Category Archives: Around The Country

No Decision Yet On Epstein Bail Request

(New York, NY-AP) — A federal judge says he needs more time to decide whether to release accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein on bail. Judge Richard Berman says he will issue his decision on Thursday morning. Epstein will remain behind bars at the Manhattan Detention Center until then.

His attorneys are hoping he can be released on 77-million dollars bail by putting up his Upper East Side mansion and other assets. The 66-year-old hedge fund manager is currently being held without bail, after his arrest on new accusations that he abused dozens of girls in his New York and Florida homes.

He’s been kept behind bars without bail after prosecutors argued that he was a flight risk

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Human Remains Found At Home Connected To Savannah Spurlock Case

(Lancaster, KY-AP) — One person is under arrest after human remains were found in the search for missing Kentucky mom Savannah Spurlock.

David Sparks is in the Madison County Detention Center after being charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

The arrest came after authorities responded to a home in Garrard County yesterday afternoon. Human remains found at the home, where search teams looked for the missing Richmond woman months ago, are being sent for identification.

Police say Spurlock went to the home with three men after leaving a bar in January.

Illinois Mom Arrested For Letting Kids Ride On Top Of Car

(Dixon, IL-AP) –– An Illinois mom is facing child endangerment charges after police say she was driving down the road with her kids on top of her car. Dixon Police say they arrested Jennifer Janus Yeager after she let her kids ride inside an inflatable pool on the top of her car.

Yeager says the kids were keeping the pool from flying off the car. Dixon Police said prosecutors are considering two counts of endangering the health or life of a child and two counts of reckless conduct.

Recovery Effort Continues In Earthquake-Stricken Southern California

(Ridgecrest, CA-AP) — Crews are working to assess the damage in Southern California after two powerful earthquakes last week. Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin said his department’s main focus is to ensure the public is safe and has all basic necessities.

He says all roads and sidewalks have been assessed and are in good condition and able to be used. The city’s wastewater system and regular water system are operating normally and there is no need to boil water before use.

The first earthquake hit on the Fourth of July with a magnitude of 6.4 and has been described as a “foreshock.” A second strong quake hit Friday night at a magnitude 7.1.

Chicago Police Release Jussie Smollett Investigation Footage

(Chicago, IL-AP) — Newly-released police body-cam footage of Jussie Smollett shows the actor with an alleged noose around his neck. Chicago police have released around 70 hours of video footage and hundreds of files from the investigation into Smollett’s alleged attack earlier this year.

Some of the video shows him with a white rope looped around his neck, which he said his alleged attackers had placed on him. He can also be heard telling officers he had bleach poured on him, and asking them not to film him. Smollett was indicted on multiple felony accounts for allegedly staging the attack, but the charges were later dropped.

A special prosecutor will now be investigating the handling of the case, which could result in new charges against the actor.

Chicago Restaurant Speaks About Spitting Incident Involving Eric Trump

(Chicago, IL-AP) — The owners of a Chicago restaurant are responding to reports that an employee spit on President Trump’s son, Eric. Alinea Group, which owns the Aviary cocktail bar, confirmed the “unfortunate incident” in a statement. It said “no customer should ever be spit upon.”

The employee has been placed on leave while the company’s HR team investigates the incident. The company also spoke out against the online discussion of the incident, which has included people praising the spitter and others calling for the demise of the restaurant or threatening employees.

The company said it hopes that the incident can “serve to illuminate the current absurdity of the discourse in our politics.”

Body Pulled From East River Confirmed To Be Popular Brooklyn YouTuber

(Brooklyn, NY-AP) – Police in New York say they’ve found the body of popular Brooklyn YouTuber Etika. Twenty-nine-year-old Desmond Amofah disappeared last week after posting an apparently suicidal video.

His body was pulled from the East River. The YouTube personality, who reviews video games under the Etika name, also tweeted suicidal messages in April, prompting police to check on him.

Fotis Dulos Wants To Contact Girlfriend

(Stamford, CT-AP) — The estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mom wants to see his girlfriend. Fotis Dulos has been barred from contacting Michelle Troconis because they are co-defendants in the missing persons case of Jennifer Dulos.

An attorney for the missing woman’s estranged husband says Troconis believes in his innocence, and they should be allowed to live as they see fit. Fotis Dulos and Troconis are charged with hindering prosecution and evidence tampering in connection with the disappearance.

The New Cannan mother of five has been missing for a month.

Body Found In East River Could Be Popular Brooklyn YouTuber

(Brooklyn, NY-AP) — Police are trying to determine if a body found in the East River is that of a popular Brooklyn YouTuber missing since last week.

Items belonging to 29-year-old Desmond Amofah were reportedly found on the Manhattan Bridge last night not far from where the body was pulled out near Pier 16 in Lower Manhattan.

Amofah, who goes by Etika online, disappeared after posting an apparent suicidal video. The YouTube personality, who reviews video games, also tweeted suicidal messages in April, prompting police to check on him.

Georgia Woman Dead After Snakebite

(Brunswick, GA-AP) – A Georgia woman is dead, a month after being bitten by a rattlesnake in her friend’s garden.

snake-1560973194Priscilla Meridith was put into a medically induced coma after the reaction to the bite caused a heart attack and her liver and kidneys to start to fail. She died June 12 in her hospital bed. She wasn’t given any anti-venom; the family says the hospital staff told them they were informed she was allergic.

While the hospital won’t comment on details, an official said only about a quarter of snakebite victims are given antivenom. A fundraiser set up for her medical care is now collecting for funeral expenses.