by bullets over the weekend.

Video footage obtained by HU shows the scene outside the Chicago store. A man is heard saying to the camera, "He's f-cking with the wrong ni--as. I don't do that" before producing a handgun and walking up to the store. In a second video clip, plywood covers the shot out window in the front of the OVO store.

According to published reports, the vandalism on the West Coast occurred after the Toronto rapper sent a private message to Don C's wife, Kristen Noel Crawley, on social media, asking her to intervene in his squabble with her husband.

A video making the rounds on social media last week shows the OVO storefront in Los Angeles covered in red spray paint. The message reads: "Leave L.A."

Drake's Hidden Hills mansion was also vandalized last week.

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Former friends Drake and Don C are both signed to Nike, designing high-profile sneakers for the sportswear giant.

It is also being reported that someone is surveilling Drake's father, Dennis Graham.
 

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A judge set bond at $1 million each for an Alabama woman and her son who are charged with murder after an argument over a missing dog.

According to court documents obtained by AL.com, Shakeem Butler, 24, and his 56-year-old mother, Shana Muldrow, were arrested Wednesday for the fatal beating of Joseph Minnifield, who police said was romantically linked to Muldrow.

Minnifield was dropped off at the Vaughan Regional Medical Center around 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 20. He was pronounced dead from his injuries at the hospital.

Muldrow initially denied knowing Minnifield when she was questioned by police.

She claimed that she was pulling into her backyard when she spotted a body in the middle of the street and decided to get help.

But a witness told police Muldrow and Butler struck Minnified multiple times in the face and body. The same witness said the argument started after Minnifield lost Butler's dog.

Butler and Muldrow appeared Thursday before Dallas District Judge Bob Armstrong, who set their bonds at $1 million each.

They are currently in the Dallas County Jail. Their preliminary hearings have been set for Oct. 29.

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It took three drug overdoses and 2 deaths for police to finally arrest wealthy Democratic donor Ed Buck.

The prominent businessman and homosexual activist was arrested late Tuesday and charged with three counts of felony battery, distributing methamphetamines and maintaining a drug den — after a 37-year-old man suffered a drug overdose last week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Authorities say the unidentified man was injected with methamphetamines and overdosed. The man survived and will likely testify against Buck if there is a trial.

Buck is being held on $4 million bail.

A witness who filmed the prominent donor's arrest said 8 cops entered his West Hollywood apartment building with a battering ram.

Armed with a search warrant, cops found hundreds of photographs of Black men in various compromising positions inside Buck's apartment, which was littered with clothing, trash and drug paraphernalia.

Buck reportedly has a sexual fetish for injecting Black men with drugs and watching them die.

Buck, 65, is not charged in the deaths of 2 Black males whose bodies were found in his apartment in previous years.

Gemmel Moore, 26, was the first to die. Moore, a homosexual escort, was lured to Buck's apartment and injected with drugs on July 27, 2017.

Despite the public uproar and protests by Moore's family, no arrest was made.

The 2nd victim, Timothy Dean, a 55-year-old male escort, was found naked and unresponsive in Buck's apartment after suffering a drug overdose on January 7, 2019.

Dean's death prompted an investigation by homicide detectives. But critics say the case was quietly dropped due to Buck's protected LGBT status and his close ties to prominent Democrats, such as Hillary Clinton.

The list of Democrats who received campaign contributions from Buck include California's Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman, and Rep. Ted Lieu, who received more than $18,000 from Buck.

Local activists hope the third case of a drug overdose in Buck's apartment will cause detectives to take a fresh look into the 2 earlier deaths.

When news of Buck's arrest broke late Tuesday, local politicians scrambled to do damage control.

"I remain deeply concerned for the safety of people whose life circumstances may make them more vulnerable to criminal predators," Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement. "With this new evidence, I authorized the filing of criminal charges against Ed Buck."

Buck's first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.

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A male certified nursing assistant was arrested in Florida on multiple charges of sexually assaulting elderly women in his care at a Clearwater, Florida nursing facility.

Felo Kane told Clearwater police he has a "fetish for older female patients under his care."

Authorities say Kane, 32, is charged with four counts of sexual battery of the physically helpless.

In May 2016, Kane inappropriately fondled and kissed a disabled stroke patient while changing her adult diaper. The patient told him multiple times to stop, but authorities say Kane forced her to touch his genitals.

In a second incident, Kane fondled another female patient while changing her adult diaper.

When she protested, he reportedly told the woman, "don't worry, I'm just cleaning you."

According to WFTS, Kane touched and fondled older patients at two separate nursing facilities from 2016 to 2019.

WFLA-TV identified one of the facilities as Clearwater Center.

Some of the family members of patients at the Clearwater facility are angry over the possibility that Kane fondled their loved ones.

In some states male nursing staff are prohibited from being alone in a room with vulnerable female patients, for obvious reasons.

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A Detroit woman faces attempted murder charges after shooting her life partner 11 times, including 4 times in the vagina.

Police have not formally charged Tiffany Wallace, but she is being held without bond after shooting Airrion Wallace 11 times on Monday morning.

Wallace said Tiffany Wallace shot her after she asked for a divorce after 12 years of marriage.

In an interview with Fox 2 News from her hospital bed, Wallace said she asked for a divorce after she caught Tiffany with another woman.

"Because I can handle a lot of things but I cannot handle infidelity," she told Fox 2.

"She shot me four times in my vagina, four times in my leg, three times in my stomach," Wallace said.

"She wanted me to die because she has always felt if she can't have me, no one can have me."

She said she stayed conscious long enough to stumble outside and ask neighbors for help.

"I had to gather as much strength as I could, to get down my stairs and get outside, because the neighbors had heard it," she said. "As soon as I opened the door there was already people out there. I said, 'Please can you call the police.'"

Police arrested Tiffany Wallace outside her home. She told police she shot Wallace in self-defense, according to Fox 2.

The family uploaded graphic photos to a Gofundme account to raise money for Wallace's hospital bills.
 

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A Florida high school cheerleader was arrested after she allegedly hired two hitmen to kill her parents, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Alyssa Michelle Hatcher, 17, was arrested on September 9 and booked into the Lake County Jail where she was "processed and turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice."

Hatcher's mother and stepfather, Tammy Hatcher-Scheller and Michael Scheller, were unharmed. Michael Scheller is a police lieutenant with the Clermont Police Department.

A resource officer at Hatcher's high school learned of the plot to kill Hatcher's parents from another student.

The teenager told the officer that Hatcher paid a friend "a lot of money" to kill her parents.

Police spoke to Hatcher's boyfriend who confirmed the murder-for-hire plot. Hatcher reportedly paid two men over $1,400 that she stole using her parents' debit card.

She used $100 of the stolen money to buy cocaine, according to an arrest affidavit filed by Lake County Sheriff's Office Detective David Causey.

Causey said Hatcher used her parents' debit card to make two separate withdrawals from a bank ATM.

The day her parents were to be murdered, Hatcher was spotted at a drug trap house where she paid the two men to carry out the murder.

According to Causey, Hatcher admitted to paying one person $503 and a second person $926.40 after asking both men to kill her parents.

"The parents are good people, outstanding citizens. This was just somebody, who for whatever reason, just didn’t want her parents around," Lake County Sheriff's Sergeant Fred Jones told WFTV.

It's not clear if more arrests are expected.

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A cashier with a photographic memory used his special talent to memorize 1,300 credit cards to use for nefarious purposes, police say.

Yuske Taniguchi was arrested for using his photographic memory to memorize the names, credit card numbers and expiration dates of credit cards belonging to 1,300 customers at his part time job at Tokyo mall.

Japan Today reports that Taniguchi, 34, then used the credit card information to finance his basic living expenses and purchase luxury items online.

Police were tipped off after Taniguchi purchased a pair of shoulder bags totaling over $2,500, and had the bags delivered to his apartment.

A search of his apartment turned up a notebook containing names and numbers that police are using to investigate the credit card fraud.

According to Japan Today, readers were amazed by Taniguchi's talent, but they wondered why he didn't put his skill to better use.

"Isn't there any job where he can use that talent?" one person asked.

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A Pennsylvania couple is out on bond after they spent $100,000 of $120,000 deposited into their bank account accidentally.

Robert and Tiffany Williams, of Montoursville, Pa., found the $120,000 in their bank account and forgot to call the bank.

$120,000 intended for a business was accidentally transferred into their BB&T bank account because of a teller error, state trooper Aaron Brown told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

Brown said the couple went on a spending spree - knowing the money in the bank account wasn't theirs to spend.

The Williamses bought a camper, a Chevy and a racecar before giving $15,000 to their broke friends.

They spent a total of $100,000 in about 2½ weeks, WNEP reports.

The bank eventually realized the error and notified Tiffany Williams, 35, that she had X amount of days to return the cash, Brown told the Sun-Gazette.

Brown said the withdrawal resulted in a $107,416 overdraft because the couple had only $1,121 in their bank account.

Williams agreed to pay back the money if the bank put her on a payment plan.

The bank agreed to the payment plan, but Williams stopped making the payments and refused to return the bank's calls or emails.

The bank pressed charges and the couple was arrested and charged with three felony counts of theft by receiving.

The Sun-Gazette reported that the couple, in separate interrogations, told police that they "admitted to knowing the mislaid money did not belong to them, but they spent it anyway."

They appeared in court last week and posted bail of $25,000 each, according to The Washington Post.

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Two female suspects who allegedly killed an elderly woman and stole her casino winnings may be eligible for the death penalty.

35-year-old Kimesha Monae Williams, pictured right, and her accomplice Candace Tai Townsel, 39, are charged with killing Afaf Anis Assad, 84.

The two women allegedly followed Assad into a bathroom at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif., where they struck her in the head with a blunt object and stole her purse containing $800–$1,200, according to The Press-Enterprise.

Williams and Townsel were arrested on Sept. 3, a day before Assad died from closed head injuries.

A relative of Los Angeles Clippers star forward Kawhi Leonard said Williams is related to the NBA star.

Speaking through a window at the Williams family home in Moreno Valley, Williams' aunt, Denise Woodard, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise on Saturday that Williams and Leonard are siblings.

According to Fox LA, John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, said the suspects were charged with murder with a special circumstance that makes them eligible for the death penalty.

A Riverside County sheriff's investigator filed a written request asking the judge to keep Williams locked up without bail due to her history of violence and family finances.

"Williams has family that are well off and could post her bail of $1,000,000," the investigator wrote. "I am requesting NO BAIL to assure Williams' appearance in court and to keep innocent victims safe."

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After leading the Toronto Raptors to the team's first ever NBA championship Leonard signed a three-year, $103 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in July.

"Williams has a violent history and targeted a feeble elderly female and robbed her," the investigator wrote.

Jail records list Williams' height and weight as 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds, and Townsel as being 5-foot-4 and 195 pounds.

According to Facebook friends, one of the women allegedly injects herself with the male sex hormone Testosterone.

The number of male-identified lesbians injecting testosterone has increased dramatically in recent years.

Testosterone causes aggression in males, making males the most violence-prone of the human species.

Testosterone levels vary in men and women. The levels are much lower in women whose dominant sex hormone is Estrogen.

But male-identified lesbians are injecting themselves with high doses of the dangerous drug (at higher levels than males), causing an increase in homicidal violence caused by women.

As a result of injecting testosterone, some women are becoming as violent as their male counterparts.

Testosterone levels are related to criminality and violence, says James Dabbs, Ph.D., one of the world's leading experts on testosterone.

"While there is no direct tie between testosterone and human criminality, there is an indirect tie. Testosterone leads toward violence, and violence is often criminal."

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The sister of NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard is charged with murdering an elderly woman in a California casino bathroom last Saturday.

Kimesha Monae Williams, 35, and her accomplice Candace Tai Townsel, 39, are charged with killing Afaf Anis Assad, 84.

The two women allegedly followed Assad into a bathroom at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif., where they struck her in the head with a blunt object and stole her purse containing $800–$1,200, according to The Press-Enterprise.

Williams was arrested on Sept. 3, a day before Assad died from closed head injuries.

Speaking through a window at the Williams family home in Moreno Valley, Williams' aunt Denise Woodard confirmed Williams is Leonard’s sister.

Woodard told the paper, "He didn't have anything to do with this."

Williams is being held without bail at Indio Correction Facility, according to The Press-Enterprise.

Woodard declined to speak for Leonard and said she didn't know whether Leonard had reached out to the family or to his sister.

A Riverside County sheriff's investigator filed a written request asking the judge to keep Williams locked up without bail due to her history of violence and family finances.

"Williams has family that are well off and could post her bail of $1,000,000," the investigator wrote. "I am requesting NO BAIL to assure Williams' appearance in court and to keep innocent victims safe."

After leading the Toronto Raptors to the team's first ever NBA championship Leonard signed a three-year, $103 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in July.

"Williams has a violent history and targeted a feeble elderly female and robbed her," the investigator wrote.

Jail records list Williams' height and weight as 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds, and Townsel as being 5-foot-4 and 195 pounds.

Williams is listed in court records as a biological female.

She has a long criminal history that includes petty theft, grand theft, misappropriating lost property, grand theft auto and attempted robbery, court records show.

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A$AP Rocky's Swedish lawyer was the victim of a suspected hit in Stockholm, Sweden on Friday morning.

Prominent attorney Henrik Olsson Lilja was shot twice - in the head and chest - as he left his apartment building in downtown Stockholm around 9 a.m. this morning.

Lilja initially represented Rocky when he was arrested for assaulting an Afghan migrant in Sweden.

Neighbors saw a man jump out of a SUV and wrestle with Lilja in the hallway of his building before he shot the lawyer and sped off in the waiting SUV.

Police have a suspect in custody - a woman who was previously banned from contacting Lilja. The gunman is still at large.

Lilja's condition is unknown. He was conscious and speaking with first responders before being rushed to a hospital.

A witness told the media the prominent attorney was bleeding from a gunshot wound to his face. He told police "it hurts".

"It was very bloody," said the witness.

Police don't believe the shooting is connected with Rocky's assault case.

Rocky was found guilty of assault last month after serving two months in a Swedish detention center. He was given a 2 year suspended sentence and allowed to return to the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump is still waiting for Rocky to thank him for helping to secure his release from jail.

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An off-duty NYPD sergeant was arrested for shoplifting garments from a Macy's store in Yonkers, NY.

Sergeant Eva Pena, 37, was arrested after she allegedly stole six garments from the Macy's store. She was stopped by a female security guard after she left the store with the items in her purse.

The curvy, 5-foot-4 sergeant recently posed with police commissioner James O'Neill at a police event. She wore a tight skirt and sequined cutout top that struggled to contain her size DD cup bust.

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After her arrest, Pena was suspended from her beat patrolling the Housing Authority in the Bronx.

An internal report detailed how store security caught Pena removing tags from items and stuffing the clothing into her purse.

"A female identified as Sergeant Eva Pena was observed on store surveillance removing price tags from merchandise, which she then placed six clothing items into her purse and attempted to walk out of Macy's without making payment."

A female security officer followed Pena outside the store and searched her purse where she found the stolen items. Pena was immediately placed under arrest.

Some of the items were lingerie. Pena often posts photos of herself in lingerie and skimpy panties on her social media accounts.

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A 2-year-old girl was found dead in a park near Pittsburgh, 3 days after she was kidnapped by a rideshare driver who claimed the girl’s father sold the child to another woman for $10,000.

Nalani Johnson's body was found on Tuesday at Pine Ridge Park in Indiana County near Pittsburgh, police say.

On Monday, police filed kidnapping charges against Sharena Nancy, 25, according to KDKA. She will also be charged with murder.

Police say Nancy is in a relationship with the 2-year-old's father, Paul Johnson.

Nancy told police the baby's father instructed her to drop the child off with another woman after he sold her for $10,000. But Johnson denies the allegation.

Just after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Johnson called police. He was "crying and visibly upset" when police arrived.

He told police that he and his daughter were in Nancy's vehicle, a Toyota Yaris with Uber and Lyft stickers on the windshield. A "friend" was also in the car.

He said Nancy drove approximately 20 miles south along route 22 to Blairsville, Indiana County. At the intersection of Bryant and Clay Drives in Penn Hills, police say Johnson told them the vehicle stopped so he could get out, but when he went to reach for his daughter, Nancy drove off with Nalani still strapped in her child safety seat.

He said he called Nancy's cell phone repeatedly but she never answered.

Nancy was stopped by a Penn Hills police officer around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The toddler and her car seat were not in the car. Nancy was arrested and charged with kidnapping.

She told police that the girl’s father sold Nalani to another woman for $10,000 and Nancy was to drive the girl "20 minutes from a gas station in Monroeville along Route 22."

She said she turned the child and the car seat over to the unidentified woman.

The FBI's Child Abduction Response Deployment team joined local police in the search for Nalani.

Johnson's mother Taji Walsh denied Nancy's claim that her son was involved in his daughter's disappearance. "We don’t know her personally," Walsh said, adding that her son would not be walking around free if he was somehow involved.

An autopsy will be performed on Nalani to determine the cause and manner of death.

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A 14-year-old boy has confessed to killing all 5 members of his family. The shootings occurred about 10:30 p.m. Monday in the tiny town of Elkmont, Alabama.

Police responding to the small one-story home found 3 people deceased and two others suffering from gunshot wounds. An adult and 2 minors were dead at the scene. Another adult and a minor were airlifted to a hospital, where they later died.

The boy initially told a dispatcher he heard gunshots upstairs. He later confessed to shooting his father, stepmother, and three siblings.

The teenager called 911, saying he was in the basement and heard gunshots upstairs, according to WHNT-TV. The teen's grandmother said that she recently lived in the family's basement," but she moved out of the home. She said the deceased were her only family in the area.

Family members of the stepmother were distraught at the scene, according to the television station.

The sheriff said the boy was assisting in the search of the 9mm handgun that he threw away after the shooting.

The boy is being held in a juvenile detention center in Elkmont, a town with a population of 500 residents, about a 45 minute drive northwest of Huntsville, Alabama.

The sheriff said it is unclear if the boy will be charged as an adult.

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A group of armed men and women pointed a gun at Popeyes workers and demanded an order of spicy fried chicken sandwiches. The perpetrators, which consisted of three men and two women, were reportedly hungry and angry when workers told them the restaurant was out of sandwiches.

KTRK in Houston reports that a baby was with the group.

Popeyes reportedly ordered all franchise restaurants to stop serving the coveted sandwiches after a series of violent incidents at inner city locations put customers and workers in danger.

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The Popeyes chicken sandwich craze took off after the restaurant's rival, Chic-fil-A, challenged them to a chicken sandwich duel on social media.

Black Twitter took sides in the Popeyes/Chic-fil-A memes war and customers stampeded into Popeyes restaurants to sample the sandwiches for themselves.

But police say Monday night's holdup at a southeast Houston Popeyes drive up window was no laughing matter.

After workers informed the "mob" that there were no sandwiches, the group tried to enter the restaurant, but workers locked the doors. One of the men pulled a gun and threatened to open fire.

Police say the aforementioned baby was left alone in the car to fend for itself.

Police are looking for the group who fled the restaurant empty handed.

Last week, Popeyes released a statement saying the high demand for their product resulted in the sandwiches being sold out everywhere.

In the statement, Popeyes said, "We, along with our suppliers, are working tirelessly to bring the new sandwich back to guests as soon as possible."

But Black Twitter is not buying the story. They say chickens and bread are plentiful in grocery stores all over the country. And there have been no reported shortages of supplies at Chic-fil-A or other fast food restaurants.

Simone Biles is keeping a low profile after her brother's arrest on murder charges. Biles' boyfriend, Stacey Ervin Jr., posted an inspirational message about his sweetheart's family tragedy.

Biles' brother, Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, was arrested and charged with murder in connection with a triple homicide at an AirBnB party in Cleveland eight months ago. He is being held in a Florida jail without bond while awaiting extradition back to Ohio.

Biles-Thomas is accused of killing three people after a fight broke out at a party in a $155 per night AirBnB apartment above a pizza parlor in January.

Biles-Thomas was arrested on Thursday at Fort Stewart in Georgia, where he was on active duty with the U.S. Army.

Biles’ boyfriend, Ervin Jr., is featured very prominently in numerous photos on her Instagram account.

He spoke out about the family tragedy in an IG post on Friday.

"The strongest people I’ve ever met have not been given an easier life," he wrote. "They've learned to create strength and happiness from dark places."

Biles, who is on tour, posted the above image which she captioned, "Missing you a lil extra today," to which Ervin, a gymnast turned pro wrestler, replied, "I miss you too babe I'll see you very soon!"