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2 Pennsylvania troopers shot, suspect dead

Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were shot and a suspect is dead Friday night in Fairchance.

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The incident was reported about 9 p.m. near a convenience store in the southwestern Pennsylvania town, police said.

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One of the troopers was life-flighted from the scene to a hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, officials said. The other trooper was taken to a hospital via ambulance. Both were stable and alert.

Witnesses who said they were in their car in the Shop ’n Save parking lot in Fairchance said they heard 10 to 15 gunshots.

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In a statement, Shop ’n Save officials said they were “deeply saddened” by the shootings.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families,” the statement said. “Providing a safe environment for our employees and guests is our number one concern.”

Jacksonville officer in critical condition after shooting 

One Florida officer is in critical condition and another is stable after being shot Friday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.

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The officers were responding to an attempted suicide call, Sheriff’s Office Director Mike Bruno said.

The suspect was shot by police and later died, deputies said.

The injured officers were taken to UF Health Jacksonville after the shooting.

When officers arrived at the house, they encountered a man armed with a high-powered rifle, Bruno said. Three people were barricaded in a bedroom inside the home.

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The shooter shot through the front door at the responding officers, then exited the house and exchanged gunfire with police, Bruno said. One officer was shot in the hands and another was shot in the stomach, Bruno said.

The three people who were inside the home are safe, Bruno said.

Earlier Friday night in central Florida, one officer was killed and another was gravely wounded in a shooting in Kissimmee.

Central Florida police officer shot and killed, another gravely wounded

One central Florida police officer was shot and killed Friday night and one is in grave condition, Kissimmee Police Chief Jeffrey O’Dell said.

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O’Dell said that Officer Matthew Baxter was killed and Sgt. Sam Howard was shot and is in grave condition. The uniformed officers were responding to a call at 9:30 p.m. in Kissimmee.

It appears that there was only one shooter, O'Dell said at a news conference early Saturday.  One person believed to have been involved in injuring the officers is in custody and two of the three people they originally responded to check out are in custody, O'Dell said.

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Howard was a 10-year veteran of the department and Baxter had been with the Kissimmee department for three years, O’Dell said.

President Donald Trump tweeted that his “thoughts and prayers” are with the Kissimmee Police Department. 

“We are with you!” the president wrote.

“This is a tough time in law enforcement,” O’Dell said. “I would ask that you pray for the men and women of law enforcement.”

“Tonight we lost a brave officer,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted. “Praying for @kissimmeepolice.”

DA: Mom didn’t report molestation due to 'hectic' schedule

A Georgia mother didn’t tell police that her boyfriend sexually abused her 6-year-old daughter because of her “hectic work schedule,” the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office said.

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The boyfriend, Damylo Morrow, was convicted Thursday of sexual battery and acquitted of child molestation after a three-day trial.

The mother pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree cruelty to children for failing to report the abuse and telling the child to lie about it, the District Attorney’s Office said. She was sentenced to eight years’ probation under the First Offender Act and cannot have unsupervised contact with the child for the duration of her probation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is withholding the identity of mother in this case in order to protect the identity of the child, who is a victim of sexual abuse.

The child’s grandmother brought her to Scottish Rite Hospital in April 2015 and told staff that the girl had been molested on Dec. 31, 2014. The grandmother was aware of the incident shortly after it happened but did not tell police because Morrow was already in jail on an unrelated charge, according to a release from the District Attorney’s Office.

The AJC is also withholding the identity of the grandmother in this case in order to protect the identity of the child.

Morrow massaged the child’s legs and removed her pants before touching her genitals, the child told a Gwinnett County Department of Family and Children Services worker at the hospital.

The child’s mother told a detective she was aware of the allegations in December of that year but didn’t report them because “she had a hectic work schedule” and Morrow denied touching her child, the release said.

When the child and her mother later went to Norcross Police Department headquarters for an interview with a detective, they were placed in an interview room to wait. While in the interview room, the mother told the child to say that Morrow never touched her, the release said.

During the interview, the child initially denied that Morrow had touched her but later told the detective that Morrow had touched her genitals, the release said.

Morrow was sentenced to three years in prison and two years of probation. Upon release, he must register as a sex offender.

Barcelona van attack: At least 14 killed in terror attack; arrests made

Authorities said a terror attack in Barcelona claimed at least 14 lives on Thursday and left 80 others injured after a van slammed into pedestrians on Barcelona's popular La Rambla street.

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Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalonia police force, confirmed the attack in a Twitter post around 5:10 p.m. local time.

Drunken driver runs over ‘Report Drunk Drivers’ sign

One California driver seems to have taken a highway sign far too literally.

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In a Monday Facebook post, California Highway Patrol said a man has been charged with DUI after crashing his Jeep into a sign reading, “Report Drunk Drivers” on Wednesday morning along State Road 1 near Aptos, California.

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KSBW reported thatStephen DeWitt, 57, was seriously injured after the Jeep he was driving lost control just before noon, hit the sign, ran up the banked side along the highway and landed upside down in the road. 

DeWitt, who one officer said was “quite intoxicated,” was flown to a trauma center.

The crash had a lane closed for an hour.

Teacher shoots self at Georgia high school, police say

Lithia Springs High School in Lithia Springs, Georgia, cancelled classes Thursday morning after an incident involving a teacher, according to Douglas County sheriff’s officials. 

The officials said a school employee was flown to a hospital after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot at the school.

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No students were involved or injured. Just before 9 a.m., students could be seen walking through the parking lot and then back into the building.

“No students were in the building at the time. The campus has been secured, and students are in the gym. Students may be picked up by a parent or guardian, and buses will be available to take bus riders home. There will be no classes at Lithia Springs High School today,” Nell Boggs, community relations specialist for the Douglas County School System, said.

Boggs said a teacher suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound at about 7:15 a.m. while alone in his classroom.

During a news conference about the incident, the school's superintendent thanked first responders and emergency personnel for their swift efforts.

Sheriff's officials said the teacher arrived at the school Thursday morning, went to his classroom and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"There were no students who ever saw this. This was a very isolated incident," a sergeant said.

Sheriff's officials said student safety is the first priority of theirs and the school board.

There were several hundred students who had made their way to the campus at the time of the shooting, but very few were inside the school building, sheriff's officials said.

Authorities said there were only two people involved: the teacher who suffered the gunshot and another teacher who was able to call 911.

"He was able to call to another teacher to call 911 upon his behalf," the sergeant said.

Authorities are not releasing information about whether or not the shooting was accidental. 

Sheriff's deputies said the teacher was stable as of 12 p.m.

Authorities said grief counselors are at the high school and will remain there for the time being.

"They will be here until they don't need it anymore," a sergeant said.

Deputies said the teacher had been an employee at the school for 18 years.

They said that while the gunshot was self-inflicted, there is a criminal investigation.

Students said the man is their math teacher. They said he has a wife and young daughter.

“His daughter is actually pretty smart. He bragged about her in class and loved her,” student Gustavio Ruiz told WSB-TV.

This is a developing story. Check WSBTV.com for updates.

Woman to 911: ‘I’ve been raped’; Uber driver: ‘She was the aggressor’

The woman was sobbing and hysterical: “I’ve been raped.”

She said she was locked in her bedroom “in case the guy comes back.” And, she said, it was her Uber driver. She knows his name: Gary.

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But Gary Timothy Kitchings — adoptive father, longtime foster home “parent,” inspirational blogger, husband to a woman fighting cancer, and, more recently, a driver for the app-based ridesharing service — insisted to Jupiter police that the encounter in the early hours of May 7, with a passenger he drove home from SunFest, was “fun” and a “fling” — and that, while adulterous, it was consensual.

The Palm Beach Post this week obtained nearly 200 pages of reports from the Palm Beach County State Attorney on the case, which is set to go to trial in October. Kitchings is charged with two counts each of sexual battery and kidnapping and one of burglary. He remains in the Palm Beach County Jail, held without bail.

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Police: Man beats girlfriend after someone eats his brownies

A Texas man faces multiple charges after police say he beat his girlfriend because someone else ate some of the brownies she had baked for him.

Jason Eric Gonzales, 35, of Odessa, is charged with continuous violence/assault against a family member causing bodily injury and retaliation, as well as failure to pay child support, according to KOSA-TV in Odessa

The news station reported that Odessa police officers were called July 16 to a local hospital, where they found a 42-year-old assault victim. The woman told police she had baked brownies for Gonzales, her boyfriend.

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Another person ate some of the chocolatey treats, which angered Gonzales, police officials said. He allegedly retaliated by punching his girlfriend several times in the chest and kicking her in the ankle, causing a serious injury. 

A witness confirmed what happened, the news station reported

KOSA-TV reported that the woman has filed assault complaints against Gonzales multiple times in the past. He was accused of assault against her at least twice in the past 12 months. 

In one instance, Gonzales allegedly threatened to kill the woman and her family for filing a complaint about a previous assault, the news station said. 

Woman caught snorting cocaine in parent pickup line at school, police say

A Florida woman was arrested Tuesday after a school resource officer at a Fort Myers middle school spotted her snorting cocaine as she sat in the parent pickup line at the school, police said. 

WBBH reported that Christina Hester, 39, of Fort Myers, was sitting in her car when a school resource officer, who was standing near a second-floor window, saw her using what appeared to be a credit card to chop up a white substance on the back of her cellphone case. The officer said he then saw her use a straw to snort the substance.

The SRO, who is also a Lee County sheriff’s deputy, asked Hester to come to his office until school dismissal was over, according to WFTX in Cape Coral. At that point, he got her purse out of her car and performed a field test on the substance, which indicated it was cocaine. 

The baggie of cocaine weighed about half a gram, the news station reported

Lee County jail records show that Hester was booked on charges of felony cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a misdemeanor. Her bond was set at $6,500. 

She was released after posting bond. 

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Parents and students at Lexington Middle were equally shocked by the arrest. 

“She’s responsible for other people’s lives, and she’s driving a car where my kids are walking, and other kids,” parent Katie Lindsay told WBBH. “Just (a) lack of responsibility.”

Sara Millican, 13, told WFTX that the incident was “crazy.”

“People come to school to learn, and not to see people doing drugs in their cars,” Sara told the news station. “Like, why would anyone do that? Especially when there’s kids of all ages here.”

It was not immediately clear if Hester is the parent of a child or children at the school. 

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