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Police: Man shot woman before driving the wrong way on I-95 in Florida

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 12:24 PM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 2:01 PM

The scene of a deputy-involved shooting and crash on northbound Interstate 95 near Lantana Road on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
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The scene of a deputy-involved shooting and crash on northbound Interstate 95 near Lantana Road on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

UPDATE 2 p.m. 2/9: 32-year-old Boynton Beach man was Hugo Steven Selva’s first victim in the 24-hour crime spree that ended with a deputy killing the 22-year-old on Interstate 95 near Lantana Road.

Charles Brown Jr. was shot Tuesday afternoon on South Dixie Highway, near the Dutchman Motor Lodge south of Forest Hill Boulevard. He was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach with non-life threatening injuries.

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Police said at the time that Brown likely knew his shooter. Authorities have since linked Selva to that shooting, as well as one early Wednesday in Boynton Beach and his girlfriend’s later that morning in front of a Lake Worth grocery store. Anthony Fonti, 21, is expected to survive his wounds in the Boynton Beach shooting.



UPDATE 1 p.m. 2/8 : A friend of Hugo Steven Selva’s family told The Post that the man shot to death Wednesday by a Palm Beach County deputy sheriff said “had much better days” before he became involved with Nicole Novak.

"I can't elaborate on how he changed. I want to remain positive,” Robert Cecere told The Post. “He was a new dad and there are a lot of stresses when you're a young and new dad."

Cecere, a massage therapist who lived in Lantana from 1993 to 2006 before moving to Ohio, said Selva had a normal childhood full of laughter and dirt bikes.

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"He was always the funny guy. Good for a laugh. Loved my massage work and always made sure to get a treatment if I was in town,” Cecere said in Facebook conversation. He said he last recalled speaking with Selva last fall.

Cecere said he spoke Wednesday night with Selva’s mother last night and that she was “beyond devastated.”

“She just cried,” he said.

UPDATE 12:25 p.m.  2/8: Hugo Steven Selva’s grandmother asked a Palm Beach County court for a restraining order against her grandson in December 2016 after repeated death threats. 

In a court petition, Marilyn Selva wrote that Hugo “has threatened to kill me and (Selva’s sister) on multiple occasions.” 

Marilyn Selva said her grandson and Nicole Novak come to her home “usually when I’m alone and they threaten me.”

The court granted her petition on that same month.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Selva shot and killed Novak outside a Lake Worth convenience store on Wednesday. Selva was later shot and killed by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy.

In January 2016, Selva allegedly armed himself with a butcher knife and threatened to kill his grandmother, his sister and then himself, according to the petition. 

Marilyn Selva said Hugo Selva took her phone several times in order to monitor who she was communicating with. 

“I am in fear for my life as I am 77 years old and have health issues,” Marilyn Selva wrote. “Hugo’s behavior and threats are escalating. He has become more demanding and forceful.” 

Marilyn Selva says in the petition that her grandson has alcohol and drug problems and that Novak is “on parole for drug trafficking.” 

Marilyn Selva ends her comments on the petition saying that Hugo Selva and Novak “are draining me physically, emotionally and financially.” 

“He gets up close to my face and shouts at me, calls me satan (expletive).”

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Original story: Authorities have revealed the name of the woman they say was shot Wednesday by a man who later drove the wrong way on Interstate 95 and caused multicar crashes. They’ve also identified the man who they say was shot and killed by a Palm Beach County deputy.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as Nicole M. Novak, 26. And the man is identified as Hugo Steven Selva, 22.

Facebook pages for the two say they had a relationship and a child together.

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The sheriff’s office did not provide hometowns or other information. But a birth announcement says Selva was born in Boynton Beach. And a Facebook page for Selva says he had attended Park Vista High School in suburban Boynton Beach.

A woman who answered a phone listed for Selva’s mother said, “She’s an elderly woman. She had nothing to do with this,” and told a reporter if he had other questions he should talk to police.

Authorities say Wednesday’s day of mayhem began when Selva shot Novak in the head at a shopping center on the 1600 block of South Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, just north of Lantana. When Fire-Rescue workers arrived, the woman was gone; people told them she had been driven to a hospital. But she was in the car with the man who shot her.

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About 15 minutes later, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said Wednesday, agencies began getting calls that a black SUV was racing south in the breakdown lane of northbound Interstate 95. His car then got into three crashes with six to eight other vehicles, some of them head-on, near Lantana Road.

As it came to a stop, deputies and a Florida Highway Patrol trooper confronted Selva. A trooper deployed a Taser but it either didn’t work or had no effect. The deputy then shot Selva.

Bradshaw said Wednesday the deputy who shot the man “said he was in fear of his life and the life of the trooper and opened fire.”

Deputies pulled Novak from the burning car, but she was dead, the sheriff’s office has said.

The sheriff’s office said Thursday it has turned the review of the deputy-involved shooting over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

PHOTOS: Shooting in Lantana and interstate crash cause major gridlock on 95

Authorities initially blocked both directions of I-95, then reopened southbound lanes, but said northbound lanes would stay closed through the afternoon. They later extended the closed stretch south from Lantana Road all the way to Gateway to relieve bottlenecks from motorists getting off the expressway. Adding to the misery: A separate rollover crash at about 1 p.m. blocked I-95 two more exits south at Woolbright Road.

The deputy is on paid administrative leave, which is standard following shootings. The sheriff’s office said Thursday no other deputy fired a weapon.

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The sheriff’s office has said it believes Selva shot a man in West Palm Beach Tuesday afternoon and shot another man early Wednesday in Boynton Beach.

Boynton Beach police have identified that victim as Anthony Fonti, 21, of Boynton Beach. A spokeswoman said Boynton Beach police suspect a link but are not “100 percent sure.”

Authorities Thursday had yet to divulge numerous other facts. The Sheriff’s Office said Thursday some of these questions are part of the ongoing investigation and won’t be immediately answered.

Among them: The identities of the deputy who shot the driver and the FHP trooper who deployed his Taser.

Special education teacher accused of dragging, choking, punching students

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:06 AM

Holly Noelle Morris, 38, is facing two misdemeanor charges after witnesses say she physically injured her special education students in Piedmont, Oklahoma.
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Holly Noelle Morris, 38, is facing two misdemeanor charges after witnesses say she physically injured her special education students in Piedmont, Oklahoma.(Canadian County Jail)

A former Oklahoma teacher is facing two misdemeanor charges after witnesses say she physically injured her special education students.

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KFOR reported last week that Holly Noelle Morris, 38, is accused of "choking, punching, pinching and squeezing two of her students on several occasions" while she was working as a special education teacher for Piedmont Public Schools. 

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According to an arrest affidavit, one parent said her son came home with bruises on his face and neck. A video also showed Morris dragging one student, the affidavit said.

Morris, who was arrested and charged with two counts of causing a child to be deprived, resigned in February, KFOR reported.

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2018 Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran, Janet Jackson, Taylor Swift top winner list

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:50 PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20:  Recording artist Khalid accepts the Top New Artist award onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Khalid accepts the Top New Artist award onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Singers, songwriters and recording artists were awarded at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas. 

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Top Country Song

Top Selling Album

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Kelly Clarkson calls for ‘moment of action’ to honor victims of Texas school shooting at Billboard awards

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:23 PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20:  Host Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Host Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In a moving and somber start to the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson called attention to the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that left 10 dead and another 13 wounded.

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Instead of a moment of silence, however, Clarkson, who said no one should be in fear to go to school called on the crowd, and viewers, to honor the victims with a moment of action. 

"Once again we're grieving for more kids that have died ... I'm so sick of moment of silences ... it's not working," an emotional Clarkson said. "Mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school."

Police: 2 people shot, 1 dead near high school graduation in Georgia

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:43 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 7:21 AM

Clayton County police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. (WSBTV.com)
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Clayton County police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. (WSBTV.com)(gfx)

A shooting after a high school graduation has left one woman dead and another injured.

Update 3:58 p.m. EST:

Police told WSB that two arrests have been made, but are not naming the suspects at this time, due to additional charges pending. 

Original:

The shooting happened near Mount Zion High School at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center around 8:45 p.m. Friday.

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Police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia. 

A graduation was being held for the Perry Learning Center when the shooting occurred in a nearby overflow parking lot.

That argument led to two women being shot, one fatally.

The woman who was killed was shot multiple times in the chest. The other woman was shot in the leg and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of her wounds.

Multiple police and emergency agencies rushed to the scene on the ground and in the air.

 

Glenda Norman said that her grandson was at the school when the shooting happened.

“He went there for something tonight. And I said, ‘Oh my God. I’m going to go down and check on him,’” Norman said.

Investigators said a third woman, who is 36 weeks pregnant, was thrown to the ground in the chaos from the shooting, but is expected to be alright.