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1-year-old rescued from hot car after couple overdoses, police say

A 1-year-old baby was rescued from a hot car after two adults overdosed inside, police said. 

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When officers arrived a woman told officers the infant appeared to be sweating and she removed the baby from the car, WJW reported

Cody Powell was turning blue and was not breathing. Michelle Hall was unconscious lying across Powell’s legs, officers said. Both suspects were given Narcan and then taken to the hospital, WJW reported.

A search of the vehicle uncovered a syringe. At the hospital, Hall told investigators she fell asleep after taking multiple prescription medications, WJW reported. Powell told an officer he bought heroin and he and Hall injected it, WJW reported. Hall told officers that was the last thing he remembers.

Powell and Hall were charged with endangering children, WJW reported. The child was placed in the care of the Mahoning County Child Protective Services.

Satanic Temple displays goat-headed statue at Arkansas state Capitol

The Satanic Temple briefly unveiled a monument of Baphomet, a winged, goat-headed creature, on the grounds of the Arkansas state Capitol on Thursday.

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The Satanic Temple wants to install the statue on Capitol grounds as a symbol for religious freedom after a monument of the Biblical Ten Commandments was installed in 2017. 

In May, the ACLU sued the state over the Ten Commandments monument on behalf of four Arkansas women. Lawyers argue it violates religious liberty supported under the First Amendment. 

The women represented in the lawsuit are all part of the same cycling club; one identifies as an atheist and the three others identify as agnostic. They claim their First Amendment rights are violated when they ride past the statue on their normal bike routes.

“As someone who is agnostic, this endorsement by the state of one religious belief over my own makes me feel like a second-class citizen,” said Donna Cave, a retired teacher represented in the lawsuit. “Government officials shouldn’t be in the business of dividing people along religious lines -- they should represent everyone.” 

Lucien Greaves, spokesman and co-founder of the Satanic Temple, told the Huffington Post that Thursday’s rally was for “all people who hold sacred the founding Constitutional principles of religious freedom and free expression.”

“What we are asking for is only that the public square remain an area where free speech, religious liberty and equality under the law be respected by the holders of public office who swore to uphold those values,” Greaves said.

Arkansas Republican state Sen. Jason Rapert, a minister and sponsor of the law supporting the Ten Commandments monument, told KTHV it will be a “very cold day in hell” before the Baphomet statue would be permanently installed in Little Rock.

15-year-old girl shoots, kills mother's abusive boyfriend, deputies say

A 15-year-old girl shot and killed her mother’s boyfriend last week after he started to strangle the older woman and threatened to kill her and her three children, according to authorities in Rutherford County, North Carolina.

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Rutherford County sheriff’s deputies said Steven Kelley, 46, attacked the woman last week at a home on the 100 block of Lakeview Drive in Forest City. The woman and her three children – a 12-year-old boy and two girls, aged 15 and 16 – had recently moved to the area from Indiana. Kelley was also from Indiana, authorities said.

Investigators determined Kelley strangled the victim while yelling that he was going to slit her throat and kill everyone in the home. As the attack continued, the woman’s 12-year-old son grabbed a gun.

“(The victim’s) 15-year-old daughter took the gun from her brother and fired it twice, striking … (Kelley) in the chest,” authorities said in a news release. Deputies found Kelley dead inside the home when they arrived around 12:10 a.m. Aug. 8.

The victim “suffered significant bruises and contusions” from Kelley’s attack, officials said. Her 16-year-old daughter was also injured when one of the bullets fragmented, grazing her leg. Deputies said she was treated for the injury and released Aug. 9.

Deputies said Kelley had threatened the victim several times before Aug. 8. Days before he was killed, he attacked the victim and “fired multiple rounds from inside the residence to threaten and terrorize (her),” authorities said. In a statement, officials described Kelley has “a convicted felon who had two active domestic violence protection orders against him from two different women in Indiana and Ohio.”

No domestic violence or assault-related complaints were made about Kelley to Rutherford County deputies before last week’s attack, officials said.

Authorities with the Rutherford County District Attorney’s Office said the victim’s 15-year-old daughter will not face charges for the shooting, which was deemed justified.

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Dog stands on two legs to make room for other commuters on busy train

Four legs are good, but two legs were better on a crowded train Wednesday in California. 

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To make room for other passengers, an owner with his Great Dane told the large dog to stand, and in an instant, the dog was on two legs, holding on to his owner. 

"The entire train was taking pictures and laughing about it. It turned an unhappy commute into a positive experience,” Sean Herron, 28, who shared images of the surreal sight on Twitter, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It was definitely not the weirdest thing I've seen on BART, but it was definitely the best thing I've seen on BART. I hope to see the dog again."

Baby’s newborn photo shoot shows trials, hope of IVF

A Phoenix couple did everything they could to have a baby. They started in vitro fertilization to help grow their family, thinking that it was going to be an easy process. 

“You think, ‘Oh I’m going to walk in and they’re going to do it and it’ll be done, and in nine months we’re going to hold our baby,” Patricia O’Neill told AZ Family.

But the process was not that simple. 

Patricia O’Neill had a blood clotting disorder that made it difficult for her to conceive. She also miscarried three times. At that point, Patricia and Kimberly O’Neill gave up hope. 

But they gave it one more chance and after four years of trying they can now hold baby London in their arms, AZ Family reported.

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Kimberly came up with the idea to save the more than 1,600 syringes to document the path to parenthood.

Recently they bundled up two-week old London, and the syringes, and took them to Packer Family Photography

Photographer, Samantha Packer, arranged the needles in a heart shape, put the baby girl in the middle of them, and snapped the photo that has gone viral after being shared more than 54,000 times.

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The photo will also be a beacon for the couple’s little girl. 

“Hopefully she’ll [London] learn that you never give up on a goal that you have, and that even when you have no hope, hold onto it because there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and you can get there,” Patricia told AZ Family.

 

Mom who paid $25K for son’s prom send-off faces fraud charges

Saudia Shuler made headlines for her son’s lavish prom send-off that included camels and enough sand to blanket their Philadelphia neighborhood last year. The pre-prom party cost Shuler $25,000.

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Shuler is in the news again, this time charged with six counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds and two counts of social security fraud, WPHT reported

She was indicted after the government said she collected nearly $37,000 in benefits, WCAU reported.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said the alleged fraud started in 2014.

Officials said that Shuler applied for Social Security Administration benefits, saying she was disabled and not able to work. Her benefits were approved, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office said she continued to work and owned and operated the Country Cookin’ restaurant in Philadelphia. 

The prosecution said her income and the work she allegedly did were not reported to Social Security.

“She said that she was disabled and in terms of assets said that she only had $30 in her bank account,” Beth Leahy, deputy chief of Health Care and Government Fraud for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania told WPHT. “As far as quality of life, she said she rarely made food for herself and had a cousin that cooked for her.”

>>Related: Mom spends $25k on cars, camels for son’s exotic-themed prom send-off

Shuler told WCAU that she celebrates the good things that have happened to her because her family has faced many obstacles. 

Her son’s father was murdered and she has had several health scares.

“I had a stroke. I had seizures. I had cancer all within the last three years,” Shuler told WCAU.

In addition to the prom party, she threw a Christmas party for her neighborhood that included hundreds of gifts and even two reindeer. She was called “Saudia Claus” after giving out 140 bikes, 50 scooters and Batman cars to children in her community. Shuler said she received donations from all over the country to help provide the gifts, WCAU reported.

Shuler’s attorney said that he read the indictment, but is waiting to see what evidence the U.S. Attorney’s Office will present.

“She is obviously upset because there are allegations contained in the indictment that are absolutely untrue,” Tariq El-Shabazz told WCAU

If found guilty, Shuler faces 140 years in prison, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Man gets 25 years added to sentence for stabbing ex-wife 47 times in front of daughter

A Tennessee judge added a 25-year prison term to the life sentence given last year to a man who fatally stabbed his ex-wife 47 times in front of his 2-year-old daughter, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.

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Tyler Enix, 39, is serving a life sentence for the October 2015 stabbing death of his ex-wife, Kimberly McFarland Enix. The extra 25 years came in a sentencing hearing for Tyler Enix robbing his ex-wife of her money and bank card after the murder, the newspaper reported.

The man left Knox County with the child and fled before authorities captured him in Ohio, the News-Sentinel reported.

Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword ruled that Enix’s crimes after the slaying merited additional punishment.

“This was a situation where you have a brutal murder with a child there … stolen away (by Enix) from the family that loves her,” Sword said. “What is significant to me … is (he) takes this child and jeopardizes her life.”

Knox County Assistant Public Defender John Halstead said Enix would be 87 before he would be eligible for a parole hearing on the first-degree murder conviction in his ex-wife’s death.

“He’s already being punished,” Halstead said.

Sword said he was “mindful of that” but added he believes Enix is too dangerous to go free, the News-Sentinel reported.

Phoenix police officer, gunman critical after shootout

A Phoenix police officer and the driver of a car he was attempting to stop were in critical condition early Friday after exchanging gunfire, KNXV reported.

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Authorities said the officer was attempting a traffic stop but the driver initially refused to stop, the television station reported.

The driver finally did stop and reportedly shot the officer, who returned fire and wounded the person, KNXV reported.

According to Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with Phoenix Police, the incident happened at around 8 p.m., KSAZ reported.

"It's one of those things that we say a lot: We don't know what's gonna happen when you put on the uniform," Fortune said during a news conference. "You come to work, and you hope for the best, you know, understanding that not everybody, obviously, wants to cause us harm, but you just never know."

Man asks Manhattan clerk, 'Are you Arabic?' before punching him

A man asked a bodega clerk in Manhattan “Are you Arabic?” before punching the surprised man in the face, The New York Daily News reported. 

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The man asked the question on Aug. 9 at the Green Olive Deli around 10 a.m., police said.

Surveillance videos do not show the punch being thrown, but police said the man hit the clerk before fleeing the store, the Daily News reported.

The video showed a bald man with a beard and wearing a backpack walking past the bodega. He stopped and then entered the store, then left the building and assumed a fighting stance, the newspaper reported.

Police are still looking for the man, the Daily News reported.

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