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Florida gas station owner charged after shooting man who stole $36 worth of beer, police say

A gas station owner was arrested after shooting a man who left the store with $36 worth of Natural Ice beer, police say. 

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Rennie Defoe Jr. walked into a Shell gas station Tuesday night and walked out with three 18-packs of Natural Ice beer without paying, according to WFLA

Mehedeun Hasan, 22, who co-owns the gas station with his father, grabbed a 9mm handgun and walked out in order to confront Defoe, according to WFLA

Defoe, 43, is seen in surveillance footage loading the beer into his car, then getting in and shutting the door. Hasan then arrives and appears to be pointing a gun. 

Defoe was shot in the left arm and chest as he reversed to leave. He drove a short distance before crashing. He was taken to a hospital, where he is in critical condition, according to WFLA.

Hasan, who has no prior criminal history, was arrested and charged Wednesday with shooting into an occupied vehicle and attempted second-degree murder, according to WFLA

Defoe has 12 previous felony charges and nine previous misdemeanors, including firing a missile into a dwelling, battery, grand theft and grand larceny, according to WFLA. He was most recently released from prison June 12.

Woman accused of hitting 16-year-old sister with car, assaulting officers

A 16-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle driven by her sister Wednesday night in Pittsburgh’s Fineview neighborhood, authorities said.

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The girl jumped on the hood of the moving vehicle, fell off and was hit shortly after 10 p.m. on Belleau Drive, according to investigators.

Police said the teenager was taken to a hospital in critical condition. She was later upgraded to serious condition.

As the girl was being taken to the hospital, a crowd started gathering and people were separated by officers because they were about to fight, according to a criminal complaint.

Officers then attempted to talk with the driver, 23-year-old Breyanna Fields. She was uncooperative and was handcuffed, police said.

Fields kicked two officers and pushed a third, the complaint said. She tried to bite another officer.

Witnesses told police Fields was seen speeding up and down the street before the 16-year-old was hit, and the car was moved before police arrived, the complaint said.

Charges against Fields include driving under the influence, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked.

'They aren't dead?' Florida man asks police when he learns 2 survived shooting, officials say

A man was arrested Thursday just hours after a fatal shooting at the Best Southern Sun Plaza Motel on South Ridgewood Avenue, police said.

Police said they arrested Marcus Pinckney, 40, in connection with the shooting. He was found in an Ormond Beach hotel, police said.

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The shooting happened at about 3 a.m. at the Best Southern Sun Plaza Motel.

A 57-year-old man died at the scene and two other men were injured. The survivors were taken to Halifax Medical Center, where they are in stable condition, officials said.

“This is an Isolated incident. Suspects and victims all knew each other,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said during a news conference. “His targets were intended targets. Almost like an execution, if you want to call it (that).” 

Police said the shooting started in the parking lot of the motel, where there was likely a feud with the gunman about a deal gone badly. 

“The deceased male and one of the injured males are father and son. The third male may be partially blind,” police said in a news release.

Witnesses told officers they looked outside when they heard gunshots, police said. Capri said there have been some narcotics complaints at the motel.

The manager showed WFTV reporter Sarahbeth Ackerman surveillance video of the incident. The video shows a man getting out of a silver Honda and opening fire on three other men.

Police said Pinckney kidnapped his girlfriend, who was in the car at the time of the shooting. She was able to later escape, officers said.

Officers received several tips that Pinckney was at the Ormond Beach motel. They found him armed with a gun at the hotel with his ex-girlfriend, police said.

“He got right into the hands of the police,” a police spokesperson said.

Police said when Pinckney was arrested, he asked officers, “They aren’t dead?” in reference to the victims.

The motel’s manager, Charles Urban, said the three men had been living there for 2 1/2 years and knew the shooter. Urban said they had caused problems at the motel before.

“Nothing like this. It's just that there's a lot of traffic coming in and out. You'd have to live here to understand, but there's a lot of homeless people. There's a lot of prostitutes, and they seem to always gravitate to (room) No. 4," Urban said.

Pinckney was arrested on charges of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a slew of other charges, police said.

Court records show Pinckney has prior arrests on charges of battery and drugs.

The names of victims have not been released. 

New York City steam pipe explosion injures 5, sends massive plume over Manhattan

A steam pipe explosion in Manhattan’s Flatiron District sent massive plumes into the sky Thursday morning over New York City.

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Update 12:50 p.m. EDT July 19: Streets closed Thursday morning when a nearly century-old steam pipe exploded in New York City could remain closed for several days if officials confirm the pipe was lined with asbestos, according to The New York Times.

New York City Fire Department Commissioner Dan Nigro said officials were working under that assumption on Thursday because the pipe was installed in 1932.

City officials told the Times that the exteriors of buildings in the area will have to be decontaminated if asbestos is confirmed.

In a statement obtained by WPIX, officials with the utility company Con Edison warned people to stay clear of the area of the explosion, on 5th Avenue and 21st Street in Manhattan.

“Environmental testing is being conducted to determine whether asbestos or other contaminants are present, but as a precaution anyone in the vicinity of the rupture who was covered in material is advised to bag their clothing and shower,” the statement said.

According to The Associated Press, there are more than 100 miles of steam pipes running beneath Manhattan. 

Update 11:15 a.m. EDT July 19: New York City Fire Department Commissioner Dan Nigro said five people suffered minor injuries when a high-pressure steam pipe that was installed in 1932 exploded Thursday morning.

“The major disruption is that not only did this steam line burst, but it caused the disruption of a gas line, a water main and some electrical power,” he said Thursday at a news conference.

Officials said 28 buildings were evacuated by 11 a.m. Thursday, up from the 11 reportedly evacuated in the immediate aftermath of the explosion.

Nigro said authorities sent samples to be tested for asbestos because of the age of the burst pipe.

“We are operating as if the samples will come back positive,” Nigro said.

Original report: According to WNBC, the blast occurred about 6:30 a.m. EDT Thursday near the intersection of 21st Street and Fifth Avenue.

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Authorities have not reported any injuries in the explosion, which “spewed debris all over the streets,” the news station said.

Fire crews were still at the scene an hour later, and officials closed streets in the area as commuters headed to work. 

‘Brady Bunch’ house for sale

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a sister or a brother to Greg, Marsha, Jan, Peter, Bobby and Cindy, you can now partially live that dream.

The iconic house that served as the exterior shot for the introduction to the “Brady Bunch” television show is for sale in all of its 1970s glory. 

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The home, at 11222 Dilling St., Studio City, California is currently listed for $1.85 million, Deadline reported

The home, which sits on a third of an acre of land, offers two bedrooms, three bathrooms and two master suites. The home was bought by the current owners way back in 1973, and this is the first time it has been offered for sale since, according to Deadline

The McCallisters, who owned the home for four decades passed away. Their children are now selling the property, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The real estate agent listing the property says that while the home has been updated and upgraded, it has the same interior decor from the ‘70s, the LA Times reported

But some may be disappointed to learn that the layout isn’t the same as what was seen on the show. 

The house is in danger of going the way of shag carpeting and egg chairs. 

The neighborhood it is in has been popular for tearing buildings down for new developments, the LA Times reported.

But the owners will give first priority to those who want to keep the house and preserve it, instead of knocking it down, the LA Times reported.

Department of Justice seeking reimbursement for Georgia sheriff’s $70K muscle car

The U.S. Department of Justice is demanding reimbursement for the nearly $70,000 that Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway spent on the high-powered sports car he drives to and from work.

In a letter to Conway, the DOJ characterized the sheriff’s purchase of a Dodge Charger Hellcat — a 707-horsepower muscle car that some have called the fastest sedan ever built — as extravagant.

The federal government previously approved the purchase, which used asset forfeiture funds, but are now questioning if the Hellcat is being used for its stated purpose.

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Gwinnett County officials said this week they’ll comply with the reimbursement request, and that they’ll be adding “review points” to their acquisition process.

Conway, who has been sheriff since 1996, is standing behind the purchase.

“Sheriff Conway maintains that this vehicle is an appropriate purchase, especially for an agency with a $92 million budget and the opportunity this vehicle provides in making our roadways safer,” Deputy Shannon Volkodav, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman, said in a written statement, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Conway’s office purchased the all-black Hellcat with heavily tinted windows in April. It used $69,258 that had been previously approved by the DOJ’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section as part of its “equitable sharing program,” which distributes assets seized during enforcement efforts to state and local agencies hoping to make purchases to support their missions.

The sheriff’s Hellcat application touted the high-powered vehicle’s potential use in Gwinnett County’s Beat the Heat program, a nonprofit that uses drag races in controlled environments to “educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving and illegal street racing.”

Guidelines prohibit “the use of equitably shared funds for extravagant expenditures,” the DOJ’s letter, dated July 10, said. “The vehicle in question is a high-performance vehicle not typically purchased as part of a traditional fleet of law enforcement vehicles.”

The department also took issue with part of the request that stated Conway would also use the car for undercover and covert operations.

The Sheriff’s Office defended the claim, saying that, in addition to driving the car to and from work, Conway uses it “when he participates in field operations, covert and otherwise, with our deputies.”

William Perry, the executive director of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs, called the sheriff’s office’s explanations of the car’s use “bullfeathers.” He said money from seized assets should be “treated the same way as a dollar coming out of a taxpayer’s pocket.”

“In my eyes, the only way Butch Conway can save face is if he writes a personal check for that vehicle and apologizes to the taxpayers of Gwinnett County,” Perry said.

According to the Department of Justice’s letter, the sheriff’s office is not eligible to request or receive more asset forfeiture funds until the Hellcat money is reimbursed. A deadline of July 31 was given.

Volkodav said Wednesday that the sheriff’s office hadn’t yet formally responded to the letter and was exploring its options.

Gwinnett County spokesman Joe Sorenson said the county was “committed to resolving the matter quickly and will be adding review points in our process for equipment purchased with asset forfeiture funds to make sure we comply with guidelines set forth by the Department of Justice.”

Bread, Swiss Rolls sold at Walmart, Food Lion, H-E-B recalled for potential salmonella presence

Flowers Foods Inc. has issued a voluntary recall on various Swiss Rolls sold under brand names at Walmart, Food Lion, H-E-B and others due to the potential presence of salmonella in an ingredient. The Thomasville, Georgia-based company has also recalling Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread.

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“The ingredient recall was initiated by a third-party whey powder manufacturer and supplier,” the company said in a Wednesday news release. “No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled items.”

Walmart’s Great Value brand of Swiss rolls is included in the recall, as well as Mrs. Freshley’s Swiss Rolls, Food Lion Swiss Rolls, H-E-B Swiss Rolls, Baker’s Treat Swiss Rolls and Market Square Swiss Rolls.

Captain John Derst's Old Fashioned Bread has been distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina according to the news release.

The recalled products are:

  • Mrs. Freshley’s Swiss Rolls - 4-count, 7.2-ounce packages with UPC No. 072250011907, best by/enjoy by dates 10/09/18 through 10/19/18.
  • Mrs. Freshley’s Swiss Rolls - 6-count, 12-ounce packages with UPC No. 072250903233, best by/enjoy by date 10/14/18.
  • Food Lion Swiss Rolls - 6-count, 13-ounce packages with UPC No. 035826092779, best by/enjoy by date 10/16/18.
  • H-E-B Swiss Rolls - 6-count, 12-ounce packages with UPC No. 0412202965830, best by/enjoy by date 9/19/18.
  • Baker’s Treat Swiss Rolls - 6-count, 13-ounce packages with UPC No. 041498188382 best by/enjoy by dates 9/21/18 through 9/28/18.
  • Market Square Swiss Rolls - 6-count, 12-ounce packages with UPC No. 087381760556.
  • Great Value Swiss Rolls - 6-count, 13-ounce packages with UPC No. 078742147550 best by/enjoy by dates 9/17/2018 through 9/25/2018.
  • Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread with UPC No. 071316001180, best by/enjoy by dates 07/16/18 through 7/28/18.

Customers with the affected products should discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Questions can be directed to Flowers’ Consumer Relations Center at 1-866-245-8921 or contact the center by email at

More information on the recall can be found at

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a salmonella is a bacteria. A salmonella infection can be fatal for young children, frail people, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths in the United States each year.

4 injured in explosion at Pennsylvania Army depot

Four people were injured Thursday morning after an apparent explosion and subsequent fire at the Letterkenny Army Depot in Pennsylvania, officials said.

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Update 11 a.m. EDT July 19: Letterkenny Army Depot Commander Col. Steven Ledbetter said a small explosion happened around 7:20 a.m. in a paint area at one of the depot’s production facilities.

“In this particular production facility, it’s vehicles and some major end-items (and) large pieces of equipment,” Ledbetter said. “No munitions.”

He said four people were taken to hospitals with injuries after the incident.

Authorities do not believe the blast was connected to terrorism. Officials continued to investigate the cause of the explosion on Thursday.

Update 10:20 a.m. EDT July 19: Col. Steven Ledbetter, the commander at Letterkenny Army Depot, told WPMT that a small explosion and fire Thursday morning left four people injured.

Three people were flown to a Maryland hospital in serious condition, the news station reported. A fourth person was taken to Chambersburg Hospital with unknown injuries, according to WPMT.

Original report: Authorities at Letterkenny Army Depot confirmed in a series of since-deleted Facebook posts Thursday morning that an explosion was reported at the depot. The incident happened around 7:15 a.m., according to WPMT.

Officials with the volunteer Franklin Fire Company said three people were flown from Letterkenny after firefighters responded Thursday morning to an “explosion with burn victims.” The Franklin County Office of Emergency Management also told Fox News three people were flown from the Army depot after the blast.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.

A spokesman for Letterkenny Army Depot told WHTM-TV that authorities do not believe the blast was the result of a terrorist attack. Employees told the news station that the explosion happened in an area of Building 350 used for painting and that they were “worried about peers who ran out of (the) building screaming (and) on fire.”

Established in 1942, the 18,000-acre Letterkenny Army Depot employs more than 3,600 people in Franklin County. Its mission is to “deliver superior maintenance, manufacturing, logistics, life cycle support and service worldwide to the Joint Warfighter and our International partners.”

Police officer chases murder suspects through Las Vegas, shoots through windshield during pursuit

It looks like something out of a movie, but it was real life when a police officer in Las Vegas was involved in a high-speed chase and had to open fire on the escaping vehicle.

The incident happened July 11 after a traffic stop. Police officers had tried to pull some men in an SUV over while they investigated a murder, KVVU reported

The men fired on police as they drove through the streets. As Officer William Umana negotiated the turns, keeping up with the truck, he opened fire to try to stop the SUV, Fox News reported

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The entire chase, and resulting gunfire, was caught on Umana’s body camera.

It finally ended when the truck crashed into a wall at an elementary school, Fox News reported

Rene Nunez left the vehicle and tried to get into the school, which was locked. He was wounded in the shootout. He was arrested and is now facing charges, including murder, Fox News reported.

The passenger, Fidel Miranda, tried to move the SUV toward the cruiser, but police opened fire on Miranda, KVVU reported. He died at the scene.

Both Umana and his partner are on paid administrative leave until an investigation into the shooting is done, KVVU reported.

5-year-old found sleeping in 'deplorable conditions' with gun on chest, police say

A 29-year-old Manchester, New Hampshire, man has been arrested after police found a young girl sleeping with a gun.

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Police were investigating reports of shots fired around 10 p.m. Wednesday when they found 29-year-old Thomas Gulledge outside of the home in question. Several witnesses told police they believed the shots came from the Flaherty Lane apartment.

When officers asked Gulledge about gunshots near his apartment, he allowed officers to search his apartment.Officers say they found deplorable living conditions including dog feces, trash, rotten food, and flies. 

Officers found a 5-year-old girl sleeping on a bed in a room also filled with feces, trash and rotten food. Police say there was a fully loaded .45-caliber handgun in a holster resting on her chest.

Police say the girl had no injuries. She was removed from the home and placed into the custody of a foster family.

Gulledge was taken into custody for two counts of reckless conduct. He is set to appear in court Thursday. 

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