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  • Woman who climbed Statue of Liberty sentenced to probation, community service

    Woman who climbed Statue of Liberty sentenced to probation, community service

    (NEW YORK) — A Staten Island woman was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and 200 hours of community service for climbing the Statue of Liberty on July 4. Therese Okoumou, 45, was convicted in December of trespassing. She had scaled the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and refused to come down in protest of President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy that divided families at the southern border. Okoumou arrived for sentencing at Manhattan federal court on Tuesday with tape over her mouth to protest what she said were limits on her freedom of expression. Magistrate Judge Gabriel […]

  • Mom booked for murder in case of 9-year-old girl found dead in duffel bag

    Mom booked for murder in case of 9-year-old girl found dead in duffel bag

    (LOS ANGELES) — The mother of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, whose body was found in a duffel bag in Los Angeles, was booked on Monday for her daughter’s murder, authorities said. The case is being reviewed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and charges are expected to be filed on Wednesday morning against Trinity’s mother, Taquesta Graham, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said Monday. Graham’s boyfriend, Emiel Lamar Hunt, was charged with murder in the case last week, officials said. Trinity’s body was discovered by county workers on March 5 near an equestrian trail in Hacienda Heights. She […]

  • Devastating floods still rolling through Midwest, with more rain expected

    Devastating floods still rolling through Midwest, with more rain expected

    (NEW YORK) — Some of the worst Midwest flooding in decades, which has claimed at least three lives, is continuing across the central U.S., from the Dakotas all the way to eastern Illinois. The Missouri River in Nebraska is finally receding, but downstream the river is rising — especially in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Atchison, Kansas. The flooding there could surpass what the region experienced in 2011, which was the worst since 1993. More rivers in nearby Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa and could produce major, if not record, flooding by the weekend. Two storms are forecast to move through […]

  • Woman who climbed Statue of Liberty on July 4 may see prison time

    Woman who climbed Statue of Liberty on July 4 may see prison time

    (NEW YORK) — Theresa Okoumou may face jail time at her sentencing Tuesday for climbing the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy that divided families at the southern border. The 45-year-old will be sentenced by Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in Manhattan, New York. The judge had previously asked for a field trip to the statue in order to view the spot where Okoumou perched for three hours, causing the evacuation of 4,300 people from Liberty Island during the holiday. Federal prosecutors have asked that Okoumou be incarcerated for at least 30 days […]

  • Three Dallas officers cleared of charges after handcuffed man’s death

    Three Dallas officers cleared of charges after handcuffed man’s death

    (DALLAS) — Prosecutors dismissed charges against three Dallas officers indicted in the 2016 death of a handcuffed man who died after calling police for help. Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot dismissed charges against officers Danny Vasquez, Kevin Mansell and Dustin Dillard on Monday following a lengthy investigation into the in-custody death of Anthony Timpa, who died shortly after he was arrested for what police described as erratic behavior. “The Grand Jury had concluded the officers engaged in reckless conduct that placed Mr. Timpa in imminent danger of serious bodily injury,” the District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Monday, […]

  • Off-duty MD officer arrested in road rage incident after allegedly pointing gun at driver

    Off-duty MD officer arrested in road rage incident after allegedly pointing gun at driver

    (BALTIMORE) — Police arrested an off-duty Maryland State Trooper after he allegedly pointed a gun at another driver during a road rage altercation, authorities said. Zachary Tyler Bowen, 28, was arrested in Baltimore County, Maryland, on Sunday after a 911 caller claimed he pulled beside them on a highway and aimed his gun at them, police said in a statement. The male driver and a female passenger said the incident happened at around 6:30 p.m. when they changed lanes on Interstate 695 in Northern Maryland, according to the Baltimore County Police Department. “After changing lanes, a suspect driving a Volkswagen […]

  • Arizona teacher arrested for having sex with 13-year-old student, once while another student kept watch: Police

    Arizona teacher arrested for having sex with 13-year-old student, once while another student kept watch: Police

    (GOODYEAR, Arizona) — Before her arrest for the alleged sexual abuse of her 13-year-old student, sixth-grade teacher Brittany Zamora was confronted in a recorded phone call by that student’s father. “You are a ——- monster. You are a pedophile,” the father said in the call. “You are a child molester, do you understand me?” Not long after that recorded call, the student’s parents met with police and Zamora, a teacher at Las Brisas Academy Elementary School in Goodyear, Arizona, was taken into custody while officers’ body cameras recorded the arrest. The 27-year-old was pulled over and put in handcuffs. She […]