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Florida man tells police he drinks 18 to 20 beers before making sexual advances toward children

One man is facing charges after police said he requested to inappropriately touch children who came to his home to play. 

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, 51-year-old Arthur Prouix would make inappropriate advances toward children in the Lindale Mobile Home Park in Silver Springs, Florida.

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Investigators said that children in the neighborhood would play at Prouix’s residence. Two boys, ages 6 and 7, recently came forward and told their mother that in several instances, Prouix asked them if he could touch their privates.

When the boys declined, he would request if they could touch his privates, which was also declined by the children.

During questioning, Prouix told detectives that he normally drinks 18-20 beers before interacting with children and could not recall if he made the advances. 

Prouix later implied that the children were correct in their accusations and that it has happened multiple times. 

Prouix was arrested and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct. 

Missing Sprite leads to gunshot fired at McDonald’s drive-thru, police say

Two men are facing charges after a shot was fired Saturday at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Memphis, Tennessee.

According to court records, police said a car pulled into the drive-thru lane facing the wrong way. The driver, Tyquan Hall, started yelling that he didn't get the Sprite he ordered, court records said. 

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Documents say a worker offered to give him the drink at a window, but police said Hall demanded the worker come outside. When he did, Hall is accused of saying, “Step up to my car. I’ve got a gun permit.”

The worker heard a gunshot and ran back inside, court records said.

Police said Hall admitted to firing a shot while Kenterrio Horton was in the passenger seat.

Both men are charged with aggravated assault.

St. Louis man arrested in Florida Keys after golf cart chase 

A Missouri man led security officers on a chase while driving a golf cart at a Florida Keys resort Monday, then growled like a dog and rubbed his face in broken glass while he fought with authorities, the Miami Herald reported.

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Parks Thornton Terry, 32, of St. Louis, is being held in the Monroe County Jail on charges of felony battery on a law enforcement officer or first responder, felony fleeing and eluding police, felony resisting arrest and felony criminal mischief, and driving under the influence, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

According to a Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Terry was passed out in a red golf cart around 5 a.m. Monday when an Ocean Reef Club public safety officer woke him up, the Herald reported. When the officer asked Terry to get out of the golf cart, he drove off, “weaving all over the road,” Deputy Brandon White wrote in his report.Monroe County deputies responded to the scene, and according to White’s report, Terry led authorities on a chase through the neighborhood while giving a thumbs-up sign, the Post-Dispatch reported. He then made an obscene gesture with his hand and yelled obscenities before arriving at the home of his mother, Martha Wolfner, 63, and locking himself inside, the Herald reported.

White smashed out a window with his baton and tried reaching inside to unlock the door, but “Wolfner held the door locked and Parks charged the door,” White wrote.

White smashed a window with his baton and used a stun gun on Terry several times, the newspaper reported. As five officials attempted to subdue Terry, he “growled like a dog” and “kept rubbing his face in the broken glass on the floor,” according to the Herald, which cited White’s report.

Terry fought with deputies as he was put in a patrol car and kicked the back door, breaking the door handle and the window switch, the newspaper reported.

Deputies took Terry to a hospital to examine his claims of a dislocated shoulder, the Post-Dispatch reported. He was taken to jail after doctors cleared him.

Wolfner has not been arrested, the Herald reported.

'To Catch a Predator' host Chris Hansen arrested for bouncing checks

Chris Hansen, best known as the host of the Dateline NBC segment “To Catch a Predator,” has been arrested after he allegedly bounced checks to a vendor for marketing and promotional items and failed to pay for them.

The Stamford Advocate reported that the 59-year-old resident of Shippan, Connecticut, was arrested Monday. He was released without bond once he signed a written promise to appear in court.

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According to an arrest affidavit obtained by the publication, Hansen asked Peter Psichopaida, the owner of Promotional Sales Limited, for 288 T-shirts, 355 mugs and 650 vinyl decals for him to use at events.

Psichopaidas told police that Hansen agreed to pay $12,998.05, the total cost for the items, before they were delivered to him in September 2017.

According to police, invoices were sent to Hansen for three months. When a person on Hansen’s staff sent a check for the full amount, it bounced. 

Psichopaidas spoke to Hansen about it, and the TV journalist apologized and tried to make a partial payment. By April 2018, Psichopaidas filed a complaint with police as the payment was still not made.

Later that month, Hansen wrote a personal check for $13,200. It bounced three days later and Hansen emailed Psichopaidas.

“Peter ... I truly thought I had this covered,” Hansen wrote, the affidavit said. “I am scrambling to get it done. Please give me till the end of the day. I sold a boat to cover the rest of this and need to pick up the payment this afternoon.”

A warrant for Hansen’s arrest was sent because he never sent a payment.

Hansen has not publicly commented on his arrest. He tweeted Wednesday that he was contemplating a morning run, indicating he was in Los Angeles.

More on Hansen’s arrest can be read at Stamford Advocate.

Detectives: 3 dead in murder-suicide in Washington state

Three people are dead in Washington state in what investigators are calling a murder-suicide.

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Update 1:30 p.m. EST Jan. 16: The bodies of a couple and their adult son were found Tuesday during a welfare check at the couple’s home in Sammamish. Police said the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide, but they stopped short of saying who was responsible.

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Authorities said the victims died of gunshot wounds and that a weapon was recovered inside the house.

Neighbors told KIRO-TV that the couple’s adult son lived in the home with them and that he worked at Microsfot.

Friends and neighbors identified the female victim as Lorraine Ficken, 68. She was a realtor for Coldwell Banker Bain who was well-liked by n

“She was the sweetest woman in the world. Just so sweet,” neighbor Jennifer Eiken said. “She would do anything for you. Anytime I would go outside we would have a conversation, you know, for a long time. Just a really nice, nice person.”

Lorraine Ficken’s husband, 72-year-old Robert E. Ficken, was the acclaimed author of several books on the history of Washington State.

Their son, 34-year-old Matt Ficken, was a longtime software engineer.

“(He) was very kind of reclusive,” Eiken said. “I knew he had a great job working for Microsoft. He worked from home.”

Relatives in Oregon called Sammamish police after the family's phones went unanswered for several days.

The King County Sheriff’s Office said there were no recent calls to police from the home before Tuesday.

“We checked the records,” Sgt. Ryan Abbott said. “(Deputies) haven’t been here any time, at least recently, that we found, and aid hadn’t been here, either.”

Original report: According to Seattle's KIRO-TV, two men and a woman were found dead from gunshot wounds in a Sammamish home during a welfare check Tuesday. The King County Sheriff's Office described the woman and one of the men as "elderly," while the other man appeared to be in his 30s.

Authorities do not believe there are any suspects outstanding. 

The house is located in the 23900 block of SE 42nd Place.

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

Women accused of putting heroin in recovery house manager's macaroni and cheese 

Two Michigan women are accused of poisoning a recovery house manager’s macaroni-and-cheese dinner by putting heroin in it, WDIV reported.

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Port Huron police arrested Shanna Marie Kota, 40, and Sarah Elaine Prange, 22, on Sunday, WXYZ reported.

According to a statement from investigators obtained by The Detroit News, the 38-year-old worker at the Port Huron facility told police she heard rumors "that she was poisoned by two clients that didn't want her to work there anymore.”

According to police, the two Port Huron women placed what they believed was heroin in the house manager’s dinner on Friday, WXYZ reported.

The victim, who resides in the recovery home along with the suspects, discarded her meal after she said the food tasted funny, the television station reported.

When police arrived, the victim was taken to a hospital and doctors determined she was poisoned, the News reported. 

Both suspects were arraigned Tuesday on one count of poisoning, and bond was set at $100,000 each, WDIV reported.

A hearing is set for Jan. 29, the television station reported.

Air freshener leads police to 160 pounds of marijuana at Nashville airport

Two men were arrested Wednesday at Nashville International Airport after police found nearly 160 pounds of marijuana in four checked bags with “a strong odor of air freshener,” WKRN reported.

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Trung Tieu, 40, and Tihn Van Tran, 56, were detained by police Tuesday night, then charged Wednesday morning with felony drug offenses, WZTV reported.

According to police, the luggage was discovered from a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland, California, and the suspects’ names were on luggage tags, WKRN reported. Police used K-9s, and the animals found “a strong odor of air freshener coming from them and clear food saver-style vacuum sealed bags,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by WKRN.

When police opened the luggage they found 159½ pounds of marijuana in several of the clear bags, the television station reported.

Tieu and Tran, who were traveling to Jacksonville, Florida, instead were arrested and booked into the Davidson County Jail, with bond set at $50,000 for each man, WZTV reported.

Police: Man uses dolly to steal food from McDonald's

A thief stole a cash register and boxes of food from a freezer at a McDonald’s restaurant in Mississippi, while using a dolly to take the items, WLBT reported.

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The burglary occurred at the fast-food restaurant at 3:56 a.m. Wednesday, Jackson police Cpl. Colendula Green told the television station.

A McDonald’s employee told WLBT that she and her boss arrived at the restaurant for work when they saw a man run out of the office and out the back door of the business.

The man was pushing a dolly with boxes of food down the street, the employee told the television station. When the man saw the employees, he left the dolly and food on the street, got into a nearby car and left the area, police said.

 

Wells Fargo ATM damaged by thieves using blow torch, police say

A Houston-area ATM went up in flames early Wednesday when the machine caught fire as thieves attempted to use a blow torch, KHOU reported.

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The incident took place outside a Wells Fargo bank in Spring around 3 a.m., KTRK reported.

Harris County deputies responded to a call of a robbery in progress at the bank, KHOU reported. When deputies arrived, the ATM was on fire and the thieves were gone, the television station reported.

It is unknown whether any cash was taken from the machine, KHOU reported.

New Jersey councilwoman accused of hitting husband with broomstick

A councilwoman in New Jersey is accused of hitting her husband over the head with a broomstick and a cookbook, NJ.com reported.

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Susan Welkovits, 57, a member of the Highland Park borough council since January 2012, was charged Friday with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes. She also was charged with simple assault on suspicion of biting her husband on his forearm, the website reported.

Welkovits appeared before a judge and was released, NJ.com reported. It is unclear when she will be back in court.

Welkovits’ husband refused treatment for his injuries, police said. Welkovits refused comment, NJ.com reported. Police said children were present during the incident, the website reported. According to her biography on the Highland Park website, Welkovits is the mother of twins.

While investigating the incident, police said they found text messages allegedly written by Welkovits’ husband to co-workers, claiming his wife had abused him, NJ.com reported.

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