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Published: Friday, July 17, 2015 @ 9:42 AM
Updated: Friday, July 17, 2015 @ 11:11 AM
LORAIN, Ohio — He’s now known as “America’s worst Samaritan,” The Daily Beast reports.
An Ohio man faces criminal charges after opening the door of a crashed vehicle -- in which one teen was dying and another was critically injured -- not to render aid, but to try to sell the footage to local TV stations, police say.
Paul Pelton, 41, recorded cell-phone video of 17-year-old Zachary Goodin losing control of his car after speeding over train tracks and then crashing into a house, an SUV and a tree early Monday morning, The Daily Beast reports.
According to police, Pelton called the two boys in the car “idiots” while recording and opened the vehicle’s back door to get inside footage of the car. He then went to the window to get a shot of Goodin and continued filming after the car caught fire.
While Pelton was filming, neighbors came to help pull Goodin out of the vehicle. The passenger, Cameron Friend, 17, was unconscious and later died at the hospital.
The Lorain Police Department discovered that Pelton posted the video to Facebook and tried to sell it to local news stations. He was arrested Wednesday on charges of vehicle trespass.
People are encouraged to help accident victims, authorities said. “Persons are not, however, allowed to trespass into a person’s vehicle criminally and without permission for the seemingly singular cause of filming, a young man’s dying moments, for profit,” Captain Roger Watkins wrote in a Facebook post.
Authorities say Pelton never attempted to help the victims and “was trying to make a buck off a horrifying emergency,” according to The Daily Beast.
“There’s a place a time to capture things on video … but this guy went into the crime scene for his own purposes,” said Sgt. Buddy Sivert to The Daily Beast. “Videotaping a dying kid and posting it is not the proper thing to do.”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:16 PM
In a high stakes game of legislative chicken, the U.S. Senate on Friday night blocked a House-passed bill to fund operations of the federal government for the next four weeks, as most Democrats joined with a handful of Republicans to filibuster the spending measure, demanding faster action on immigration matters, driving the Congress toward the first federal government shutdown since 2013.
The vote was 50 to 49 – 60 votes were needed.
Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump had met with Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer at the White House – but while they seemed to make some progress, there was no final deal.
And Mr. Trump made clear who was to blame.
A handful of members from both parties broke with their leaders on the Senate vote, which would have shut off debate on the four week spending measure approved on Thursday by the House.
Mainly because of the impasse over DACA and immigration, several Republicans refused to join with the President, as they voted against the plan.
“I believe no one wants the government to shut down,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “I also believe that we are inside the ten yard line on finding solutions on all issues.”
Other Republican “no” votes included Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
Democrats voting to end debate included five from states which were won by President Trump: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Clare McCaskill (D-MO), and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN).
For many Democrats, the biggest thing missing from a temporary budget plan was something concrete on the DACA program, to deal with close to 700,000 illegal immigrant “Dreamers” now in the United States.
In the various Congressional office buildings, immigration activists and many Dreamers joined in demonstrations for their cause.
But Republicans argued that backers of DACA relief were not interested in doing enough to stop people from coming illegally in the future.
“We want to be able to resolve this, but it has to be resolved with border security attached to it,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).
“There’s a deal here that could be struck very quickly,” argued Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC).
But signs of a late agreement did not seem to be there for Senators as the clock ticked toward midnight, a reminder that many hours had been spent in recent months on the issue, so far – to no avail.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Congressional leaders would try to broker a deal.
President Trump stayed at the White House Friday night instead of flying as scheduled to his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida. It’s not clear if he will go there on Saturday for a party to mark his first year in office.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:15 PM
— Tom Petty died from an accidental drug overdose after taking a variety of medications, the family for the legendary rock star said Friday.
Petty, who suffered emphysema, knee problems and more recently a fractured hip, was prescribed various pain medications including Fentanyl patches, his family said.
“On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication,” his family wrote on Facebook.
The family called Petty’s Oct. 2 death an unfortunate accident.
“As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 10:47 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — He may have started from the bottom, but rapper Drake is making headlines after doing one dance that started in the Bluff City.
According to party promoter Curtis Givens, the Grammy winner called him wanting to have a private party at In LOVE Memphis, a popular nightclub.
Givens said it was a last minute call, but he and his business partner were up for the challenge.
Shout out to @champagnepapi! Call me at 8:33pm wanting to have a private party at Love at the last minute. @peppa_mouthofthasouth and I put it together and there it is. Great times with great people. #aintnopartylikeacurtisgivensparty #curtisgivens #flyishonly #wearegettingreadyforfeb9th #curtisgivensbirthdaycelebration #getyourflyright
As word quickly spread that Drake was in Memphis, videos started to popping up on social media.
He was seen doing the popular "shoot" dance made famous by Memphis rapper BlocBoy JB.
Drake even previewed new music during his appearance at the club.
He also made a stop at Friday night's Grizzlies game against the Sacramento Kings.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:54 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A woman died Friday after falling from the balcony of a room on the Jacksonville-based Carnival Elation cruise ship.
The woman fell from the balcony to several decks below, Carnival said in a statement.
Carnival Elation departed Jacksonville on Thursday for a four-day cruise to the Bahamas.
Carnival sent the following statement to Action News Jax:
"Early this morning a guest fell from her balcony to several decks below. The ship’s medical team responded immediately, but, unfortunately, she passed away. The incident was reported to all proper authorities and CARE Team support was offered to fellow travelers and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and her family. Carnival Elation departed Jacksonville Jan. 18 on a four-day cruise to the Bahamas."