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Car dealer finds 26 pounds of crystal meth in vehicle bought at auction

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 1:58 AM

A Nissan Altima yielded a surprise for a Kansas car dealer.
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A Nissan Altima yielded a surprise for a Kansas car dealer.(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A car dealer in Kansas got a big surprise when a vehicle he bought at an auction had 26 pounds of crystal meth and a pound of heroin hidden in it, KAKE reported.

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Aymen Halak bought a car from an Oklahoma City auction but noticed there was a problem when he took it for a test drive.

“We found out there's a problem in the fuel tank," Halak said of the Nissan Altima, which is now partially disassembled at his dealership, Unique Motors LLC.

“I thought there wasn't enough fuel,” Halak told KAKE. “I bought a new fuel pump, took the gas tank down to replace the fuel pump to find out it's full of drugs.”

Halak said police told him the drugs could bring $300,000 or $400,000 on the street.

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Pursuit driver accused of causing crash identified

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:16 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:43 AM

Several cars involved in wreck

UPDATE @ 9:17 a.m. (March 22):

A Dayton police report and crash report identified the driver accused of fleeing from police and causing a crash at the intersection of James H. McGee Boulevard and West Third Street Wednesday.

Benjamin McDonald, 36, was arrested following the chase and police are pursuing charges of aggravated vehicular assault and failure to comply charges, according to a Dayton police report.

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McDonald was driving without a valid driver’s license, a crash report showed.

Police said McDonald had fled from them multiple times previously and had several previous arrests in the city.

McDonald’s passenger, Trinity Earl, 27, of Dayton, was ejected during the crash and suffered critical injuries, police said.

Earl remained at Miami Valley Hospital Thursday morning, but an updated condition was unavailable.

UPDATE @ 2:54 p.m. (March 21):

A passenger in a suspect vehicle who was ejected from the vehicle in a crash during a pursuit is in critical condition, police said.

Officer began pursuing the vehicle in the area of Salem Avenue and Catalpa Drive in Dayton before 1 p.m. after a Dayton police Sgt. spotted it, authorities said.

Police said the suspect vehicle had fled from officers six times in the past, including once today prior to the afternoon pursuit.

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Investigators said during the pursuit the suspect vehicle ran a red light at James H. McGee Boulevard and West Third Street, causing a crash involving four other vehicles.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was taken to the hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening, police said.

Police said the driver had several previous arrests for alleged crimes in the city.


Multiple medics have been called to the scene of a reported crash in the area of James H. McGee and West Third Street in Dayton.

Initial reports indicated the crash occurred while police were chasing a vehicle in the area around 1 p.m.

We’re working to learn more.

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Who is Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspected Austin bomber?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 9:57 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

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The suspected Austin serial bomber who killed himself early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him was Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt, local and federal law enforcement sources told the American-Statesman and KVUE.


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Girl, bored with sister’s soccer game, makes 65-million-year-old fossil find

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

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An Oregon girl decided digging in the dirt was more her speed than watching her big sister’s JV soccer game. And that decision turned into a major discovery.

Naomi Vaughan found something that she called her “Moana rock” after it reminded her of the Heart of Te Fiti from the hit Disney film, last year, CNN reported.

The “Moana rock” turned out to be something that dated back at least 65 million years.

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It was actually an ancient fossil called an ammonite. Ammonites are extinct marine invertebrates, CNN reported.

Paleontologists told Oregon Live that they’re not normally found in Bend, but have been discovered more than 80 miles away.

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One paleontologist believes it came from an area further away, a town of Suplee, 112 miles east of Bend, Oregon Live reported. He believes that either there was a family connection between the two towns or that the fossil came from a school collection. 

And while well-preserved ammonite fossils can fetch big bucks -- up to thousands of dollars, Vaughan’s sample may be worth about $10 or $20.

Vaughan plans on keeping her find, Oregon Live reported.


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2 charged after woman found being eaten alive by maggots, police say

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4:03 AM

Woman Found Being Eaten Alive By Maggots, 2 Charged

A Georgia woman was found covered in cockroaches and maggots, bedridden on a sheet smeared in feces, a police report says. 

Her caretakers and family members, 54-year-old Terry Ward Sorrells and 18-year-old Christian Alexander Sorrells, have both been charged with neglect of a disabled adult or elder person

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Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services responded to the Sugar Hill home where the woman lived with Terry Sorrells and Christian Sorrells on March 15 after receiving a call for medical assistance. The woman was unresponsive but still alive, the report says.

The AJC is not identifying the woman because she is an alleged victim of neglect.

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When the fire crew arrived, they said they saw that maggots and roaches were eating the woman’s flesh and her legs were “completely black and showing signs of decomposition.” They had transported her a month earlier with a “mega mover” — a tarp-like object used by emergency medical technicians to move obese patients — and she was sitting on the same mega mover, now “completely brown and black” and covered in feces. The fire crew called police because “they did not believe she would live much longer and felt a moral obligation to report this,” the report says.

The living conditions inside the home on Pine Tree Circle were “deplorable,” the responding officer said in his report. The officer was “overwhelmed with the smell of human feces and garbage” when he walked into the house, and roaches were crawling on the walls and ceiling of “every single room,” the report says. Garbage lined the floor from the entryway to the kitchen, and covered the floor of the bathroom. In Terry Sorrells’ bedroom, there was a two-foot-high pile of empty Monster energy drink cans, with garbage piled in a closet and covering a dresser, the report says. 

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Terry Sorrells had gone with the woman in an ambulance before the officer arrived, but Christian Sorrells remained at the house. He told the officer that the woman had been bedridden for one or two years and had been progressively getting worse; she had been admitted into a long-term care facility, but returned home after Medicaid would not cover the cost, the report says. Christian Sorrells also told the officer that no one in the house worked. 

Christian Sorrells was transported to Gwinnett County police headquarters and Terry Sorrells was arrested later that day. Both were booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center after 10 p.m. March 15. They remain in jail, each held on a $22,200 bond. 

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