LIVE: Democratic National Convention Day 2

Watch Day 2 of the 2020 Democratic National Convention featuring appearances from:
Former Acting US Attorney General Sally Yates
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Former Secretary of State John Kerry
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester
Former President Bill Clinton
Former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden

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Star Of OWN’s ‘Sweetie Pies’ Reality Show, Stripper Charged In Murder-For-Hire Plot

St. Louis – James Timothy Norman, 41, , owner of Sweetie Pie’s restaurant, was arrested this morning in Jackson, Mississippi. Norman was charged with “conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire, resulting in death.”

Norman is part of the reality series “Welcome To Sweetie Pies’s”

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According to the complaint, Norman conspired with Terica Ellis and others to use a facility of interstate commerce, namely, a cellular telephone, to commit a murder-for-hire in exchange for United States currency, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1958. In 2014, Norman obtained a $450,000 life insurance policy on his 18-year-old nephew, Andre Montgomery, on which Norman was the sole beneficiary.

In the days leading up to Montgomery’s murder, Ellis, an exotic dancer residing in Memphis, Tennessee, communicated with Montgomery and informed him that she was planning to be in St. Louis. On March 13, 2016, the day before Montgomery’s murder, Norman flew to St. Louis, Missouri from his home in Los Angeles, California. On March 14, 2016, Ellis and Norman communicated using temporary phones activated that day. Ellis also used the temporary phone to communicate with Montgomery and learn his physical location.

Immediately after learning Montgomery’s location, Ellis placed a call to Norman. On March 14, 2016, at approximately 8:02 p.m., Montgomery was killed by gunfire at 3964 Natural Bridge Avenue in the City of St. Louis. Ellis’s phone location information places her in the vicinity of the murder at time of the homicide. Immediately following Montgomery’s murder, Ellis placed a call to Norman, and then began travelling to Memphis, Tennessee. In the days after the murder, Ellis deposited over $9,000 in cash into various bank accounts. On March 21, 2016, Norman contacted the life insurance company in an attempt to collect on the life insurance policy he had obtained on his nephew.

Terica Ellis was also charged by complaint with “conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, resulting in death.”

United States Attorney Jeff Jensen credited the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI. Jensen stated, “The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Section and FBI have established a dedicated and effective partnership in this extensive investigation.”

The arrests are part of Operation LeGend which is a federal partnership with local law enforcement to address the increase in homicides and violent crime in St. Louis in 2020. The operation honors the memory of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, one of the youngest fatalities during a record-breaking year of homicides and shootings. Additional federal agents were assigned to the operation from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Section and Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating these current charges.

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Drunk Florida Man With 1-Year-Old Passenger Crashes Into Police Car

FLORIDA — A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle was struck by an impaired driver early Tuesday morning.

Just before 1 a.m. on August 18, a marked HCSO Dodge Charger was being used to block traffic on the inside lane of Nebraska Avenue, just south of Bearss Avenue, as deputies were assisting the Florida Highway Patrol on an unrelated traffic crash. Emergency lights and the left arrow signal were activated on the patrol vehicle as the deputy was working outside the car at the time.

An Oldsmobile Alero, driven by Donald Leon Whitfield, 29, was traveling southbound on Nebraska Avenue and failed to observe the crash ahead of him. He struck the front left side of the patrol vehicle causing minor damage to the Charger. Whitfield’s vehicle was more severely damaged and the airbag was deployed.

A one-year-old child was riding in a car seat in the back of Whitfield’s vehicle at the time of the crash. The child was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital-Main by EMS to be evaluated as a precaution. The child did not appear to suffer any injuries as a result of the crash.

Whitfield, who showed signs of impairment, was arrested for DUI. His breath sample indicated a .171 BAC. Whitfield is facing charges of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) accompanied by a person under the age of 18, DUI with property damage or personal injury (second conviction), driving with a suspended license, violation of probation (prior DUI) and child neglect. Deputies contacted the Florida Abuse Hotline.

“This driver’s irresponsible decision to drive intoxicated not only put the lives of our deputies and other drivers at risk but also the life of an innocent young child,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “What’s worse is that his prior arrest for DUI shows he has made these poor choices in the past. I am thankful that no one was injured and that we were able to take Donald Whitfield off of the streets and put him in jail where he can no longer get behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

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NYPD Releases Body Cam, Surveillance Footage Of Knife-Wielding Man Shot Outside Deli

EAST VILLAGE, MANHATTAN — A video was released Tuesday of two New York City police officers shooting a knife-wielding man in the East Village on June 4.

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JUST IN: Task Forces Nabs Ohio Priest Accused of Sex Trafficking For Decades

The Cleveland Division of the FBI—Lima Resident Agency, and the United States Attorney’s Office—Northern District of Ohio, announce the federal arrest of Michael Zacharias, age 53, of Findlay, Ohio.

Zacharias is federally charged with coercion and enticement, sex trafficking of a minor, and sex trafficking of an adult by force, fraud, or coercion. Zacharias was taken into custody today, August 18, 2020, without incident at his residence by members of the Northwest Ohio Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.

According to the complaint, investigators, at this time, are aware Zacharias has engaged in sexual conduct with minors since the late 1990’s.

Father Michael Zacharias was a priest at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Findlay. He has been placed on leave by the Diocese of Toledo.

The FBI is encouraging anyone that has had contact with Michael Zacharias where they may have been “groomed” for possible future sexual purposes, they were inappropriately touched, or they were sexually assaulted by Michael Zacharias to contact the FBI at (216) 622-6842. All information will be strictly confidential.

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Alleged Attacker Of Portland Driver Identified, Sought

The following is news release from the Portland PD:

Yesterday, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) began investigation of an assault that occurred in the downtown area where an adult male associated to a white pick-up truck was violently assaulted. Investigators positively identified the suspect as 25 year-old Marquise Love. Investigators made attempts to contact Love but could not locate him.

Investigators have left messages for Love to turn himself in but will continue to look for him as there is probable cause for his arrest.

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PPB Investigators have been made aware of attempts by members of the public to contact Love after possible personal information was posted online. Investigators urge the public to not do this as it can be dangerous. Also, the information circulating on social media is not always accurate.

Other reports around social media claim that the victim in this case is not recovering or has succumbed to the injuries. These reports are false. The victim has been released from the hospital and is recovering.

Investigators are still trying to locate a transgender female who had some of her things stolen in the area of Southwest Taylor and 4th Ave, the location where this incident began. That person has not been contacted and their identity is unknown. Investigators would like to speak to this person.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or at [email protected]

PPB understands the high public interest in cases such as these. The release of information may not be as timely as the public would like. Social media platforms make it quick to circulate information but investigators often need to make other connections not seen in videos. Investigators need to protect the integrity of the cases they are assigned in order to present the best case to prosecutors and sometimes an early release of unverified information can hinder that process.

“The Portland Police Bureau is taking this assault and other incidents of violence extremely seriously,” said Chief Lovell. “Our Detectives continue to investigate this assault as well as other acts of violence directed toward protestors, but we need more than just videos from social media. In order to hold individuals responsible for criminal acts, we need the public to provide information and refrain from tampering with evidence.”

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Fla. Deputy Placed On Administrative Leave For What He Said During Arrest

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy is coming under fire after cellphone footage shows him questioning a man’s freedom of speech during an arrest over the weekend.

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Houston Cops Release Video Of Murder In Hopes Of Identifying Suspects

HOUSTON, Texas — Investigators need the public’s help in identifying suspects and their vehicle in the death of a local Cloverleaf man.

On Monday May 21st, 2020, at 8:15 p.m., patrol deputies were dispatched to the 13900 block of Victoria in east Harris County.

Deputies found 26-year-old Gabriel Ceron, lying in the courtyard area of an apartment building.

EMS personnel were dispatched and pronounced Ceron deceased from gunshot wounds.

The suspects in the shooting were described as three black males. They were seen on video surveillance driving a red Ford Expedition.

Anyone with information about the suspects or vehicle is asked to contact the HCSO Homicide unit at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (7477)

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Man With Rifle, Handgun, ‘Dressed In All Black’ Shot Dead By Police Inside Texas Walmart

Weslaco, TEXAS — An armed man wearing all black was fatally shot by police at a Walmart store in the Texas Border-Town of Weslaco Monday afternoon.

The man entered the store and confronted a customer before retreating to the back of the store. Police arrived moments later and confronted the suspect, who they say was distraught over a “medical issue or medical condition.”

Officers ordered the man to drop the rifle, which he did. At some point, police say he would not show his hands an eventually produced a handgun. Non-lethal force was used and the suspect opened fire. Officers returned fire, killing him. No officers were injured.

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The investigation continues.

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