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A New York man has been arrested and charged with fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of rapper Nicki Minaj's father.

Robert Maraj was killed as he crossed an intersection in Long Island, NY on Feb. 12, around 6 p.m. local time. He was 64.

Witnesses said a northbound white Volvo station wagon fled the scene of the accident.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Nassau County Police announced the arrest of 70-year-old Charles Polevich of Mineola.

Polevich was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Mineola on Wednesday. His bond was set at $250,000.

Nicki, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, was born in Trinidad and Tobago to Robert and Carol Maraj. Maraj worked as a finance executive and was a part-time gospel singer.

The 38-year-old rapper has not spoken publicly about her father's death.

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The hip-hop world is mourning the loss of popular rapper Baby CEO who died exactly three years after the death of his mentor, Fredo Santana.

The baby faced Memphis rapper was 20 at the time of his death, which was first reported by Twitter user @Mymixtapes.

According to reports, Baby CEO, real name Jonathan Brown, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, from a drug overdose.

Brown is best known for his 2016 rap debut "Youngest in Charge" and a series of controversial social media posts in 2013 when he rapped amid a backdrop of guns, cash and drugs.

According to reports, Brown's social media posts drew the attention of authorities due to his age. He had a lengthy criminal record and was arrested in 2015 for violating the terms of his probation.

In a social media post on Wednesday, Brown's brother noted the rapper had recently witnessed the birth of his son. He also asked fans to stop spreading rumors about his brother's death.

"He wasn't shot or killed by anyone... please stop spreading false rumors and pray for our family," he wrote.

Brown was the protege of Chicago drill rapper Fredo Santana, who died on January 19, 2018 after suffering a seizure.

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University of Utah star freshman running back Ty Jordan is dead after accidentally discharging his gun and shooting himself in the hip. He was 19.

Jordan, who grew up in the Dallas area, died while celebrating the Christmas holiday in Denton, Texas, CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City reports.

Authorities tell TMZ, the victim died early Saturday. Police responded to a shooting on the 1100 block of Avenue A in Denton, and found Jordan suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip.

He was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities believe the shooting was accidental.

Police said there was no danger to the public. A day earlier, Jordan was named Pac-12's Offensive Freshman Player of the Year, after rushing for 597 yards and scoring 6 touchdowns.

"Words cannot express the devastation and heartache that our team is feeling right now upon learning of the tragic death of our teammate and brother, Ty Jordan," Utah Head Football Coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement.

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A Florida man died in a freak accident over the weekend when a window of the home he was allegedly burglarizing slammed down on his neck.

Jonathan Hernandez, 32, was alone when he climbed through a window at a home in Lehigh Acres, about 15 miles east of Fort Myers, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The window slammed down on Hernandez's neck, leaving him dangling in the air until he strangled to death.

Hernandez's family disputed law enforcement's account of the freak accident. They claim Hernandez was not a burglar, and that his death is suspicious.

His fiancée, Patricia Duarte, said the family was surprised by law enforcement's claim that Hernandez was a petty criminal who died in the commission of a burglary.

"Soon as I got there I'm like, there's no way. This isn't what happened," she told NBC2 News. "I just need something to be done the right way. I need a proper investigation. I need the actual truth to come to light."

But Lt. Russell Park, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said police found the convicted felon dead at the scene. Park said the window that Hernandez was climbing through "unexpectedly" slammed down on him and pinned him, "keeping him suspended in air" for some time until he died.

The family created a GoFundMe page for Hernandez's funeral expenses.

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A Georgia man was charged with leaving a loaded handgun unattended after a 5-year-old girl was shot in the face at her babysitter's DeKalb County home.

Jada Willingham died on Friday, Dec. 4, soon after arriving at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital, according to AJC.com.

Jada was shot in the face by a playmate she had known all her life, the AJC reports.

The shooting occurred in a babysitter's Lithonia home. The 68-year-old woman told investigators Jada was one of four children she was watching in her home when she heard a shot ring out, followed by a scream.

She said Jada and her playmate were in a bedroom where they apparently found a loaded gun. The babysitter found Jada on the floor of the bedroom, bleeding from a wound to her face.

On Friday, Dec. 11, police charged Chad Brooks, Sr. with 2nd-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to children for allegedly leaving the gun unattended.

Brooks is currently in custody at the DeKalb County Jail, Fox 5 reports. Officials say they have not determined who fired the fatal shot.

The babysitter has not been charged.

A GofundMe page raised $10,000 for Jada's funeral. She was laid to rest last week.

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South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who hit a pedestrian on his way home, has a history of speeding and other traffic violations.

Ravnsborg called police late Saturday night to report he hit a deer on his way home.

The body of 55-year-old Joseph Boever was found on a rural stretch of U.S. Highway 14 the next morning.

The Department of Public Safety issued a statement Monday that said Ravnsborg called police to say he'd hit a deer in the roadway.

Ravnsborg was driving from a GOP fundraiser dinner in Redfield to his home about 110 miles away in Pierre, spokesman Tim Bormann said.

The spokesman said Ravnsborg frequently attended the fundraiser dinners held by the Spink County Republicans at Rooster's Bar & Grill.

While Ravnsborg is known to drink occasionally he was not drinking at the fundraiser. "I didn't see him with anything but a Coke," said state Sen. Brock Greenfield, who attended the dinner.

Ravnsborg received six speeding tickets in South Dakota between 2014 and 2018, according to DPS.

The victim, Joseph Boever, had crashed his truck into a hay bale near the road while reaching for tobacco, according to his cousin Victor Nemec.

Nemec gave Boever a ride home, about 1.5 miles away after 9 p.m. Saturday. The accident happened while Boever was walking back to his truck around 10:30 p.m..

When Boever's relatives hadn't heard from him on Sunday, they saw a report about a fatal accident near where Boever left his truck, and they feared that he was involved.

Victor Nemec said he called the sheriff about 10 a.m. and was told to wait. Hours went by without a call back. Nemec said the family grew suspicious and called 911 and the Highway Patrol after 5 p.m. They were allowed to view the body and make the identification after 8 p.m. Sunday.

"I don't know if cousin Joe was laying on the highway for 22 hours or if they had bagged him up before that," Nemec said.

"A human doesn't look like a deer. The whole thing stinks to me."

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The wife of a Miami police officer died of cardiac arrest after she became trapped in the backseat of her husband's police SUV.

Clara Paulino, 56, died in a freak accident after she became trapped in the cage of the backseat of the patrol unit that is equipped to prevent escape.

Paulino died sometime after 1 p.m. on Friday in the backseat of the patrol unit. Her husband, Aristides Paulino, a Miami Shores cop, had completed his night shift and went straight to bed that morning.

Sometime before noon, Mrs. Paulino climbed into the back seat of the marked police Ford Explorer SUV "in search of something," then could not escape the backseat cage area.

The couple's son found her body around 5:30 p.m. -- about four and a half-hours after she got trapped, according to Dailymail.com.

Her fingerprints were found all over the inside of the SUV. "Clearly, she was panicked and trying to get out," a police source told the Miami Herald. The temperature peaked at 90 degrees on Friday.

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The cage prevented her from reaching over the backseat to honk the horn, said the source. Additionally, there were bars on the back windows and the windows were coated in blackout tint, making it impossible for anyone to see her.

Members of a Facebook police wives support group suggested she was probably searching for evidence of her husband's infidelity, i.e. dried semen on the backseat.

The Aristides were married for 28 years, according to Dailymail.com.

The police source told the Herald Paulino had a history of medical problems that may have contributed to her death inside the hot SUV.

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The body of missing actress Naya Rivera was found using sonar equipment in a deep section of the Lake Piru reservoir in Ventura County, California.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on Monday.

The 33-year-old star was reported missing after she rented a pontoon boat and went out on the lake with her four-year-old son Josey Dorsey around lunchtime Wednesday.

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"Multiple teams of professional search & rescue personnel are actively searching Lake Piru for clues to the location of Naya Rivera," the Ventura County Sheriff's Office tweeted on Thursday. "With over 80 people involved in the search right now, we are using helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles, and ground personnel to try and locate her."

In one of her last social media posts, Naya urged her fans to make the most of their lives, writing: "No matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you're alive is a blessing. make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised."

The day before she went missing, she shared a photo of herself kissing her son. She captioned the image, "Just the two of us."
 

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The sheriff of Ventura County, Calif. says "Glee" actress Naya Rivera's body may never be recovered from the deep, murky waters of Lake Piru reservoir.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eric Buschow said in a press conference Thursday that the search for the star is hampered by very low visibility and dangerous debris in Lake Piru.

"There's a lot of trees and plants and such that are under the water that can cause entanglements," he said. "It makes it unsafe for the divers and it makes a more complicated search." He added, "It's a very slow going search."

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The sheriff's office released video from a CCTV camera at the dock that shows Naya, 33, and her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, boarding a rental pontoon boat around lunchtime on Wednesday.

Lake staff found Josey sleeping on the boat later that afternoon when Naya missed the deadline to return the boat. He told police they went swimming together but she never returned to the boat.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department deployed air and dive teams to search for the missing actress. Her wallet and identification were found on the boat. Her purse was found in her black Mercedes Benz G Wagon parked at the dock.

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She was presumed drowned on Wednesday, and the search shifted from a rescue to recovery mission on Thursday.

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Naya was born on January 12, 1987 in Santa Clarita, California. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing a role on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of 4. She is pictured above at age 22.

She got her big break as Santana Lopez on the long-running Fox television musical series Glee from 2009 to 2015.

She made her feature film debut in the horror flick At the Devil's Door (2014), and starred as Blanca on the third season of the Lifetime television series Devious Maids in 2015.

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Naya signed a record deal with Columbia Records in 2011 and released a single, "Sorry", featuring her ex-fiancé, rapper Big Sean, in 2013.
 

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The search for missing Glee actress Naya Rivera has shifted from a rescue to a recovery effort, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a press conference Thursday.

The 33-year-old star was reported missing after she rented a pontoon boat and went out on the Lake Piru reservoir with her four-year-old son Josey Dorsey around lunchtime Wednesday.

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When the boat was overdue to return, lake staff went searching for it. They found Josey asleep on board the boat. Naya was nowhere in sight.

Authorities suspended the search for the actress around midnight - an action that angered her fans.

"Multiple teams of professional search & rescue personnel are actively searching Lake Piru for clues to the location of Naya Rivera," the Ventura County Sheriff's Office tweeted on Thursday. "With over 80 people involved in the search right now, we are using helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles, and ground personnel to try and locate her."

Captain Eric Buschow told reporters Josey was in good health and "The family is going through a very traumatic time right now."

He said one adult life vest was found on the boat - an indication that Naya wasn't wearing one when she went into the water.

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In one of her last social media posts, Naya urged her fans to make the most of their lives, writing: "No matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you're alive is a blessing. make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised."

The day before she went missing, she shared a photo of herself kissing her son. She captioned the image, "Just the two of us."
 

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Naya's fans pointed out the words are the same as the title of a rap song by Eminem about a mother who drowns in a lake.