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Teen fatally shot protecting family during home invasion, police say

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

Teen Killed During Home Invasion While Protecting Family

A teenager was fatally shot trying to protect his family Tuesday during a botched home invasion, police said.

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Ja’Donte Thompson, 17, died after he fought with one of the intruders, who fired several shots, hitting the teen in the chest, according to WZTV

"He didn't deserve this," grandmother Shirley Whitlow told WZTV. "No he did not. He did not." 

Two men, believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, broke the back door, ran upstairs and shouted, “Where is it at?” mistaking the residence for a drug house, police said. 

There were no drugs or guns in the house.

Only a sleeping family.

Thompson was killed when he tried to defend his grandfather, stepfather, mother and sister. Joseph Patton, his stepfather, was pistol-whipped during the altercation, police said.

"When he heard what was going on, he came and protected his mother," Whitlow said. "He died protecting his mother."

The intruders took nothing and fled. 

Police are checking a neighbor’s surveillance video for clues. One intruder had his face covered and wore all black. The other did not wear a mask but was wearing a red beanie and red jacket. He reeked of alcohol and appeared inebriated, according to The Tennessean.

Thompson attended Hillsboro High School, after transferring there from East Nashville Magnet School. He planned to join the school’s baseball team and DECA chapter. The school was providing grief counselors to support students and staff.

“Though he wasn’t at the school long, he had a positive impact on his classmates, teachers and staff,” Metro Nashville Public Schools said in a statement. “Teachers said he had model behavior and was a good example of an aspiring leader. This is a tragic case of senseless violence that has saddened all of us.”

Thompson’s family said he was a great kid who was always smiling. He watched his sister while his mother worked and recently got a job at Top Golf to earn money to buy Christmas presents for his family and friends, his grandmother said.

"These is tears of joy. Tears of joy because he was a well-respectable child,” Whitlow said. "I'm going to miss him but one of these old days. One of these old days, we're all going to be together and every day is going to be sweet Sunday.”

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Miami bridge collapse: 6 confirmed dead, police say

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:18 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

Miami Bridge Collapse: At Least Six Dead

A recently installed pedestrian bridge connecting Florida International University with the City of Sweetwater collapsed Thursday, killing six people, the Miami-Dade Police Department said Friday morning.


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Man steals Jeep from dealership during test drive, police say

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:17 PM

Police: Man Steals Jeep from Dealership During Test Drive

Authorities are looking for a man who stole a Jeep on Thursday from a dealership during a test drive, police said. 

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The suspect walked into Philly Auto dealership around 7 p.m. and expressed interest in a red Jeep Cherokee on the lot, according to WPVI

The man and a salesman went on a test drive. During the drive, the man started driving erratically and the salesman asked him to pull over, according to WPVI. The salesman started to switch seats with the man when the thief pulled out a gun and drove off, leaving the salesman on the side of the road. 

No shots were fired and there were no injuries. The man has not been seen since the incident.

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Trump lashes out at Mueller, Comey, McCabe, over Russia probe

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 4:44 AM

Continuing to attack the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and any links to his campaign, President Donald Trump on Sunday went on Twitter to attack the veracity of former top officials of the FBI, accusing them of lying, and making up information to use against him in the Special Counsel’s investigation.

As he attacked former FBI Director James Comey, and recently fired top FBI official Andrew McCabe, Mr. Trump appeared to be watching television on Sunday morning, citing one of his favorite Fox News programs, Fox and Friends.

“Wow, watch Comey lie under oath,” the President tweeted at one point, moving on to take more jabs at McCabe, who was fired on Friday.

“I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at later date,” the President wrote. “Can we call them the fake memos?”

On Twitter in recent days, Mr. Trump has again focused his ire on the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, once more making the argument that the FBI went easy on Hillary Clinton’s email investigation, and showed bias on the Trump-Russia probe.

“The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime,” the President tweeted, ending with a familiar line: “WITCH HUNT!”

Mueller’s probe has already netted a series of guilty pleas from people who worked for the President’s campaign, with two specifically pleading guilty to lying about contacts involving Russia.

As the President used Twitter as his bully pulpit, one of the President’s lawyers also stirred the pot by saying it was time to end the Mueller investigation, which many in Washington believe is far from being complete.

Democrats in Congress again warned the President not to try to end that probe.

“What, Mr. President, are you hiding from the American people?” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).

“Thou doth protest too much, methinks,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).

“This shows how scared the Trump Administration is about what Mueller will find,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). “This investigation must continue.”

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Powerball-winning ticket worth $457M sold in Pennsylvania

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 8:05 AM

Tips on Winning the Lottery

Do you live in Pennsylvania? You might be $457 million richer.

According to the Powerball lottery, a single ticket sold in Pennsylvania matched all five numbers and the Powerball to win Saturday's massive jackpot, a $273.9 million cash value. 

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The winning numbers were 22-57-59-60-66 with Powerball 7.

If you missed out on Saturday's prize, you have another chance to win big in Tuesday's $377 million Mega Millions drawing.

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