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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 4:01 AM
— A teenage girl in Colorado is facing a first-degree murder charge after confessing to shoving a small rock down her newborn baby’s throat, the Denver Police Department said.
According to the Denver Medical Examiner’s Office, the infant was killed shortly after birth on Sept. 8, KDVR reported. It was pronounced dead at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was suffocation.
The mother was identified as Alaya Dotson, 16, according to the Denver District Attorney's Office. She will be tried as an adult, the district attorney's office said.
Dotson told police she didn’t know she was pregnant, according to court papers.
Police said Dotson admitted to picking up a rock and pushing it down the baby’s throat, KDVR reported. Police said Dotson admitted her role in the baby’s death after being read her Miranda rights.
She has a preliminary court hearing scheduled for Jan. 12.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:35 AM
— A Georgia State University student walked up to another student, spat on him and punched him before the suspect stabbed him multiple times in a university dorm, the school’s police chief said Thursday.
University and Atlanta police responded to a call about the fight Tuesday, GSU police chief Joe Spillane said.
Nakia Roach was found in the the laundry room of a dorm with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition. The other student, Sean Rowtham, was located by police in the dorm lobby and detained.
“After interviewing witnesses,” Spillane said, “it was determined that the two males know each other and had an ongoing dispute. The male who was stabbed was actively looking for the male who stabbed him.”
When he found him, Spillane said, Rowtham was holding a knife at his side.
Rowtham took the knife out as soon as Roach walked into the laundry room, but he didn’t hold it in a threatening way, according to the chief.
“Roach is about twice as big as Mr. Rowtham,” Spillane said.
Rowtham has been charged with aggravated assault in the incident. Roach has been charged with simple battery.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:25 AM
— Several school districts in Ohio have armed staff and teachers in an effort to prevent school shootings, but some of those districts have not told parents, students and taxpayers about the firearms in their buildings.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that if one of the victims, a football coach, in last week’s Florida school shooting had been armed “he would have shot and that would have been the end of it.”
The move to arm teachers is growing in Ohio, even if the public has no idea.
In August 2017 some superintendents said they are aware of districts that have armed staff and teachers without making the move public.
“It’s way more prevalent than people realize,” Mad River Schools Superintendent Chad Wyen said. His district trained and armed employees last year. “Sixty-three out of 88 counties in Ohio have a district with a response team.”
While some details — types and locations of weapons and names of trained staff — are undisclosed as part of Mad River’s safety plan, the mere fact that students and parents know guns are in the building is more information than other Ohio districts provide publicly.
“We decided to be transparent,” said Chris Burrow, superintendent of Georgetown Exempted Village Schools in Brown County, east of Cincinnati, in a 2017 interview. “We went to training this summer, and there were districts that did not tell their communities.”
The superintendents did not specify which schools they knew implemented gun training but did not tell the public.
Burrow’s staff follows a path already blazed by Edgewood City Schools in Butler County, which adopted a concealed carry policy in 2013.
Superintendents who have armed their teachers and staff have largely expressed positive results.
“We had others that just had a lot of questions, especially people who are hesitant around guns,” Burrow said. “I did have a few staff members who said, ‘I don’t know if I can work here.’”
“We worked through it,” he said. “They weren’t as adamantly opposed as they were before.”
Four years after bringing guns into Sidney City Schools, Superintendent John Scheu said more than 90 percent of the staff who first volunteered have stayed with the program. He said the district has no issue finding educators willing to bear arms.
“As a matter of fact, we have a waiting list,” Scheu said.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 8:50 PM
DES MOINES, Wash. — When burglars violently broke into a Des Moines, Washington, home mid-afternoon on Wednesday, a teenager hid in a closet and held onto his dog.
But Rex -- a 2-year-old German shepherd -- ran downstairs to protect the 16-year-old.
The dog confronted the burglars, who beat him until he was bloody. The dog ran back upstairs.
With the dog out of sight, the home invasion continued as the two burglars trashed the house room by room. When they came into the bedroom where the teen and the dog were hiding in the closet, and the teen was on the phone with 911, the dog stood up to them with the little strength he had left.
He threw himself at the burglars, the teen's family wrote on a GoFundMe page, and was shot at least three times in the neck, leg and knee.
As the sound of sirens became audible, the burglars ran away.
Officers found smashed sliding door glass when they went into the home to get the teen outside safely. They also found Rex, who at first looked dead.
While SWAT teams looked for the suspects, Rex was taken to the animal hospital.
He was eventually taken to BluePearl, where he is in the veterinary intensive care unit, receiving pain medication, antibiotics and wound care, with round-the-clock monitoring of his vital signs.
After making it through the night, the dog is now in stable condition.
As Rex recovers, people on social media have taken to calling him a "hero dog" for intervening between the burglars and the teenager.
"My nephew was protected by his eternal friend until the last bit of strength he had in him to do what his unconditional, loving instinct told him to," family member Susy Cadena said on the GoFundMe page.
The family started crowdfunding after paying large sums of money for X-rays and urgently needed medication for Rex. They hope to raise $10,000 to cover the expenses.
"Our family cannot let Rex the hero dog go without us fighting as hard as he did, to his very last bit of a strength while protecting my nephew," Cadena said.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:35 PM
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — The school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has resigned, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.[View the story "Stoneman Douglas resource officer resigns after investigation" on Storify]
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