WATCH: Protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina

Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 6:11 AM

WATCH: Protesters Topple Confederate Statue In North Carolina

Violence that erupted over the weekend at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, added momentum to a wave of efforts across the South to remove or relocate Confederate monuments.

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>> There are hundreds of Confederate monuments, not just in the South

A crowd of more than 100 protesters in Durham, North Carolina, used a rope to topple a statue of a Confederate soldier Monday evening outside the courthouse. Seconds after the monument fell, protesters began kicking the crumpled bronze monument as dozens cheered and chanted.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, spoke out about the incident on Twitter.

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"The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable, but there is a better way to remove these monuments," he wrote.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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Elementary school principal praised for helping serve breakfast to students

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:43 AM

A Texas elementary school principal handed out breakfast to students when the cafeteria was short-staffed (not pictured). (Micah Sittig via Flickr (CC BY 2.0))
Micah Sittig via Flickr  (CC BY 2.0)
A Texas elementary school principal handed out breakfast to students when the cafeteria was short-staffed (not pictured). (Micah Sittig via Flickr (CC BY 2.0))(Micah Sittig via Flickr (CC BY 2.0))

A principal at Dr. Martha Mead Elementary School is getting praise after she was photographed helping serve breakfast to her students.

KSAT reported that Principal Annette Lopez stepped into action when she was told that the cafeteria would be short staffed Thursday. Many employees were out on sick leave.

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“What happens when the cafeteria is short staffed? The principal puts on a hair net, gloves & apron to help serve breakfast,” Mead Elementary captioned a photo posted to the school’s Twitter page.

“When you serve that many students, there is no way that one line is just going to do it,” Lopez told KSAT. “I loved it and the kids had fun, (and) one of the kids said, ‘Hey, I know you,’ and I said, ‘Yes, I’m the principal.’”

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According to Lopez more than 400 students are served meals at the school  .

“(The students) kept saying, ‘But, you’re the principal.’ And I kept saying, ‘It doesn’t matter what your job title is, if someone needs help, then you do it,’” Lopez said.

By lunch time, the cafeteria was fully staffed, but the photo posted of Lopez serving students made a lasting impression.

“Not surprising,” one reply read. “This principal is one of the best.”

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Indiana couple finds bobcat sleeping on front porch

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 1:22 AM

A bobcat (not pictured) was found sleeping on a couple's front porch in  Georgetown, Indiana. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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A bobcat (not pictured) was found sleeping on a couple's front porch in Georgetown, Indiana. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)(Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/Getty Images)

A family in Georgetown, Indiana, said they walked on their front porch to find a bobcat sleeping on a chair.

WAVE reported that Donna and Ray Singleton, the owners of the home, walked out onto the porch around 7:30 a.m. Monday. 

“I looked at it and I thought, ‘That is the biggest cat I have ever seen,’” Donna Singleton told WDRB. “It was very, very beautiful.”

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They left the home for four hours and the big cat hadn’t moved.

“My husband, Ray, said, ‘I think that's a bobcat.’ With that, we got in the car, came back at 11:30 and it’s still there,” Donna Singleton said.

Like Donna Singleton, neighbors began taking videos and photos of the bobcat.

According to WDRB, residents in the area suspect that the bobcat is a pet because it’s been seen in the area before. It’s also known that someone in the area owns a bobcat. With the proper permit, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it’s legal to own the big cat, according to WDRB.

The bobcat eventually woke and walked away. 

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Albania national deserts cruise ship, captured at Atlanta Amtrak station, feds say

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:58 PM

Atlanta U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents escort Gentian Kurdina, 23, after the Albanian national deserted his cruise ship in Louisiana and boarded a train bound for New York City.
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Atlanta U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents escort Gentian Kurdina, 23, after the Albanian national deserted his cruise ship in Louisiana and boarded a train bound for New York City.(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

An Albanian national was pulled off an Amtrak train in Atlanta days after he deserted his cruise ship while it was docked in the Port of New Orleans, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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A Carnival vessel agent notified the New Orleans customs office May 21 that cruise ship member Gentian Kurdina, 23, failed to return, the agency said.

New Orleans and Atlanta customs officers coordinated during the investigation and searched for the man.

He was boarding a train in Atlanta bound for New York City late Tuesday night when authorities took him into custody for removal from the U.S., according to officials.

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection maintains a high level of vigilance and works closely with a myriad of law enforcement partners as part of efforts to manage our borders," Steven Stavinoha, the director of the New Orleans Office of Field Operations, said in a statement.

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"This is just the latest example of the men and women of CBP working hard every day to secure our borders and keep our nation safe."

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Release of child rapist with more than 100 victims on hold after appeal by attorney

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:27 PM

Wayne Chapman was convicted of molesting as many as 100 boys in the 1970s. Now he's due for release from prison after being deemed no longer sexually dangerous.
Massachuetts Department of Corrections
Wayne Chapman was convicted of molesting as many as 100 boys in the 1970s. Now he's due for release from prison after being deemed no longer sexually dangerous.(Massachuetts Department of Corrections)

The release of an admitted child rapist is on hold until Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court can review the decision to release him, according to attorney Wendy Murphy. 

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Murphy, who is also a victims' advocate, filed an appeal to Wayne Chapman's release Thursday. 

Chapman has admitted to molesting more than 100 boys and is the longtime suspect in the Andy Puglisi disappearance.

70-year-old Chapman has been behind bars since 1977, when he was convicted of raping young boys. He finished serving his sentence in 2004, but has been held as a sexually dangerous person for the last 14 years.

This week, the Department of Corrections said Chapman must be released after two qualified examiners recently found him no longer sexually dangerous. 

Under state law, the DOC ordered his release.

While in custody Chapman, with few exceptions, has consistently refused to take part in sex offender treatment.

Chapman's lawyer told Boston 25 News that his client is ill and will likely never be able to leave the hospital. 

Earlier this year, Chapman filed a petition for release from civil commitment, arguing he is no longer sexually dangerous. Chapman has had several of these public hearings before single judges and juries, and he lost each time.

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The most recent decision was January 2016, when a jury found Chapman still sexually dangerous.

In preparation for the upcoming hearing scheduled for July, two "qualified examiners" met with Chapman and found him no longer sexually dangerous. Under a 2009 SJC decision, once that happens, release is mandated.

Murphy's appeal alleged that procedure was not correctly followed. Murphy also said the SJC is asking Department of Corrections, the Attorney General's office, the District Attorney and Chapman's lawyer to respond to the appeal by next Wednesday. 

Murphy said the victims are relieved, grateful, and optimistic that Chapman's release has been delayed.

>> Related: Lawyer: Wayne Chapman's undisclosed medical condition requires daily attention

Governor Charlie Baker's Office sent Boston 25 News the following statement:

“Governor Baker believes anyone with Wayne Chapman’s history of convictions should not be released from prison, the Legislature should review the state laws that led to his release so that the victims of such horrible crimes are protected in the future, and supports the SJC’s decision to review this case.”

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