Intoxicated man flees crash scene with victim's motorcycle stuck to bumper, police say

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 3:06 PM

Police in Mobile, Alabama, arrested William Christopher Pruett, 29, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
Mobile County Sheriff's Office
Police in Mobile, Alabama, arrested William Christopher Pruett, 29, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.(Mobile County Sheriff's Office)

A man is facing charges including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol after police said he fled the scene of a crash last week in Alabama with the victim's motorcycle stuck to his bumper.

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The man, identified by Mobile police as 29-year-old William Christopher Pruett, crashed into a motorcycle and its 49-year-old driver early Wednesday morning, according to AL.com.

Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to the scene of the collision on Halls Mill Road near Pruett's home, WALA reported.

Medics rushed the victim to the hospital, where he was last listed in critical condition, but Pruett left the area before police arrived, AL.com reported.

Officers found him at his home on Halls Mill Road around 7:45 a.m. after a person called to report seeing a Jeep with a motorcycle attached to its front. When police arrived, the motorcycle was still stuck to the front of the vehicle, according to WALA.

Police arrested Pruett on charges of first-degree assault, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident with injury and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, Mobile County Sheriff's Office records show.

He was released Friday on bail.

Police: Man tried to snatch toddler from grocery cart

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

Police: Man Tried To Snatch Toddler From Grocery Cart

A mother in Texas called the moment a man tried to snatch her toddler out of a grocery store cart terrifying.

WFAA reported that the attempted abduction took place Wednesday outside a Kroger in Grand Prairie.

Victoria Edwards told WFAA that after she had loaded her groceries and was about to place her children in the car she heard her son say that a man was trying to grab the shopping cart with Madison, her 2-year-old daughter, strapped inside.

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Edwards sprang into action, confronting the man and screaming at him. She told WFAA that the man said he was "trying to say hello" to the child and continued to push the cart away from her. As Edwards continued to scream and draw attention, the man ran off and slipped inside the passenger side of a black pickup truck.

Police said that witnesses described the man as "heavy set, 50 to 60 years old with a salt-and-pepper mustache and a distinctive mole under his left eye."

Edwards hopes the frightening incident serves as a sobering reminder to parents to always be alert, even when the surroundings appear to be safe.

Inmate at Georgia jail, nurse passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 10:51 PM

Inmate At Georgia Jail, Nurse Passed Letters, Had Sexual Relationship, Officials Say

A former Fulton County jail nurse is accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate and sending him letters detailing “her enjoyment of sex with him,” according to a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

Aleah Risby, 23, was released from the Fulton County jail on a $7,500 signature bond late Thursday, Fulton County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said. She faces a charge of sexual assault by a law enforcement agency employee or agent who engages in sexual contact with an individual in custody. 

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Risby had been with Correct Care Solutions, the medical provider for the jail, for two months when authorities were told about the alleged relationship with inmate Jerrell Hopkins, officials said. Hopkins, 22, had been in jail on a slew of charges including aggravated assault, obstruction battery, possession of a firearm and false imprisonment, according to records. 

Lt. Deputy Sheriff Anthony Volley wrote in his report that he was given the letters Monday and interviewed Hopkins the next day. Hopkins confessed that he and Risby would have sexual intercourse in the far corner of the new intake area, according to the report

Hopkins also gave Volley a note from Risby indicating she wanted “to find a place where (they) can touch,” according to the report. Some of the letters revealed the two would also hug and kiss. It is not stated when the relationship began or if the two knew each other before Risby began her job at the jail. 

Authorities monitored conversations between Risby and Hopkins and arrested the former nurse, the report states. Risby opted not to make a statement to officials on the allegations. 

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 3. 

Cops: Mom out 'clubbing' left daughter, 11, to ask neighbors for food

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 4:07 PM

Mom Out Clubbing Left Daughter, 11, To Ask Neighbors For Food

Meara Fisher said didn’t want to call the cops at first when her neighbor’s 11-year-old daughter came to her apartment in Marietta, Georgia, and asked for food. She said didn’t want to make a bad situation worse.

So Fisher said she instead made the girl all she had: toast and noodles.

The girl said her mother, Deborah Ann Oats, was out clubbing, but would be back in 15 minutes, according to Fisher. Seven hours later, Fisher called the non-emergency police line.

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On Friday morning, nearly a week after her arrest, Oats remained in Cobb jail with a bond of $11,220 for a second-degree child cruelty charge, records showed.

Fisher tried to take the girl back to the apartment one unit up and over last Saturday night, but she said she couldn’t let the girl stay there another minute.

“It looked like furniture was overturned,” Fisher told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “ ... There was excrement everywhere.”

Police said the girl was placed into custody of the state Division of Family and Children Services.

When Marietta police arrived early Sunday and took a look at the Bells Ferry Road apartment where the girl had been living, they said they found feces, along with fleas and ticks from the dog and three cats living there.

There was “a colony of roaches” scattered throughout the apartment, which didn’t have air conditioning, according to a police warrant.

There was also dog food and dirty dishes in the sink, and fungus and roaches in the refrigerator and freezer, the warrant said.

Fisher, who didn’t go in, said there was barely a path to the bedroom. She said she was reluctant to call the authorities for the girl’s safety.

“I grew up in a similar situation, and in my experience, calling someone in that situation can be not as helpful,” she said. “I didn’t want her to get hurt because I did something.”

Cops eventually got in touch with Oats, who was at an address “which is known to be in a drug area,” according to the warrant.

“I should have done something a long time ago,” Fisher said.

Police recommend charges against teens investigators said taunted, recorded drowning man

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 3:05 PM

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The teenagers who police said did nothing to help a drowning man and instead recorded the incident and mocked him may now face charges, Cocoa police said..

At first, the suspects were not going to be charged in connection with 31-year-old Jamel Dunn’s death.

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Investigators were told by the State Attorney’s Office that while there was no moral justification for the July 9 incident at Bracco Pond Park, there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution under Florida statutes.

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Dunn’s body wasn’t found until July 14 when a passerby saw his body floating in the pond.

Police announced Friday that they would be able to recommend charges against the teens under a Florida statute saying that a person who witnesses a death must report it to a medical examiner.

Police said it’s a misdemeanor charge that hasn’t been applied in a case like this.

“When we initially reviewed this case it was determined there were no laws broken as the teens were not directly involved with the death,” said Chief Mike Cantaloupe. “Further research of the statutes and consultation with the State Attorney’s Office yielded the decision to move forward with charges under this statute. It’s our belief that this law has never been enforced in a scenario like this, but we feel it could be applicable.”

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The State Attorney’s Office will decide if a case is filed.

In the video, police said a group of teenage boys can be heard yelling things like, “We’re not going to help you and you never should have gotten in there,” as Dunn screamed for help and struggled in the water.

Police said video evidence showed that Dunn went into the water on his own.

A neighbor’s security camera showed Dunn scaling a fence and intentionally going into the pond, police said.

“Regardless of the circumstances surrounding his decision to enter the water that day, there is absolutely no justification for what the teens did,” Cantaloupe said. “Pursuing criminal charges is a way to hold them accountable for their own actions.”

One of the teenagers mentioned marijuana in the nearly three-minute video. 

The identities of the teens have not been released.