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

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

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, 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.

Man uses baseball bat to free infant in hot car, woman arrest

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 1:47 PM

Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, arrested Zoya Thomas, 30, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Police arrested a Florida woman accused of leaving a 2-month-old baby in a car parked in Jacksonville on Tuesday after a man used a baseball bat to free the child, according to authorities.

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Police were called Tuesday to the Lowe’s on Atlantic Boulevard after passersby saw the baby girl crying and sweating profusely in a car parked in a sunny spot outside the store. At the time, the temperature outside was 85 degrees.

Officers said a man noticed a group crowded around the car, spotted the girl and used a baseball bat to break a window and get her out. He ran inside Lowe’s with the baby in an attempt to cool her.

Authorities determined the baby was left in the car by Zoya Thomas, 30. She told police that she left the child sleeping while she went into Lowe’s to look at paint colors. She claimed she was only in the store for five minutes.

Police arrested Thomas on a child neglect charge. She remained jailed Wednesday afternoon.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Woman standing on front porch hit by car during argument

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

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An Ohio woman suffered serious injuries to her legs Wednesday morning when she was hit by a car while standing on her front porch, according to multiple reports.

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Toledo police were called around 7:25 a.m. to a home on West Sylvania Avenue after a fight between Destiny Hayes and Shenee Albert turned violent, The Blade reported.

Hayes tried to force her way into Albert’s home to see her child after Albert refused to let her visit, according to the newspaper. Albert is the paternal aunt of the child, WTOL reported. She told police she refused to let Hayes see the child because of a dispute between Hayes and the child’s father.

The women argued on Albert’s front porch and on the lawn, according to The Blade. Hayes eventually got into her vehicle, parked in Albert’s driveway, and backed up until she hit Albert, the newspaper reported.

Hayes left the house on foot and was arrested a short time later. Charges were not immediately filed.

Police: Bus driver set to take kids on field trip was high on marijuana

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

Authorities arrested a school bus driver Tuesday after he allegedly drove a bus while high on marijuana.

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Officers were called Tuesday morning to Chelmsford High School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, after students reported smelling a strange odor on the school bus they had boarded for a field trip. The students notified a teacher, who contacted the Chelmsford Police Department. The students were taken off the bus.

Officers determined that the bus driver, 63-year-old Ali Mahfuz, was high on marijuana. Mahfuz was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, operating negligently as to endanger and reckless endangerment.

Before arriving at Chelmsford High School, Mahfuz drove a route for Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough.

Mahfuz is employed by North Reading Transportation Inc. The company is cooperating with the investigation.

Chelmsford police Chief James Spinney praised the students for speaking up.

"I cannot overstate the role played by the students today in ensuring their safety on the roads," Spinney said. "They knew something was not right, and they spoke up right away, alerting school administrators. I commend these students for their role in stopping a dangerous situation from unfolding."

Mahfuz is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Lowell District Court.


Shots fired near U.S. Capitol after woman flees traffic stop, police say

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:08 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

A woman, center, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody.
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Officers opened fire on a woman on U.S. Capitol grounds Wednesday morning after she nearly ran over multiple U.S. Capitol Police officers while fleeing from a traffic stop, authorities said.

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No injuries were reported.

Officers spotted a woman driving erratically around 9 a.m. on Independence Avenue and attempted to stop her car, Capitol police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said. The unidentified woman made a U-turn and fled.

She stopped the sedan near the intersection of Washington and Independence avenues, where authorities apparently fired shots at the woman. Malecki declined to say where the bullets landed or how many shots were fired.

The incident did not appear to be related to terrorism.

“This appears to be criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism,” Malecki said.