VIDEO: Springfield street fight caught on tape; victim speaks out

Published: Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 8:42 PM

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m. (April 16)

Six juveniles who were involved in a street fight on Friday afternoon in Springfield were arrested and charged with assault and robbery, police said.

Police say the youths attacked two young adult men around 1:10 p.m. on Morgan Street.

One victim spoke out Sunday evening, and said he believes the act was planned. It all started when Kyle Jacks was trying to leave in his car with a friend when he noticed a bike in the middle of the road.

“I was going to pick up the bike, get it out of the road. I was on my may somewhere, needed to get the bike out of the way,” he said. “Guys came off the porch and decided to surround me and my friend.”

The incident was caught on security camera from a home nearby.

“There was spitting going on, all kinds of punching and kicking,” said Jacks, who described injuries to his knees, head and hands.

He said his friend also had injuries to his head and legs, and a broken nose that requires surgery.

The teens, between 13 and 17, were taken to the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center on Friday.

Jacks’ mother, who declined to give her name, returned home to find her son with the police. She said what happened shocked her.

"They took their wallet, their cellphones, it's just terrible," she said. 

Jacks said he's glad it was not worse but said something needs to be done. 

"We have too much violence here in Springfield and that's something that needs to be cleaned up from up top from the police department, from the city, from community service ... everything that needs to go down to help this city be what it used to be," he said.

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Six juveniles who were involved in a street fight on Friday afternoon in Springfield were arrested and charged with assault and robbery, police said.

Home security camera recorded the incident that happened around 1:10 p.m. on Morgan Street, which was shared by a resident on Facebook.

Springfield police said six boys arrested were each charged with robbery and assault for taking the wallet and cellphone of one of the two adult men they attacked. The youths were taken to the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, but it’s not clear whether they are still at the facility.

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Veteran, soldier boyfriend accused of shooting, killing therapy dog on video

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 6:16 AM

Marinna Rollins, 23, and Jarren Heng, 25
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

A North Carolina Army veteran and her soldier boyfriend are facing animal cruelty charges after they allegedly tied her PTSD therapy dog to a tree and filmed themselves shooting and killing the animal.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, Marinna Rollins, 23, and Jarren Heng, 25, laughed on video as they shot Rollins' dog, Cam, with a rifle, said Cumberland County District Attorney Clark Reaves.

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Rollins shot Cam, previously named Huey, in the head before firing at him multiple times, the arrest warrant said. Heng also shot the dog on video, the Observer reported.

Rollins, who retired from the Army earlier this year for medical reasons, implied in an April 17 Facebook post that she had found a new home for Cam, the Observer reported.

"Sad he has to go, but he will be much happier where he is heading off to," she wrote, to which Heng replied, "He's gonna have such a great new life," according to the Observer.

Bail was set for $25,000 each for the pair.

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Child dies every 9 days from being left alone, inside hot car

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 4:44 PM

A child dies alone in a hot car every 9 days according to kidsandcars.org. April 26 is National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention Day. STOCK PHOTO
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Summer hasn’t arrived yet in the United States and already 5 children have died if heatstroke after being left alone inside a hot car, according kidsandcars.org.

A child dies every nine days from being left in a hot car, according to the organization that is trying to raise awareness and prevent more tragedy.

A boy died in Moraine  last summer after being found inside a car. 

April 26 is National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention Day. 

What parents may not realize is how fast temperatures can rise in a car on an average temperature day. For example, a 70-degree day outside can mean temperatures of 125-degrees inside a car.  Heatstroke can set in quickly in kids.

 

Steps to prevent leaving a child in a hot car: 

  • Put something in the back seat so you have to open the back door when leaving the vehicle - cellphone, employee badge, handbag, left shoe, etc. 
  • Every time you park your vehicle open the back door to make sure no one has been left behind. "Look Before You Lock." 
  • Ask your childcare provider or babysitter to call you within 10 minutes if your child hasn't arrived on time. 
  • Keep a stuffed animal in your child's car seat and move it to the front seat to remind you when your baby is in the back seat. 
  • Focus on driving and avoid cellphone calls and any other distractions while driving.  

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Kidsandcars.org also encourages citizens to call 9-1-1 if they discover a child left alone in a car, and try to locate the driver. 

"If the child is in imminent danger, it may be necessary to break the window furthest away from the child to rescue them," stressed Janette Fennell, president and founder of kidsandcars.org.

WATCH: Body camera captures cop saving man from jumping off 6-story building

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 2:39 PM

A police officer’s body camera captured his dramatic rescue of a man who tried to jump off a 6-story building. 

The Hamden, Connecticut officer chased the man up six flights of stairs after being called to the Whitney Center building to check on an emotionally disturbed man. 

>>MORE BREAKING NEWS: Kidnapped woman found in hole, hidden under debris 

Almost immediately a chase began up six story staircase. 

The officer was able to grab the man and pull him back to safety as he tried to jump from terrace balcony. 

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Officer Justin Martin, who played basketball in college said he used his long reach to make the grab of his life. 

"Everybody got to go home safe and everything worked out well. I was able to help the community that day and I'm really glad it turned out that way," said Martin.

Inmate who had cell phone in jail sentenced in heroin case

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 3:50 PM


            Julian Loeza

One of the Montgomery County Jail inmates who received a cell phone from a corrections officer was sentenced Wednesday for a heroin trafficking crime.

Julian Loeza, 27, was sentenced to six years in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice after a negotiated plea deal. Loeza earned 13.5 months of jail-time credit.

Loeza, a U.S. citizen who lives in southern California, told Rice he obtained a cell phone to call Mexico to speak to his wife and young son with medical needs.

RELATED: Corrections officer pleads guilty to providing phones to inmates

Loeza said that without it, the cost to call Mexico from jail would have been $1 per minute. When asked by Rice why he needed a cell phone, Loeza answered, “The only reason why I got the phone was to keep in touch with my family.”

A law enforcement affidavit written last year had indicated that phones were being used to conduct drug trafficking business from inside the jail.

Former corrections officer Michael Rose pleaded guilty to providing phones to inmates and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Rice said “there may be more than meets the eye” about Loeza, but that he couldn’t sentence anyone based on speculation.