Video shows good Samaritans help Michigan trooper

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:53 PM

Dash cam video has emerged of Michigan State Police Trooper Garry Guild who was attacked by suspects after a chase following a traffic stop. Good Samaritans stopped to help. (Joe Ross / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Joe Ross / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

On Feb. 20, Michigan State Police Trooper Garry Guild attempted to make a traffic stop on motorcycle driver Michael Barber, 21, when the Barber sped off, which led to a chase.

Barber crashed and began walking toward Guild and ignored his commands to stop.

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WXYZ reported that Barber’s brother, Travis Wise, 19, stopped his vehicle and began attacking Guild, 51.

Now, dashcam video shows good Samaritans helping to save Guild’s life.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Keith Pepple, 50, stepped in to help.

"I got up there, and I grabbed a hold of Barber and threw him off" the trooper, Pepple said. "Everybody went to the ground. I had Barber in a headlock. I looked back and Wise was still choking the officer. I grabbed Wise and put him in a headlock."

Jerry Burnham, 44, and his wife, also helped and were able to assist Guild in getting the men into custody, WNDU reported

"My wife's like 'There's an officer out there!' And then she started yelling that he needed help and told us to stop," Jerry Burnham told WNDU in February. "So, that's what we did."

Guild suffered a neck injury from the incident, as well as a hand injury from accidentally shocking himself with a stun gun during the struggle, but returned to work the next day.

Barber and Wise face multiple charges, including assault by strangulation and attempt to disarm a police officer.

WXYZ reported Monday that Guild is doing much better.

Watch the dashcam video below.

Teen using family friend's computer discovers nude photos of his younger sister

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 6:24 PM



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When a teenager in Texas borrowed a family friend's computer, he made a shocking and sickening discovery.

The boy found nude photos of his 10-year-old sister on the computer of Joe Garza Jr., according to the Star-Telegram.

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Garza, 65, was arrested March 3 on child pornography charges, and faces additional charges after it was discovered that he allegedly molested an older sister in the family years ago.

The Star-Telegram reports that the boy, who was trying to fix the hard drive on his own computer, asked to borrow Garza's computer. While using it, he clicked on a folder and discovered the images of his sister. He returned the computer to Garza and told his mother about the images. She asked the boy to request to use the computer again so she could see the images for herself. The mother confronted Garza about the images and police were called to the scene.

Officer Domingo Martinez, who works for the Fort Worth Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Task Force, told the Star-Telegram that Garza admitted to the mother that he had a problem and said he would disappear if she didn't call police.

In interviews with authorities, the 10-year-old victim said Garza bought her items and gave her money, and told her not to tell her parents about the abuse. 

Garza remains behind bars while investigators work to determine if there are additional victims.

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

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

Police in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, arrested Ali Mahfuz, 63, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
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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.

Tenn. couple arrested for allegedly attempting to sell baby on Craigslist

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 9:36 AM

A Tennessee couple is in police custody after they attempted to sell their 5-month-old baby online. 

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John David Cain, 26, and Deanna Lynn Greer, 37, placed an ad on Craigslist, where they listed their infant for sale for $3,000, WATE reported on Saturday, citing the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The couple was detained by state agents during a sting operation that ended Friday when Cain and Greer attempted to exchange the baby for cash with state agents.

Cain and Greer were arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment.

They are both being held on a $150,000 bond.

The baby is currently in state custody, according to WATE.

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Puppy’s chances improve after being brought in with mouth bound shut

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 3:52 PM

Veterinarians say the prognosis of a puppy brought in to a Florida animal center over the weekend with its mouth bound shut has improved.

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Pixie, a 7-pound Yorkshire Terrier mix, has been able to eat small amounts of food, Paws 2 Help founder Eve Van Engel said Monday.

“When they came in this morning, you’d think we’d won the lottery,” Van Engel said, describing the staff’s excitement over Pixie’s improvement. “(At first) she wouldn’t eat, couldn’t eat. Last night she ate some food. This morning she ate a whole jar of Gerber baby food.”

Dr. Lisa Matthews said necrotic tissue still has to be removed from around Pixie’s snout and the dog is receiving pain medication and antibiotics.

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“But she’s already so much better than she was Saturday afternoon when she came in,” Matthews said. “I wasn’t real hopeful Saturday afternoon but I feel a lot better today after seeing her.”

Pixie had an elastic hair tie around her snout that cut a 3/4-inch-deep gash between her eyes and nose, Paws 2 Help founder Eve Van Engel said late Sunday.

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The wound was so gangrenous that the little dog “smelled like horse manure” when she was dropped off, Van Engel said, and it’s unknown when the dog last ate.

Who bound the dog’s mouth shut is unclear.