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Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 5:13 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The ex-girlfriend the man who recorded and uploaded video in which he shot and killed a 74-year-old man is “trying to pick up the pieces” of her life.
Steve Stephens blamed his former girlfriend, Joy Lane, for the killing.
“The hashtags Joy Lane, Joy Lane massacre ... I don’t know if I know how to be Joy Lane anymore. I don’t know how to pick up all the pieces of my world at the moment,” Lane told WJW-TV. “I’ve got a lot of negative comments. I’ve been called almost every cuss word in the book. I’ve been told that I’m the one who should have died, he should have killed me.”
Stephens, who dated Lane for several years, mentioned her moments before shooting Robert Godwin Sr. on Sunday, saying, “She’s the reason why all this is about to happen to you.” He also made Godwin say her name before gunning him down.
Since Stephens’ suicide on Tuesday, Lane has received support from many close to her, but also from two strangers: two of Godwin’s daughters, Tonya R. Godwin-Baines and Debbie D. Godwin. Lane met the sisters, and the three women hugged, cried and prayed together, WJW-TV reported.
“I feel bad. The last thing he would have said is my name, and he didn’t know me or why he was saying, and that’s been difficult,” Lane told the women.
The Godwin family, however, doesn’t blame her for the tragic incident.
“It’s not your fault,” Godwin-Baines told Lane. “We don’t hold any ill feelings towards you.”
After Godwin’s murder, Lane was placed in protective care while authorities launched a nationwide hunt for Stephens over the course of several days.
Lane said she tried to call Stephens after he posted the video on Facebook, but he didn’t answer.
She told WJW-TV she and Stephens had once looked at engagement rings, but they recently “mutually parted ways,” in part because he had a gambling issue. She said the two remained friends. Stephens called Lane the day before the murder to tell her he had quit his job and planned to move out of state.
Stephens took his own life on Tuesday as police attempted to pull him over.
Godwin was the father of 10 children.
See video of Lane’s meeting with Godwin’s daughters at WJW-TV.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:11 AM
ROCK HILL, S.C. — A family from New York driving home from a trip to Disney World is desperate to find their little girl's teddy bear, and think it may have been lost in the Charlotte area.
The family was driving along Interstate 77 in Rock Hill on April 13 when they think the stuffed animal fell out the window.
The girl’s mother, Amy Earley, said in a Facebook post that the bear means the world to her. That post has been shared hundreds of times and has dozens of comments.
Earley said her 3-year-old daughter has never gone a day without the bear and is completely heartbroken.
The family went on a Disney vacation in Orlando, and in photographs from the trip, the little girl is seen holding the bear everywhere the family went.
The family stopped in Rock Hill on the way home and stayed at a Comfort Suites. They think the bear may have fallen out the window of their car on I-77 northbound, between the hotel and exit 30 in Davidson.
Earley is pleading for help and has offered a $500 reward.
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 3:55 PM
— Students, teachers and parents across the U.S. will be taking part in a walkout Wednesday to bring attention to their fight to end gun violence in schools.
“ENOUGH National School Walkout” was organized by students working with the Women’s March Youth Empower to call for action on gun control.
The walkouts are planned on the one-month anniversary of when 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
But what rights do students and teachers have when it comes to walkouts? Here are some answers from the American Civil Liberties Union:
1. Can a school punish students for taking part?
The law in most places requires students to go to school, so schools can discipline students for missing class. But students cannot be disciplined more harshly because of the political nature of the message behind their actions.
The exact punishment a student could face will vary by state, school district and school.
Most Florida school districts allow students to take part in protests on school grounds as long as it’s peaceful and follows federal, state and local regulations.
2. What if it turns disruptive?
School officials are allowed to put a stop to a walkout if it becomes disruptive.
Students cannot block streets or let the walkout escalate to civil disobedience.
According to the ACLU, what counts as disruptive will vary. A school disagreeing with a student's position or thinking their speech is controversial or in “bad taste” is not enough to qualify.
3. May I distribute leaflets, pamphlets and other literature without a permit?
Students may approach pedestrians on public sidewalks with leaflets, newspapers, petitions and solicitations for donations without a permit, according to the ACLU.
The organization says these types of activities are legal as long as entrances to buildings are not blocked and passersby are not detained.
4. Can the school keep students from coming back after a walkout?
Locking out students is essentially the same thing as a suspension, so it depends on whether the school usually issues suspensions for missing class. If getting suspended is not a punishment for an unexcused absence at a particular school, then getting locked out after a walkout at that school is not allowed.
5. How are a student's rights different at a private school than a public school?
The First Amendment applies to public schools’ actions, but not those of private schools, so there is much less protection for students’ speech at a private school.
6. Can students be arrested?
As long as no laws are broken, students shouldn’t have to worry about being arrested.
7. What are student's rights on social media?
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:52 AM
— Thousands of students across the country are set to walk out of class on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
More than 2,500 groups have signed up for the “National School Walkout,” a student-led protest aimed at bolstering the discussion about gun-control measures.
Lane Murdock, a high school sophomore who started a Change.org petition suggesting the walkout, said keeping the momentum of the national “March for Our Lives” movement strong was important to her and that, “Our generation is demanding change and won't be ignored or swept under the rug."
March for Our Lives grew out of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people died in the Feb. 14 shooting.
Murdock told National Public Radio that the protest is “not conservative or liberal. It is just about making sure our children don't get harmed in school and we don't live in a community and in a country that has institutionalized fear. I think we're all sick of it. That's why we're doing this."
Murdock goes to a Connecticut high school about 20 minutes away from where Sandy Hook Elementary School once stood. The Newtown, Connecticut, school was the site of a mass shooting in 2012 where 26 people – mostly 6- and 7-year-old children – were killed.
Here’s what you need to know about Friday’s National School Walkout.
When is the National School Walkout?
The walkout is set for Friday and starts at 10 a.m.
What is the walkout about?
Students are protesting “congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence,” according to the National School Walkout website. They are asking lawmakers to support:
What will happen?
Students across the country will walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. local time and pause for 13 seconds of silence – one second for everyone killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.
After that, organizers are encouraging students not to go back to school, but to stay out the entire day. They are telling students to hold rallies and letter-writing campaigns or other activities around the day.
How do you participate?
Since organizers are suggesting that students walkout of school for the day, the event is geared more toward high school students. More than 2,500 schools in the United States have registered their intention to participate in the walkout. Not all groups registered are high schools.
Organizers have compiled a guide with suggestions for activities and a link to resources including legal rights and safety tips.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:59 AM
— After a 9-year-old girl was forcibly taken from Northaven Elementary school, authorities found Za'Myiah White in Grants, New Mexico.
Grants officers tracked down Brenton White through his cellphone. They discovered he was at a Sonic Drive-In.
SCSO says a 9 year old Zamyriah White, a 19 year old as well as 2 other unidentified children were in the car with Brenton White. They were located by the Grants City, New Mexican Police Department. pic.twitter.com/Oe0Q7Wxffe— Jeremy Pierre FOX13 (@JeremypierreFOX) April 18, 2018
Investigators said they found White parked in a stall when he was approached by officers.
Deputies told FOX13 the suspect began fidgeting in the vehicle, then started to back up. The deputies then asked Brenton White to exit the vehicle, but he did not comply and continued to back up the car.
The officer then attempted to open the driver's side door, but it was locked, investigators said.
White then attempted to drive around the Sonic parking lot at a high rate of speed. However, officers barricaded the exits and entrances, according to officials.
The suspect then drove on to the pedestrian walkway to escape police, however officers deployed spike strips that made contact with both driver’s side tires, deputies said.
I just received a picture of the scene when law enforcement in New Mexico caught Brenton White with his 9 year old daughter, two other children, and his 19 year old daughter. Police spiked the front left tire to keep him from getting away from police. pic.twitter.com/bAdsmUfkZZ— Jeremy Pierre FOX13 (@JeremypierreFOX) April 18, 2018
White continued the drive further down the street. Officers attempted to slow the vehicle down by boxing him in, according to deputies.