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Pit bull attacks Jehovah's Witnesses at front door, police say

Just five hours after four people were injured in a dog attack in Washington state, the animal was euthanized.

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It happened around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday off Cemetery Road in Arlington

Police say four Jehovah’s Witnesses parked in front of a house and as soon as one of them – a 70-year-old woman – got out of the vehicle, a pit bull attacked her.

“I just heard the screaming – I heard some screaming and I didn’t really pay much attention to it. I was on my phone and I just thought it was kids. It sounded like a little girl screaming,” said neighbor Bryant Christy.

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He was horrified to learn that it was a woman screaming for help. Two people inside the house and the three people who had been inside the car did what they could.

Four of them were taken to a hospital; the most severely injured woman was rushed to Providence in Everett.

“It looks like the dog just escaped through the fence and was protecting its territory and we had very unfortunate results to that. The owner has done everything in terms of surrendering the animal to the police department; he even offered to do that,” said Kristin Banfield with the city of Arlington.

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Banfield says the owner went as far as to ask that the dog be immediately put down – and it was.

“He was genuinely concerned; he wanted to make sure the safety of his family and the public was protected,” she said.

“It was a good move on his part. What else can you do?” Christy said.

Neighbors say they have never seen the dog out, and police say they’ve never had any incidents with this owner or this dog. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, there was no information available about the victims' condition.

Prosecutor: Detective driving rape victim home takes her to hotel, sexually assaults her

A Kentucky police detective assigned to drive a rape victim home in September 2017 is accused of taking her to a hotel and sexually assaulting her instead, prosecutors said. 

John W. Nissen, of the Hillview Police Department, was indicted last week on charges of official misconduct, tampering with a witness and theft by deception, according to WLKY in Louisville

Hillview Police Chief William Mahoney III said in a statement that the indictment stems from a September 2017 incident in which Nissen was indirectly involved. Department officials “became concerned” about the allegations and turned the investigation over to the Kentucky State Police, whose investigators in turn gave their findings to Shelly Alvey, the commonwealth attorney for Bullitt County. 

The findings led Alvey to seek and obtain Nissen’s indictment. 

Alvey told WLKY that the victim went to Hillview police officers to report she’d been raped by an officer in another Bullitt County department. Detectives interviewed the woman about the allegations.

“(Nissen) agreed to take her home, and the allegation is that when he left the police department, he actually drove her to the home of the alleged perpetrator,” Alvey told the news station

From there, Nissen and the other officer, whose name has not been made public, took the woman to Wal-Mart, where they pooled their money to buy her a phone, Alvey told The Pioneer News, Bullitt County’s community newspaper. 

Nissen is accused of then taking the woman to a hotel and paying for a room, at which point he demanded oral sex from her, the newspaper reported. He also told the woman it was time for her to move to another jurisdiction, Alvey said. 

The prosecutor said evidence indicated that the woman was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident. 

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The theft by deception charge, which is a Class D felony in Kentucky, stems from the fact that Nissen was on duty at the time of the alleged sexual assault, the News reported. Tampering with a witness is also a Class D felony. 

Each crime is punishable by up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. 

Official misconduct is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

Nissen, a veteran of more than 20 years on the force, made the pages of People magazine in July 2015 after he consoled a female driver who called 911 for assistance after she learned as she drove about the death of her sister.

“Out of safety, I asked if I could talk with her and see if I could get her cooled down a bit,” Nissen told People at the time. “I turned the air vents toward her -- it was over 90 degrees that day -- held her hand, and she cried on my shoulder. I had her take sips of water.”

Nissen, who was training another officer that day, spent more than an hour with the woman, whose family reached out to thank him on the Hillview Police Department’s Facebook page.

Mahoney said in his statement about Nissen’s indictment that the detective has been suspended pending the outcome of the case. He also asked the community for patience during the judicial process, as well as throughout the internal investigation that is underway. 

“The Hillview Police Department and our officers have worked incredibly hard to be an agency that people of this community can look up to,” Mahoney wrote. “We hold our officers to a very high standard and hold them accountable for their actions.

“If the allegations against Detective Nissen are found to be true, you can be assured that we will handle the matter appropriately. The alleged behavior is most definitely not in line with the values of our agency.”  

Georgia man who killed wife when she wanted to move to Florida gets life in prison

A Georgia man who cut his wife’s throat with a pocketknife because she wanted to move to Florida was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty, officials said.

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Roxanne Tenore wanted to live the rest of her life in Florida with her husband and their children. 

She never got that chance. 

When she told her husband, Donny William Eaton, of her plans, he cut her throat with a pocketknife and left her for dead inside their Marietta home.

As jury selection was about to begin in his trial Monday, Eaton, 65, pleaded guilty to malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault and was sentenced to life in prison, Cobb County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Kim Isaza said Tuesday in a news release. 

“Donny Eaton took the life of his wife in a gruesome manner, with it appearing that he was attempting to decapitate her, all because she wanted to be closer to her children and grandchildren in Florida to live out the remainder of their lives,” Senior Assistant District Attorney Patricia Hull said in the courtroom. 

Eaton admitted in court he cut his wife’s throat on April 4, 2017. The couple argued after he learned Tenore bought a house in St. Lucie County, Florida, Isaza said.

After the stabbing, Eaton drove to his mother’s gravesite in Silver Creek, where he called 911 and confessed to killing his wife. He also requested that officers pick him up. Silver Creek is roughly 61 miles north of downtown Atlanta. 

Floyd County authorities notified Cobb police of the killing. Police found Tenore, 66, in a kneeling position, her head resting on a sofa with “countless” knife wounds on her face and neck. 

Eaton eventually turned himself in at the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, where he recounted the argument leading to the deadly attack. 

“(He) refused to leave their home in Georgia,” Hull said in court. “If he couldn’t have her here with him in Georgia, he didn’t want her children to have her, either.”

Off-duty police officer pulls gun on man over $1.19 pack of Mentos

Surveillance footage from a California convenience store shows an off-duty Buena Park police officer pull a gun on a man he suspected of stealing a roll of Mentos.

Jose Arreola, 49, of Bellflower, told The Orange County Register that he and his wife, Jacqueline, were headed to a club the night of March 16 when they stopped at a Buena Park Chevron to get cash out of the store’s ATM machine. Jacqueline Arreola also wanted a pack of Mentos.

Video from inside the store, which was obtained by the Register, shows Arreola put the candy on the counter and hand the clerk a $20 bill from the cash he had retrieved out of the ATM. As the clerk is getting his change, Arreola pockets the mints. 

The man in line behind him, wearing shorts and a black hooded sweatshirt, pulls a gun from his hoodie pocket and, identifying himself as a police officer, tells Arreola to put the candy on the counter. 

“I just paid for this,” a stunned-looking Arreola says. 

“Put it back,” the unidentified officer says, keeping his handgun pointed down, but in Arreola’s direction. 

Arreola continues trying to explain.

“You just tried stealing that,” the officer says. “Get your cash and leave.”

Arreola starts to walk away, but again says that he just paid for the candy.

“Did he pay for this?” the officer asks the clerk.

“Yes,” the clerk responds. 

“He paid for it? Are you sure?” the officer asks.

“Yes,” the clerk says. 

The officer looks at Arreola and gestures for him to return to the counter.

“My apologies,” the officer says. 

Arreola told the Register that the apology was not sufficient.

“Are you seriously pulling a gun out over a pack of Mentos?” he said. 

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Buena Park Police Chief Corey Sianez said in a Facebook post on Friday that his department was made aware of the incident after it took place and that an internal investigation was initiated. He said Arreola also filed a formal complaint against the unidentified officer and hired an attorney. 

“I want you to know that after I watched the video I found it to be disturbing, as I’m sure it was to you,” Sianez wrote. “However, because there is an ongoing personnel investigation and potential litigation pending against the city, I am unable to discuss the details of our investigation. I can definitely assure you that our investigation will be thorough and if the officer is found to be in violation of any policies and procedures, he will be held accountable. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

It was unclear whether the officer remained on active duty or was placed on administrative leave during the probe into his actions. 

The officer’s decision to pull out his handgun comes at a time when police shootings are a big issue across the United States. A database from The Washington Post shows that at least 378 people have been shot and killed by police so far in 2018. 

A total of 987 people were fatally shot by law enforcement officers in 2017, the Post found.  

Joe Domanick, associate director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College, told the Register that it is “astounding” that the officer who pulled his gun on Arreola thought that was the right move to make.

“You pull a gun as a last resort,” Domanick said. “It shows the officer has been poorly trained or not trained at all, or he’s totally unsuited to be a police officer.”

Followers of the Buena Park Police Department’s Facebook page called for the officer to be fired. 

“This man should not be in law enforcement,” one commenter wrote. “He is a danger to the citizens he is supposed to be serving and protecting.”

“So basically, you’re going to investigate yourself and find no wrongdoing,” another man wrote. “Is it standard procedure to threaten a man’s life over $1.19 in mints? If he had a dog with him, would the cop have been required to shoot the animal? You guys suck.”

“Just wondering, do you train your officers to carry their weapons in their pockets?” another commenter asked. “Poor tactics from the start. The guy was literally standing at the cashier collecting his change for the purchase. What made this officer believe the item he placed in his pocket, was not what he just paid for?”

“Where was the ‘good guy with a gun’ when Mr. Arreola needed one? Because here it's clearly not the Buena Park police officer,” a woman wrote. “Mr. Arreola's life was valued at less than $1.50 by your off-duty officer.”

Police: Couple faked son's cancer for donations, visit with Syracuse football team

A New York couple is accused of faking a 2017 story about their son having cancer so they could solicit more than $3,300 in donations, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office said. The couple also used their son’s alleged battle with Hodgkin’s disease so the family could meet the Syracuse football team, Syracuse.com reported.

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Martin and Jolene LaFrance were charged with scheme to defraud and endangering the welfare of a child Friday, according to the Sheriff's Office.

According to deputies, the LaFrances set up a GoFundMe page for their son, CJ LaFrance and collected $3,334 from 42 donors. After a four-month investigation, deputies determined “conclusively” that CJ had not been diagnosed with any medical conditions, Syracuse.com reported.

An archive of the page on Aug. 30, 2017 shows that the GoFundMe campaign had been shared 403 times on Facebook.

Last August, CJ and family members were special guests during a Syracuse football practice, Syracuse.com reported. CJ, who was 9 years old at the time, met his favorite players and coach Dino Babers.

"The LaFrance Family has violated GoFundMe's terms of service, and all donors will receive a refund," GoFundMe officials said in a statement. "Additionally, they have been banned from our platform."

GoFundMe will also be working with New York authorities in their investigation, ESPN reported.

Martin and Jolene LaFrance, both 35, will be arraigned May 16, Syracuse.com reported.

Florida man yells, 'You're going to die, child molester,' pours gas in motel room, police say

A Florida man is facing charges of premeditated attempted murder after he poured gasoline into motel rooms and onto vehicles, while yelling he was going to light them on fire to kill sex offenders, according to an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

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The incident happened March 7 at the Friendly Village Inn on East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, deputies said.

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The report said that Jorge Francisco Porto-Sierra, 50, was seen by a driver pouring gasoline into a room. The witness said Porto-Sierra ran at his car while holding a gas can and began pouring gasoline through the car window and onto him and his girlfriend.

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The witness drove away, but Porto-Sierra got into a car and crashed into the witness’ vehicle three times, the report said. Porto-Sierra yelled at the witness, “Get out so I can end your life,” the report stated.

Porto-Sierra kept his vehicle in front of the witness’ car so the couple could not leave, deputies said.

Another witness, a motel guest, said that initially, Porto-Sierra got out of a car and yelled, “I’m going to kill all child-molesting (expletive),” just before he started banging on the motel room door, according to the report.

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The motel guest told authorities that Porto-Sierra broke the room’s window and poured gasoline inside, while screaming, “You’re going to die, child molester. I’m coming in,” the report said.

The guest and his friend were able to escape from a back window, the report said.

Authorities arrested Porto-Sierra, who told them he wanted to “barbecue all the child molesters” and that “they all here and deserve to die,” according to the report. Sierra also told officers that he had a cigarette in his hand to light the fire, the report said.

Sierra was booked into the Osceola County Jail without bail.

Arkansas standoff: 3 deputies hurt, suspect killed, authorities say

A suspect was killed and three deputies hurt in an Arkansas police standoff, authorities said early Tuesday.

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Update 4:17 a.m. EDT May 8: According to KFSM, the standoff started before 11 p.m. CDT Monday when the suspect “barricaded themself on W. Highway 10 between Hackett and Greenwood.”

During the incident, the suspect was killed and three Sebastian County SWAT deputies suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, authorities said.

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San Diego shooting: 5 hurt in East Village, police say

At least five people were hurt when gunfire erupted in San Diego's East Village late Monday, police said.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, authorities are searching for two suspects, both described as 18- to 25-year-old black men, in connection with the shooting. Police said one suspect was 6-foot-2, wore gloves and carried a handgun, while the other wore a "pullover sweatshirt with blue or white squares on the front," the Union-Tribune reported.

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The victims' injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said.

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Ex-police officer gets 5 years for beating Walmart customer over 'stolen' tomato

A former Atlanta police sergeant learned his sentence Monday for an attack inside a Southwest Atlanta Walmart more than three years ago.

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Video showed 49-year-old Trevor King beating Tyrone Carnegay inside the retailer as Carnegay was walking out of the store in October 2014.

>> On WSBTV.com: Officer found guilty in beating man over a tomato inside a Walmart

Carnegay said the off-duty officer, who was working security for Walmart at the time, severely beat him after he was falsely accused of stealing a tomato.

Carnegay said he paid for the item, and that was proved to be true.

He said the officer never asked for a receipt or told him why he was questioning him. 

Doctors said the repeated blows cracked two bones in Carnegay’s right leg and ruptured an artery.

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King was found guilty on two federal charges in December 2017 and has now been sentenced to five years in federal prison.

"He got what he deserved because he did me wrong," Carnegay told WSB-TV's Craig Lucie on Monday.

Carnegay said he's still in pain from the incident.

"I've got a broken leg. I've got a titanium pole in it. I have a couple knots and infections from bolts," he said.

Carnegay and his attorney have filed a civil suit against Walmart.

George Zimmerman threatens man over Trayvon Martin film, deputies say

The Florida man whose acquittal in the 2012 shooting death of a black teenager made national headlines is in the spotlight once again.

George Zimmerman is facing charges of aggravated stalking, cyberstalking and making a credible threat toward a person, according to a report.

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The allegations stem from phone calls and text messages made by Zimmerman to a private investigator who was hired by a producer to find people who would be willing to talk in an upcoming documentary about Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Zimmerman killed in a Sanford neighborhood. 

According to the report, on Sept. 21, the private investigator contacted Zimmerman about the film, mentioned the producer, Mike Gasparro, and left a voicemail with Gasparro's contact information. 

>> Related: George Zimmerman trespassed at Florida bar, yelled racial slur, deputies say

Deputies said Gasparro told the private investigator that Zimmerman was extremely agitated with him and threatened physical harm because the investigator had been contacting Zimmerman's family. 

Zimmerman allegedly told Gasparro, "Help (the investigator's wife) out and give him a heads up. I'm going to find him. And i'm bringing hell with me." He allegedly texted Gasparro and said, "(The private investigator) is a (expletive) who bothered my uncle in his home. Local or former law officer, he's well on his way to the inside of a gator as well. 10-4?"

On Dec. 16, the private investigator said he too began receiving threats from Zimmerman. In total, he received 21 calls, 38 texts and seven voicemails in a two-hour time span. 

>> Related: Officials: George Zimmerman punched in face for allegedly bragging about killing Trayvon Martin

The investigator called deputies to report the alleged threats. 

The responding deputy told the private investigator to make a call to Zimmerman and ask him to cease communication. According to documents, Zimmerman told him "no" and to go ahead and "pursue charges." 

He also said, "Text me again. I'll show up at your house," the documents said. 

Zimmerman also sent the victim a website link to a news article posted on TheBlast.com in which Zimmerman was quoted saying, "I know how to handle people who (expletive) with me. I have since February 2012" and "Anyone who (expletive) with my parents will be fed to an alligator." 

>> Related: George Zimmerman says he got $250,000 for gun that shot Trayvon Martin

According to The Blast, a celebrity gossip site, Zimmerman claimed he was being harassed by production crews working on the 6-part documentary about Martin.

Variety reported in March that JAY-Z was a partner with the Weinstein Company on the project. The documentary, titled, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” will look at Martin’s life, the shooting by Zimmerman and the 2013 acquittal.

According to the court documents, Zimmerman continued to send text messages, emails and phone calls. 

>> Related: George Zimmerman reportedly threatens JAY-Z over Trayvon Martin documentary

The voicemails contained what appeared to be ticking sounds and tones that would slowly increase in frequency, deputies said. 

Between Dec. 16 and Dec. 25, the victim received 55 phone calls, 67 text messages, 36 voicemails and 27 emails, deputies said. 

On Jan. 3, a deputy who was familiar with Zimmerman from a domestic dispute between Zimmerman and his ex-wife called Zimmerman. Court documents said he berated and cursed at the deputy. 

Zimmerman was served with the court documents on May 3 and is scheduled to be arraigned May 30.

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