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Milwaukee police cancelled an Amber Alert after a mother and her 2 daughters were found dead inside a garage, a week after they were reported missing.

Police found the bodies of Amarah Banks, 26, and her daughters Camaria Banks, 4, and Zaniya Ivery, 5, in a garage on Sunday morning. The Amber Alert had been issued the day before - when Milwaukee police already knew they were deceased.

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Banks's boyfriend and Zaniya's father, Arzel Ivery, provided information that led police to the bodies in the garage.

Ivery, 25, was charged with aggravated battery for allegedly assaulting Banks at her apartment on Saturday, Feb. 8, the day she and her children went missing.

On Friday, Feb. 7, Banks and her family attended the funeral for her 21-month-old son, Arzel Ivery Jr., who died of complications from bronchitis, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

Ivery told police he went to Banks's apartment after the funeral on Saturday, and he and Banks got into an argument, according to the criminal complaint.

Banks' next-door neighbor said she heard a commotion that sounded like someone slamming a person against the wall. The neighbor told police she heard a woman screaming "No, no, I didn't even do anything," and "don't kill me, don't kill me!"

The neighbor said she heard a man's voice accusing the woman of cheating on him.

Another witness told police she saw Banks running through the apartment building parking lot barefoot, wearing a funeral t-shirt and bleeding from the mouth. She reported seeing the woman's boyfriend grab her and drag her back inside the apartment building, according to the criminal complaint.

The second witness also told police she heard the woman screaming "No, no, please don't kill me!"

Someone called 911 to report a disturbance, but responding officers reported being unable to locate the 911 caller or any disturbance.

Banks' family reported her and her daughters missing on Sunday, Feb. 9. According to Milwaukee police call logs obtained by WISN 12 News, police conducted a welfare check at Banks' apartment, but no one was at home.

Police observed what appeared to be 2 small droplets of blood on a bed, and damage to a bedroom wall as if a person's head impacted the wall.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, Banks' brother contacted WISN 12 News seeking help finding his missing sister and his 2 nieces.

On Thursday, WISN 12 News asked Milwaukee police about the missing persons report via email. A Milwaukee police official told WISN 12 News the case was still under investigation, but it was "not a critical missing" persons case.

WISN 12 News interviewed Banks' family members who begged the public for help finding her.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3:41 a.m. in Memphis, Tennessee, Ivery flagged down an officer to talk about "the incident in Milwaukee." Memphis officers arrested Ivery and contacted Milwaukee police who told them about his connection to a missing persons case.

Later that day, Milwaukee police issued an Amber Alert for Banks and her daughters - a week after they were first reported missing.

On Sunday, Feb. 16, officers conducted a search of a garage at a home in the 4700 block of West Burleigh Street in Milwaukee. The Amber Alert was cancelled after the 3 bodies were found.

Ivery was charged with aggravated assault. He waived extradition back to Milwaukee to face charges. His last known address is on the same block where the bodies were found, according to WISN 12 News.

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R&B singer-turned-reality TV personality Kandi Burruss is "truly saddened" after a shooting wounded three people and sent diners fleeing for their lives at her Atlanta restaurant over the weekend. Kandi, 43, is best known as one of the original members of the girl group Xscape.

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A man entered the Old Lady Gang (OLG) soul food restaurant off Camp Creek Parkway in east Point on Friday and shot another man, according to East Point police. Two bystanders were wounded by gunfire. According to police, all three victims are expected to survive their injuries.

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The restaurant is managed by Kandi's mother, Joyce (pictured right), and owned by The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her husband Todd Tucker (center).

In an Instagram post titled "God's Got You," Kandi wrote:

"My family and I are truly saddened by the unfortunate events that occurred at Old Lady Gang (OLG) Camp Creek, on the evening of February 14th, an evening that was meant to celebrate love, unfortunately turned into something quite different.

"Our prayers and thoughts go out to the individuals that were harmed or in any way negatively impacted. We are aware that this matter is being actively investigated by law enforcement and we are cooperating with law enforcement to bring to justice those involved."

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Kandi explained why she opened her restaurants in high crime areas of Atlanta:

"As African-American business owners, it has been our goal to invest in our community by bringing jobs, quality dining, and a positive experience to the greater Atlanta area; we hope that you know and understand that the acts of violence that occurred yesterday evening do not, in any way, serve as a reflection of OLG or its values.

"We appreciate all of the love and prayers that have come our way and we encourage anyone with any information regarding any aspects of the events that occurred to please reach out to law enforcement as soon as possible."

Kandi and husband Todd opened the original restaurant at the Castleberry Hill location in 2016, and the chain now has three locations around Georgia.

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Three people were shot and wounded at an Atlanta restaurant owned by Kandi Burruss, star of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

According to WSB-TV, a man and two bystanders were shot and wounded at the Old Lady Gang restaurant in East Point, Ga. on Friday night.

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A man entered the restaurant and targeted another man, East Point police told news outlets. Two bystanders were wounded in the shooting. All three victims were taken to area hospitals, with non-life-threatening injuries.

The shooter is not in custody, and the names of the victims were not released.

The restaurant, managed by Burruss's mother, Joyce Jones, is located at 3650 Marketplace Blvd off Camp Creek Parkway in East Point, Ga.

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Actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted again in Chicago in connection with an alleged attack outside his high-rise condo in Streeterville in January 2019.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb indicted the former Empire actor on 6 charges of disorderly conduct, the Cook County Clerk's Office confirmed Tuesday.

Smollett said two Trump supporters ambushed him on a frigid night while on his way to a Subway restaurant for a late night sandwich.

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He said the men yelled racist slurs at him and choked him with a noose while pouring bleach on him. Police were immediately skeptical of Smollett's story.

Smollett was originally charged with 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police about the alleged attack.

Prosecutors say Smollett orchestrated the attack with the help of two brothers, Abel and Abimbola Osundairo, who then fled to their native Nigeria. Federal agents arrested them when they returned to Chicago. The charges against the brothers were later dropped.

All charges were dropped against Smollett in February 2019 in exchange for community service and forfeiture of his $10,000 bond payment.

But a police union accused the Cook County prosecutor's office of misconduct.

Webb was appointed as special prosecutor to review State's Attorney Kim Foxx's actions in the case. Foxx is currently running for reelection as Illinois district Attorney.

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A well-respected college dean is among 14 people busted in a child porn sting, the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department said Monday.

Dr. Keith Walters, 44, was charged with three counts of obscene Internet contact with a child and one count of sexual exploitation of children using a computer device to seduce, entice or solicit a child.

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Walters was placed on administrative leave and stripped of his title as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, the Valodosta Daily Times reported.

Walters and 13 other men were arrested on Feb. 6 and February 9 as part of Operation Broken Arrow, a joint operation between 18 law enforcement agencies, including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

The operation targeted men in chat rooms and other online websites. Lindsay Marchant, assistant special agent for the GBI, said "Every individual arrested during the operation believed they were going to a location to meet with a child and engage in prearranged sex acts."

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The president of a historically Black college in Mississippi has resigned after he was arrested in a prostitution and drug sting.

William Bynum Jr., who was president of Jackson State University since 2017, resigned after he was busted along with 15 other people for "procuring the services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and possession of marijuana," according to the Clarion-Ledger.

The Clinton Police Department conducted a prostitution sting and arrested multiple suspects, including Jackson, WJTV.com reported.

Jackson State University professor Shonda McCarthy, 46, was also arrested for procuring the services of a prostitute and marijuana possession while operating a motor vehicle.

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Sheena Stanford, 35, and several other suspects were charged with "promoting prostitution."

Detectives made contact with the suspects through various "dark web" services.

Bynum, a married father of six, resigned less than a week after another HBCU president was fired for his role in an admissions scandal.

Dr. Austin Lane was terminated early Wednesday for allegedly allowing an unqualified student to be admitted to Texas Southern's law school.

The JSU board will convene an emergency meeting to discuss appointing an interim president.

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Lori Harvey is quickly becoming old news after taking up with promiscuous rapper Future Hendrix.

With her 15 minutes winding down, the Internet claims she pulled a Jussie Smollett to stay relevant.

According to The Blast, Lori parked her 2020 Rolls-Royce SUV in the parking deck of an Atlanta apartment complex on Wednesday night. Suddenly, a man ran up and jumped into the driver's seat while she was getting groceries out of the trunk.
 

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Lori claims she tried to pull the guy out of the car when she remembered he couldn't go anywhere because she had the key fob in her hand.

As she walked away, another suspect rolled up and snatched a duffle bag out of the Rolls-Royce trunk.

Lori told police the duffle bag contained only clothes.

Police drove to the Whole Foods were Lori bought her groceries to review the surveillance video to determine if anyone followed her home from the high end grocery store.

The Internet immediately doubted Lori's story.

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A Houston rapper was arrested on charges of running a violent street gang. Police arrested Alexandra Nicks, 26, while she was in court answering to a separate charge.

Nicks, known as OMB Bloodbath, was taken into custody Friday on charges of directing activities of a violent criminal street gang.

Nicks is believed to belong to the 100% Third Ward and "103" street gangs, according to KTRK.

In October 2017, Houston police released a video showing four armed murder suspects trying to hijack a minivan.

Police said the four suspects are linked to an earlier shooting that killed 53-year-old Sam Johnson and injured 22-year-old Walter Fields.

Charging documents state Nicks financed, directed, and supervised the "commission of the offenses of Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Aggravated Robbery, by members of said criminal street gang."

Nicks was convicted in 2013 for burglary of a habitation, according to court documents. Nicks was an up-and-coming rapper who recorded dozens of songs littered with violent, gang-related lyrics.

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Rapper Future's 17-year-old son Jakobi Wilburn was arrested on gang and weapons charges. The teen gang banger faces 20 years in prison.

According to Rhymeswithsnitch.com, Jakobi was arrested last month in Georgia during a gang task force crackdown.

Jakobi was charged with criminal gang activity, criminal trespass and altering the ID of a firearm after he was caught carrying a gun with a scratched off serial number.

The teenager is listed as "indigent" on his arrest paperwork, despite being the eldest son of million-selling rapper Future Hendrix, real name Nayvadius Wilburn.

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Future has 7 or 8 other children by as many women, including Ciara Wilson's son Future Zahir Wilburn, 5.

Sadly, Future's busy schedule prevents him from spending meaningful time with all of his children.
 

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A Delta employee who shot and killed a female co-worker near Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport killed another woman on the same night, police say.

According to WSB-TV, Raeshaun Antonie Jones fatally shot 30-year-old Alexis Nicole Lee Reed in the employee parking lot near Hartsfield-Jackson Internal Airport on Sunday night.

Reed, a below-wing employee, had just finished her shift at the airport when she was ambushed by Jones who lay in wait for her in the parking lot.

Reed attempted to flee when she spotted Jones but she was shot three times, according to WSB-TV. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

According to a police report obtained by PEOPLE, College Park police say Jones was a suspect in a separate homicide of a female in Clayton County the same night.

Police found the body of Tyneishia Shelby, 33, at a hotel in Stockbridge, a city southeast of the airport. She was fatally shot, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Jones fatally shot himself when police attempted to stop a car in which he was a passenger in Lovejoy, according to the AJC.

The motive for the killings is unknown but police say Jones knew both women.

"This act of violence was not a random act, but all indications are they were specific in nature," College Park Police and Clayton County Police said in a report obtained by the AJC.

Reed's mother Shaunda Shepherd told the AJC that her daughter, who grew up in California, "was a very sweet, hard-working woman of Delta for 10 years. She lived a very simple life and loved life and family."

Shelby was described as "very loving, bright, caring" on a GoFundMe page launched to help pay for funeral expenses.

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A New York man who chained his car doors shut and burned his 3-year-old daughter alive inside the car has died from burn injuries eight months later.

Martin Periera waged a bitter custody battle with Cherone Coleman over their daughter, Zoey Pereira. The custody case ended in tragedy on a cold night in May 2019.

Moments before the tragedy, Pereira told Coleman: "You'll never see your daughter again.”

On May 5, Pereira, 39, placed Zoey in her car seat in the back of his 2008 Audi A6 and drove to an intersection in the Springfield Gardens neighborhood of Queens, NY.

Pereira chained the rear doors shut and poured gasoline inside the car. He ignited the gasoline and fled the car. A propane tank in the trunk and 2 gas containers fed the flames.

Little Zoey was burned alive in the back seat of the car. Periera, a construction worker, unwittingly set himself on fire.

He jumped into a nearby pond to put out the flames on his clothes. When paramedics found him hiding behind a tree not far from the burning car, he was stripped down to his underwear and suffering from second- and third-degree burns to 70 percent of his body, according to the NY Post.

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A Pensacola man was arrested after he brutally beat his minor child with a belt for making bad grades, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

Darryl McRae, 33, was charged with child cruelty and child abuse. He is being held without bond in the Escambia County Jail.

The incident came to light after the boy approached a school resource officer and said his father gave him a "whoopin'" on Sunday because of his grades.

The resource officer observed bruises and welts all over the child's back and leg. A school counselor contacted the police and DCF took the boy into custody.

According to a police report obtained by WEAR TV, the boy said McRae struck him 15 times with a belt. McRae reportedly beat the boy multiple times in the past with a belt, and other objects.

McRae's arrest sends a message to other parents that beating children with belts, extension cords, and similar objects is against the law and punishable by prison time.

The law understands that raising children is hard work and takes a lot of patience and self-discipline. But child abuse will not be tolerated.

Parents are urged to take parenting classes to teach them more effective ways to discipline children and to manage their own emotions and anger.

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A suspect who stole $500,000 worth of jewelry from Allen Iverson's backpack at a Philadelphia hotel has surrendered to police.

The incident happened on Monday around 10:30 a.m. at the Sofitel Hotel located on S. 17th Street, WPVI reported.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect enter the hotel lobby and snatch Iverson's backpack containing $500,000 worth of the former NBA star's jewelry. Iverson, 44, was not present at the time the jewelry was stolen.

FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser reports that the 21-year-old college student turned himself in after his photo was aired on news stations and went viral on social media on Monday.

Police did not release the suspect's name nor did they say whether all of the jewelry was recovered.

Iverson is known for his expensive custom jewelry collection.

The 11-time NBA All-Star was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick in 1996. He played 10 seasons for the 76ers before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2006.

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A 9-year-old Florida boy will be charged with allegedly stabbing his 5-year-old sister while telling her, "Die, die."

The boy was playing in his bedroom with his sister Monday afternoon at the Berkeley Pointe apartments in Ocala, Florida.

Their mom stepped outside to check the mail and to get some candy from a neighbor for the children.

When she retuned, the mother found her son stabbing his sister repeatedly with a kitchen knife, FOX 35 reported.

The mother grabbed the knife away from the boy, who fled into a maintenance shed. The girl was alert and responsive after the attack. She was transported to a children's hospital.

The boy told police his sister "had entered his head two days earlier" and wouldn't leave, according to an arrest report obtained by FOX 35.

He told police he got a knife from the kitchen, grabbed his sister by the neck while she was bent over and began stabbing her, FOX 35 reported. "Die, die," the boy told the little girl.

The boy allegedly said he stabbed his sister because "he wanted to be able to go outside" and play.

The boy is being held in a secured juvenile detention facility while awaiting a psychological evaluation ordered by a Marion County circuit court judge. He will be charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to news reports.

A public defender has been appointed to represent the child.

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A Chicago woman who fatally shot a retired state trooper and wounded two others at a cigar bar had written "I hate you ... hope you two die!" on a wall of her home.

51-year-old Lisa McMullan shot and killed retired state trooper Gregory Rieves, 51, before turning the gun on herself. The incident happened inside a media room at the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Lisle, Illinois about 10:13 p.m. Friday.

Another retired state trooper and an off-duty trooper were also shot. They are in stable condition at a local hospital, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Police executed a search warrant on McMullan's Chicago condo, Lisle police said Monday. McMullan had scrawled on a wall of her condo in black marker: "I hate you ... hope you two die!"

The message contained Rieves' name and the name of another man. Police believe McMullan targeted Rieves and the other man. The second man was not at the cigar lounge at the time of the shooting.

In a press release, Lisle police said they contacted the other man but they were withholding his name. He is not a police officer. "It's just someone she knew."

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting. Police say both Rieves and McMullan were regular patrons at the cigar lounge.

It was originally reported that the two attended high school together in Maywood, Illinois, but police said they have learned McMullan attended high school in Chicago.
 

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Philadelphia police are searching for a man who stole $500,000 worth of jewelry from Allen Iverson's backpack at a Philadelphia hotel.

The incident happened on Monday around 10:30 a.m. at the Sofitel Hotel located on S. 17th Street, WPVI reported.

Sources confirmed the suspect stole the jewelry from Iverson's backpack. Iverson was not present at the time the jewelry was stolen.

Surveillance video shows the suspect exiting the hotel after the theft.

The man is described as a 20-year-old Black male. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket, red shirt, dark pants and black and white sneakers.

Iverson, 44, an 11-time NBA All-Star, was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick in 1996. He played 10 seasons for the 76ers before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2006.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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Nicki Minaj's brother Jelani Maraj was sentenced to 25 years to life for raping a minor child in 2015.

Maraj, 41, will serve a minimum of 25 years in prison following the guilty verdict in his child rape trial, TMZ reported.

Judge Robert McDonald sentenced Maraj in a New York courtroom on Monday, Jan. 27. The Nassau County D.A. told TMZ, "We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process."

Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child in 2017. He was accused of raping his then-11-year-old stepdaughter in 2015.

"He had sex with that 11-year-old girl sometimes four times a week," Assistant District Attorney Emma Slain told jurors in 2017.

Nicki, 37, never testified during the trial -- despite claims made by her brother's defense team that she would.

Nicki, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, was expected to testify that Maraj's ex-wife, Jacqueline Robinson, tried to extort her for millions in 2015.

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A Chicago woman shot three state troopers inside a luxury cigar lounge, before turning the gun on herself.

Police responded to a call of shots fired inside the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Lisle, Illinois about 10:13 p.m. Friday.

When they arrived with their guns drawn, they found four people shot in a room inside the cigar lounge. 51-year-old Lisa McMullan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Retired state trooper Gregory Rieves was shot in the back of the head. Rieves, 51, died at an area hospital. He had retired from the state police in March 2019 after 25 years of service.

Two more officers were suffering from gunshot wounds. They were transported to a local hospital.

After securing the scene, police reviewed the surveillance video. They saw patrons in a media room watching sports on a big-screen television.

Without provocation, McMullan stood up and shot Rieves seated in front of her. She then fired several rounds at two other men in the room before fatally shooting herself.

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The two wounded men were identified as retired state trooper Lloyd Graham, 55, and 48-year-old Kaiton Bullock (right), a state trooper who was off-duty when he was shot.

Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelley said Bullock and Graham are hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Acting Lisle Police Chief Ron Wilke said McMullan and the three men were "acquaintances" and patrons of the cigar lounge. "I believe they know each other, but do not believe there is any relation," Wilke said.

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CBS2 Chicago reported that Rieves and McMullan attended Proviso East High School together in the 1980s. Both were known to frequent the cigar lounge together, police say.

"Greg has always been special to the family," said his cousin, Carolina Mosley. "He's always had this bright smile and he was always the coolest kid. He was loved by his family. Since he was young, he wanted to be a police officer."

Mosley said Rieves played baseball for Indiana State. "He was really good, but he just didn't cross over, so this was the career he chose."

Police do not know the motive for the shooting. An investigation is ongoing.
 

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A Florida inmate who assaulted a deputy is facing additional felony charges tacked on to his original drug and gun possession charges.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said 38-year-old inmate Michler Gabriel will face additional felony charges after he assaulted one of their deputies at the Orient Road Jail on Tuesday morning.

Surveillance video shows Gabriel waiting impatiently for the deputy to unlock a door to exit a jail pod. The deputy pushed Gabriel away from the door twice, but Gabriel refused to back away. At one point, Gabriel sucker punched the deputy.

Another deputy who witnessed the assault subdued Gabriel and held him until more deputies arrived.

The deputy was transported to Tampa General Hospital for treatment. The Sheriff's office said the deputy was treated for facial bruises, swelling and lacerations.

Gabriel was being held at the jail on multiple charges including: driving on a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, possession of weed, armed drug trafficking, possession of cocaine, felony weapons possession and carrying a concealed firearm.

WRBL reports that Gabriel now faces additional charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and battery by a detained person, both felonies.

"While I am thankful that the deputy involved was not seriously hurt, we will make sure that Gabriel is prosecuted to the fullest extent for his actions," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
 

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Lil Durk (right) is linked to yet another shooting - this time it's fatal. A teenager who was featured in a viral video with rapper Lil Durk's artist, OTF Dede (left), was shot to death on Sunday, January 19.

Chicago police say a 17-year-old female was shot and killed in a vacant lot in the 6700 block of South Parnell Avenue around 6:30 p.m.

Witnesses say three males pulled up in a silver sedan. They got out of the sedan and one of the males fired shots at her.

OTF Dede was forced to perform oral sex on the girl in a video that went viral. Thugs reportedly set him up with her in a hotel room.

They later burst into the room and forced OTF Dede to perform oral sex on the girl at gunpoint. The girl was menstruating at the time.

Police believe OTF Dede's enemies killed the teen to shut her up.

The rapper was beaten, robbed and his braids were cut off. The video went viral on social media.

Following the attack, Lil Durk tweeted: "The Internet is the news version of the streets just more snitching."

Lil Durk, a 27-year-old Chicago native, is currently out on bond following his arrest for attempted murder in Atlanta last year.
 

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A man who brutally beat his girlfriend on surveillance video at his workplace was released from jail on an appearance ticket Tuesday.

Jay Vazquez-Paulino was seen on video repeatedly punching and kicking his girlfriend at the Superior Package Company, where he works. At one point in the video, he is seen going outside to retrieve a knife.

He then reentered the building and threw the knife at the young woman, barely missing her head by inches.

As Vazquez-Paulino cruelly punched and kicked his girlfriend, his co-workers filed past, apparently uncaring or unwilling to help the woman.

Vazquez-Paulino's criminal charges included criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault, and harassment.

"The fact that he is captured on video goes further showing the strength of the case and the fact that he did have an intention to do harm here," said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.

"The real issue here is that this gentleman was released with a ticket and given an order of protection and again is free to terrorize this woman, which in domestic cases there should be bail and ... a cooling off period to allow parties to cool off."

New Yorkers expressed outrage at Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo over their no cash bail reform that went into effect on January 1.

The cash bail reform bill prevents cash bail for "non-violent" criminals who normally can't afford to post bond.

But residents say cash bail is necessary to keep a certain element of criminals off the streets. The sad truth is that detainees who can't afford bond tend to be the most violent and commit more crimes.

A serial bank robber who robbed a 6th bank after he was released without cash bail on Jan. 8 turned himself in on Friday, Jan. 17.

"I can't believe they let me out," Gerod Woodberry said as police handed him two $25 gift cards and a free transit voucher when he was released on Jan. 8.

A pretrial hearing scheduled for Sunday was canceled when Woodberry's family was unable to demonstrate how much money they could put up to spring him again, the NY Daily News reported.

Fed up prosecutor Jack Dennehy asked Sunday that Woodberry be held without bail, arguing he is "a danger to the community." But Magistrate Judge Steven Gold said Woodberry will get bail, according to the News.
 

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Rapper Pop Smoke was arrested for allegedly stealing and transporting a $375,000 Rolls-Royce from California to New York.

The 20-year-old, whose real name is Bashar Jackson, was arrested on Friday, Jan. 17, at JFK airport after arriving on a flight from Paris, France where he attended Paris Fashion Week.

The 2019 Rolls-Royce was found parked outside his parents' home in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn. The license plate had been changed and the windows had been tinted, authorities say.

The rapper told police he "borrowed" the car for a music video, according to an indictment.

The Brooklyn native is accused of arranging to transport the Rolls-Royce cross country on the back of a flatbed truck.

A photo posted on Instagram shows him posing in front of the stolen luxury vehicle at a gas station. The image has since been deleted from Instagram, but it can be viewed on Facebook.com.

Jackson is charged with interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, a felony. The car has since been returned to its rightful owner.

Thanks to NY state's no cash bail reform, Jackson was released after a court appearance on Friday. He is best knowns for his rap singles "Welcome to the Party" and "Dior" off his debut mixtape Meet the Woo.

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A former manager at a McDonald's in Minneapolis has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for repeatedly raping a 14-year-old employee inside a cooler.

Andrew Otero Albertorio, of Maple Grove, pleaded guilty on Nov. 25 to multiple charges of rape. He was sentenced this week. Prosecutors were seeking 12 years behind bars.

Albertorio, 25, apologized to the victim and her family in court as part of his plea deal.

According to the criminal complaint, the 14-year-old victim began working at McDonald's in the summer of 2018. Albertorio, who worked as the night manager, discussed having sex with her on multiple occasions, but she told him she didn't want to.

In December, prosecutors allege Albertorio cornered the underage girl inside the restaurant’s cooler where he pressured her into having sex.

Over the next month, Albertorio had sex with her in numerous locations.

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A convicted sex offender has been charged with burying an Alabama woman who went missing from a bar after texting a friend that she was in trouble.

Paighton Houston's body was found wrapped in fabric and buried in a shallow grave behind a dilapidated house in Hueytown, Alabama, days after she went missing from a country music bar.

Convicted sex offender Fredrick Hampton, 50, was charged with abuse of a corpse. A warrant has been issued for his arrest but he has not been charged with her death.

Houston, 29, was last seen on Dec. 20 at Tin Roof live music bar in the 2700 block of Seventh Avenue South in Birmingham's Lakeview District. She arrived at the bar earlier that night with a co-worker.

After leaving the bar willingly with two Black men, Houston texted her co-worker to say she felt "in trouble."

According to Houston's mother, Paighton texted "if I call answer, I don't know these people and I feel in trouble."

Trussville police say Houston died the day after she was last seen at the bar.

A tip led investigators to the empty house on Chapel Hill Drive in Hueytown.

After sifting through a mound of trash in a "muddy, nasty" backyard, police discovered the shallow grave and unearthed Houston's "intact" body.

A coroner has not yet determined the cause and manner of Houston's death. They are awaiting additional testing, including toxicology results. There was no physical trauma to her body.

A GoFundMe account raised over $18,000 in donations.

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When Odell Beckham Jr. spotted a man in uniform bend over during LSU's post-game celebrations at the College football championship, he couldn't help himself.

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver slapped the male cop on his butt, resulting in an arrest warrant for simple sexual battery.

Police say the gender of the victim should not matter when determining if sexual battery has occurred.

The incident took place in the locker room after LSU won the National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Louisiana on Monday night.

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Cell phone video shows Beckham staring intently at the officer's buttocks before delivering the butt slap.

The New Orleans Police Department issued the arrest warrant against the star receiver for inappropriately touching the heterosexual officer.

Beckham's criminal charge comes a month after Thomas Galloway, 43, was arrested for slapping a female reporter on the butt during a live TV news broadcast.

The Louisiana native also made headlines when he appeared to hand out cash to LSU players on the sideline during the game.

NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from accepting cash or goods from sports agents or college alumni. Beckham was a standout wide receiver at LSU. His father, Odell Beckham Sr., was a running back at LSU in the 1990s.

Beckham, 27, has battled homosexual rumors since being drafted in the 1st round by the NY Giants in 2014.
 

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A suspect wanted in the murders of 2 men outside a Dayton jazz club and a grocery store was captured in the Atlanta metropolitan area on Sunday, Jan. 12.

Christopher Smith was taken into custody in Stockbridge, Ga by the FBI Atlanta's Violent Crimes Task Force, according to Dayton police.

Smith was charged with murder and felonious assault in the deaths of Clarence Brown and Brandon Harris in separate shootings, WHIOTV 7 reports.

The first shooting occurred around 3 a.m. on Dec. 5 outside Rick's Jazz Club on Lakeview Avenue. Smith shot Harris and William Earnest during an argument. Harris died at the scene. Earnest survived his injuries.

Nearly 8 hours later, police say Smith shot Brown in front of the Save Food Super Market. Brown died from his injuries at a hospital.

There were multiple witnesses to the shootings. The incidents were caught on surveillance cameras.

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Serial bank robber Gerod Woodberry was shocked when a Manhattan Criminal Court judge let him go free without paying a cash bail after he knocked over another bank last week.

Woodberry, 42, was busted after allegedly hitting four Chase Bank branches in Chelsea, the Upper West Side and the West Village in one week.

On Jan. 9, he walked out of jail with a smile on his face. "I can't believe they let me out," he said as police handed him two $25 gift cards and a free transit voucher to take him anywhere he wanted to go.

"What were they thinking?" Woodberry said as he left.

According to the NY Post, Woodberry headed to a bank branch and slid a note to a teller.

He walked out of the bank $1,000 richer. It was his fifth bank robbery since December 30, 2019.

On Tuesday, he struck again. This time he entered the Citibank on Third Avenue near East 49th Street around 1:20 p.m. and passed a note to a teller.

"This is a robbery. Large bills only please," the note read, according to police sources.

But unlike his five previous bank heists, Woodberry fled empty handed, according to the Post.

"It fits the description and m.o. of him," said one high-ranking police source, referring to Woodberry, who is still at large.

When police do catch up to Woodberry, he will likely walk free again, thanks to his good manners and unfailing politeness while robbing banks without a weapon.

Woodberry's crime spree - and free get out of jail cards - are all thanks to NY mayor Bill de Blasio's no cash bail reform law that went into effect on Jan. 1.

The law prohibits cash bail for non-violent felony offenders - even bank robbers.

Manhattan Criminal Court judges have no choice but to let repeat offenders like Woodberry go free.

New Yorkers are furious over the new law. Many say they are growing frustrated with de Blasio and other Democrat lawmakers who have turned New York into a safe haven for criminals.

"It's a circus," one NYPD insider told the Post. "They made it this way, your local New York state politicians. Wait until a cop gets hurt responding, or a person fleeing the bank. We'll see how they feel after that."

The crime rate has gone "through the roof" according to a NY resident on Reddit.com.

One Long Island resident wrote that he lost a cousin who was killed by a drunk driver who had three previous DWIs. The resident said the driver was released without bail 10 days before he crashed into his cousin, killing him, while fleeing from police.

"He just walked out of the court room a free man with no bail again, while my family is planning a funeral," the resident wrote.

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The suspect who pushed a landlord down the stairs to his death told cops the landlord fell down the stairs while moving a mattress. But the fatal push was caught on a Ring doorbell camera.

Police say Edgar Moncayo, 70, and his tenant Alex Garces, 22, began arguing over $200 for rental property Moncayo owned in Queens, NY.

According to the Ring camera footage obtained by the NY Daily News, Moncayo is seen trying to gain access to Garces's Corona apartment on Sunday afternoon. "Call the police!" he yelled to his wife on his cell phone.

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Moncayo then attempted to force his way into the apartment when Garces opened the front door. During the struggle, Garces shoved Moncayo down the stairs. He landed on his back and his head slammed into the sidewalk at the foot of the steps. Moncayo was transported to a hospital where he died from a traumatic brain injury, police said.
 

 

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Moncayo's family said Garces paid $400 to move into a room in the two-story house on 102nd St. and Northern Blvd. about a month ago, according to the News.

"The first month he paid, and then he was trying to disappear," grandson Andy Jativa told the News. Jativa said Moncayo tried to work with Garces by dropping the rent by $200. "My grandfather said, 'I'm even dropping the price for you. I'm not a bad person.'"

Garces agreed to move out, but Moncayo wanted at least $200 of the unpaid rent. "He was trying to get paid. What is $200? You can borrow that money," Jativa said.

On Sunday afternoon, Garces and his brother used a drill to break into the house to retrieve their belongings, Jativa said.

The fatal encounter occurred when Moncayo showed up and asked them to leave.

Garces and his brother remained at the scene. He told cops Moncayo fell accidentally while helping them move a mattress.

But the Ring doorbell camera told the true story.

After downloading the Ring footage, cops arrested Garces on Monday, taking him into custody at a home on 32nd Avenue.

His mother, Delia Velastegui, 50, was inconsolable. "Oh my God! It was an accident!" she wailed. "My son is a good son. He is not a fighter."

Garces was charged with first degree manslaughter. He was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Tuesday, according to the News.

His bail was set at $25,000 after Garces' attorney Sanders Denis argued that he should be released without bail.

Denis called Moncayo's death "a sad and unfortunate incident." He avoided calling Moncayo's death an "accident."

"My client is the one who called the ambulance. When police came, he spoke to them," Denis said. "This is not intentional."

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In 2016, a hungry 15-year-old boy named Chauncy Black approached Matthew Michael White in a Kroger parking lot. Chauncy asked Matt if he could take his groceries to his car in exchange for a box of glazed donuts for dinner.

"Something told me to go there and ask this guy if I can take his groceries to the car," Chauncy told WHBQ.

Matt later said he felt compelled to take the teen on a shopping spree in the grocery store.

When Matt dropped Chauncy off at his home in South Memphis, he was shocked by what he saw. Chauncy, his grandmother, whom he calls "mom", lived in squalid conditions and Chuancy didn't have a bed to sleep on.

Matt wrote about the encounter on his Facebook page and created a GoFundMe account. He described his chance meeting with the teenager as "God's beautiful design."

Within three months, donations to the GoFundMe account topped $342,000.

But Chauncy's story doesn't have a happy ending.

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Chauncy, now 19, and his brother Timothy Black, 20, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder after one man was killed during a shootout in Cordova, Tennessee on Jan. 4.

They were also charged with tampering and fabricating evidence and reckless endangerment, according to Fox 13 Memphis.

According to an arrest affidavit, Chauncy and his brother told police a group of men drove to their house after an argument. One person in the car opened fire at the house.

Timothy and Chauncy ran inside the house, grabbed their firearms and fired back at the vehicle as it drove away at high speed.

26-year-old Kaleb Wakefield was hit by a stray bullet in a house across the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chauncy and Timothy then hid their guns, which they did not have permits to carry, according to WREG.

Jaylin Edwards, the shooter inside the vehicle and his brother Tyrek Edwards were arrested and charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and gun possession.

Chauncy's attorney, Ben Israel tells WREG that Chauncy did get most of the GoFundMe money after taxes were taken out.

"Some of the money was used to buy a home they stay in in Cordova," said Israel. "Some of the money was used to purchase lawn equipment for a lawn service company that Chauncy was running until he was arrested."

Israel is not sure how much of the money is left.

Chauncy's family said he fell in the with the wrong crowd after his story went viral in 2016.
 

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A Minneapolis realtor was abducted and murdered by a drug dealer in retaliation for a dispute he had with her boyfriend.

Police say Monique Baugh, a 28-year-old mother of two, was shot and killed in an alleyway on Jan. 1, 2020.

Baugh, a real estate agent, was lured to an empty Maple Grove home under the pretense of showing the house on New Year's Day.

Two men rented a U-Haul truck for a friend Cedric Berry, a drug dealer who paid them in heroin.

Surveillance video from across the street shows Baugh arrive and park at the home around 3 p.m. in a black BMW. She was seen going inside the house to prepare for the showing.

According to an affidavit, the U-Haul passed the house and a person was seen walking into the home.

The U-Haul then pulled up to the house and backed up to the garage doors. Two men were seen walking out of the garage "and appeared to be closely, if not forcibly, holding onto a third person," according to the affidavit.

Two people were seen getting into the back of the U-Haul at about 3:20 p.m., and a third person drove it away. Police later found Baugh's BMW still parked at the empty Maple Grove house.

The U-Haul was abandoned in an alley where Baugh's body was found. The truck "smelled strongly of ammonia," according to the complaint.

The U-Haul truck was traced to the men who rented it, and they gave up Berry's name. Berry was arrested on Jan. 2.

A search warrant was executed on Berry's vehicle. Police found 13 bags of marijuana. And a black mask.

Berry was charged with kidnapping and second-degree murder in Baugh's death. Baugh's boyfriend, a rival drug dealer, was also shot on New Year's Day, but he survived the shooting.

Berry is also charged with second-degree murder for attempting to kill Baugh's boyfriend, the father of her two children.

The boyfriend told police a man entered his home using a key, and shot him several times in the torso. The children, ages 1 and 3, were inside the home at the time. They were not injured.

A GofundMe account created to help Baugh's children raised over $30,000 in donations.