Students allegedly catch teacher abusing puppy

Published: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 9:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 9:01 AM

Students at a Florida high school say they caught their teacher in an act of animal cruelty.

According to Lee County Domestic Animal Services, Mathew Emans was spotted putting a puppy in his car's trunk while he taught classes.

Investigators say two students at Gateway Charter High School happened to see Emans take the puppy out of the car and then put the Staffordshire Terrier into the trunk and walk away.

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A school resource officer tracked Emans down and ordered him to open the trunk, where the five-month-old puppy was found alive. It was panting heavily and in need of water.

According to the News-Press, investigators determined the temperature in the trunk was about 97 degrees, the temperature inside the car was found to be over 150 degrees.

Emans has given up ownership of the puppy and it was put up for adoption by animal services.

The 28-year-old teacher is facing animal cruelty charges, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

He reportedly told investigators he planned on having the puppy in the trunk for just a few hours while he was at work.

Body of child found on Texas beach

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

A couple walks along the Galveston, Texas, beach during low tide Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.
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A couple walks along the Galveston, Texas, beach during low tide Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.(Pat Sullivan/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Police are investigating after a young child's body was found on a Texas beach.

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Officers responded to a call Friday evening from an individual who said they found a body near the shoreline of a Galveston beach, according to the report posted on the Galveston Police Department's Facebook page. Police determined that the body was that of a white boy, approximately 3-5 years old. The child has not been identified and no missing persons reports match the child's description, KHOU reported.

Galveston police Capt. Joshua Schirard told KHOU that this is a very unusual case. Schirard said the U.S. Coast Guard and agencies in surrounding counties are assisting with the case.

Moraine chief: suspect’s handgun was loaded, had high-capacity magazine

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 2:15 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 2:35 PM

Morraine Shooting Presser RECAP OF EVENTS

A 23-year-old Dayton man was pointing a Ruger semi-automatic pistol with a high-capacity magazine at two Moraine police officers early Friday morning when he was shot and killed by the officers, Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson said this afternoon, Saturday Oct. 21.

“The weapon did have a bullet in the chamber,” Richardson said of the suspect’s gun. There may have been as many as 30 rounds in the high-capacity magazine, the chief said. Richardson showed photos of the gun during a press conference at Moraine City Hall Saturday morning.

Jamarco McShann was declared dead at the scene. Officers were investigating a report of a suspicious person in a vehicle at an apartment complex at 3750 Pinnacle Road when the encounter occurred.

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The two officers involved in the shooting were identified as John Howard, a 19-year veteran of the department, and Jerry Knight, who has worked for the department for 19 months. Both road patrol officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is protocol for such incidents.

Moraine police on Friday requested the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to oversee the primary investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting. The Moraine police department will also conduct an internal-affairs investigation, which is part of the department’s protocol in such incidents, Richardson said.

The Moraine police chief laid out the following chain of events that led to the fatal shooting:

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When officers arrived to investigate the report of a suspicious vehicle, they found McShann asleep or unconscious in a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am with the car stereo on. Officers saw a handgun resting on his right thigh, the chief said.

Officers did not confront him immediately; instead, they first obtained a ballistic shield and put tire-deflation device in front of the car’s tires. They also attempt to contact the owner of the vehicle, but are unsuccessful.

“This all transpires over almost a half-hour,” Richardson said. “This was not something that occurred quickly. This was a slow, methodical process the responding officers used.”

As officers using the ballistic shield re-approached the car, McShann “becomes aware of their presence, and officers begin shouting commands to raise and show his hands, but Mr. McShann fails to comply,” the Moraine chief said.

“Mr. McShann presented a handgun and pointed it at the officers, ignoring orders to drop the gun. Two officers fired their weapons, striking Mr. McShann.”

McShann died at the scene. An autopsy is pending.

One of McShann’s brothers, Jamal McShann, died in a shooting in October 2013 in Dayton. Another brother, Curtis McShann, was sentenced earlier this month to 60 years to life in prison in connection to the Oct. 25, 2016, shooting death of Brandon Lanier, 27, on Riverside Drive in Dayton.

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Jamarco McShann had himself previously faced charges of aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon under disability and resisting arrest, according to the Moraine police chief. He had been released from the Lebanon Correctional Institution on Aug. 2, 2016 after serving a three-year sentence stemming from three criminal cases.

Richardson called the incident a “tragedy for our community, for the officers involved, for the McShann family, for the residents of the apartment complex.”

The alleged weapon McShann was carrying when Moraine police arrived to the scene Friday. Photo provided/Moraine Police

Of his decision to seek the assistance of BCI to oversee the criminal investigation, Richardson said the large number of potential witnesses and evidence would have taxed his relatively small police agency. “It was clear we were going to need some outside assistance,” he said.

BCI spokeswoman Jill Del Greco said late Friday that the bureau’s Special Investigations Unit will lead the investigation. A half-dozen BCI officers were on scene by Friday night.

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“What we’re going to be doing is conducting an independent investigation to determine the facts about what exactly occurred, and we’ll go from there,” Del Greco said.

BCI is not required to investigate officer-involved shootings, nor are departments required to ask for BCI’s assistance, Del Greco said. But many departments ask for assistance. At least 17 officer-involved shootings have been referred to BCI this year, she said.

BCI’s investigation will focus on whether there were any criminal violations during the incident, but will not make a determination on whether the officers violated any department policies. BCI will refer its findings to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, Del Greco said.

Police investigate after 65 pounds of marijuana arrives with Florida couple's Amazon order

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

Couple Finds More Than 60 Pounds of Marijuana In Amazon Order

Amazon customers in Florida got a surprise when they opened the package that arrived on their doorstep.

They ordered four plastic storage bins, but the containers came with 65 pounds of marijuana.

“We love Amazon and do a lot of shopping on Amazon,” the customer told WFTV, who asked not to be identified for safety reasons.

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When she and her fiancé needed to put some things in storage, they placed an order for 27-gallon storage totes.

But when they arrived to their Orlando home, the couple knew something didn't feel right.

"They were extremely heavy, heavier than you would think from ordering four empty bins,” she said.

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The marijuana was in boxes inside the totes and as soon as they opened the boxes, they were hit with a strong odor.

"When the first officer got here, she was in disbelief,” the customer said.

Police seized the drugs and launched an investigation.

It had been shipped by Amazon’s Warehouse Deals via UPS from a facility in Massachusetts.

"We were still pretty fearful our home would be broken into, and we didn't sleep there for a few days,” the customer said.

The couple said that after going back and forth with Amazon mostly by email for more than a month, they never spoke to a supervisor.

They eventually received an email giving them a $150 gift card with the message, "I am unable to do anything else at this time."

The customers said what they wanted was an apology and an explanation about how this could happen.

"There was no concern for a customer's safety. I mean, this could have turned into a worst-case scenario," one of the customers told WFTV.

Orlando police said there have been no arrests, but they are still actively investigating the case.

Amazon sent a statement saying its customer service team worked directly with the customer to address concerns and will work with law enforcement officials to investigate the case.

Trump intends to release classified documents about JFK assassination

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 10:58 AM

President Trump: Classified JFK Files To Be Released

In a tweet Saturday morning, President Donald Trump said he will allow classified government documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to be released, “subject to the receipt of further information.”

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Trump is facing an Oct. 26 deadline mandated by Congress for the public release of the secret documents, which include FBI and CIA files, CNN reported.

"Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened," Trump said in his tweet.

The White House said in a statement to Politico earlier this week that the White House was working “to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public” by next week's deadline,” CNN reported.

Conspiracy theories abound about the killing of the 35th president on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas. A 1991 movie directed by Oliver Stone, “JFK,” approached the assassination from a conspiracy angle.

Trump inserted himself into the realm of conspiracy during the 2016 presidential campaign. He made an unfounded claim that the father of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was associated with Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, CNN reported.