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Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ 8:38 PM
Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 8:31 PM
FAIRFIELD, Calif. — A family member of the young father accused of biting off part of his infant son's nose defended the man Friday, saying the injury was an accident and insisting he was "not a monster."
18-year-old Joshua Cooper is in Solano County Jail, charged with child endangerment and mayhem, after police say he bit off about a third of the nose of his one-month old baby boy. He is being held on $765,000 bail.
"The investigation revealed he was frustrated that the child would not stop crying," said Fairfield Police Lt. Stephen Crane.
But a woman claiming to be a relative of Cooper told KTVU by phone: "It was an accident. The story being told is not what happened. He [Cooper] is not a monster."
The caller asked that KTVU not reveal her name.
Police told KTVU the infant's 17-year-old mother called authorities just after it happened Thursday morning. They said eight people including Cooper and other family members were in the apartment at the time.
The piece of the nose was recovered, but the only information on the baby is that he was in stable condition Friday.
Police said the baby also has other injuries, but don't know yet when or how the baby got them.
"The child also suffered a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage. The family has been cooperative," said Crane.
Neighbors at the complex told KTVU the family keeps to themselves.
"From what I've seen, they're a pretty decent family. Everybody's quiet," said area resident Tenea Cagler.
Mementos on the window sill of the family apartment gave no indication of the horror that happened inside.
Neighbors said they saw no signs of trouble.
Cooper denied KTVU's request for a jailhouse interview. Police said Cooper has no criminal record as an adult, but would not discuss his juvenile record.
Cooper is scheduled to make his first appearance in Solano County Court on Monday afternoon.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:49 PM
— Some Wells Fargo customers found their bank accounts drained to zero Wednesday when some sort of glitch caused their online bill payments to be processed twice.
Numerous customers -- so many that Wells Fargo’s customer service phone lines were jammed Wednesday night -- were discovering that recent payments they had made using the bank’s online Bill Pay system had been deducted twice from their checking accounts.
In some cases, that sent customers’ balances to zero -- or below zero -- and triggered the possibility of overdraft protection fees. Some customers received email notices telling them that they now had no money in their checking accounts.
Customers who sat through the hour-plus wait to reach a customer service representative Wednesday night were being told that their accounts would be fixed overnight.
“We’re aware that certain Wells Fargo customers are experiencing issues with Bill Pay,” Wells Fargo communications manager Hilary O’Byrne said in a statement. “We apologize for this inconvenience, and are working to resolve the issue quickly.”
O’Byrne declined to say how many customers were affected or to describe how the double charges occurred.
In the meantime, customers took to social media to share their shock and frustration over not being able to access the money that should have been in their checking accounts.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:21 PM
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities in Clayton County, Georgia, are searching for the person they say stole an SUV with two children inside from a gas station Wednesday before abandoning them in below-freezing temperatures on major roadways.
One-month-old Ava Wilmer and 4-year-old Arya Davenport were found miles apart after mother Precious Wilmer’s 2009 Chevy Equinox was stolen about 5 p.m. from a QuikTrip on Riverdale Road, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said.
Precious Wilmer left the girls in the car with the engine running near a gas pump while she went inside the convenience store, Marbury said.
She came out of the store and saw her car being driven away with her children in the back seat.
Shortly into the search, Georgia State University police Chief Josephy Spillane found Arya walking down the shoulder of a roadway near I-285 and Riverdale Road, Clayton County polcie said.
After roughly two hours, baby Ava was found in the middle of South Fulton Parkway still strapped in her car seat.
Marbury said WSB-TV photojournalist Brian Ferguson led police to her after he saw an objecting sitting in the road on his way to cover the scene.
The girls appeared to be OK, but were taken to Southern Regional Medical Center as a precaution. Metro Atlanta temperatures were in the 20s, but with winds reaching 20 mph, it felt like they were in the single digits, WSB-TV reported.
Atlanta police later located Precious Wilmer’s stolen SUV on Metropolitan Parkway.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:14 AM
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:01 PM
— “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” could be adapted from a book to a TV series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rights to the controversial Michael Wolff exposé of the Trump White House has been purchased by Endeavor Content for TV and film. Endeavor Content was created in 2017 as talent agency WME and talent management company IMG combined its film financing and scripted TV sales operations into one banner.
THR reported that Endeavor Content will start shopping the TV series adaptation, as a network is not yet attached to the project.
“Fire and Fury” was written based on Wolff’s access to the Trump White House, and includes details from over 18 months of conversations with Trump and senior staff members. Some claims in the book include that Trump didn’t expect or want to win the 2016 election, he was upset that A-list celebrities didn’t come to his inauguration, he couldn’t get through a lesson on the U.S. Constitution and media mogul Rupert Murdoch called him an “idiot.”
Other claims say Trump eats fast food out of fear of being poisoned, Trump’s daughter Ivanka has goals of running for president, and Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was aware of potential conflicts of interest with Russian ties.
The claims in the book have been denied by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who referred to the book as “complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip.”