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Austin package explosions: 3 blasts appear connected, claim 2 lives, police say

Three package explosions in Austin in the past two weeks appear similar and related, authorities said Monday, and police are warning residents against taking suspicious packages inside their homes.

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Police: University of New Orleans student threatens classmates, causes campus shutdown

Police have arrested a University of New Orleans student accused of making threats to fellow classmates Sunday evening, which caused a shutdown Monday of the university campus, as well as that of a high school next door.

Nicholas Heard, 20, was taken into custody Monday morning on a charge of terrorizing, New Orleans Police Department officials said. 

Police officials said Heard, who lives in on-campus housing, is accused of making direct threats to fellow students.

“Heard stated that he would shoot several people on campus,” a news release from the department stated

UNO officials responded by canceling all classes Monday. reported that university officials urged employees to stay away from campus. Students who live on campus were also asked to remain in their dorm rooms until the threat was over. 

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A message sent to students, faculty and staff by UNO police officials stated that Heard made “threats of violence” against two other students, reported. No motive was made public. 

UNO’s Twitter account reported just before 11 a.m. that Heard had been caught. reported that the nearby Ben Franklin High School was also closed Monday due to the threat. 

Detectives: Babysitter admitted to shaking 3-year-old who family says is now 'brain dead'

 Update 10:50 a.m. 3/12/2018: A Hanover Township woman allegedly admitted to Butler County sheriff’s detectives that she shook a toddler she was caring for on Thursday, according to court documents.

Lindsay Partin, 35, of the 4000 block of Shank Road, was booked into the county jail on Friday, charged with felony child endangerment and felonious assault.


She is scheduled to appear in court Monday for an arraignment. 

Partin caused serious physical harm to the 3-year-old girl by shaking her, according to the complaint filed by Detective Dan Turner. Family members earlier told WCPO that the girl was “brain dead.”

The charges came from Turner’s investigation and Partin’s admission, according to court documents.

Original report: A woman accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl she was babysitting is in Butler County Jail on charges of felonious assault and endangering children.

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Lindsay Partin, 35, was booked into jail Friday afternoon.

The child, 3-year-old Hannah Wesche, was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Thursday after she had been at Partin’s house, who was babysitting, according to WCPO.

Partin had been a trusted neighbor and had cared for Wesche for several months, her aunt, Megan Latham, told WCPO.

Latham said her niece is essentially “brain dead.”

“I think she fought the best that she could which is all we can ask,” she said. “I think God just has a better plan for her, and I know she is in a better place and she is not suffering.”

Partin is expected to appear in court Monday for an arraignment.

Man accused of dousing toddler, woman in lighter fluid

Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts, arrested a man after he allegedly doused the mother of his child, as well as the 18-month-old boy, in lighter fluid, the Eagle Tribune reports.

William Connatser, 37, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, police say. 

Police Chief Roy Vasque said Connatser was staying at the Essex County Sheriff's Department re-entry program home and was wearing a GPS tracking bracelet. He asked permission to go to a nearby Market Basket, where he bought the lighter fluid, police said.

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At the store, Connatser met the woman and their child at his invitation, police said. He then accused her of cheating on him, grew angry, and then doused their car and the two victims in the lighter fluid, police said.

Connatser told the woman to get in the car and drive out of the parking lot and threatened to set both her and child on fire if she didn't, police said.

As she drove around, the woman began to honk her horn at other drivers, asking for help, which prompted Connatser to punch her multiple times on the head, police said.

Connatser only stopped when a police officer stopped the car and handcuffed him, authorities said.

“I thought the officer did a great job, used great restraint in a bad situation where he could have easily opened fire,” Vasque said. “Obviously, we're glad he was able to come to the woman's and the child's aid.”

The woman sustained serious injuries to her head and face and had blood on her hands, according to the police report. 

She received emergency treatment and was then taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where she and her child were able to wash off the lighter fluid.

A temporary restraining order has been issued against Connatser, according to police.

Connatser is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at Lawrence District Court.

Police: Florida man arrested after worker discovers phone recording in Walmart restroom

A Florida man was arrested Saturday afternoon after a Walmart employee discovered a recording cell phone perched atop a mirror in a restroom near the store's merchandise pickup counter, the Clermont Police Department said.

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"She took the phone to the loss prevention office," Clermont police Officer Erin Razo said. "The loss prevention officer looked into the unlocked phone in an attempt to obtain owner information, and he observed a file containing at least three photos indicative of child pornography."

Investigators said the loss prevention officer discovered photos of a man who returned to the store searching for his lost phone.

Jacob Perritt, 39, of Clermont, who police said had methamphetamine on him, was arrested and taken to police headquarters, where he admitted to detectives that pornographic photos were downloaded onto the phone, Razo said.

Investigators said Perritt has an active warrant out of Michigan for accosting children for immoral purpose.

Perritt was booked into the Lake County Jail on three counts of sexual performance by a child, possession of methamphetamine, prohibition against giving false name or false identification by person arrested or lawfully detained and video voyeurism.

Perritt is jailed without bail, police said.

Family's wolf-dog hybrid kills newborn baby in bassinet

A Virginia family's pet wolf-dog hybrid attacked and killed their newborn baby, authorities say.

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According to WJHL, the 8-day-old baby girl was lying in her bassinet at the family's Lee County home Wednesday morning when the dog attacked her. The parents heard the girl crying, entered the room and saw the dog by the bassinet, deputies said.

The baby had "very serious injuries to the upper body," said Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons. She was treated at multiple hospitals before she died about 4 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The dog was euthanized, Parsons said.

The incident is still under investigation.

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Boyfriend convicted of killing woman's 2-year-old daughter

A Georgia man was sentenced to life in prison for beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter to death, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said. 

William Gaddy grabbed, kicked and hit Addisyn Sanders “with enough force to bruise her entire body,” Fulton District Attorney Lauren Travis said in a statement. 

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On June 16, 2015, Gaddy and his brother, Colby Fields, were watching the girl while her mother, Tiffany Harris, went to work, according to the Fulton District Attorney’s Office

Authorities say the girl was playing video games with Fields before she left his bedroom. A short time later, Fields heard Addisyn yelling “no” and “stop” followed by three loud bangs on a nearby wall. 

Fields then saw his brother carrying the girl’s limp body into a bedroom, where Harris later found her when she returned home from work. Sanders claimed he dropped Addisyn while they were playing. 

Addisyn was taken off life support June 19, 2015. 

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the girl died from severe damage to the brain and skull

“Little Addisyn Sanders had so much life to live, but because she had the unfortunate fate of crossing paths with (Gaddy),” Travis said in court. “She will never have her first day of kindergarten. Her mother, Tiffany Harris, will never be able to tell her another goodnight story or tuck her into bed one last time.” 

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Manager fired, woman charged after movie theater altercation goes viral

A movie theater manager in Pennsylvania has been fired after an altercation with a woman and several teenagers that was caught on cell phone camera video went viral.

The incident happened at the Phoenix Theater in North Versailles last month, WPXI reported.

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According to police paperwork, a group of teenagers had been thrown out of the theater and went back inside. That's when police got involved and escorted them out of the building.

Melanie Carter started recording the incident with her cell phone -- more than 1 million people have seen the approximately 80-second video -- and tells Officer Christopher Kelley she was looking out for the girls.

The video shows the exchange of words and at one point the theater manager is heard calling the girls "animals," WPXI reported.

Kelley tells Carter she needs to leave the property but the arguing continues, as she says her children are still inside the theater.

Video then shows Carter being handcuffed and saying, "Get off of me ... what are you doing?!"

In the complaint, Kelley wrote, "She was struggling with me and refused to put her hands behind her back, laying on them and pulling them away from me."

People who have seen the video wonder whether Kelley went too far.

"It was a lot of precautionary measures that he could've took to avoid all that, but he chose the route he did," said Drew White.

While it's unclear what happened immediately before and after the video, Heather Soto of Elizabeth said it shouldn't have ended the way it did.

The theater has fired the manager seen in the video, saying, "We determined that the manager's conduct does not reflect our values, his training, or our policies. This is certainly not the way we treat people."

Carter is facing four misdemeanors including failure to disperse and resisting arrest.

Man fears for life, accuses wife of poisoning him with antifreeze

An Arizona man says he fears for his life after he claims his wife of 34 years poisoned him with antifreeze, according to court documents released Friday.

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Randy Eskelson said in his court statement that there is proof that his wife, Connie Eskelson, 66, purchased lab-grade ethylene glycol, the active ingredient in antifreeze. The court documents did not offer a motive, but Randy Eskelson told the court he fears for his safety if his wife is released from custody while awaiting trial, claiming his wife had a hidden firearm, reported.

Connie Eskelson was arrested Thursday on an attempted murder charge for the incident that took place last August, reported. Randy Eskelson was found unconscious Aug. 21 and taken to the hospital, where testing uncovered a potentially lethal dose of ethylene glycol in his system, reported. While Randy Eskelson had no brain activity upon arriving at the hospital, he eventually made a full recovery, according to court documents.

Authorities believe Connie Eskelson poisoned her husband's drinks over a period of time.

Eskelson was taken to the Maricopa County Jail, with her bond set at $700,000, reported.

Man stabs woman at bus stop because he 'doesn't like gay people'

Tennessee man was arrested and charged with stabbing a woman at a bus stop because he "does not like gay people," police said.

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According to the Memphis Police Department, the victim was standing at the bus stop Thursday when Gaylord Marcellus McDowell, 39, walked up to her. 

Police said the suspect came up to the victim “in attack mode.” She asked him to stop, and then the two got into an argument. 

Things escalated when McDowell pulled out a knife and allegedly stabbed the victim in the breast, police said. 

A bus driver then drove up to the stop and the woman hopped on to get away. 

When police arrested McDowell in the area, he told them he did not know the victim but said he did stab her in the chest.

"I already know what the police got me for, for that girl!” McDowell allegedly said. Officers found a knife on McDowell, who allegedly said, “That's the same knife I had the other day.”

McDowell was taken to the Ridgeway Police station for further questioning. At some point, he told officers that the victim was gay and, “he does not like gay people." 

McDowell is charged with criminal attempt-second-degree murder.

He is being held on $80,000 bond.

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