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Published: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 @ 11:13 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 @ 11:13 AM
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
SNOHOMISH, Wash. — A Washington state high school student who reportedly agreed to let another teen punch him to settle a party dispute hit his head on pavement as he fell backward and later died, the Snohomish County sheriff's office said.
The teen accused of delivering the blow has been ordered held for investigation of second-degree manslaughter.
Seattle TV station KIRO reports Jarom Thomas, 18, died from blunt force injuries of the head, injuries he apparently received when he was punched by Michael Galen, 18, and fell to the pavement. Galen was booked into the Snohomish County Jail.
According to court documents Galen and Thomas agreed to settle a dispute by letting Galen punch the other teen in the face.
The men smoked cigarettes together, and shook on the their “agreement," detectives said. The unconscious teen was later carried into a cabin. After efforts to wake him were unsuccessful, a friend drove him to a nearby medical center, where he died.
Galen was ordered held on $10,000 bail Monday.
The suspect’s father broke down outside the courtroom and apologized to the victim’s family.
“To the parents of the kid it happened, please, I’m so sorry he did this. Please forgive me and forgive him,” said Mike Galen’s, suspect’s father.
“Michael said to me ‘Dad he’s my friend - he got in my face and told me to hit him.’ They were all drinking and things got out of hand,” Galen said.
The incident happened after a minor car crash outside a party in Snohomish early Sunday morning.
The young men knew each other and both attended Crossroads High School in Granite Falls, court documents show. According to investigators, Galen struck the teen in the face and knocked him to the ground. A witness told investigators the teen hit his head on the concrete. Friends, including Galen, helped carry him back into the cabin where there was a party.
When they couldn’t wake him up, a friend drove him to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. The teen died at the hospital Sunday.
When Galen found out the other teen died, investigators say he tried to get a witness to say it was self-defense.
The witness shared that with police. Detectives say Galen confessed when he was questioned. He was arrested and booked into jail.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:40 PM
BENSALEM, Pa. — A thief failed to steal a truck because he could not complete a three-point turn to get around another vehicle in a driveway and then fled the scene, surveillance video shows.
Video posted by the Bensalem Police Department shows a man trying to steal the unlocked truck early Wednesday morning.
The man, who appears to be in his 20s, tries unsuccessfully to reverse, nearly hitting another vehicle parked in the driveway multiple times. Eventually, he gives up and flees the scene.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.
According to USA Today, the girl's mother, Erin Austin, captured the alleged phone call on video, which has been viewed millions of times since it was posted Saturday. She said the incident occurred outside her apartment near AT&T Stadium in San Francisco.
"This woman don't want to let a little girl sell some water," Austin says in the 15-second clip, focusing the camera on a woman holding a phone. "She's calling the police on a 8-year-old little girl."
As the woman, identified by HuffPost as Alison Ettel, crouches behind a concrete wall, Austin adds: "You can hide all you want; the whole world's gonna see you, boo."
"And illegally selling water without a permit? Yeah," Ettel says, pointing to her phone.
"On my property," Austin interjects.
"It's not your property," Ettel replies.
"Make this [expletive] go viral like #bbqbecky," Austin captioned the video, referring to the hashtag used after a different woman was recorded calling the police on a black family for using a charcoal grill at an Oakland park. "She's #permitpatty."
The posts sparked a debate about whether Ettel's actions were racist.
"For all of you saying it's not about race why didn't she stop to harass the white [men] that [were] selling tickets and teeshirts but thought calling the police on a child was okay?" Lee tweeted. "Don't answer. Just ask yourself that."
For all of you saying it's not about race why didn't she stop to harass the white mean that we're selling tickets and teeshirts but thought calling the police on a child was okay? Don't answer. Just ask yourself that.— Raj 🌹 (@_ethiopiangold) June 23, 2018
"I didn't think in San Francisco my biracial child would have to go through something like this," Austin told KNTV.
Ettel told HuffPost that race had nothing to do with it, adding that she didn't really call the police.
"They were screaming about what they were selling," Ettel said, claiming she had no problem with the girl, only Austin. "It was literally nonstop."
She added: "I completely regret that I handled that so poorly. It was completely stress-related, and I should have never confronted her."
The drama seemed to have a happy ending for Austin's daughter, who received four free tickets to Disneyland from a Twitter user who saw the video, Lee tweeted.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 8:19 PM
NEW YORK — Police arrested five people Sunday in connection with a brutal machete attack on a teen outside a Bronx bodega earlier in the week.
Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was pulled out of the Cruz and Chiky grocery Wednesday by members of the Dominican gang Trinitarios, who beat him, hacked him with a machete and left him to die on the sidewalk outside the store in what officials believe was a case of mistaken identity, according to the New York Post.
In the Bronx on 6/20, 15-yr-old Junior Guzman-Feliz was fatally stabbed by the men in the photo (on right). He was never going to give up on his dream of being an NYPD detective & WE’LL NEVER GIVE UP ON HIM. Help us get #JusticeForJunior You can anonymously call 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/0gVAMfmC7f— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) June 23, 2018
The stabbing murder of this young man is among the most brutal crimes I’ve seen in my 36yr career. @NYPDDetectives are working hard to capture these killers, but we also need your help. Watch this video and call #800577TIPS with any information you can provide. #JUSTICEFORJUNIOR pic.twitter.com/h6QxmGtEsx— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) June 23, 2018
Gang members wrongly believed Guzman-Feliz was in a revenge sex video posted online that featured a relative of one of the attackers, according to the Post.
A leader of the gang later apologized on Facebook for the mistake, according to WPIX.
The teen’s mother said her son was a good boy who had never been in a gang. He was a member of the NYPD Explorers Program for Youth and dreamed of one day becoming a detective, Leandra Feliz told the Post.
“Since he was 5 years old, he told me, ‘Mommy, I want to be a police,’” she said.
The identities of the suspects have not yet been released.
A GoFundMe account, set up to help the family pay for funeral expenses and other costs has raised more than $125,000 as of Sunday evening.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 8:31 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Funeral services for four Orlando children killed during a 21-hour police standoff with their mother’s boyfriend were held Saturday.
The funeral marked a difficult day for the family of Dove Lindsey, 1, Aiden Lindsey, 6, Lillia Pluth, 10, and Irayan Pluth, 12.
The day also proved too emotional for the children's mother, Ciara Lopez.
"I remain stuck in that one night, that one night where everything changed, standing outside that apartment, waiting for different news," she said in a statement.
Detectives believe Gary Lindsey, 35, shot the children either shortly before or after police officers came to the door of his apartment June 10 in response to a domestic battery call from Lopez. She had escaped the apartment.
Lindsey fired at the responding officers, seriously wounding Officer Kevin Valencia, who remains in a coma. Lindsey was then holed up in the apartment for almost a full day. Officers found him dead in a closet when they entered the apartment the following day.
The children were found in their beds, police said.
Some of the officers who worked during the standoff went to the service.
"It's heartbreaking to see, obviously a small casket, with an infant inside," said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.
Lindsey was Lopez’s boyfriend and the mother of all four children. Lindsey was the father of two of the children.