Indiana woman, girlfriend used marijuana as incentive for boy’s behavior, court records show

An Indiana woman and her girlfriend gave her son marijuana dozens of times in the last three months as a reward for the boy’s good behavior, court records stated.

Susan Glascock and Melissa Burton, both 36, were charged with child neglect after the boy told police he was being rewarded with marijuana for his good behavior and had the drug taken away when he was behaving badly, FOX59 reported.

Police began investigating the family on June 25 when officers responded to a disturbance at the home in Greenfield. Glascock was upset about the amount of money the boy and his mother, Burton, was receiving by selling video games, court documents stated.


The boy attempted to intervene during an argument between the two women when Glascock pushed him to the ground and pinned him down.

The boy escaped and punched Glascock before running away, according to the report.

The boy’s grandfather later spoke to police and said his grandson was “in a terrible living condition and needed to be removed.” He added the boy had drugs given to him.

The boy told police he was given marijuana when he “did something good” or “ground him from marijuana” when he misbehaved. The couple also taught him out to roll a joint, court documents stated.

Burton’s son said he was given marijuana at least 50 times in the last three months. The women also admitted to giving the boy marijuana.

The women were arrest and later released on $1,000 bond each. Glascock also faces a battery charge.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

California mom found after fleeing hospital with baby when child tested positive for drugs, police say

A California mother was found Friday night after she fled a hospital with her baby when the child tested positive for drugs, police said.

Tina Baiz, 38, and her two children were found near a motel in Linda, Calif., FOX40 reported. The Yuba City mother went missing on July 4 after bringing her 11-month-old baby Zeke to the Hideout Hospital because of a medical emergency.

“We believe Tina may have overheard a conversation outside of the room discussing the positive result the child had for drugs in his system,” Yuba City police spokeswoman Shawna Pavey told FOX40.

Baiz had left the hospital while the baby still had an IV inserted. It’s unclear what type of drug was found in Zeke’s body.

Baiz was questioned by police and will likely face charges.

“We need to know exactly what has happened with Zeke and Zoe since the time she left Rideout Hospital until we found her this afternoon,” Pavey said, who also thanked the public’s help for locating Baiz and the two children.

It’s unclear what the children’s condition were when authorities located them.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

The Latest: Shooter had an escape plan he never implemented

The Latest on the shootings targeting Maryland’s Capital Gazette newspaper (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

A prosecutor says the shooter who opened fire at a Maryland newspaper had an escape plan he never implemented.

The suspect was captured by police while hiding under a desk at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis.

Prosecutor Wes Adams did not give any details about the escape plan. He said Friday that there were two entrances to the newspaper’s office. He says 38-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos entered through the front door on Thursday and “worked his way through the office.” He says Ramos barricaded the exit door so employees couldn’t escape, and that one of the five people who were killed was shot while trying to escape out that exit.

A judge ordered Ramos to remain detained during a court hearing Friday. Judge Thomas Pryal said found a likelihood that Ramos is a danger.

Ramos appeared at the hearing via video feed. He appeared to watch attentively during the hearing but never spoke. He was represented by public defender William Davis.

He is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.


11:45 a.m.

Authorities say the Maryland newspaper targeted in a shooting attack that left five people dead didn’t want to press charges in an earlier case.

Police Chief Timothy Altomare said at a news conference Friday that the Capital Gazette didn’t press charges over social media threats the shooting suspect had made against the newspaper in 2013.

Authorities have charged Jarrod W. Ramos with five counts of first-degree murder in the killings inside Maryland’s Capital Gazette office on Thursday.

Altomare said the shooter intended to “kill as many people as he could kill.”


11:30 a.m.

Authorities say the suspect in the deadly shooting at a Maryland newspaper used a pump-action shotgun in the attack at the Capital Gazette newspaper that left five people dead.

Police Chief Timothy Altomare also said at a news conference Friday that it is “absolutely untrue” that suspect Jarrod W. Ramos mutilated his fingertips.

Altomare also said that employees Rachel Pacella and Janet Cooley had been treated at a hospital and released after being injured during Thursday’s attack.


10 a.m.

The city of Annapolis is planning a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper.

The city announced on social media Friday that the vigil would begin at 8 p.m. at a public square near the Capitol, followed by a march to a dock for a service by the water.

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland announced that the city’s houses of worship had planned a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Friday at a mall across the street from the shooting site. All are welcome.

On Saturday, the 5:30 p.m. Eucharist at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in downtown will be offered for the victims.


9:30 a.m.

A Maryland newspaper attacked by a gunman has kept its promise to put out the next day’s paper, despite the shooting deaths of five people in its newsroom.

Hours after a gunman blasted his way inside The Capital Gazette on Thursday, the surviving staff tweeted out their defiance: “Tomorrow, this Capital page will return to its steady purpose of offering readers informed opinion about the world around them. But today, we are speechless.”

Friday morning’s edition featured in-depth coverage of the shooting and obituaries of the five people killed. Each victim’s photo appeared below the masthead.

And below the main shooting story were the staples of a community newspaper: a glance at the day’s weather and a teaser to a national story inside: “Trump, Putin: The two leaders will meet in Finland in July.”


9 a.m.

Court documents say a gunman who fatally shot five people at a Maryland newspaper tried to hide under a desk after the attack until police arrived.

A statement of probable cause obtained Friday by The Associated Press says surveillance video captured Thursday’s events at the Capital Gazette. It says Jarrod Ramos entered the newspaper’s office around 2:30 p.m.

The statement says Ramos used a “long gun firearm” and shot out the business doors, then shot people he encountered inside, killing five.

The statement says Ramos then “attempted to conceal himself under a desk” until police arrived and located him.

Ramos was in custody Friday and scheduled for a bond hearing at 10:30 a.m.

A spokeswoman for the Office of the Public Defender said the Anne Arundel office would be representing Ramos. She declined comment.


5:50 a.m.

Court records filed Friday show Jarrod W. Ramos has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the killings inside Maryland’s Capital Gazette office.

The online records do not list an attorney for Ramos, who is scheduled for a bail hearing 10:30 a.m. Friday in Annapolis.

Authorities say Ramos opened fire inside the newspaper office Thursday, killing five and injuring two others. He had a long, acrimonious history with the newspaper, including a lawsuit and years of harassment of its journalists.


12: 30 a.m.

Police say a man firing a shotgun killed four journalists and a staffer at Maryland’s capital newspaper before officers quickly arrived and took him into custody.

Police say they are a questioning the suspect, a white man in his late 30s, following Thursday’s attack on The Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County says it was a targeted attack in which the gunman “looked for his victims.”

Journalists described how they scrambled under desks and sought to hide during a few minutes of terror. They recounted hearing the gunman’s footsteps as he moved about the newsroom, firing his weapon.

The attack came amid months of verbal and online attacks on the “fake news media” from politicians and others from President Donald Trump on down.

Man allegedly breaks into woman’s home twice, rapes her, found waiting in victim’s bed: cops

A Tennessee man is behind bars after he allegedly broke into a woman’s home twice, raped her, before breaking in a third time to wait for her in bed after she went to the hospital, police say.

Charles Turner, of Memphis, allegedly broke into the woman’s home through her bedroom window. When she arrived home, he allegedly threw her on the ground and attacked her with a mop, WREG reported.

Turner reportedly fled the house and the victim called 911 for help.

A few hours later, Turner reportedly broke into the house again and attacked the victim.

Police said the victim was lying in bed when he entered the home through the same broken window. He allegedly choked her, punched her in the face and forced himself on her.

The woman was able to break free from his hold by grabbing Turner’s private parts. However, the attack didn’t end there.

The woman fled outside and Turner allegedly followed her, grabbed her and shoved her to the ground before hitting her again.

Turner eventually fled again and the victim called for help.

After receiving treatment at a local hospital, the victim returned home and allegedly found Turner laying on her bed waiting for her return.

Turner was finally taken into custody and charged with aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and aggravated assault, the station reported.

Man accused of driving into crowd at Charlottesville rally, killing 1 person, charged with federal hate crimes

The man accused of mowing down a counter-protester at last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is now facing federal hate crime charges.

James Alex Fields Jr., a 21-year-old from Ohio, has been charged with one count of a hate crime resulting in the death of 28-year-old Heather Heyer. He also is facing 28 other hate crime charges involving attempts to kill others, according to an indictment released Wednesday, in addition to first-degree murder and other charges at the state level.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

‘Cowards’ placed boy, 7, underwater in bathtub as parents watch during home invasion, sheriff says

Authorities released new details after a Texas family was terrorized Monday by three masked intruders who placed a child underwater in a bathtub to force information out of his parents as they let out “chilling” screams in the background.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release they received a call around 3 a.m. from the home the near the intersection of FM 1464 and the Westpark Toll Road in the Houston area of Fort Bend County.

The homeowner told police that three masked black suspects broke through the front door and pistol-whipped him, causing injuries. 

“This is the worst kind of crime against a family,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said. “Three crooks forcing their way into a home in the middle of the night is appalling. To make matters worse, they accosted a 7-year-old child. They’re cowards, to say the least.”

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One of the suspects can be seen leading the couple’s 7-year-old son around the home looking for money.


Nehls said the father kept telling the intruders there was no money and to take jewelry or a car, but the masked men weren’t satisfied.

“That just didn’t sit well with the suspects in this case,” he said during a news conference Tuesday.

“The 7-year-old is having to watch his dad get tortured, basically. When that didn’t work they tortured the 7-year-old. To me, yesterday I said that’s pretty sick. I will add that is evil to do something like that to a child.”

– Detective Justin White

The men then turned their attention to the couple’s 7-year-old son, who was led around the house in search of money, according to the sheriff. Police released pictures of the three suspects in the home, including the moment one of the men tries to get the boy to locate where a large amount of money was stored.

“We have audio and video from inside that house,” Nehls said. “You can hear chilling screams from all the family members inside that house.”

One of the masked men later placed the 7-year-old son in a bath tub with hot water in an attempt to get information about possessions in the home.

“You can hear when the bathtub was filling with water,” Nehls said. “Then all of a sudden the screams became muffled because he’s just up underneath the water.” 

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A second suspect in the violent home invasion can be seen on a surveillance camera.


Detective Justin White told reporters the boy was used as “leverage” by the suspects.

“The 7-year-old is having to watch his dad get tortured, basically,” he said Tuesday. “When that didn’t work they tortured the 7-year-old. To me, yesterday I said that’s pretty sick. I will add that is evil to do something like that to a child.” 

Nehls said the boy was transported to Texas Medical Center and was being treated for having some fluids in his lungs. He also said while the bathtub water was hot, it was not enough to cause burns to the boy.


The three men left with cash, jewelry and also took the family’s phones after the hour-long ordeal, according to police. The homeowner was a small-business owner and had a large amount of cash in the house, according to Nehls, who did not go into further details.

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The entire ordeal lasted about an hour, according to police.


While police have not identified the victims, Mohamad Ghiri told KPRC on Monday he thought his brother was just late for work but finally in person was able to see the horror his face and description of the terrifying incident.

“I saw him all bloody and a gash on his head,” Ghriri told KRPC. “He was shaken up, I tried to calm him down but he was just worried about his son.”

Anyone who has information is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. at (281) 342-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at

“I’ve never seen anyone in my career ever use a child for information,” the sheriff said Tuesday. “We need to get them off the streets.” 

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Alix Tichelman indicted for second man’s death, report says

A former California prostitute who served three years for the death of a millionaire Google executive has been indicted by a Georgia grand jury on murder charges in a separate case, a report said.

Alix Tichelman, who was released from a Santa Cruz jail last year after pleading to involuntary manslaughter of Forrest Hayes, will be extradited from Canada to Fulton County, Georgia, Paul Howard, the Fulton County district attorney said, according to KSBW 8.

Tichelman, who is known in the media as “Call Girl Killer,” was indicted on murder charges for the 2014 heroin death of Dean Riopelle, a former boyfriend. She has denied any connection to his death, the station reported.

She recently told the station that she was clean and sober and working a normal job in Canada.

In the earlier case, Tichelman injected Hayes with heroin in November 2013 then left without seeking help when he passed out on the yacht, authorities said. Hayes had hired Tichelman several times before, and they were doing drugs and having sex the night he died, authorities said.

She has long maintained that Hayes died from an accidental overdose between two consenting adults.

Riopelle and Tichelman had been dating for about two and a half years and lived together, said Riopelle’s sister, Dee Riopelle.

An autopsy report listed his death as an accidental overdose of heroin, oxycodone and alcohol. Tichelman had told the dispatcher that he had been taking painkillers and drinking.

She told the station that she had nothing to do with Riopelle’s death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

NYPD IDs 1 of 5 suspects in mistaken-identity machete killing

The New York Police Department on Monday identified one of five suspects in the brutal killing of a 15-year-old boy who was pulled out of a store and stabbed several times by a group of men with long knives.

Surveillance footage published by the Post showed Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who dreamed of being a police officer, being dragged from the store by his attackers, who were seen stabbing the teen repeatedly with a machete.

The New York Post, citing police sources, identified one of the suspects as Kevin J. Alvarez, 19. He was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, gang assault and assault, the paper reported.

Two suspects reportedly were taken into custody in the Bronx, while three more were tracked down to Paterson, New Jersey.

The attack stemmed from a case of “mistaken identity,” the paper reported.

The New York Times reported that social media users believed that the victim may have been mistaken for another teen seen in a sex video with one of the suspect’s relatives.

Members of the Trinitarios street gangs reportedly apologized to Guzman-Feliz’s family and said, “It wasn’t supposed to be him.”

Police said they responded to a 911 call about an assault in progress just before midnight on Wednesday.

Guzman-Feliz, according to investigators, got into an argument with a group outside a bodega on East 183rd Street and was stabbed in the neck. The suspects bolted and Guzman-Feliz tried to reach a nearby hospital on foot, but collapsed before arriving.

NYPD Chief Terence Monahan described Guzman-Feliz’s murder as “among the most brutal crimes I’ve seen in my 36yr career.”

The Times reported that the NYPD has been flooded with tips and needed additional staff to field all of the calls to the city’s 1-800-577-TIPS hotline.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report 

The Latest: Prosecutor: Trial ends ‘long and dark chapter’

The Latest on the guilty verdicts for Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme and his co-defendant Paul Weadick (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

The top federal prosecutor for Massachusetts says the murder conviction of an 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss “ends a long and dark chapter” in the city of Boston.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling spoke to reporters Friday after jurors found Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme and his co-defendant, Paul Weadick, guilty of the 1993 killing of Steven DiSarro.

Lelling said he hopes the conviction provides some measure of peace and justice for DiSarro’s family members, who for years never knew what happened to their husband and father.

DiSarro’s remains weren’t found until 2016 when the FBI received a tip that they were buried near a mill building in Providence, Rhode Island.

Salemme’s attorney said they will appeal the conviction. Weadick and Salemme will be sentenced in September.


3:30 p.m.

An attorney for an 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss convicted of killing a nightclub owner in 1993 says they will appeal.

Jurors on Friday found Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme and his co-defendant Paul Weadick guilty of murder of a federal witness in the death of Steven DiSarro.

Salemme attorney Steven Boozang said Salemme is disappointed but feels worse for Weadick, who at 63 is much younger. Boozang said it was a “tough set of facts” but they had been hopeful jurors would clear Salemme of the charge. Salemme and Weadick face life in prison when sentenced in September.


This story has been corrected to reflect that Weadick is 63, not 62 and that murder of a federal witness calls for a life sentence, not up to life.


3:06 p.m.

An 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss has been convicted of killing a nightclub owner more than two decades ago.

Jurors on Friday found Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme guilty in the slaying of Steven DiSarro in 1993. Salemme’s co-defendant, Paul Weadick, was also convicted. Each now faces up to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Salemme watched as his son strangled DiSarro and Weadick held DiSarro’s feet. Salemme’s son died in 1995. Authorities said Salemme was worried DiSarro would cooperate with authorities investigating the mobster.

Salemme was head of the New England family of La Cosa Nostra in the early 1990s.

DiSarro’s remains were dug up in 2016 after authorities received a tip that they were buried behind a mill building in Providence, Rhode Island.


2:55 p.m.

Jurors have reached a verdict in the case of a former New England Mafia boss charged with killing a nightclub owner in 1993.

The verdict was set to be read Friday, three days after the jury began deliberating.

Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme and his co-defendant, Paul Weadick, are accused of killing nightclub owner Steven DiSarro because Salemme worried he’d cooperate with authorities who were investigating his activities in the mob.

Prosecutors say Salemme watched as his son strangled DiSarro while Weadick held DiSarro’s feet. Salemme’s son died in 1995.

Lawyers for Salemme and Weadick sought to discredit the government’s star witness, another mobster who says he walked in on the killing.

Salemme and Weadick each face up to life in prison if convicted.

Gun owner saves pregnant pizza driver from beating, robbery: police

Talk about being a good neighbor.

A pregnant pizza driver was being beaten with a rifle by two teens in southwest Atlanta on Wednesday night when a gun-owning nearby resident saw the incident and sprang into action, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“Drop the gun or I’ll drop you.”

– Dennis Madaris, gun owner who broke up robbery attempt

Dennis Madaris told the station he pulled out his weapon and told the suspects, “Drop the gun or I’ll drop you,” according to the station.

That’s when Madaris said the teens ditched the weapon and took off running.

A 16-year-old boy and girl were later arrested in connection with the attack. They were charged with assault, possession of a firearm and attempt to commit robbery, the station reported.

The pregnant woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital as a precaution. 

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

Man who cyberstalked ex-girlfriend, posted her info on prostitution site, gets 4 years in prison

A New York man who confessed to cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend, posting her personal information on a prostitution site and mailing her drugs at college in an attempt to get her arrested, was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday.

Thomas Traficante, 23, of Seaford, was convicted of “cyberstalking and distribution of a controlled substance” after U.S. District Judge David Larimer wound Traficante’s actions “despicable,” the Democrat & Chronicle reported. 

“If you had a modicum of intelligence, you should know that what you did, repeatedly, was despicable,” Larimer said.

Raymond Perini, Traficante’s lawyer, said they planned to appeal the sentencing. In March, Traficante pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and distribution of a controlled substance.


Traficante, a student at St. John’s University in Queens, met his former girlfriend, a SUNY Geneseo student who was not identified, through an online dating website. The two broke up on Oct. 26, 2017.

The spurned lover then started sending his ex-girlfriend and her sorority sisters cryptic text messages telling them “it’s not safe out there tonight” and “there are various people among different orgs who have me. My plan is to hurt them,” prosecutors said.

At one point, Traficante reportedly used a device to alter his voice, telling the woman’s roommates “I’m in the house.” The woman changed her cell phone number, but Traficante was able to find the new one and threaten her further, prosecutors said.

In November, Traficante mailed the woman drugs, including cocaine and methamphetamines, to her college mailbox. He then notified police about the drugs in order to set up the woman.

Newsday reported the woman’s room was searched but nothing was found. The victim told officers her ex-boyfriend was “controlling.” She also showed officers texts from Traficante in which he threatened to share her personal information on a prostitution site if “she did something he strongly disagreed with.”


The Democrat & Chronicle reported Traficante posted the woman’s information on, under a prostitution category, and she received some 60 calls from men asking for sex. She also said her former boyfriend hacked into her Amazon account and sent her a book titled “I’m Watching You.” He also allegedly hacked into her email, cellphone and social media accounts.

The woman also claimed Traficante gained access to her school account and took quizzes under her name, purposely getting her a failing grade. Traficante was also accused of shooting the victim’s parents’ home with a BB gun.

When police arrested him at his mother’s home in December 2017, a loaded AR-15 rifle was found. It was not immediately clear if Traficante had purchased the gun legally. Traficante was enrolled in a master’s degree program at the time of his arrest.

Traficante’s victim was in the courtroom on Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Marangola said the woman was thinking of changing her name after what she endured.

Traficante has been accused of stalking previously. From 2014 to 2015, another woman claimed she was cyberstalked by Traficante, but he was not charged in that case.

Ex-Marine charged with jumping White House barrier has PTSD, family says

A California man who had been missing for several weeks was arrested Monday after jumping a security barrier at the White House.

Alexander Miner, 29, of Danville, a former Marine, allegedly told a federal agent he had been under divine orders to slap or punch President Donald Trump and “make him cry like a b—-,” the Mercury News reported.

Miner accused Trump of harassing him through emails and also called Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama “child molesters,” court records indicate.

He was arrested after tossing a backpack and attempting to scale a barrier, authorities said.

Miner’s family in Walnut Creek, Calif. — about 25 miles east of San Francisco – said he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. According to public records, Miner’s landlord reported him missing in late May.

Lincoln Miner, Alexander’s father, filed a missing persons report three weeks ago, fearing his son might be a paranoid schizophrenic who had gone “off the deep end,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“He’s got some serious conspiracy issues, paranoid issues maybe it’s gone from PTSD into something else. I want professional help for him to find out what’s going on and I think he does too.”

– Lincoln Miner, father of suspect

“He’s got some serious conspiracy issues, paranoid issues maybe it’s gone from PTSD into something else,” Lincoln Miner said. “I want professional help for him to find out what’s going on and I think he does too.”

An investigation led authorities to a woman in Virginia who claimed Miner began stalking her 11 years ago. She told police he had claimed to be an old friend, but that she didn’t recognize him. When Miner allegedly showed up her home in Virginia, she called the police.

The next day, she said, Miner left her 200 Facebook messages in which he allegedly threatened to rape her “across the coals of hell” and “rip her from limb to limb,” court records said.

Miner was charged with attempted burglary and entering and remaining on restricted grounds without authority, the Mercury News reported. Federal authorities said Miner will undergo a mental health evaluation.  

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

Nashville Predators star Austin Watson arrested on domestic assault charge

Nashville Predators star Austin Watson was arrested by police in Tennessee on Saturday on a charge of domestic assault.

Watson, 26, was released from jail on a $4,500 bond and was due in court on June 28, Franklin Police Lt. Charles Warner told the Associated Press.

The Predators said in a statement that they “are still gathering facts and it’s not appropriate for us to comment further at this time.”


Team officials noted that they are taking the situation “very seriously,” pledging to fully cooperate with law enforcement’s investigation regarding their star forward.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Athletic the league was aware of the arrest and it would be “dealt with in due course and prior to next season.”

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Austin Watson, 26, was released from jail on a $4,500 bond and was due in court on June 28, 2018.


“Our focus currently is on the wellbeing and safety of Austin’s wife, their child and Austin himself,” he continued.

Watson was a former first-round draft pick who scored a career-high 14 goals and had five assists in 76 games during the 2017-2018 season. He had five goals and three assists in 13 playoff games.


Watson had 23 goals and 24 assists in 216 career regular-season games, all with the Predators. He signed a three-year, $3.3 million contract last year.

Watson, along with fellow NHL players Mike Fisher, P.K. Subban and Ryan Ellis joined “Unsilence the Violence,” a violence prevention program that “seeks to end the epidemic of violence against women and girls by empowering young men and boys to become the catalyst for cultural change,” according to its website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hearing set for California parents accused of shackling kids

Prosecutors were expected to begin making their case Wednesday against a Southern California couple suspected of starving and shackling their children in a case that drew worldwide headlines when the parents were arrested last winter.

David and Louise Turpin are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Superior Court in Riverside, where a judge will weigh whether authorities have amassed enough evidence for a trial.

The couple has pleaded not guilty to torture, child abuse and other charges. They were arrested after their 17-year-old daughter jumped out of a window to escape the family’s Perris, California, home in January and called 911.

They are being held on $12 million bail each.

Authorities said their home reeked of human waste and the evidence of starvation was obvious, with the oldest of 13 siblings weighing just 82 pounds. The children were shackled as punishment, denied food and toys and allowed to do little except write in journals, prosecutors have said.

They said the children were isolated from each other and locked in different rooms in small groups; they did not have access to televisions or radios but expressed themselves in the hundreds of journals that investigators seized from the home.

Most of the Turpin children were homeschooled but one of the older boys was allowed to attend classes at a local college. His mother would drive him there, stay outside in the hallway during the class and then take him back home as soon as the class ended, prosecutors said.

After they were freed from the home, the children, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, were immediately hospitalized and eventually released.

The current whereabouts of the children is unknown. A spokeswoman for the county’s social services department declined to discuss the case.

Jack Osborn, an attorney appointed to represent the couple’s seven adult children, said earlier this year they were “doing well.” They have participated in music therapy programs, made crafts and world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma held a special concert for them. They communicated with their younger siblings over Skype.

“They’re happy, they are wanting to move forward, they do not want to dwell on the past and . they want their identity to be now and going forward the things they hope to do, the dreams they have. They do not want people to think of them only as a possible victim, but as young adults setting off on their lives,” he told the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper in February.

Osborn did not respond to an email from The Associated Press this week.

Prosecutors are expected to call law enforcement officers to testify at Wednesday’s hearing, but the children are not expected to take the stand.

David Turpin’s attorney, David Macher, said he was “looking forward to the hearing,” but declined to comment further. Louise Turpin’s lawyer did not immediately respond to request for comment.


Taxin reported from Santa Ana.

Video of cat being kicked like football prompts search for kicker, camera operator

Animal welfare officials in Kansas City, Mo., reacted with disgust this week after a video surfaced in which a man is seen on a local high school football field, kicking a small black cat as if it were a football.

They said a search is now underway for both the kicker and the person who shot the video, which they believed was shot in May.

The graphic video shows the kitten sailing through the air, perhaps more than 20 yards, before the video ends prior to the cat landing on the ground.

“It was really difficult to watch,” Tori Fugate, with KC Pet Project, told Kansas City’s Fox 4.

Fugate told the station that the organization takes in about 30 animals per day, many of them having suffered trauma.

“We see a lot of those animals come in after they have already been suffering for a long time or have had something happen to them,” Fugate said. “But to actually see it in action happening to an animal, it was really difficult to watch.”

“We see a lot of those animals come in after they have already been suffering for a long time or have had something happen to them. But to actually see it in action happening to an animal, it was really difficult to watch.”

– Tori Fugate, KC Pet Project

Kelli Wachel, a spokeswoman for the Center School District, told Fox 4 that the video was shot in the evening, after school hours, when the public has access to the football field.

She said the district notified Kansas City police and Animal Control as soon as it became aware of the video.

John Baccala, an Animal Control spokesman, told Fox 4 that the Snapchat video was dated May 22, and the Center High School principal alerted authorities May 24.

“We would like to pursue this case as best we can, and the more information we get, the better,” Baccala told the station.

“It’s graphic. It’s disturbing,” Baccala said about the video. “You can insert any number of words in that. We really just want to find the person who did that and the person who shot the video.”

“If someone’s going to treat an animal like that, how are they going to treat a human?” Baccala told the Kansas City Star.

“If someone’s going to treat an animal like that, how are they going to treat a human?”

– John Baccala, Kansas City Animal Control spokesman

The video shows the kicker dressed in black and purple, and at least two other people in addition to the camera holder, the Star reported.

Neither the kicker nor the person filming have been identified yet, so authorities are hoping the release of the video will help identify and locate the suspects, the Star reported.

Anyone with information is urged to call 311 if in Kansas City, or 816-513-1313 from outside the area.

More than 500 guns seized from Southern California homes

Authorities have seized more than 550 guns at two Southern California homes and made one arrest after getting a tip that a convicted felon was storing an arsenal.

Sixty-year-old Manuel Fernandez was arrested last week after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and state and federal investigators raided his Agua Dulce home.

Officials Monday say the searchers found 432 rifles and handguns, then returned later and found 91 more hidden weapons.

Finally, 30 guns were seized at another home believed linked to an associate of Fernandez who hasn’t returned to the home.

“Detectives also seized computers, cellphones, and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect,” the sheriff’s department said in its release.

Fernandez was booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and illegally possessing an assault rifle and large-capacity magazines.

He’s free on bond. A call by The Associated Press to his listed phone number rang unanswered Monday.

The Los Angeles Times, citing an unnamed source, reported that the owner of the firearms appears to be a collector as opposed to someone who intends to use the guns for violence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report 


Armed man who shot, killed Walmart gunman is a pastor, report says

One of the armed citizens credited with taking out a carjacking suspect who went on a rampage in a Washington state Walmart parking lot Sunday reportedly is a pastor in the area.

The 47-year-old Oakville man, who has not been identified, shot and killed the suspect outside the Supercenter in Tumwater, The Olympian reported Monday.


The man was described by a police spokesperson has a local pastor with a concealed carry permit.

The unidentified man shot and killed the suspect, 44-year-old Tim Day, after he embarked on a violent spree that left three people injured — including a 48-year-old man who was shot twice when he refused to give up his car, according to Q13 Fox

The man who was wounded by gunfire was airlifted to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition in the ICU.

His son, Kyle Fievez, told the Olympia-area newspaper that his father was shot in the neck and torso, and that bullet fragments were lodged near his spine.

A GoFundMe account set up for the man said he “lost his spleen and part of his pancreas,” and “also ruptured his stomach… he is paralyzed from the neck down.”

The pastor who shot Day reportedly has emergency medical training and helped the wounded man before he was taken to the hospital.

The Walmart Supercenter was closed on Monday but was scheduled to reopen Tuesday morning.

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Ex-CIA engineer accused of leaking hacking docs to WikiLeaks charged in massive ‘Vault 7’ security breach

The ex-CIA software engineer suspected of leaking a massive, highly secret trove of U.S. hacking tools and source code to WikiLeaks has been charged in federal court with a series of Espionage Act violations.

Joshua Schulte, 29, allegedly disclosed thousands of top-secret files outlining the extent of the CIA’s cyberwarfare capabilities in an unprecedented breach that triggered an intensive investigation even before WikiLeaks published the information in March 2017.

In March and June 2016, Schulte modified a computer run by the U.S. Intelligence Agency to “delet[e] records of his activities” and “den[y] others access to the system,” prosecutors charge in a superseding indictment unveiled Monday.

The former CIA engineer was accused formally in the indictment of lying to federal investigators, illegally gathering and transmitting national security information, theft of government property, and other offenses.

“As alleged, Schulte utterly betrayed this nation and downright violated his victims,” assistant New York FBI field director William F. Sweeney, Jr., said in a statement. “As an employee of the CIA, Schulte took an oath to protect this country, but he blatantly endangered it by the transmission of Classified Information.”

Schulte was charged last year with knowingly receiving and possessing child pornography, and those charges are also listed in the latest federal grand jury indictment.


Prosecutors signposted the new charges weeks ago, even as his defense team accuses the U.S. of scapegoating.

“As the evidence is flushed out, it will become clear that Mr. Schulte is hardly the villain the government makes him out to be,” Sabrina P. Shroff, Schulte’s public defender, said in a statement Monday.

In a strange twist, while he was still working with the CIA, Schulte reportedly tweeted that WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning should be killed for her disclosures.

“Kill the prick,” he reportedly said on Twitter in response to a story about Manning.

Last March, WikiLeaks touted its stunning 8,000-plus page disclosure as the full hacking capacity of the CIA, saying it was “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.”

The 8,761 documents and files — released as ”Vault 7 Part 1,” and titled “Year Zero” — were obtained from an “isolated, high-security network” at the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Va., WikiLeaks claimed.

Prosecutors charge that Schulte committed the crimes in Virginia, where the CIA is headquartered.

Fox News’ Cody Derespina contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.