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Chicago duct tape dad given probation for binding toddler

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Chicago Police are investigating a Facebook photo posted by Andre Curry, 21, of his daughter apparently bound with tape, under the title "This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back ;)"
A Chicago judge ruled today that a dad convicted of aggravated battery for binding his 18-month old daughter with tape and taping her mouth shut will not have to go to prison, but serve probation instead.

Andre Curry, 22, was ordered today to serve 18 months probation, undergo parenting classes and submit to periodic drug tests.

Curry was arrested in December 2011 after posting a photo of the little girl on Facebook with the caption: "This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back ;)."

He was convicted in November of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery, and faced up to seven years in prison.

Curry has no prior criminal record and his lawyer convinced the judge to reconsider the felony conviction, dropping the charges to a misdemeanor.

Curry did not testify in his own defense, but his lawyer argued that he was just fooling around and the girl was never in danger.

"To use a child ... as a toy or a prop in an odd attempt at humor is conduct of an insulting or provoking nature," Cook County Circuit Judge Lawrence Flood said in November when Curry was found guilty.


Indian woman jumps off moving train to flee rape


The woman, 25 and a mother of two, is in a critical condition
The woman's leap came in the aftermath of the fatal attack on the medical student and a male friend in Delhi last month.

A young woman is in a critical condition in hospital after she flung herself from a moving train to escape a sexual assault, the latest in a series of incidents that have highlighted the vulnerability of women in India.

As the authorities prepare for the latest court hearing over the rape and killing of a 23-year-old medical student, details emerged from the state of Bihar about the woman who jumped from her carriage after allegedly being molested by a paramilitary soldier.

"Her condition continues to be critical. A team of doctors is treating her. She has suffered injuries in her head and legs," a police official told the IANS news agency.

The incident happened as the 25-year-old woman from Darjeeling was travelling on a train to Delhi on Thursday evening when the man tried to molest her after she visited the lavatory. After fighting him off, she then leapt from the Brahmaputra Mail train as it passed through the state of Bihar. The woman, who has two children, is being treated in a hospital in the city of Patna. A member of the Assam Rifles paramilitary force has been detained and charged.

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School board member resigns after driving SUV into teenage girl

A member of the Bartow County School Board in the state of Georgia has resigned after video has surfaced of her running down a 17-year-old girl with her car in a Walmart parking lot.

Surveillance video taken from the Walmart in Cartersville, GA shows Cornett driving into Emily Gulledge, a senior from a local high school, while attempting to secure a spot for her SUV in late December.

Gulledge says she was standing in the spot to reserve it for her brother's girlfriend, who had recently given birth, when Cornett drove into her. According to the driver, though, it wasn't a big to-do. In the statement given by Cornett to the police, she says the teen "leaned against her vehicle and started to yell, 'She hit me.'" After the incident, Cornett claims the victim refused medical treatment and walked away laughing.
Investigators paint a different picture, though, and can back it up with surveillance video footage.

"She told her to move and then she pulled into the parking spot and hit her with the tire of the vehicle," Bartow County Sheriff's Office Investigator Jonathan White tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Second trooper suspended for roadside cavity search in Texas

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Two Irving women are suing after they were subjected to a roadside cavity search by a Texas DPS Trooper, their lawyer released the video.
The second of two Texas State troopers at the center of a lawsuit involving a roadside cavity search has been suspended with pay.

The two women from Irving are suing Trooper David Farrell, Trooper Kelley Helleson and the director of the Department of Public Safety for what they call an unconstitutional search without probable cause.

On Thursday, the DPS said Farrell had been suspended with pay effective Dec. 21 pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident. Helleson had also been suspended with pay on Dec. 19.

On July 13, while driving along State Highway 161, Angel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs were stopped for littering by Farrell. In the dashcam video released by the women and their attorney, Farrell can be heard telling the women they would both be cited for littering for throwing cigarette butts out of the car.

Farrell then returned to his cruiser and, in the video, can be heard calling female Trooper Helleson to the scene to search both women whom he said were acting weird.

Evil Rays

Stripper in Florida tries to get out of assault charges by claiming it was "performance art"

A boot-clad woman who caused a scene in the middle of busy State Road A1A in Hallandale Beach was arrested after tossing a traffic cone at a random motorist and then spitting in his face, police said.

She claims it was all in the name of art.

But Broward Judge John "Jay" Hurley wasn't impressed by Arlene Mena's site-specific art performance and ordered a $1,000 bond on charges of battery and criminal mischief stemming from the bizarre incident.

According to police and witnesses, Mena, 25, was first spotted standing and yelling in the middle of A1A outside her condo building along the 1800 block of South Ocean Drive about 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

Noel von Kauffman, 40, said he was walking along the street when he noticed Mena trying to direct traffic while wearing a tank-top, cut-off jean shorts and tall boots.

"She looked like a very drunk person," von Kauffman told the Sun Sentinel on Thursday.


Japanese man gets kicks from Syria war tourism

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Toshifumi Fujimoto, a tourist from Japan, in front of damaged buses in Aleppo’s old city in December.
Toshifumi Fujimoto's vacation pictures, posted on his Facebook page, show him in poses familiar to any tourist. He lines up with interesting people, tries local activities and shows the sights. Except in the case of Mr. Fujimoto, a Japanese tourist, that means images of what appear to be Syrian rebel fighters engaged in battle, of himself firing an assault rifle and of the corpses of some of the 60,000 people the United Nations has said have died in Syria since a civil war began there early last year.

Mr. Fujimoto, 45, is, according to an interview he gave the news agency Agence France-Presse in Aleppo, Syria, usually a trucker hauling loads between Osaka and Tokyo or Nagasaki. For the last week and on a previous trip, he has been a tourist snapping pictures with his Canon D-SLR cameras and a compact video camera in Aleppo - the very heart of the Syrian conflict. (A link to his Facebook page is here, with the warning that it contains very graphic images.)

He told the news agency, via Google Translate, that he had sneaked across the border from Turkey and taken up a position where the fighting is heaviest. "I always go by myself, because no tour guide wants to go to the front," Mr. Fujimoto said. "It's very exciting, and the adrenaline rush is like no other."


American Eagle pilot arrested preparing for takeoff

An airport spokesman says an American Eagle pilot preparing for takeoff has been arrested after failing a blood-alcohol test at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Spokesman Patrick Hogan said witnesses alerted airport police that the pilot smelled like alcohol before he boarded the plane. Hogan said the pilot was conducting preflight checks about 6:30 a.m. Friday when officers boarded, conducted a Breathalyzer test and arrested him on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol.

Passengers had not yet boarded the flight to La Guardia, New York City.

American Eagle is owned by American Airlines.


Passenger on JFK-bound Icelandair duct taped and tied to chair after getting drunk

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Restrained Passenger Reportedly On IcelandAir Flight
A passenger aboard an Icelandair flight had to be tied down by fellow passengers after going on a rampage Thursday.

According to Icelandic media outlet MBL.is, the passenger began acting out two hours before the flight was set to land. He reportedly had been drinking heavily, and allegedly began ranting, spitting and threatening the crew before he was restrained.

Andy Ellwood, a contributor with Forbes, was aboard the flight and snapped a photo which quickly went viral.

On his Tumblr account, Ellwood wrote the passenger "drank all of his duty free liquor on the flight," "tried to choke the woman next to him" and was "screaming the plane was going to crash."


Fired Utah state trooper Lisa Steed accused of falsifying DUI arrests

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against a former Utah Highway Patrol trooper and her superiors alleging that she filed false DUI charges during her career.

The department fired Lisa Steed in November for alleged misconduct related to her duties.

Attorney Michael Studebaker, who is one of the lawyers leading the class-action lawsuit, says he has been contacted by at least 40 people claiming Steed wrongfully arrested them on DUI or drug charges.

"Culture of corruption. The stories are just rampant," said Studebaker, who filed the lawsuit Dec. 14 in District Court in Salt Lake County.

Lawyers have yet to determine exactly how much the plaintiffs will seek in monetary damages.

One of the alleged victims was Michael Choate, who says Steed pulled him over for speeding with his wife in the car.

"She said she clocked me at 73. I was going about 50, 52 at most," Choate said.


Appeals court: Motorist cannot be stopped for giving police the middle finger

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A motorist cannot be stopped for "giving the finger" to a police officer, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

In a lawsuit against two police officers, the court held the insulting gesture did not constitute "reasonable suspicion that criminal activity or a traffic violation was afoot."

The lawsuit was sparked by an incident that occurred in 2006 while John Swartz and his wife Judy Mayton-Swartz were driving to their son's house.

The couple saw a police officer using a radar gun to catch speeding motorists at an intersection. John, who was a passenger in the car, stuck his arm outside the side window and "flipped the bird" over the car's roof. The police officer then followed the couple to their son's home and stopped them. John was arrested for disorderly conduct after other officers arrived as backup.