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Shooting victim facing criminal charges because of what police say they found in his jacket

The man who was in a car with a Memphis, Tennessee, father who died after being shot and crashing his car is now facing criminal charges.

Loronzo Davis and a second man, Romedarrius Humphrey, were riding in a car that crashed on E. Crump near Lauderdale early Tuesday morning.

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When officers arrived, they found Davis suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Davis’ family told WHBQ that he had just left home to go to the store and never returned. He had a 4-year-old daughter.

Humphrey was lying in the middle of Crump with a black jacket in his hands, according to a police affidavit. He had also been shot and was unresponsive.

Humphrey was taken to an ambulance and his jacket stayed in the street. When police couldn’t find an ID in his jeans pockets, they said they looked in the jacket.

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In one of the pockets, officers said they found a grocery bag containing several clear plastic bags of marijuana – some of which were broken down into even smaller bags, according to the arrest affidavit. Officers said they also found a scale inside the grocery bag.

The drugs had a total weight of 155.2 grams, police said.

Humphrey was taken to Regional One in critical condition. He was treated for his injuries and then booked into the Shelby County jail. He has since been released on his own recognizance.

Humphrey is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell.

Ohio is only state where police are not required to report child abuse

Anyone who works with children -- including doctors, teachers, camp counselors and therapists -- is required by Ohio law to report suspected child abuse or neglect to either a children services agency or police.

But Ohio is the only state where police officers are not subject to the same mandated reporting laws.

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A Columbus, Ohio, lawmaker wants to fix that, and has proposed a bill that would require law enforcement officers to be designated as mandated reporters as well.

“I was shocked and saddened to learn that Ohio was the only remaining state not to have law enforcement listed as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect,” State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent, D-Columbus, said.

She began looking at the issue after learning of a Columbus family with five children that police had visited dozens of times for domestic violence incidents. Despite the children being exposed to repeated violence, police officers never referred the case to children services to check on their well-being, Kent said.

As a former teacher, she felt police officers should have to report these situations like she would have been required to do as a mandated reporter.

The proposed law would require law enforcement officers to contact the local children services agency if they know, or have reasonable cause to suspect, that a child has incurred abuse or neglect or faces a threat of it.

“It’s really a chance to have an early warning,” Kent said of more professionals being on the lookout for possible child abuse.

The Ohio House unanimously passed HB 137 earlier this month, and the bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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In a package of articles last month, the Dayton Daily News revealed cracks in Ohio’s system for protecting children. The newspaper’s investigation showed how some children had suffered painful deaths just days or weeks after being reunited with their birth parents. Other tragic outcomes were tied to a lack of oversight by child protection agencies that are overwhelmed with cases because of the opioid epidemic.

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Many police departments already have policies that require police officers to refer suspected abuse cases to children services, and others do it out of practice without written policies. Police officers in the Dayton region coordinate their criminal investigations with children services cases through Care House at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

“We already do this,” Dayton police spokeswoman Cara Zinski-Neace said. The department’s policy includes calling Montgomery County Children Services when a child-endangering or other crime report is filed and consulting with that agency before removing a child from their home.

READ THEIR STORIES: 19 children who died after being returned to their birth parents

Area children services officials say they often work with police officers, who are out in the field and able to catch warning signs early.

“We have a pretty good relationship with law enforcement in our community, although they are not mandated reporters,” said Jennie Cole, intake manager for Montgomery County Children Services. “We do work hand in hand, and they are oftentimes our eyes and ears out there. We fully support this legislation because it just makes sense, given their many contacts in the community.”

The proposed law closes the loop of communication, said Clark County Deputy Director for Children Services Pamela Meermans.

“If you are currently a mandated reporter, you have a choice, ” she said, adding that anyone who suspects child abuse should contact children services directly or police. “Law enforcement then, in turn, needs to inform children services. That is not universally done in all jurisdictions.”

Parents charged in underage drinking party, police say

Police said officers recently responded to was a wild party and that dozens of teenagers took off running upon their arrival.

Smith township police in Pennsylvania got a tip Saturday night about the large, underage party at a home where 25 cars were parked outside. Police said there was a strong odor of marijuana inside.

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The homeowner told police he had nothing to say. His wife said it was their daughter's birthday party.

In the criminal complaint, police said 43 people were found in the basement. Thirty-two of them were under 18 years old and 25 of them were cited for underage drinking.

A girl was reported missing hours later by her mother. The girl was later found knocking on doors, trying to get into an apartment building.

She was 2 1/2 miles from where the party took place and was not aware of her surroundings or how she ended up there.

Police also found a small marijuana growing system set up in the basement.

Both homeowners are facing numerous charges.

Texas State fraternity death likely to result in criminal charges

The death of a Texas State fraternity pledge after an off-campus social event will likely result in criminal charges based on a preliminary review of evidence, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp told the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV Tuesday.

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“I think it is pretty likely we are going to have some kind of criminal case,” Stapp said. “Once we know the complete picture, we will have to have discussions with the district attorney on the most appropriate course of actions. It’s not going to be overnight by any means.”

The death comes about a week after the national chapter of Phi Kappa Psi ordered the Texas State chapter to cease its social activities because of an on-going investigation, university officials confirmed Tuesday. Texas State had launched an investigation Oct. 4 based on a complaint it had received in late September. The university would not disclose the nature of those allegations.

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Stapp said it likely will take a month to six weeks before a decision is made because officials will want to wait for a full autopsy, which he said will be a critical piece of evidence in the case and would show the blood alcohol level for 20-year-old Matthew McKinley Ellis, who was pledging Texas State’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

San Marcos police say Ellis was dead when friends found him around 11 a.m. Monday. The university said he had attended a fraternity event off campus. The university on Tuesday suspended all Greek activity.

“Any death in our community we take seriously and especially the death of a young person like this who had so much ahead of him,” Stapp said. “In any case like this, if there are appropriate charges that can be proven, the intent is to file them,” Stapp said.

Under Texas law, hazing is a Class A misdemeanor unless it results in a death, in which case the charge can be elevated to a felony.

Texas State suspends all fraternity, sorority activities after death of Phi Kappa Psi pledge

Police on Tuesday were investigating the death of a Texas State University sophomore and fraternity pledge, authorities at the university said.

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Texas State President Denise Trauth confirmed in a statement Tuesday that Matthew McKinley Ellis, a Phi Kappa Psi pledge, died after attending an off-campus fraternity event, and she announced an immediate suspension of activities of Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at Texas State.

“These chapters are prohibited from holding new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions, and philanthropic activities until a thorough review of the Greek affairs system is completed,” Trauth said.

University spokesman Matt Flores said Ellis, 20, was a business administration sophomore from Humble.

Police said he was pronounced dead at 12:28 p.m. Monday after medics responded to the off-campus Millennium apartments. Friends discovered him a little after 11 a.m. and first responders got the 911 call at 11:35 a.m., officials said. 

Police believe Ellis was a pledge for Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, based on interviews with those at the scene, San Marcos police said.

According to a preliminary police investigation, alcohol may have been a factor in Ellis’s death, but his autopsy is still pending, police said. The University Star, Texas State’s student newspaper, said Ellis died after his fraternity’s initiation. 

Joanne Smith, vice president for student affairs, is in charge of conducting the review and proposing recommendations for reinstating fraternity and sorority chapters “that demonstrate a commitment to the core values of Texas State and the ideals established by their respective national organizations,” Trauth said. “It is imperative that our entire university community develop a culture that places the highest priority on the safety of its students, faculty, and staff.”

Ellis is the second Texas State student to die since the winter of 2016 after attending an off-campus Greek event. Four Texas state fraternities were handed suspensions in January, ranging from two to five years, for alcohol violations stemming from a party last year in which a 20-year-old student was fatally struck and dragged by a bus near Martindale.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Who was Kevin Janson Neal, suspected gunman in California shooting?

Law enforcement sources have identified the man believed to have killed five people and injured 10 others Tuesday in Rancho Tehama, California, The Associated Press reports.

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Here's what we know about 43-year-old Kevin Janson Neal:

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Roy Moore's accuser, wife pictured in yearbook under same high school class, report says

Months before Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is accused of sexually assaulting her in 1977, Beverly Young Nelson was a sophomore at Southside High School — alongside Moore’s future wife, Kayla Kisor, reports.

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“Some people are questioning the yearbook that Beverly Young Nelson showed at her press conference yesterday. Here’s what I know about that particular yearbook,” William Thornton of Alabama Media Group wrote on Twitter.

>> Alabama woman says Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16

Although Nelson said she was attending Gadsden High School in December 1977 when she was a waitress at Olde Hickory House, she had attended Southside from 1975 to the summer of 1977. The 16-year-old received her Southside yearbook in the mail that month and brought it with her to the restaurant, where she said Moore sexually assaulted her in a car. In that same yearbook is a picture of her fellow sophomore Kayla Kisor, who went on to marry a man 14 years her senior, Roy Moore.

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During a press conference this week, Nelson went on to reveal an inscription in her yearbook, which she said was Moore’s. The note, which was dated “Christmas 1977,” indicated that it had been written at Olde Hickory House and read, “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say ‘Merry Christmas.'”

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Moore was 38 years old when he married Kisor, who was 24. According to his autobiography “So Help Me God,” he met her just one year prior at a church Christmas party. He said he had seen her many years before, but did not specify where or how old she was at the time.

The new detail comes as Moore has been accused of pursuing teens when he was in his 30s. In addition to Nelson's allegation, Leigh Corfman said Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14. Moore has denied the allegations, but many within his party, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have called for him to step down.

Man shoots wife, self following argument on drive home from high school reunion

A Texas man shot his wife before turning the gun on himself early Sunday after an argument broke out on their way home from his 20th high school reunion, investigators said.

Officials with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reported that dispatchers received a 911 call just after midnight from Rachel Butler, who said her husband had shot her in the chest before shooting himself in the head at their Montgomery home. Jason Butler, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Rachel Butler told investigators that they attended her husband’s high school reunion Saturday night. According to Jason Butler’s Facebook page, he attended Klein Butler High School in Houston. 

An argument began on the hour-long drive back to Montgomery, and the fight turned physical.

“Once they arrived home, the altercation continued, at which time Jason Butler retrieved a firearm from his vehicle and then shot Rachel Butler one time in the chest,” Sheriff’s Office officials said. “According to Rachel Butler, Jason Butler then shot himself in the head in the front driveway of the residence.”

The Houston Chronicle reported that the couple’s two children, ages 6 and 2, were with family members at the time of the shooting and did not witness it. Rachel Butler, 26, was listed as stable at Conroe Regional Hospital, where a friend told the Chronicle she would remain for at least a week. 

Rachel Butler posted to Facebook Sunday evening from the hospital, where she remained in the intensive care unit. She said she was still having internal bleeding and trouble breathing.

From her hospital bed, she said she forgave her husband.

“The Jason I married was not the Jason who did (those things) last night,” she wrote. “I hope and pray he is in heaven with his daddy, his uncle Doug and many more relatives.”

She also requested prayers for her “sweet babies.”

“Jason and I both knew what it was like to grow up with our fathers being taken from us,” she wrote. 

On Monday, she shared a photo of her husband and their children from 2015, shortly after their son was born. In the image, Jason Butler holds his son while his young daughter gives the baby a kiss.

“All negative comments about him can stop,” Rachel Butler wrote. “This is how I want Jason to be remembered.”

Jason Butler appeared happy and content four days before the attempted murder-suicide, when he posted a note thanking his loved ones for helping him celebrate his Nov. 8 birthday.

“I am truly a blessed man, and by God’s grace have people who touch me in such a way I can only thank him for leading me down whatever path he wants me to go on,” Jason Butler wrote on Facebook. “You are all uniquely special to me. To my family, extended family and Rachel and my two awesome babies, I thank (you) for such a special (birthday) dinner. God bless all of you!”

The Chronicle reported, however, that court records include a divorce filing from about a month before the shooting in which Rachel Butler cited “discord or conflict of personalities.” Friends of the couple said they had gone through rough times, but that Jason Butler seemed to be doing better.

“I will forever miss you, and never understand why you’re not here with us,” a longtime friend, Danny Pechal, wrote on Facebook.  

On Jason Butler’s birthday post, the comments went from statements of love and joy to those of bewilderment, pain, and from some people, ugliness. 

“How do you go from this post to shooting your wife and then yourself?” one of the kinder comments read. “Prayers for all those involved.”

“Jason, our hearts are breaking and we are grieving,” another person wrote. “Praying for all your family. You just don’t know how much you are loved. RIP in God’s embrace, dear friend.”

“May God let Rachel have a full recovery and (may he) have mercy on you,” another woman wrote. “Thank God the kids still have one parent.”

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Some commenters wrote about how mental health issues are difficult to deal with, but a woman identifying herself as Jason Butler’s sister countered that he did not have mental health issues.

“(You) people do not know what has been going on,” she wrote. “If (you) did not know my brother, then (you) should keep your insensitive comments to yourself and have some respect for the family.”

Another commenter offered his sister her condolences on the family’s “immeasurable loss.”

“Unfortunately, the coverage of this most unfortunate event has brought out the worst,” the woman wrote. “I pray for healing for everyone involved.”

A friend of Rachel Butler’s created a GoFundMe account to help her bridge the financial gap until she could return to the beauty salon she owns and manages. On Tuesday, the page reported donations of just under $900 in one day. 

Man attacked trying to sell iPhone X at grocery store, cops say

When a man’s ad to sell his $1,300 iPhone X attracted a prospective buyer, he thought he took every precaution to protect himself in the handoff.

David Stowers picked a Publix grocery store on Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw, Georgia, to meet Kevin McGhee just before 8 p.m. Saturday, according to WSBTV.

“It was well lit,” Stowers said. “It had closed-circuit television. It had a lot of traffic.”

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But the safety measures didn’t stop McGhee from snatching the phone, trying to make a run for it and wrestling Stowers to the ground, he told Kennesaw police.

Stowers, 28, ended up with a broken collarbone, WSBTV reported.

McGhee and alleged getaway driver Michael Rogers were arrested in the incident.

It started when Stowers decided to meet McGhee, who responded to his ad on the LetGo app, in the dining area of the grocery store, WSBTV reported.

“We sit down. I take the phone out of the bag. He takes it. He’s looking at it,” Stowers told the news station. “I thought something was wrong, and I got a weird feeling like it’s not going to end well.”

Soon after, McGhee snatched the phone and ran until he was stopped by automatic doors that failed to open, Stowers said. 

That’s when the two started wrestling over the phone, WSBTV reported.

At one point, McGhee slammed Stowers to the ground and a store manager and customer jumped in.

Rogers got out of the car and jumped in, too, WSBTV reported.

“I thought someone might lose their life,” Stowers told the news station.

Warrant: After allegedly raping woman in dorm, college student texted to apologize

A police warrant details the alleged rape by a Kennesaw State University student of a woman on campus earlier this month.

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The warrant says Benjamin David Wainscott, of Alpharetta, Georgia, told police he ignored the woman when she told him to “stop,” and he later texted her to apologize.

Police wrote that he invited the woman to dinner and afterward to his dorm room, where he allegedly attacked her.

“Said accused confessed that he should have stopped after the first time the victim ordered him to stop. However, (he) continued having sexual intercourse with the victim,”the warrant stated.

The university previously said the 20-year-old woman was not a KSU student.

The warrant said he texted her “apologizing to the victim for forcing the victim to have sex with him.”

Wainscott has been in the Cobb County Jail without bond since Thursday, according to jail records.

University police records show they have investigated eight forcible sex crimes this year.

>> Related: Police: Out on bond, alleged KSU campus flasher exposes himself to teens

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