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Detectives are investigating the murders of four friends who were found shot dead in an SUV in a Wisconsin cornfield.

The victims were identified as Nitosha Flug-Presley, 30; Matthew Pettus, 26; Loyace Foreman III, 35, and his girlfriend Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, all from Twin Cities, Minnesota.

The medical examiner determined all four victims died from multiple gunshot wounds.

A farmer working in a cornfield on Sunday found the abandoned black SUV parked about 50 yards off the road among tall corn stalks in the small town of Sheridan, Wisconsin.

The farmer called 911 to report the mysterious vehicle. Police arrived minutes later and determined the crime scene was no accident. Officers said none of the victims were in the driver's seat.

"Do we have an accident, or we got something else?" one officer asked on a police scanner.

"It's gonna be something else, from what I can tell. Looks like a .32 [caliber handgun] was involved," another officer replied.

The cornfield is located 75 miles away from where the four friends were last seen at a bar in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Saturday night.

Witnesses said the four left the bar and got into a black SUV with someone late Saturday. A second SUV was following the first SUV, according to the sheriff.

The black SUV was seen on surveillance video at a gas station around noon Sunday, two hours before it was discovered in the cornfield, according to the Star Tribune.

Matthew Pettus and Jasmine Christine Sturm are half-siblings.

Loyace Foreman III was the son of Loyace Foreman Jr, senior pastor at New Vision Faith Center in Saint Paul.

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Foreman III, right, had two children and was in a romantic relationship with Sturm, left, who also had two sons, ages 11 and 5. The youngest boy had just celebrated his birthday last month, according to Dailymail.com.

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Nitosha Flug-Presley was also a mother of two children, a young son and a daughter.

Sturm and Pettus' brother, Zach Pettus, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he has "an idea" who killed his siblings. He didn't go into detail.

"This is a freak thing that never should have happened," Zach Pettus said. "There is nothing that indicated this would have happened."

In a press conference Tuesday, Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said the victims were shot at another location before their bodies were found in the cornfield.

He said he doesn't believe the killer(s) are locals or still in the area. He said investigators don't have a motive for the murders.

Bygd called the murders "a mystery," before adding "Everybody's a suspect at this point. "We're looking at everybody and every possibility."
 

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Police arrested a hitman who shot and wounded South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh as he changed a tire on the side of a highway.

Murdaugh was wounded three months after his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22 (pictured left), were shot and killed in an ambush at their South Carolina home on June 7.

Murdaugh, a well-known legal heir in SC, was shot in the head on a rural highway on Septmber 4. He survived the shooting, but he now faces arrest for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars from his law firm to buy opioids.

Police arrested Curtis Edward Smith, 61, on Tuesday on and charged him with shooting Murdaugh. Smith also faces charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery, possession of a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, Dailymail.com reports.

Police say Murdaugh hired Smith to kill him so his surviving son, Buster, 25, would receive a $10 million insurance payout. However, Smith was a bad shot.

Murdaugh's lawyer, Dick Harpootlian, says he knows who shot Maggie and Paul, and the suspect's name will be revealed this week. He said the motive for the murders was "personal".

Harpootlian acknowledged that Murdaugh is likely to be arrested for allegedly misappropriating millions from his own law firm.

Harpootlian said Murdaugh was still grieving the deaths of his wife and son when he embezzled millions from his law firm to finance his opioid addiction.

Murdaugh was fired from the law firm and the state bar revoked his law license for tampering with clients funds in escrow accounts.

Murdaugh has denied involvement in his wife and son's deaths.
 
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Jaheim was taken into custody after a number of dogs were found "starved" and suffering at his New Jersey home. One of the dogs was unresponsive and was later euthanized.

According to PEOPLE, "more than a dozen dogs were found living in deplorable conditions" at the R&B singer's property. Officials from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office's confirmed the 43-year-old, full name Jaheim Hoagland, was charged with animal neglect.

In a Facebook post, officials stated Jaheim was booked for "third-degree animal cruelty and failure to provide necessary care to an animal" on Monday.

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His arrest came after officials from the Hillsborough Township Police Department responded to a call about a "puppy in distress" and found a total of six dogs in separate animal crates in the driveway of a Chamberlain Drive residence.

The report also stated that a pitbull terrier mix was "initially unresponsive in a water filled crate and subsequently had to be euthanized".

Inside, additional dogs were found in separate crates "partially filled with several inches of water and dog feces". A total of 14 animals were released to Long Hill Kennel in Hillsborough, New Jersey.

A court hearing on the matter is pending.

Jaheim is best known for his 2001 debut album, Ghetto Love. The album went platinum and spawned the hits "Ghetto Love", "Just in Case" and "Anything" ft. Next.

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Nicki Minaj's husband has pleaded guilty for failing to register as a sex offender in California, and is now awaiting his prison sentence.

Kenneth "Zoo" Petty entered the guilty plea during a virtual hearing with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Thursday, according to PEOPLE.

His sentencing is scheduled for January 24, 2022, during which he faces 10 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release.

Petty was convicted in 1995 of attempting to rape a 16-year-old girl and he spent over four years in jail for his crime.

He's registered in NY as a level 2 offender, which means he's considered a "moderate risk of repeat offense". Earlier this year, he sued to get his name removed from the sex offender registry in NY.

He was arrested in March 2020 for failure to register as a sex offender when he and Nicki moved to California.

At the time, he pleaded not guilty and posted $100,000 bail.

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Nicki, 38, and Kenneth, 43, married in October 2019 and welcomed a son together in September 2020.

In unrelated news, Nicki has reached out to the younger generation to collaborate with her on new music.

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The "Super Bass" rapper called on singers Kehlani, 26, (pictured) and Summer Walker, 25, to harmonize on new tracks, and the ladies are totally down to team up with her.

Nicki previewed one track on social media on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, she name-dropped several songstresses on Twitter - including Keke Wyatt, Tamar Braxton, and Brandy - "to redo" the vocals from the snippet.

Nicki tweeted she would "love to hear people who can really do it".

She also shared that she'd love guest vocals from Summer, Jhene Aiko, and Kehlani, writing they "can be good in the blend as well with their harmonies".

Summer responded, "I'd love that," and Nicki responded:

"Ok puddin pop. Love you. Dm (direct message) it or post it when u (you) want."

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A viral TikTok video shows a shoplifting attempt fail spectacularly after the alleged shoplifter was left behind by her getaway driver.

The video clip shows the alleged shoplifter with a rack full of Nike pants from a Hibbett Sports store at the Edwardsville Marketplace in Illinois.

The alleged shoplifter is seen pounding on the car window and yelling for the getaway driver to unlock the door.

The getaway driver abandons his accomplice after spotting a police officer arriving in the parking lot.

The woman threw down the rack of pants and attempted to flee on foot but the cop gave chase and slapped the cuffs on her.

The hilarious video garnered over 2.6 million likes on TikTok.

The video is captioned: "Wait for it... When shoplifters take ALL the Nike but forget to unlock the door."

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5 people were shot outside the Marquette Lounge in west Atlanta on Labor Day.

The Marquette Lounge is a popular ghey bar that hosted a Black ghey Pride party on Monday, Sept. 6.

The gunshots sent Black Pride attendees scattering into the neighborhood around Proctor Street and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Some of the victims were transported to area hospitals in ambulances and in private vehicles.

The Black Pride party was scheduled to end at 6 a.m. and Rapper Lil Kim performed earlier in the night. She was not among the injured..

According to WSB's Kristin Holloway, a fight occurred outside the lounge and a man fired a shot into the air and then into the crowd.

Atlanta police are investigating whether the drive-by was a hate crime.

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A Chicago man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in hammer attacks on two women in 2014 was arrested Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of a bank teller.

The suspect walked into a Chase Bank in the River North neighborhood and stabbed bank teller Jessica Vilaythong, 24, as she spoke with customers.

Witnesses say the man entered the building and spoke briefly with Vilaythong before stabbing her in the neck with "a pretty big knife" on Wednesday.

After the stabbing, the man ran outside and screamed at pedestrians while waving the bloody knife.

Police apprehended the suspect near the bank hours later.

Vilaythong was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Thursday, Dailymail.com reports.

The Chase Bank branch in River North remained closed after the incident.

Chicago police declined to identify the suspect and told NBC5 the investigation is ongoing.

The suspect was previously arrested in 2014 and charged with attacking two 55-year-old women with a hammer as they walked on the lakefront path near Navy Pier.

Both women survived their injuries. However, the suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity and transferred to a mental health center in 2017.
 

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Atlanta police held a private chat with a few select journalists to update them on the Piedmont Park murder case on Thursday.

According to CBS46 reporter Hayley Mason, Atlanta police dropped hints that someone close to Katherine Janness may be her killer.

"Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant tells me no one has been ruled out as a suspect in the Piedmont Park murder case. He says the case is still wide open and active. The department has faced challenges accessing video from park cameras and is still working to recover images."


 
READ ALSO: 911 Audio Casts Suspicion on Katherine Janness's girlfriend
 
More details have emerged since the 40-year-old bartender was brutally stabbed while walking her dog, Bowie, in Piedmont Park on July 28.

Police confirmed rumors that a slur was carved into Janness' body and her head was nearly severed during the attack.

Audio of the 911 call placed by Janness' partner, Emma Clark, cast suspicion on her.

Twitter users noted how "calm" Clark sounded during the phone call.

Clark told a bystander, "Did you just see that? That's my f***ing girlfriend."

A GoFundMe account raised more than $70,000 for Clark who has since left Atlanta.

PETA offered $10,000 for information leading to the killer(s), in addition to the $10,000 already offered by the Atlanta Police Department.

The Atlanta City Council approved new cameras in parks following the murder. The investigation is hampered by the lack of functioning cameras in the park that night.
 

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Remember the male-to-female trans who exposed his genitals to little girls in a Los Angeles spa in June? There's an update in the case.

A Black woman recorded her encounter with the front desk staff at Wi Spa, who responded that California "law" allows male-to-female trans to enter female-only spaces.

"I just want to be clear with you. It's okay for a man to go into the women's section, show his penis around the other women -- young little girls, under age, your spa, Wi Spa, condones that. Is that what you're saying?"

The front desk staff confirmed that males are allowed into female-only spaces because of "sexual orientation."

"What sexual orientation? I see a dick. It tells me he's a man," the irate woman responded.

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The video went viral, sparking furious public backlash and violent protests outside the Wi Spa, which temporarily closed its doors on Wilshire Blvd.

On Monday, Aug. 30, police arrested a registered sex offender, Darren Agee Merager, and charged him with indecent exposure after he exposed his erect penis in front of women at the same spa.

The arrest didn't make headlines right away because the charges were "discreetly filed", following an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

According to the NY Post:

"Sources with knowledge of the case but not authorized to speak publicly say four women and a minor girl came forward to allege that Darren Agee Merager was partially erect in the women’s section of Wi Spa. Besides being a suspect in this case, Merager is facing multiple felony charges of indecent exposure over a separate incident in Los Angeles."

In a statement to the NY Post, Merager claims the allegations are false and that he is a victim of transphobic harassment.
 

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Desperate times calls for desperate measures. San Francisco officials are paying gang bangers $300-a-month to stop killing each other.

Participants could receive an extra $200-a-month if they meet specific goals such as getting a job or going to their parole appointments on time.

The Dream Keeper Fellowship pilot program will pay 10 people to be "public safety ambassadors" in their gangs.

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The new program is an effort to stem the gun violence in the Bay Area by paying gang bangers to put their weapons down.
 
READ ALSO: Outrage After San Francisco Spends $840,000 On Gucci Trash Cans
 
Initially the money will be paid out monthly in gift cards to 10 of the worst offenders who are at high risk for killing people.

The program will be funded by taxpayer dollars, along with private donations and a federal grant.

If the program is successful, officials will expand it to include more gang bangers on the city's payroll.

The announcement comes after the San Francisco Police Department tweeted an image of a woman leaning out of a Cadillac window while wielding an AK-47 last month.

Police later seized the Cadillac, but were unable to identify the woman.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed, a Democrat, insisted the money is not simply "cash for criminals."

"These folks do not have any sort of income. And so part of what we’re trying to do is make sure that money is not a barrier to turning your life around," Breed told KPIX-TV.

She didn't explain what would happen if one of her "ambassadors" kills someone while on the city payroll.

California will also become the fist state to pay drug addicts if they promise to stop doing drugs.