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Texas dad arrested, accused of causing security panic at school

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A Texas dad terrified his child's elementary school when he decided to conduct a "rogue" security drill to see how the school would respond in the event of an emergency, according to the school district.

Ron Miller, 44, entered the office of the Celina Elementary School at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, according to police, where he "conducted his own drill to test the school's response to an active shooter situation."

"Although Miller did not display a weapon, the statements and actions of Miller were aggressive and created panic and fear among the school's staff," the Celina Police Department said in a news release.

Police rushed to the school. Miller was arrested later in the day.


Seattle woman will eat food only from Starbucks for a year

© Photo courtesy Beautiful Existence
A Seattle woman says she'll only consume food from Starbucks for all of 2013, though friends and family tell her it's going to "cost a lot of money" and she's "going to gain weight."
"That's going to cost a lot of money." "You're going to gain weight."

Those are the reactions a Seattle woman gets when she tells friends about her plan for the year.

Beautiful Existence, her legal name, is only going to eat food and drink beverages from Starbucks for all of 2013.

"I've been going in and getting their nutrition by the cup charts for all their serving sizes," she says. "I'm already getting a feel for what to eat - the plain nut pack as a snack because it only has 190 calories, compared to the piece of pumpkin bread."

Lucky for her, Starbucks bought a tea business and a juice company last year, so Beautiful will also purchase food from Evolution Fresh and Tazo Tea.


Delaware couple arrested for sex with dog

A Delaware couple was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a canine, according to court records obtained by The Delaware State News.

Samantha L. Golt, 24, was allegedly photographed by James P. Crow, 25, having sex with the animal. Those photographs were turned over to police on December 28 by a concerned citizen, but it was not clear how that person came to possess the images.


Ohio man arrested for taunting police dog

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An Ohio man is asking law enforcement in Montgomery County to throw him a bone after he was arrested for barking at a police dog.

Cameron Dunn, 22, was placed in the back of a police cruiser earlier this week when a routine traffic stop caused cops to suspect that he was in possession of marijuana. By the end of the night, Dunn was looking at an entirely different type of criminal charge.

While detained in the backseat of a patrol car, Dunn noticed that the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office had called in a drug-sniffing dog, a K9 named Gunner, to give the suspect's vehicle a quick once-over. Before Gunner could get around to finding any contraband, though, Dunn dared to try and taunt the dog.

"As Gunner walked past the cruiser Dunn began barking at the dog and hitting the window of the cruiser," reports the Dayton Daily News, which broke the story on Tuesday.


At least 18 murdered in Chicago within the first 10 days of the year

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With at least 18 homicides in the first ten days of 2013, Chicago, Illinois is on pace for more than 700 murders this year - a figure which would far surpass last year's 516 and leave New York City's murder rate in the dust.

In 2012, a total of 516 people were murdered in Chicago, most of which occurred in the city's notoriously dangerous West and South Sides. Last year's deadliest month was August, in which 57 people were murdered in the Windy City, many at the end of a gun barrel.

But this year there have already been 18 homicides in Chicago, six of which occurred throughout a single weekend. The city has already accumulated more than twice as many murders as Detroit, which saw a 20-year high in homicides in 2012. At the current rate of two or more murders per day, Chicago is on pace to accumulate more than 730 homicides this year, which would be a record high since 1997.

Of the 18 homicides that occurred in Chicago over the past ten days, 15 of the victims died from gunshot wounds, two were stabbed, and one was a victim of a fatal assault. More than half of the victims were under the age of 30 and nearly all of them were male.


Man who burned woman in elevator gets 50-year sentence

© Robert Stolarik for The New York Times
At Brooklyn Supreme Court on Friday, Jerome Isaac was sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing an elderly woman by setting her on fire in an elevator in December 2011.
Calling the crime one of the most brutal he had seen in his judicial career, a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge on Friday sentenced a man who burned an elderly woman to death in an elevator to 50 years in prison.

On Dec. 17, 2011, surveillance footage showed the man, Jerome Isaac, who was wearing a gas canister and a surgical mask, cornering the woman, Deloris Gillespie, 73, in the elevator of Ms. Gillespie's apartment building in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Mr. Isaac doused Ms. Gillespie with accelerant, then tossed a Molotov cocktail into the elevator.

"This has to be one of the most horrific crimes I have ever seen," the judge, Justice Vincent Del Giudice, said. "I had to review that video of the horrible death of that woman suffering."

Justice Del Giudice added, "That is not something one can take from one's mind."

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, Mr. Isaac, 48, said nothing during the hearing. He tilted his head down and closed his eyes for much of it.

Mr. Isaac was sentenced to prison despite recent questions about his mental health.

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Man jumped into Arizona Meteor Crater - He liked to "appease the gods"

Arizona crater
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Winslow, AZ - A man who jumped into a mine shaft at the Meteor Crater tourist attraction 35 miles east of Flagstaff Thursday has been pulled out, according to authorities.

He was rescued from the 100 foot deep hole early Friday morning.

Coconino County Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair said the sheriff's office got a call around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon saying a man had made his way into the bottom of the crater where people are not permitted.

When the first deputy arrived he was told the man had just jumped feet first into the mine shaft, sheriff's officials said.

Additional resources were called in and the first rescuers to make it down to the bottom of the crater had to cut through a seven foot fence topped by barbed wire to get access to the mine shaft.


Honesty of the long-distance runner

Fernández Anaya helps Mutai toward the line
Is winning all that counts? Are you absolutely sure about that?

Two weeks ago, on December 2, Spanish athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai - bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner - the certain winner of the race - mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai's mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

"I didn't deserve to win it," says 24-year-old Fernández Anaya. "I did what I had to do. He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn't have closed if he hadn't made a mistake. As soon as I saw he was stopping, I knew I wasn't going to pass him."

Eye 1

Police trick entire high school into signing 'anti-violence pledge' to gather handwriting samples

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Northampton High
Police are accused of tricking students at a high school into signing their names on a fabricated 'anti-violence pledge' so they could gather handwriting samples and match it with a threatening note found in the school shortly after the Sandy Hook shootings.

Northampton High School was evacuated on December 19 when the note was found in the bathroom - just five days after Adam Lanza gunned down 20 elementary school students and six teachers before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities are now hoping the handwriting samples taken from the students will give them a new lead in their investigation as they hope to match it to the threatening note.

The statement has been described as a joint effort by police, the high school administration and the Northwestern District Attorney's Office, according to The Republican.

Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz said District Attorney David E. Sullivan have confirmed the method is valid and legal - despite the handwriting samples being taken from the students under false pretenses.

Heart - Black

Decorated emergency medical technician who 'used his FDNY key to shut down elevators to trap and rape young girls' faces first victim in court

A decorated former emergency medical technician accused of using his FDNY key to shut down elevators to trap and rape young girls appeared in court on Wednesday to face testimony by the first of his five alleged victims. Among Angus Pascall's alleged victims, prosecutors say the 35-year-old raped an 11-year-old girl after using his fireman's key to stop her elevator. Another similarly alleged victim was aged 19.

He is now charged with five sexual assaults carried out in Brooklyn between 2001 and 2010, all of which he has pleaded not guilty to. Prosecutors say DNA evidence, however, connects him to every single crime.

On Wednesday one of his first victims who was 22-year-old at the time of her alleged attack offered the first harrowing testimony against him.

Trembling before the court, the woman claimed Pascall approached her at her apartment's door in Flatbush in 2001 while asking if he could leave a package with her for her next door neighbour.