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Boy, 4, dies after accidentally hanging himself

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:12 PM

4-Year-Old Boy Dies After Accidentally Hanging Himself

A 4-year-old boy died Saturday after he accidentally hanged himself at a Minnesota thrift store, according to multiple reports.

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Police said they were called around 5:40 p.m. Saturday to Again Thrift & More in Mankato for a medical call involving a 4-year-old. Medics took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No foul play is suspected in the boy’s death.

The boy was identified in an online fundraiser aimed at raising money to cover his funeral expenses as Ryu S. Pena, according to the Star Tribune.

Police Cmdr. Daniel Schisel told the Minneapolis newspaper that Ryu “apparently got the hooded sweatshirt he was wearing caught on a hanger attached to the wall.”

Family members were in the store when the child died. Schisel told the Star Tribune that the hanging was “a tragic accident.”

“God gained another angel last night,” Ryu’s aunt, Jessica Cuevas, wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page. “The few short years he was here with us, he never failed to make our day. Ryu was such a sweet boy, with a gorgeous smile (and) a unique little personality.”

Cuevas said Ryu became a big brother four months ago. He is survived by his younger brother, an older sister and his parents.

Police continue to investigate the case.

Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:15 AM

FILE PHOTO - Pumpkins are seen at Petaluma Pumpkin Patch on  in Petaluma, California.
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FILE PHOTO - Pumpkins are seen at Petaluma Pumpkin Patch on in Petaluma, California.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A California woman is recovering after she got a bad bacterial infection when she was bitten by a tick during a trip to a pumpkin patch.

Jennifer Velasquez said she was wearing flip-flops and shorts to a pumpkin patch when she was bitten by a tick two years ago, The Sacramento Bee reported. The tick was infected by Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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She posted a photo of the rash to her Facebook page last week, saying that, “I couldn’t walk, my whole body was in pain, my hair fell out, and I almost died.”

And while the bite and the infection that followed happened two years ago, she posted the photo this month after seeing photos of families going to fall activities to remind them to cover up during outings and do a tick check after the trip, The Bee reported.

So what should people look for when it comes to Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

The Mayo Clinic says symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle aches
  • nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion or other neurological changes
  • Distinctive rash

And while Velasquez said to be careful and don’t repeat the mistake she made by wearing flip flops to a pumpkin patch, she said not to avoid going just to prevent a tick bite, The Bee reported.

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Nude photos taken in Florida judge’s chambers lead to clerk’s arrest

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:20 PM

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Closeup of gavel in court room(IPGGutenbergUKLtd/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A Florida clerk who allegedly took nude photos of his girlfriend in a judge’s chambers was arrested Monday on a petty theft charge, news reports stated.

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The twisted tale involves Jefferson County Clerk of Courts Kirk Reams, 40, and his ex-girlfriend Brittany McClellan, according to the Tallahassee Democrat
The two began dating in 2012, had a child together and broke up about a year later, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
In 2013 and 2014, McClellan was arrested twice on domestic violence charges during fights with Reams, according to court records obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat. The two also went through a tumultuous custody battle for their child, the paper added. 

The saga continued into late 2016, when McClellan told the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office that while they were dating Reams took nude photos of her inside a circuit court judge’s chamber’s office. She also told them that McClellan let her borrow a government laptop, which she used for about a year, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. 

An investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Public Corruption Unit determined that the nude photos taken in 2013 did exist, but that McClellan did not do anything criminal, The Tallahassee Democrat reported. 

However, the state agency continued its investigation into the allegation of misuse of a government-owned laptop. She told officials that she used it to order supplies for her salon in Monticello, east of Tallahassee. 

Reams was charged Monday with misdemeanor petty theft and booked into jail. 

His attorney, David Collins of Monticello, said criminal charges should never have been filed and that the case should have been handled by the Florida Commission on Ethics. He said the latest event is essentially the result of an ex-girlfriend trying to smear Reams’ reputation.

“It appears that the government has gone to great lengths and costs to the taxpayer to prosecute a misdemeanor whose basis is that the clerk of court loaned an otherwise unused laptop and the clerk is the person who has authority to give permission to do such,” he told the Tallahassee Democrat. 

Read more at the Tallahassee Democrat

Oklahoma police officer who shot, killed daughter's boyfriend found guilty of manslaughter

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:12 AM

Former Police Officer Found Guilty of Manslaughter In Death of Daughter's Boyfriend

A jury has reached a verdict in the fourth murder trial of a former Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer.

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After more than five hours of deliberation, the jury found Shannon Kepler guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 killing of Jeremy Lake, his daughter's boyfriend, and recommended 15 years in prison.

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VERDICT IN: The jury has returned a guilty of manslaughter verdict in the 4th trial of former Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler. http://bit.ly/2kYON6z

Posted by FOX23 News on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kepler is accused of killing Lake in 2014 while off duty.

Though he was charged with first-degree murder, the jury also considered the lesser charge of manslaughter in the heat of passion.

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Three previous trials ended in mistrial.

Some members of Lake's extended family traveled over an hour to be at the trial.

While the district attorney said evidence doesn't show that Kepler needed to use deadly force to defend himself, the defense claimed the state's evidence did not show that Kepler went to Lake's home with bad intentions.

Food Lion vice president arrested in underage sex sting, police say

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:18 AM

Paul Robert LaCroix (Credit: Hendersonville Police Department)
Hendersonville Police Department
Paul Robert LaCroix (Credit: Hendersonville Police Department)(Hendersonville Police Department)

An executive at Food Lion's corporate office was arrested Wednesday in a sting and charged with a sex offense.

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Detectives from North Carolina's Hendersonville Police Department took Paul Robert LaCroix, 54, into custody following the investigation.

Lacroix, from Concord, has been charged with conspiracy to commit a first-degree statutory sex offense. He is being held in the Henderson County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

Investigators said LaCroix, a vice president with Food Lion, was communicating with who he thought was an underage girl online and attempted to meet her for sex, but the girl was a law enforcement officer, police said.

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Officers are continuing their investigation after they took LaCroix's computers and cellphone.

A spokesperson for Food Lion confirmed that LaCroix was a vice president with the company and has been suspended immediately.

"Food Lion was recently made aware of the situation involving Paul LaCroix today. He was suspended immediately from the organization, pending further investigation," Food Lion said in a statement.

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