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Man films fatal crash without helping, tries to sell video

Published: Friday, July 17, 2015 @ 9:42 AM
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He’s now known as “America’s worst Samaritan,” The Daily Beast reports.

An Ohio man faces criminal charges after opening the door of a crashed vehicle -- in which one teen was dying and another was critically injured -- not to render aid, but to try to sell the footage to local TV stations, police say.

Paul Pelton, 41, recorded cell-phone video of 17-year-old Zachary Goodin losing control of his car after speeding over train tracks and then crashing into a house, an SUV and a tree early Monday morning, The Daily Beast reports.

According to police, Pelton called the two boys in the car “idiots” while recording and opened the vehicle’s back door to get inside footage of the car. He then went to the window to get a shot of Goodin and continued filming after the car caught fire.

While Pelton was filming, neighbors came to help pull Goodin out of the vehicle. The passenger, Cameron Friend, 17, was unconscious and later died at the hospital.

The Lorain Police Department discovered that Pelton posted the video to Facebook and tried to sell it to local news stations. He was arrested Wednesday on charges of vehicle trespass.  

People are encouraged to help accident victims, authorities said. “Persons are not, however, allowed to trespass into a person’s vehicle criminally and without permission for the seemingly singular cause of filming, a young man’s dying moments, for profit,” Captain Roger Watkins wrote in a Facebook post.

Authorities say Pelton never attempted to help the victims and “was trying to make a buck off a horrifying emergency,” according to The Daily Beast.

“There’s a place a time to capture things on video … but this guy went into the crime scene for his own purposes,” said Sgt. Buddy Sivert to The Daily Beast. “Videotaping a dying kid and posting it is not the proper thing to do.”


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23-foot python swallows woman whole, reports say

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

Woman Swallowed Whole By Python

A 54-year-old Indonesian woman is dead after villagers say a 23-foot python swallowed her whole.

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According to The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, Wa Tiba of Muna Island disappeared Thursday after leaving her village, Persiapan Lawela, to tend to her garden. The next day, searchers discovered a "snake with a bloated belly" and some of Tiba's things near the garden, said the village's chief, known by the single name Faris, the AP reported.

Faris said villagers killed the python and cut it open, the AP reported. They then "found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes," Faris said.

Graphic photos and videos posted online appeared to show the woman's body being extracted from the dead python.

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This isn't the first time a python has swallowed a person in Indonesia, where such snakes are common, AFP reported. A farmer died under similar circumstances in March 2017 on the island of Sulawesi, according to the news service.

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Sympathetic Texas man buys pizza for immigrants found in truck

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 3:02 PM

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Investigators found 54 people being illegally smuggled inside a tractor-trailer Tuesday night.

While watching news coverage, Armando Colunga, wanted to do something to help.

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The tow truck driver drove across town to the scene where he noticed the men, women and children from Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, were given water but not food, Colunga told KSAT.

There was a Little Caesars nearby. He went there and spent $50 on seven pizzas not knowing if investigators would let him give them out.

“My main motivation was, ‘Who knows how long they’ve been in there?” he told CNN.

When he got back to the scene, two detectives helped him through the yellow tape, where another officer gave the pizzas to a firefighter, who then gave them to the group, according to CNN.

"They were happy they were eating something. I figured they hadn't ate in a while," Colunga told KSAT. "They're not here to commit crime, they're here for a better life, to work. They're harder working people than some of our people here that are citizens.”

Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested the illegal immigrants. The driver, who has not been identified, was also arrested and expected to be charged with human smuggling, according to officials.

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Five undocumented immigrants dead after chase with Border Patrol, officials say

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 8:27 PM

In this image tweeted by David Caltabiano of KABB/WOAI, a heavily damaged SUV is seen on Texas Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, after crashing while carrying more than a dozen people fleeing from Border Patrol agents, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (David Caltabiano/KABB/WOAI via AP)
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In this image tweeted by David Caltabiano of KABB/WOAI, a heavily damaged SUV is seen on Texas Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, after crashing while carrying more than a dozen people fleeing from Border Patrol agents, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (David Caltabiano/KABB/WOAI via AP)(David Caltabiano/AP)

Five undocumented immigrants died in a chase with Border Patrol agents Sunday afternoon after the driver of the SUV they were traveling in lost control and crashed, investigators said.

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There were 14 people in the Suburban, 12 were undocumented immigrants who were ejected when the vehicle crashed and rolled over, according to WOAI

Four people died at the scene, another person later died at the hospital. Nine people were taken to hospitals. 

The driver, who is a U.S. citizen, was among those taken to the hospital, according to WOAI. The passenger, who also is a U.S. citizen, was arrested, according to WOAI

The chase, which reached speeds of 100 mph, started with Border Patrol agents and continued with Dimmit County sheriff’s deputies, according to KHOU

The driver, whose identity has not been released, is known by law enforcement as a human smuggler, according to ABC News

"The driver of this vehicle, we have handled before,” Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said. “We dealt with him last week."

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Dead great white shark washes ashore on California beach

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 7:55 PM

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A dead great white shark washed ashore Sunday morning on a California beach. 

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The adult male shark was found around 7 a.m. with multiple cuts on its face but nothing that appeared life-threatening, officials told KSBW

The carcass was removed from the beach and a necropsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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