Man set on fire, assaulted by group in Virginia, police say

Jan 22, 2018 1

A man was reportedly attacked and set on fire Sunday in a Virginia suburb by a group of men — and several of the suspects remained at large Monday.

Fairfax County Police said the assault happened around 2 p.m. at an apartment complex in Annandale, located about 13 miles outside of Washington D.C.

A caller reported a man being assaulted by five or six young men, who then lit the victim on fire.

“Officers responded to the scene and they observed people matching the description running from the area,” Lt. Eli Corey with the Fairfax County Police Department said at a press briefing. “So they gave chase and they were able to apprehend two of the possible five suspects.”

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A charred backpack was left on the ground after a man was assaulted and set on fire Sunday in Fairfax County, Va.  (FOX5 DC)


A charred backpack was among the items found by investigators at the scene, according to FOX5 DC.

Police said the victim suffered burns to his upper body and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities did not disclose a motive behind the attack, and said they are still searching for the other attackers.

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Blood-stained man with assault rifle enters Georgia hotel, fires weapon, cops say

Jan 22, 2018 2

A blood-stained man with an assault rifle walked into a Georgia hotel Monday morning and fired several rounds, prompting an evacuation, officials said.

The unidentified man walked into Home 2 Suites in McDonough about 6:30 a.m. carrying an assault rifle, Henry County Police Deputy Chief Mike Ireland told Fox News. Ireland said the man had an “indication of blood on him.”

Police Capt. Joey Smith told reporters that people reported seeing a “distressed” man. He told the staff he was “being chased” before firing his weapon while standing in the hotel’s lobby, breaking a glass door, according to FOX5 Atlanta. 

No employees or hotel guests were hurt. 

One person was taken into custody as a person of interest. The man had bruises on his body at the time.

The incident prompted a major police presence in the area. Authorities searched room-to-room as a precaution.

It’s unclear where the man was before the incident, but police are investigating another possible crime scene, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Fox News’ Shira Bush contributed to this report.

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Death penalty sought in police officer's shooting death

Jan 22, 2018 2

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Pennsylvania man accused of killing a police officer and then leading law enforcement on a four-day manhunt with the help of his mother.

The Westmoreland County district attorney’s office has filed a notice of intent to seek capital punishment if 29-year-old Rahmael Holt is convicted of first-degree murder.

Holt is charged with shooting 25-year-old New Kensington officer Brian Shaw as the officer chased him on foot after an attempted traffic stop Nov. 17.

Holt was arrested four days later in Pittsburgh. Defense attorney Justin Ketchel has called the evidence against his client “scant.”

Prosecutors say the manhunt was prolonged by conflicting narratives told by the suspect’s mother about when she had last seen her son. She has been charged with hindering apprehension.

Burned body of Minnesota woman found in New Orleans; boyfriend with facial burns charged with kidnapping

Jan 22, 2018 1

A Minnesota woman who vanished earlier this month was reportedly abducted and killed by her boyfriend — who then allegedly drove her body to New Orleans and burned it in a shipping container.

Federal prosecutors on Friday charged Joseph Porter, 25, with kidnapping the woman, Cristina Prodan 27, whose burned body was found Jan 6, the day after her mother reported her missing in Edina, where she lived.

Porter had noticeable burns on his face that could be seen in his mug shot when he was arrested in Arkansas Jan. 10 on a theft charge.

The Minnesota Star Tribune reported the federal complaint says Porter’s husband, Richard Crawford, of Little Rock, Ark., told investigators Porter admitted to killing Prodan somewhere in Minnesota and taking her body to New Orleans where he burned it.

Porter has not been charged with murder in connection with Prodan’s death. His attorney in Little Rock declined to comment.


The arrest warrant in the theft case quoted Porter’s mother as saying he told her in December “he was going to kidnap the victim, drain her bank accounts, empty her safe deposit box of the guns, and take her some place where no one could find her again,” FOX9 Minneapolis reported Friday.

Before authorities announced finding the body, Prodan’s mother told the station last Monday she was holding out hope her daughter would be found alive.

“The deputies told me that they are looking for the body, but I don’t know if they find it or not,” Livia Prodan, of Richfield, Minn., said.

Her daughter and Porter began living together after meeting through Facebook in October.

In early December, Porter allegedly became abusive and was the subject of a court order barring him from having contact with Prodan, the station reported.

Records show on Dec. 28, Porter pleaded guilty to violating the order and was sentenced to time served.

Soon after that, Prodan reportedly took him back only to disappear days later.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Trial set for man charged in killing of Lebanese neighbor

Jan 22, 2018 4

An Oklahoma man facing first-degree murder and hate crime charges in the fatal shooting of his Lebanese neighbor is set for trial this week.

Stanley Vernon Majors is accused in the killing of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara in August 2016. Prosecutors say Majors, who is now 63, killed Jabara after bombarding him with racial insults in a feud with Jabara’s family that lasted several years.

Majors previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and malicious intimidation and harassment, which is Oklahoma’s hate-crime law.

Majors’ attorneys have indicated that they will present a mental health-based defense, though Majors was previously found competent to stand trial.

Jury selection is set to begin Monday, and officials say the trial could extend into next week.

Beset by traffic via navigation apps, town restricts access

Jan 22, 2018 5

A New Jersey town less than two miles from the George Washington Bridge is putting up a “keep out” sign for motorists seeking a shortcut to the world’s busiest span.

As a response to navigation apps that re-route some of the tens of thousands of vehicles headed to the bridge, Leonia is to start imposing fines Monday on non-residents who drive on residential streets during the morning and evening commutes.

Local officials and police say the decision isn’t a hasty one and that they’ve done extensive traffic studies. They say it’s a safety issue, as well as a congestion issue for residents trying to get out of their driveways in the morning.

Police Chief Thomas Rowe says the goal is not to write tickets, but to change driving behavior.

Purple Heart returned to World War II soldier's family in Tennessee

Jan 22, 2018 4

A missing Purple Heart medal earned more than 70 years ago was returned to the family of a World War II soldier on Friday, with the help of Tennessee officials.

Tennessee State Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr.’s Office said in a news release the Purple Heart was one of the two military decorations earned by Claude Parris for his service in World War II.

In 2008, a family member placed the medal in a safe deposit box at a bank in the Chattanooga area – and then forgot about it, family members said, according to WRCB. The medal was found last fall and was turned over to the state as unclaimed property.

“Treasury works every day to protect the financial lives of Tennesseans,” State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. said in a statement. “A moment like this takes all the time, dedication, and efforts of the Tennessee Treasury to a personal level, showcasing exactly what we work for every day.”


Freddie Parris receiving Purple Heart from State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr.  (Tennessee Department of Treasury)

According to his grandson, Parris served on the European front during the war, fighting with American forces in Paris and Luxembourg, where he lost part of his right leg in the Battle of the Bulge. He was rewarded with a Purple Heart medal in the 1940s.



Grandson Freddie Parris with presenters at Friday’s ceremony.  (Tennessee Department of Treasury)

The reunion was made possible due to a state law passed in May 2011 designed to protect military medals for veterans. The Tennessee law identifies a military medal as any decoration or award that may be presented or awarded to a member of a unit of the Armed Forces or National Guard, which the Treasury’s Division of Unclaimed Property is then responsible for their safekeeping.

The reunion on Friday was the first military medal returned by the Tennessee Department of Treasury Division of Unclaimed Property since the law went into effect.

“I appreciate the state laws that protect our veterans,” Parris’ grandson, Freddie, said at the ceremony on Friday. “Even though they are gone, they should not be forgotten.”

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Fires in Ohio Walmart store lead to evacuation, probe

Jan 22, 2018 5

Authorities say a Walmart in suburban Cincinnati was evacuated after someone set multiple fires inside the store, including a flaming pile of pants and other clothing.

No one was hurt in the fires Saturday evening at the store in Colerain Township, in the city’s western suburbs.

Colerain Township police spokesman Jim Love tells WCPO-TV that an officer working around the store extinguished the fires.

Police were investigating two juvenile suspects for possible prosecution in the case.

Love says the case could lead to serious charges because of the number of people who could have been in danger if fire spread elsewhere in the store.

Maryland police officer, 3 others fall through ice on lake before dramatic rescue

Jan 22, 2018 6

A rookie Maryland police officer and three others had to be rescued Sunday after falling through ice on a lake at a park just outside the nation’s capital in a dramatic incident captured on dashcam video.

The Prince George’s County Police Department said the 911 call came in around 3:30 p.m. from Hyattsville, Md., just over the border from Washington D.C.

When two officers went onto the ice to help the victims caught in the freezing water, one of the cops fell through, police said.

“They were frantic, they were screaming, they were exhausted,” Officer Timothy Tully told FOX5 DC. As Tully went onto the ice he noticed one of the men in particular was struggling in the water.

Tully, who is only two weeks on the job, was able to pull himself and one of the men out of the water before the Prince George’s County Fire Department could be seen on video arriving at the scene to pull out the other two men.

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Four people, including a police officer, were rescued from the water at Glenridge Park in Hyattsville, Md. after falling through the ice on a lake.  (Prince George’s County Police Department)

“Hitting the water and actually having that cold really takes your breath away,” he said.


Police said Tully and two of the men who fell through the ice were taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia. All have since been released from the hospital.

Tully’s training officer, Rion Robinson, told FOX5 the incident was a “life or death situation.”

“I was proud of him. He didn’t hesitate, he was calm,” Robinson said. “He never looked nervous and it seemed like he’s been out here for a couple years now, so I was very proud about that.”

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9-year-old Missouri boy killed in exchange of gunfire

Jan 22, 2018 6

Police say a 9-year-old boy was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire in Kansas City, Missouri.

The boy’s father told police he was driving with his son Saturday night when people in two other vehicles began shooting at each other. The father didn’t initially realize that his child had been caught in the crossfire and he continued driving to suburban Grandview. When his wounds were discovered, the boy was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The name of the child has not been released. Police say the father and child are presumed to be innocent bystanders.

Police say a driver fled the crime scene, crashed and was arrested. That driver’s role in the shooting has not been specified.