Prius car chase ends in terrifying crash

Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 @ 8:35 AM
Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 @ 8:35 AM

Dash cam video reveals new details in a Central Florida road crash caused by a driver who fled from officers during a traffic stop Wednesday morning, officials said.

Authorities said the driver, James Maddux, was fleeing officers in his Toyota Prius when he drove across the median and over a signpost before crashing into another car that was driving in the other direction on Orange Blossom Trail near Orlando.

Florida Highway Patrol said Maddux had given the trooper a bogus identification during the traffic stop. They said the trooper suspected a possible DUI situation and asked Maddux to get out of the car, but the man drove off and crashed before the trooper could get back to his vehicle.

"He stopped the vehicle, the driver stopped right in the middle of the road," said FHP's Sgt. Kim Montes. "(The) trooper obtained his ID (and) learned that it was a fake ID card. The trooper went up to the car to initiate a DUI investigation, and that's when the driver took off in the Prius, southbound on OBT (Orange Blossom Trail)."

Investigators said Maddux ran a red light and was struck by the other car, causing his vehicle to burst into flames. The suspect was hospitalized in critical condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Maddux can be seen weaving through traffic, blowing through a red light and T-boning another vehicle from the dash cam footage.

The Prius Maddux drove blew past another trooper backwards before it finally stopped.

"Yeah, it was on fire for about two minutes before the ambulance got here. It looked very severe, I'd say from 1 to 10 it's a 20," said witness Calvin Perez.

A passenger in the vehicle, Zachary Poirrier, 18, was hospitalized in serious condition, authorities said.

Investigators said the driver and the passenger of the other car were also hospitalized; one in serious condition and the other with minor injuries, FHP said.

Some of the victims had to be cut out of their cars.

Maddux is a registered sex offender and has had a similar crash in the past.

Authorities said the scene was similar to when a dash cam caught Maddux fleeing another trooper and crashing into a retention pond, nearly killing a 15-year-old passenger.

That passenger ended up being the victim in a sex abuse case that landed Maddux on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's sex offender list.

Here’s why you are seeing a red X on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:16 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:20 AM


            Here’s why you are seeing a red X on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts

You are likely to see a lot of red Xs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Thursday as politicians, celebrities and others support the “Shine a Light on Slavery Day."

The Xs are part of a campaign by a coalition of 16 non-profit groups that is working to raise awareness of the problem around the world. The End It Movement has adopted the red X as a sign of support for efforts to stop modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Last week, the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee held an End Modern Slavery hearing. Actor Aston Kutcher was among those who testified to the horrors of human trafficking and slavery that still exists in many countries. 

If you want to take part in the movement, go to the website for the End It awareness campaign. There, you can find downloadable resources, including red Xs.

Or, some are taking red lipstick, making an X on their hand, and posting a photo of it to show their support.

Look for the hastags #EndSlaveryAct and #EndItMovement.

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James O'Keefe says he has tapes from inside CNN

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:06 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:12 PM


            James O'Keefe says he has tapes from inside CNN

Conservative activist James O'Keefe says he has more than 100 hours of audio recorded secretly from inside of the headquarters of CNN, which he plans to make public.

O’Keefe, founder of the website Project Veritas, says he will release the recordings he says shows CNN misrepresenting polling data. The audio was recorded by someone O’Keefe identifies as “Miss X.”

When asked why he had made the recordings and why he planned to release them, O’Keefe told a CNN interviewer that the network, "has a very important role as an arbiter of news."

"My audience, the American people, are deeply upset at the media,” O’Keefe said. "We think our media needs to be held to account, and CNN is kind of the leader of that. CNN has a very important role as an arbiter of news."

O'Keefe became well-known in 2009 after he went undercover,  posing as a pimp, in a video to embarrass community-organizing group ACORN. In 2010, he wa arrested at Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's office, and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for entering federal property under false pretenses.

Baby in critical condition after being shaken by caretaker, police say

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:20 PM


            Baby in critical condition after being shaken by caretaker, police say

A woman is accused of shaking a baby to the point where the child needed to have emergency brain surgery.

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Orlando police said Ameenah Taggart, 25, was arrested Tuesday.

Police said Taggart was taking care of a 1-year-old child on Monday when the baby had to be taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

The doctor told detectives that the baby had hemorrhaging inside the brain from a broken blood vessel and bleeding behind the eye.

The injuries were consistent with “a rapid back and forth motion to the head,” police said.

The baby remained in critical condition as of Wednesday.

Taggart was arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse, aggravated battery and aggravated child neglect.

The relationship between Taggart and the child was unclear.

She remains in the Orange County Jail without bond. 

Instagram's new feature allows multi-photo uploads at once

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:05 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:06 PM


            Instagram's new feature allows multi-photo uploads at once

Instagram users will no longer have to face the tough decision of finding the one perfect photo to upload to the social media platform.

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The popular photo sharing app just added galleries to its features, allowing users to share as many as 10 photos or videos in a swipe-able gallery.

According to an Instagram news release, users will be able to either use a filter on the entire set at once or edit each image individually.

However, users will only be able to write one caption for the set upload and each image has to be a square.

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>> Instagram is starting to look more like Snapchat

To upload a gallery, click on the blue dots icon below the first image or video to add a new one. To change the order, just tap and hold.

The new feature will be available for iOS and Android users over the next few weeks.