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‘Bachelor’ Star’s Lawyers Say He Performed CPR On Crash Victim, Ask Court To Drop Charges

Lawyers for Chris Soules — who was “The Bachelor” on season 19 of the ABC show — are asking the court to dismiss a charge against Soules that claims he failed to remain at the scene of a car accident, People reported.

Iowa authorities claim that Soules, 35, left the scene of a fatal car accident that resulted in the death of 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, a veteran. But Soules’ attorneys say that the charges are unfounded.

“Because Mr. Soules indisputably stopped his vehicle, returned to the injured driver, contacted law enforcement, provided aid to the injured driver, arranged for medical treatment for the injured driver, remained until emergency personnel responded to the injured party, and provided identification data, the State’s charge must be dismissed,” court documents by Soules’ attorneys said.

Soules also attempted to resuscitate Mosher with CPR, his lawyers claimed.

“Mr. Soules checked on Mr. Mosher to determine if he

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Police Believe Man Shot In Street May Be Fourth Victim Of New Florida Serial Killer

Residents of the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa are being asked to stay inside after a 60-year-old man was shot to death while crossing the street on Tuesday morning, The Miami Herald reported.

Police are investigating the murder as the work of a possible serial killer responsible for the death of three other people in the same neighborhood.

In addition to new victim Ronald Felton, 60, police believe the same shooter killed Benjamin Mitchell, 22; Monica Hoffa, 32; and Anthony Naiboa, 20. All three were killed within days of each other in October.

The suspect in Felton’s shooting was thin and wearing a black baseball hat at the time he came up behind Felton and shot him in the back, police said.

Police believe the shooter is likely to live in the neighborhood, and police cautioned that residents should check their homes and make sure that, if they own a gun, it is

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Man Accused Of Killing Spree Wrote Cryptic Message In Victim’s Blood

Police arrested a 22-year-old Florida man in late October on charges that he killed three victims and targeted two others, People magazine reported.

On Oct. 27, police found the body of Derick Westley Tucker, 46, on the ground near a storage unit and next to a hacksaw and machete covered in blood. The killer used Tucker’s blood to write a strange message: “4 Stop Wait Time.”

Later that day, police arrested security guard Nathaniel Maurice Petgrave in the murder, and charged him with two other deaths.

Investigators believe the “4” in the bloody message was a reference to the number of people Petgrave believe he had killed; one of the victims recovered after being shot in the neck, police said.

Petgrave, who was homeless, had ammunition in a makeshift camp matching the bullet casings from one of the murder scenes, investigators claimed. Detectives allegedly found Petgrave in a stolen black pickup truck.

Police claim

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Missing Teen May Be Victim Of Sex Trafficking, According To Police

A Pennsylvania college student who went missing nearly two months ago may be a victim of sex trafficking. Corinna Slusser, 19, was last spotted on September 20, leaving Haven Motel in Queens, New York, according to The New York Post.

The teen had filed a complaint against a 32-year-old man about a month before she vanished. She claimed that man grabbed her neck and pushed her against the wall when told him she wanted $300 that was allegedly stolen from her. That man could be her pimp, authorities said.

Slusser’s family reported her missing on September 12 after she didn’t show up for grandpa’s funeral, the New York Daily News reports. Her last post on her Instagram was on September 10. Family members said Slusser moved to New York City after meeting an alleged pimp in March. Before meeting him, she studied marketing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“She’s so sweet

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Nashville Church Shooting Victim Describes Horrific Attack: ‘I Just Laid Quietly And Played Like I Was Dead’

A Tennessee man was arrested yesterday after opening fire in his former church, killing one person and injuring at least six others, police said.

Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, allegedly arrived at Nashville’s Burnette Chapel Church of Christ with a handgun shortly before 11 am, just as morning church services were ending, he told police. He was charged with first-degree murder, and other charges are expected.

Catherine Dickerson, one of the injured church parishioners, told USA Today what she saw. 

“I looked to my right and didn’t see anything,” Dickerson said. “Then another gunshot went off and someone said, ‘He’s got a gun!’”

“He was in black and had a black mask with white little markings on it,” Dickerson added. “He had the gun straight ahead of him, holding it with both hands. I saw one lady and she was going down.”

She ran toward the church, at which point the gunman shot her

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Man Sexually Assaults 11-Year-Old In Hospital, Blames Victim For Being ‘Sexually Provocative’ With Popsicle

A registered sex offender has been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in a Missouri hospital.

Fifty-seven-year-old Dave Saffeels was charged Saturday with nine felonies, according to CBS News. He also allegedly molested a 2-year-old girl. The two girls were allegedly victimized within a one-month time span. 

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Saffeels is currently jailed on $500,000 bond. The probable cause statement says the older girl was repeatedly assaulted in August in a patient room of Cox South Hospital. The 11-year-old was visiting the hospital to see a woman who just had twins, and somehow she and Saffeels ended up in a room alone together.

Cox spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell said the hospital was not aware of the allegations at the time.

“We are fully cooperating with the Springfield Police Department and are taking this matter seriously,” McConnell said.

A few weeks later, Saffeels allegedly raped the girl at her home while she

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August 26, 2009: Kidnapping Victim Jaycee Dugard Found Alive After 18 Years

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On August 26, 2009 kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard was found alive after being missing for more than 18 years.

Jaycee went missing on June 10, 1991 near South Lake Tahoe, California. She was 11 years old. She was abducted on the street as she walked from home to a school bus stop. Her stepfather watched her get kidnapped. He chased her abductor on his mountain bike.

On both August 24 and 25, 2009, convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido visited the University of California campus in Berkeley with two young girls, aged 11 and 15. Suspicious of the trio, someone alerted authorities.

Turns out, the two girls were Jaycee’s daughters, fathered by the sex offender. Phillip, 58, and his wife, Nancy Garrido, 54, of Antioch, were arrested by police for kidnapping, imprisonment, and sexual assault on August

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Teacher Convicted Of Raping 15-Year-Old Student Now Has To Pay Victim $1 Million

An Oklahoma City federal judge has awarded $1 million in damages to a teenage boy who was raped by his middle school teacher, according to The Oklahoman newspaper

Jennifer Caswell, 31, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, five of which were suspended, after pleading guilty to six counts of second-degree rape, child enticement and forcible sodomy in June 2015.

In his judgment, U.S. District Judge Robin J. Cauthron wrote that following the incident, which garnered national headlines after Caswell appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show, the victim experienced “depression, isolation, and self-blame for the events that transpired.”

The boy and his father sued Caswell and the Hollis Oklahoma school district in 2015 due to the boy’s emotional duress and in order to bring attention to the plight of sexual abuse by teachers, according to their attorney Bob Wyatt.

Following the judgment, Wyatt said, “”We are pleased that the judge

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Mom Of Charlottesville Victim Killed By White Supremacist Speaks Out: ‘I Want Her Death To Be A Rallying Cry’

The mother of the woman murdered during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend said her daughter’s death should be “a rallying cry for justice.”

Thirty-two-year-old Heather Heyer died after a man plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

“Heather was not about hate, Heather was about stopping hatred,” Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother told HuffPost. “Heather was about bringing an end to injustice. I don’t want her death to be a focus for more hatred, I want her death to be a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion.”

Twenty-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. has been arrested for the attack. He was photographed demonstrating at the rally, carrying symbols of Vanguard America, a white nationalist group.

Federal law enforcement are conducting a civil rights investigation into the incident, which has been called an act of domestic terrorism by numerous politicians and officials. The incident injured 19 others.

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Northwestern Professor Accused Of Killing Hair Dresser Sent Video To Victim’s Family: ‘Worst Mistake Of My Life’

A Northwestern University associate professor and an Oxford University employee have each turned themselves into police after the pair became suspects in the death of a 26-year-old man, People magazine reports.

Police found the body of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau at the home of Wyndham Lathem, 42, an associate professor of microbiology-immunology at Northwestern. The victim was apparently stabbed to death.

Police searched for Lathem and Andrew Warren, 56, for more than a week before they agreed to turn themselves in.

While on the run, Lathem allegedly sent a video to Cornell-Duranleau’s family, apologizing for “the worst mistake of my life,” investigators claimed.

One of the suspects also made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Cornell-Duranleau’s name, the Associated Press reports.

Lathem, who has been placed on administrative leave and banned from Northwestern’s campuses, plans to plead not guilty to the charge of murder, his attorney told People.

[Image: Chicago Police Department]

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