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Listen to 911 calls from Ga. baby murder

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 8:18 AM
Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 8:18 AM


            Sherry West watched as her 13 month old baby was shot and killed in front of her.
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Sherry West watched as her 13 month old baby was shot and killed in front of her.(ActionNewsJax)

The Brunswick Police Department released three 911 calls it received after a 13-month old baby was shot in the head and killed on Thursday.

Listen to the calls:  ONE | TWO | THREE

In one call, a woman fights back tears while saying the baby had been shot.  A man then takes the phone to tell the dispatcher that the baby had been shot “right between the eyes.”

The baby, Antonio, was pronounced dead at the scene around 9:20 a.m. despite all attempts to review him.

Those old Precious Moments figurines could be worth hundreds of dollars

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:09 PM

Some Precious Moments figurines may sell for hundreds of dollars for collectors.
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Some Precious Moments figurines may sell for hundreds of dollars for collectors.(Jean L. via Flickr (Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)))

If you collect Precious Moments figurines, you may be sitting on a small fortune. Some of the company’s earliest offerings can sell for hundreds of dollars online.

Precious Moments was founded in 1978 and originally featured 21 collectibles. “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver,” one of the so-called Original 21, retailed for $15 at the time. Today, it’s worth a lot more than that.

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According to a report from Today.com, the “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” figurines have been valued at more than $2,000, although they usually go for less than half that amount. One sold on eBay for $250 in October 2017.

“God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” features a little girl giving away puppies. Kansas City Star reported that was discontinued in 1981.

The most valuable ones are in excellent condition; even the smallest cracks or chips can dramatically reduce their value, according to Woolvey Fine Antiques & Collectibles.

While “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” is by far the most valuable Precious Moments figurine, others have also fetched more than their original price. According to Today.com, certain limited edition collectibles and ones “from the peak of the Precious Moments craze” in the late 1970s and early 1980s can sell for more than $100 on eBay.

Florida teacher accused of having sex with girl, 15, multiple times at school

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

Florida Teacher Allegedly Has Sexual Relationship With 15-Year-Old Girl

An Oviedo, Florida, teacher who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Kealing said Jaclyn Truman, 30, had sexual contact last year with a 15-year-old Paul J. Hagerty High School student multiple times at school.

“Investigators conducted a recorded interview with Truman, who is cooperating with the investigation,” Kealing said.

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The victim told investigators that the two had sexual encounters five to 10 times from March to May 2016, an arrest report said.

Seminole County Public Schools spokesman Michael Lawrence said Truman worked at the school as a long-term substitute teacher at the time of the alleged relations.

Lawrence said Truman most recently worked at Lake Howell High School, but she was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 4 after the alleged incident was reported to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Lawrence said Truman had a clean record and no reports of prior incidents. He said the school district performed background checks on her before hiring her as a full-time teacher.

"During that time frame, the teacher had already turned in (her) resignation to the district, which actually was effective and final yesterday," Lawrence said. "Therefore, this individual is no longer an employee of SCPS."

Deputies said Truman surrendered Thursday at the Sheriff's Office. She was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on two counts of lewd acts on a minor. A judge set her bond at $40,000.

Deputies said they’re looking into the possibility that Truman has other victims. Anyone with information about other possible incidents is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 407-665-6650.

Mother, 2 daughters killed by live-in boyfriend, family say

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:04 PM

Mother And Her Two Children Killed By Live-In Boyfriend

An Arkansas man turned himself in after he killed a mother and her two young daughters, according to police.

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Investigators told FOX13 Cordale Stacy turned himself on Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. Charges have not officially been filed, but police identified him as the suspect in the killings.

The alleged triple murder happened inside the victims' home in Forrest City Wednesday night. FOX13 is told all three victims were shot.

Family members identified the victims as:

  • Nashae Williams, 38
  • Malayya Williams Issah, 9
  • Zanasia Wililams, 6

Family told FOX13 Cordale Stacy was Nashae Williams' boyfriend. He is also the father of Williams' youngest child.

That child was also in the home when the shooting happened but was unharmed.

Police found the bodies of the victims in the front room of their home. 

Family members are in disbelief.

"He didn't have to kill them. He didn't have to kill Shae," Rhonda Meaben, Nashae Williams’ sister, told FOX13.

Meaben said Stacy had been Williams' live-in boyfriend for several years. She told FOX13 they argued often, which caused Stacy to leave the home.

"You didn't have to do that to them babies," she said. "They didn't deserve it. All he had to do was leave."

Several family members said Stacy left the shooting scene with his 2-year-old daughter, who was not harmed. It is unclear whom she is staying with now.

"He don't care about nobody," Meaben said. “He doesn't have a heart. You can't if you kill a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old."

House aims for quick final budget vote next week to accelerate tax reform

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 7:33 PM

A day after Senate approval of a budget outline for 2018 that authorizes expedited work on a tax reform plan- without the threat of a Senate filibuster – House GOP leaders set the table for a vote next week on the budget measure, instead of engaging in House-Senate negotiations that could take several weeks, as Republicans look to generate more momentum for the first major tax reforms since 1986.

Friday afternoon, House GOP leaders signaled their plan to simply accept the budget plan passed 51-49 by the Senate, setting a Tuesday meeting of the House Rules Committee, which sets the ground rules for bills on the floor of the House.

“We want Americans to wake up in the new year with a new tax code, one that is simple and fair,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Now it is time to meet this moment and deliver real relief to hardworking people.”

Approval of the Senate-passed plan would allow tax-writing committees in both the House and Senate to get to work on the actual details of tax reform; what’s been released so far is an outline, but not the fine print.

“This is another important milestone for tax reform, and sets the stage for us to pass major tax cuts that will deliver more jobs and higher wages for hardworking Americans all over the country,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

As for Democrats, some feel like they are being set up by the GOP, predicting that Republicans will unveil their tax reform bill, and then demand a vote on it days later.

“I am perfectly willing to negotiate,” said Sen. Clare McCaskill (D-MO). “I can’t do it in a vacuum.”

“It doesn’t work that way,” McCaskill told reporters. “Why can’t we have a bill?”

When you look back at the 1986 Tax Reform Act – that took months to make its way through the House and Senate, and then a conference committee for final negotiations.

Need some weekend reading? Here is the link to the explanation of the 1986 Tax Reform Act – it’s only a little under 1,400 pages.

It’s a gentle reminder that if you do ‘real’ tax reform – it is a very complicated endeavor.