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Arizona man charged with domestic violence murder of girlfriend: police

Arizona police arrested a 23-year-old man for allegedly killing a woman in December, according to police.

Jesus Gonzalez of Chandler, Arizona was arrested on Jan. 23 by the Chandler Police Department in Arizona and charged with second-degree homicide.

Police said officers were dispatched to reports of a person not breathing on West Lemon Tree in Chandler, Arizona just before 7 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2022.

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When police arrived, they found a 23-year-old woman who was dead, a press release from the Chandler Police Department read.

An initial investigation found the victim’s boyfriend, Gonzalez, knew about the woman’s death but failed to report it to police.

He was arrested for the misdemeanor charge of not reporting her death.

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But following an autopsy and a further investigation, police said, detectives determined the incident was a domestic violence homicide.

Police alleged that they conducted a follow-up interview and confirmed that Gonzalez killed the woman.

No other information was available, and the investigation is ongoing.


Missouri mother convicted of killing her infant twins

A Missouri mother who reported that her infant twins were stillborn has been convicted of manslaughter.

Maya Caston, 28, was convicted Friday of second-degree involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child endangerment. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that jury found her guilty of lesser charges instead of convicting her of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors argued that Caston's lack of action to get care for the babies showed that she caused the deaths. And her extensive internet searches for miscarriages and abortion methods before she gave birth demonstrated that she didn't want the babies.

The evidence showed that Caston searched Google for "cheap abortion pills," "free abortion clinic" and "can you cause a miscarriage if you hit yourself in the stomach hard enough?" After she gave birth, Cason researched if you can bury a baby in a back garden.

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Caston told the jury that she had planned to give the babies up for adoption at a doctor's appointment three days after they were born, but by that time, the babies had died after not eating.

"We have two dead babies. She didn’t want them. She didn’t care for them," Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Dittmeier said in closing arguments. "She didn’t even give them a name."

Caston’s public defenders argued that she has an intellectual disability and didn’t understand the risk to the infants.

"I was in shock. I didn’t know what to do," she told the jury.


Slain LSU student Madison Brooks remembered in obituary as living 'every day to the fullest'

Over two weeks after LSU student Madison Brooks was fatally struck by a car following an alleged sexual assault, the budding college sophomore is being remembered as a pure-hearted adventure-seeker who "lived every day to the fullest." 

Brooks, 19, died in the early morning hours of Jan. 15, 2023, when she was fatally struck by a car near her Baton Rouge, Louisiana, campus. Police records detail how she was allegedly raped while she was intoxicated shortly before she was struck. 

A recently published obituary describes how Brooks, originally from Covington, Louisiana, had recently been accepted into LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. She was in her second year at the Baton Rouge-based university and was "an active and beloved member" of the Alpha Phi sorority, the obituary states. 

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Brooks posthumously donated several organs, including her heart and kidneys, the sorority previously revealed. 

She was an active student even before her college career began. A 2021 graduate of St. Scholastica Academy, a private Catholic school in Covington, Louisiana, Brooks was an honor-roll student who was involved in cheerleading and several other programs, including Spirit Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Doves for Life, the obituary states.

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"She enjoyed adventures and travel, including sky-diving, skiing, experiencing new cities, and most importantly spending time with her family and friends," the obituary goes on. "Madison’s heart was pure, her laugh infectious, and she lived every day to the fullest. Her legacy will forever shine in the stars above."

Brooks is survived by her parents, her siblings, and several other family members. 

Visitation and funeral services for Brooks will be held in Covington, Louisiana, on Friday, Feb. 3.

In lieu of flowers, her family is asking that the public make donations to The Madison Brooks Foundation in honor of her "life and legacy." 

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A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office told Fox News Digital the person who struck Brooks is not facing criminal charges, and added that the person "was not impaired and contacted emergency personnel immediately."

Brooks died after she was struck by a car in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, in the early morning hours of Jan. 15. 

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Last week, investigators announced they had arrested four males after two had allegedly raped an intoxicated Brooks – while the other two were present – inside a vehicle before dropping her off shortly before she was struck.

Two of the suspects, 18-year-old Kaivon Washington and a 17-year-old suspect who has not been identified, have been charged with third-degree rape. Two more, 18-year-old Casen Carver and 28-year-old Everett Lee, were charged with `being principles to third-degree rape. 

In Louisiana, third-degree rape involves sexual intercourse that "is deemed to be without the lawful consent of a victim," according to state law. Prosecutors have reportedly said they are seeking upgraded charges against the suspects. 

Documents related to the four arrests describe how the suspects and the victim had been drinking alcohol at a bar on Bob Pettit Boulevard, called Reggie’s, located roughly one mile from LSU campus.

The four men left the bar with the victim, according to police records. Carver allegedly told police that Brooks "asked for a ride home." "[H]e admitted that he agreed to give her the ride because he did not want to leave her while very intoxicated and the bar was closing."

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Carver drove the vehicle, while Lee, who is Washington's uncle, sat in the front passenger seat, Carver told police. Washington and the minor suspect sat in the back seat with Brooks, according to the police documents. Carver told police that both Washington and the 17-year-old asked Brooks multiple times "if she wanted to have sex," the affidavit states. 

He said she consented to Washington and the 17-year-old but added that "he thought the victim was ‘drunker’ and her speech was slurred," according to the affidavit.

He told police that he and Lee were still in the vehicle at the time of the sex acts, the affidavit states, but that "he felt uncomfortable and he ‘hated it,’" the document adds.

"During the interview, the co-defendant (Carver) was asked if the victim was too impaired to consent to the sexual intercourse and he replied, ‘I guess,’" the document continues.

During a press conference on Friday, attorneys representing the suspects said the sex was consensual. Defense lawyer Joe Long went as far as to tell reporters, "If Ms. Brooks was alive, this would not be a crime."

"She would not have complained about it at all," Long said, according to the report. "The only reason it’s there is because the understandable anger in the community wants someone to pay for her death. And we understand that, but our clients did not do that."

Kerry Miller, the Louisiana attorney representing Brooks’ mother, Ashley Baustert, told Fox News Digital he was "blown away" by the comment, and added that the suspects’ own statements to police contradict that claim. 

"Their clients gave sworn statements that they raped a young girl who was intoxicated," Miller argued, referring to Long’s comment. "What does he mean by that? That had she not been run over by a car seconds after being dropped off in the middle of the road, that they wouldn’t have come forward and admitted their guilt? … Clearly a crime was committed. And I think that will be proven in court."

Fox News Digital's Chris Eberhart and Matteo Cina contributed to this report. 


Pennsylvania jury acquits pro-life activist Mark Houck on charges of obstructing abortion clinic access

A jury has reportedly acquitted Pennsylvania pro-life activist who was accused of allegedly pushing a Planned Parenthood escort during a clash outside an abortion clinic, Life News reported.

Mark Houck, 48, faced charges that he violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which makes it a federal crime to use force with the intent to injure, intimidate and interfere with anyone because that person produces reproductive health care. He pleaded not guilty. 

The charge stems from an Oct. 13, 2021 incident in which the Biden Administration alleged Houck assaulted and "forcefully shoved" Bruce Love, a 72-year-old volunteer at a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood.

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Houck was arrested in his home by multiple FBI agents in September 2022.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, celebrated the news of Houck's acquittal with a tweet. 

"Good. Begs question of the $48 billion we give to DOJ…," he wrote. 

Shortly after Houck's arrest last fall, his attorney Peter Breen told Fox News Digital that his client's arrest was an "outrageous abuse of power" from the Department of Justice that was intended to intimidate pro-life Americans.

"The message from the Biden Department of Justice is pure intimidation against pro-life people and people of faith," said Breen, senior counsel of the Thomas More Society. "Why in the world would you send this phalanx of officers heavily armed to this family's home, violate the sanctity of their home, frighten their children? Why would you do that, other than just to send a message?

Bill Devlin, a pastor who has ministered with Houck for more than 20 years, told The Christian Post last year that appeared federal prosecutors were "stretching the statute of the FACE Act."

"We are deep brothers in the faith, and I’ve come alongside to undergird and support him because it’s the presumption of innocent until the government can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mark Houck violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act," Devlin told the outlet.

Fox News' Danielle Wallace contributed to this report. 


Massachusetts launches abortion hotline offering free legal advice

Massachusetts launched a hotline Monday offering free legal advice to people seeking abortions in the state, as well as their health care providers and helpers — joining several other states in a move spurred by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade last summer, which has led to increasingly restrictive abortion laws in other states.

"It will help people and families, including those who travel from out of state seeking care, access these critical health care services," Attorney General Andrea Campbell said at a news conference.

When a patient or provider calls the hotline — which went live Monday morning — coordinators from the Reproductive Equity Now Foundation and the Women’s Bar Foundation will help connect the callers to one of about 150 volunteer attorneys who are specially trained, and come from one of five of Boston's most prominent law firms or the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

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A week ago, Oregon's Department of Justice announced a similar project, which was modeled on hotlines launched by the attorneys general of New York and Delaware.

Like those other states, Massachusetts has experienced an increase in the number of patients traveling from states where abortions have been banned or restricted since the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Since then, near-total bans on abortion have been implemented in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

"Abortion remains legal in Massachusetts and no anti-abortion extremist should be able to reach across our borders and challenge that," Rebecca Hart Holder, President of the Reproductive Equity Now Foundation, said at Monday’s news conference.

The hotline will also help patients and providers cut through the confusing array of abortion misinformation, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said.

"One of the results of the Dobbs decision has been misinformation," Warren said. "Misinformation about which services are legal. Deception about where to receive health care services."

She called this type of misinformation "lies intended to discourage women from accessing basic reproductive care" and said that "with this hotline, Massachusetts is fighting back against misinformation, deception and outright lies."

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People who travel from out of state to Massachusetts sometimes fear being arrested or losing their homes, said Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts.

"Patients and providers still find themselves in a new and frightening reality," she said. "The Dobbs decision created a chaotic patchwork of abortion laws that make it very difficult for patients and providers alike to figure out how to navigate. And so there are so many legal questions that are raised and are going continue to be raised, so having this abortion legal hotline is just mission critical."

The hotline is on top of a powerful state law signed last July by former Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that protects abortion providers and people seeking abortions from actions taken by other states, including blocking the governor from extraditing anyone charged in another state unless the acts for which extradition is sought would be punishable by Massachusetts law.

The measure also states that access to reproductive and gender-affirming health care services is a right protected by the Massachusetts Constitution; requires the state’s Medicaid program, known as MassHealth, to cover abortions; allows over-the-counter emergency contraception to be sold in vending machines; and requires public colleges and universities to create medication abortion readiness plans for students.


Kansas City police find body in man's car after towing it

Family members and a forensic expert are questioning why Kansas City police didn't find a man's body in the cargo area of his own SUV until after they towed it to a Missouri police station earlier this month.

Adam "A.J." Blackstock Jr.'s death is being investigated as a homicide, according to The Kansas City Star.

The newspaper reported that police defended how they initially handled the situation because they didn't have a search warrant when they had the vehicle towed on Jan. 17 and Blackstock had yet to be officially reported missing.

One forensic expert told the newspaper that police should have looked inside the vehicle before they moved it.

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"The idea of taking a vehicle into custody without searching inside a vehicle or opening the trunk is just negligent," said Brent Turvey, a forensic scientist and criminologist with the Forensic Criminology Institute in Sitka, Alaska.

Family members said they want answers about what happened to Blackstock, 24, who left behind an 18-month-old son.

"We really are asking for justice," Danielle Blackstock, his older sister, told the newspaper. "We can’t have him back. But we need justice."

The paper quoted Kansas City Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jake Becchina as saying last week that detectives were making headway toward identifying persons of interest in the case, but charges had yet to be filed.

Adam Blackstock Sr. said he called police after being unable to reach his son when the family returned from a trip to Disneyland. He used GPS to locate what he believed was his son's vehicle in a driveway in the Kansas City, Missouri, neighborhood of Oak Park Southwest. The SUV was covered by a gray tarp.

When officers arrived, the homeowner said the vehicle belonged to her uncle and provided the phone number of a man who said it was his.

Blackstock Sr. convinced police otherwise, in part by using a remote starter to turn on the vehicle. Officers persuaded the woman at the home to let them remove it. They noticed what appeared to be a bullet hole in the driver's seat and blood on the floorboards, but didn't immediately investigate further.

They saw the lifeless body in the back only after towing the SUV.

Becchina said that the officers showed "very creative thinking to talk the homeowner into allowing the vehicle to be towed based on consent at that time, when there was no other legal standing to enter onto the property, much less process the car on the property."


Florida baby girl found abandoned an hour after birth

Florida authorities found a newborn girl wrapped in a blanket and still attached to a placenta on a hill outside a trailer park early Saturday morning.

Polk County deputies responding to a call about a baby crying outside near Mulberry, east of Tampa, found the girl about an hour after she was born, the sheriff's office said in a news release. The temperature was in the low 50s.

Polk County medical workers took the baby to a hospital, where she was healthy and stable, according to the sheriff's office.

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"It was by the grace of God that we found the abandoned baby girl when we did, before exposure to the cold or any animals caused her any harm. She was left in an extremely vulnerable condition, but she’s a strong little girl, and it looks like she’s doing great," said Sheriff Grady Judd.

Deputies used a K-9 unit, a drone and bloodhound to try to find the mother, but were unsuccessful.

Florida has a safe haven law that allows parents to leave newborns at a fire station or medical facility up to a week after birth.


South Carolina man convicted in fatal home attack

A jury in South Caroli has convicted a man for riddling a home with bullets in 2017, killing one person inside.

The Post & Courier reports that Maurice Durell Wigfall of Hanahan was sentenced Friday to 45 years for the death of Steven Hutchins, and another five years on a weapons offense.

Circuit Judge Jennifer McCoy sentenced Wigfall after a four-day trial.

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Wigfall, 37, was charged with another man whose case is still pending, according to online court records.

Jurors at the Berkely County trial were told that the two shot up the home in an act of retaliation on the morning of Oct. 31, 2017. One of the men had been at the home earlier when he was robbed of a gun, state Ninth Circuit Solicitor 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said in a release announcing the conviction.

Both men were armed with rifles when they returned to Hutchins' home. Investigators noted over two dozen bullet holes.


North Carolina reporter, spokesperson Dick Ellis dies at 78

Dick Ellis, a former North Carolina television news reporter and spokesperson for political campaigns and the state courts system, has died at age 78.

Ellis died on Saturday from cancer at the VA Medical Center in Durham, his daughter, Annette Rogers, said Monday.

A Wilson native, Richard Earl Ellis worked as a radio disc jockey, weatherman and kiddie show host for WITN-TV early in his career before being drafted into the Army, according to information from his family. He served in Vietnam, working for the American Forces Vietnam Network until 1968.

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Returning stateside, Ellis worked at WRAL-TV for five years as a reporter. He left to work in North Carolina Republican Gov. Jim Holshouser's administration, serving as an agency press secretary and later director of North Carolina’s U.S. bicentennial celebration.

Ellis worked a few years later as press secretary for I. Beverly Lake Jr.’s unsuccessful run for governor. Decades later, he worked again for Lake, who had become state Supreme Court chief justice, as the spokesperson for the North Carolina courts. Ellis served as the state Court of Appeals marshal before retiring in 2020.

Other survivors include another daughter, Cindy Ellis Waters, and two grandchildren. A memorial event will be announced later.


California man who drove Tesla off cliff with wife, 2 kids inside transported to jail from hospital

A California man accused of intentionally driving a Tesla off a cliff on Jan. 2 with his wife and two children inside the vehicle has been transported from a hospital to a San Mateo County jail.

Dharmesh Patel, 41, of Pasadena, is being held without bond at the Maguire Correctional Facility.

He is charged with attempted first-degree attempted murder and child abuse and is set to appear in court Monday at 1:30 p.m. PT., according to San Mateo County.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Mark Andrew said on Jan. 3 that he did not believe the Tesla was on autopilot at the time of the crash off the 'Devil's Slide' cliff, south of the Tom Lantos tunnels on State Highway 1.

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First responders who arrived at the scene on Jan. 2 noticed the white Tesla about 250 feet down the cliff and noticed victims still moving inside the vehicle. 

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Rescuers were able to pull the two children — a 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy with musculoskeletal injuries — from the vehicle using a "jaws of life" tool and pulled Patel and his wife from the vehicle's windows.

"We go there all the time for cars over the cliff, and they never live. This was an absolute miracle," Brian Pottenger, a battalion chief for Coastside Fire Protection District/Cal Fire, said after the crash.

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District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told The Los Angeles Times that authorities are "having the car looked at from top to bottom" to determine whether the car may have experienced any mechanical issues during the crash.

California officials believe Patel's actions were "intentional."

Authorities are asking additional witnesses to call the CHP-San Francisco Area at 415-557-1094.

Fox News' Elizabeth Pritchett and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Michigan teen Adriana Davidson found dead 4 days after mysterious disappearance

Michigan authorities on Monday afternoon found missing 15-year-old Adriana Davidson, who was last seen near an Ann Arbor high school on Jan. 27, according to local officials and her family.

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) spokesperson Derrick Jackson told Fox News Digital that authorities unit discovered Adriana's body around 1 p.m. Monday near the Pioneer High School athletic fields, adding that she had "[n]o visible apparent injuries."

"At this early stage there are no indications of foul play," WCSO said in an update posted to Facebook. "The Ann Arbor Police Department will be taking over the death investigation as the scene is within city limits."

The girl's father, John Davidson, said his family needs "time to grieve" after the tragic discovery in a Monday Facebook post.

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"This is the hardest thing I’ve even had to do but, my daughter Adriana was found and she has passed on!" John Davidson wrote. "I’m not sure where I go from here but, I am so grateful for all the support and love from everyone across this nation especially family and friends that have helped searching and posting for Adriana!"

Adriana — who also goes by Addy — did not return home after going to Pioneer High School on Friday, at which point her family began looking for her, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) reported. Adriana's friends last saw her outside the high school around 11 a.m., according to WCSO.

Her brother, Anthony Lopez, said someone found the 15-year-old's phone near the high school's tennis courts on Friday and returned it to Adriana's friend. 

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In a video posted to Facebook on Monday, Lopez said he and his family were doing an interview with FOX 2 News when he got a call to go to the sheriff's office "right away."

"The two detectives were there and they let us know that they found Adriana and that she has passed on," Lopez said in the emotional video. "My little sister is dead."

It is unclear where authorities discovered the deceased teenager.

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Lopez had been pushing for authorities to release video footage of his sister on a public Ann Arbor bus called "The Ride" traveling on route 29 on Friday afternoon. 

Adriana's family told 7 Action News that she didn't feel well when she got to school on Friday morning and left school shortly after arriving. Video footage apparently shows her returning to school on "The Ride" bus later that afternoon but does not show her going inside the school building.

"A student told her best friend that they saw her at the bus stop with a man in a black sweatshirt & black pants & ‘they didn’t seem like they knew each other’ but who knows," Lopez wrote in a Saturday update, along with a flyer showing photos and a description of Adriana.

WCSO's Derrick Jackson told 7 Action News that there are "definitely some suspicious pieces to this" missing persons case.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about Adraiana's disappearance to contact the Washtenaw Metro Dispatch at 734-994-2911 submit anonymous tips to 734-973-7711.


Missing Pennsylvania man identified 37 years after his skull was found along riverbank

A human skull that was found on the banks of the Delaware River in 1986 was positively identified this month by detectives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, officials announced on Monday. 

Richard Thomas Alt last seen by his parents on Christmas Eve in 1984. His family reported him missing in early 1985 and his girlfriend's body was discovered on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River in April of that year. 

Both Alt and his girlfriend are believed to be victims of a homicide. 

Alt's skull was found by a fisherman in June 1986 near the Morrisville Boat Ramp. The remains went unidentified for decades until Bucks County Detectives sent the skull to Othram Inc., a private forensic DNA laboratory in Texas, in September 2022. 

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Scientists at the lab matched the skull with someone who uploaded their DNA profile to a public genealogy database. That match ended up being Alt's daughter, who was just 11 years old when her father disappeared. 

"I’m just glad that we could give them some peace of mind with this identification, and the eventual return of his remains to his family," Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said in a statement. 

"I hope that this powerful combination of technology and genealogy becomes the template for solving cold and current cases now and in the future." 

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Law enforcement has turned to investigating genetic genealogy to crack hundreds of cold cases in recent years, such as Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo

Detectives have also been using genetic genealogy during their investigations of current cases. The FBI reportedly used the novel investigative method to zero in on Bryan Kohberger as the suspect in the slaying of four University of Idaho students last year. 


Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger's lawyer also represented Maddie Mogen's parents

Bryan Kohberger's defense attorney previously represented at least two more of his alleged murder victims' parents.

Anne Taylor, the Kootenai County public defender, has represented the families of at least two of Kohberger's alleged victims in the Nov. 13 home invasion ambush attack that killed four University of Idaho students.

Kohberger is accused breaking into a Moscow, Idaho, house in the middle of the night and killing Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21, as well as their 20-year-old housemate Xana Kernodle and her visiting boyfriend Ethan Chapin, also 20.

His lawyer was actively representing Kernodle's mom at the time of his arrest and had previously worked for Mogen's father and stepfather, court records show.

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Taylor withdrew from an active case against Kernodle's mother almost a week after she had been assigned to defend Kohberger following his arrest in Pennsylvania, where police and the FBI took him into custody after a raid on his parents' house in the Poconos.

Taylor previously represented Mogen's dad, Benjamin Mogen, on multiple drug charges in 2020, records show. 

Mogen's stepmom, Korie Hatrock, had Taylor represent her on drug charges last year, Inside Edition reported over the weekend. Taylor was previously replaced on that case, records show.

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Taylor has not responded to requests for comment from Fox News Digital.

Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall has limited attorneys, investigators and other parties close to the Kohberger case from discussing it with the media – however her gag order is limited to specific aspects of the case.

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Edwina Elcox, a Boise-based criminal defense attorney whose high-profile clients have included the alleged "Cult Mom" murder suspect Lori Vallow, said that withdrawing from Cara Kernodle's case in particular presented ethical concerns.

"I wouldn't touch that with a 10-foot pole," she told Fox News Digital. "It just doesn't seem right."

Especially after Cara Kernodle claimed in a televised interview that she had been blindsided by Taylor's withdrawal from her case.

"You have to let your clients know what's going, even if they are not fans of it," she said. "And this woman appears to not know what's going on. Bless her heart, she doesn’t look like she's doing well across the board."

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Attorneys are tasked with making their own determinations of potential conflicts of interest, she said – and will typically turn down a new client if they have a preexisting relationship that presents a conflict.

However, she noted, Kootenai and Latah Counties are in rural areas where there are few attorneys qualified to take such a high-profile death penalty case.

"It's not normal, but again this case isn’t normal," she said. "[Latah County] is a much smaller jurisdiction, where they may not have the resources and have somebody that is qualified to deal with the magnitude of this case."

It also may have taken a couple of days for Taylor to discover the conflict and courts were closed over the New Year's holiday, said Lara Yerestian, a Los Angeles-based defense attorney whose clients have included Michael Jackson and Scott Peterson.

"It's not the most popular thing to do, so you know that she's not doing it necessarily for her career," she told Fox News Digital. "She's doing it because I'm assuming as a criminal defense attorney and a believer in the concept of a fair trial and our constitutional rights, she's doing what she believes is her calling and her job, and that is to defend a defendant who's been arrested and charged, even if it's seen as a heinous crime to everyone. It's what she does."

Kohberger, a 28-year-old criminology Ph.D. student at Washington State University, allegedly snuck into the victim's home around 4 a.m. on Nov. 13, after all four had spent Friday night and early Saturday partying.

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Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani told Fox News Digital that if Taylor has to cross-examine the parents at some point, that could also create a potential appellate issue.

"It’s a potential conflict of interest at best, and maybe an actual conflict if Taylor received confidential information related to the Kohberger case from any of the victims’ parents," he said.

Two other housemates were unharmed — including one who police say witnessed a masked man with "bushy eyebrows" leaving through a sliding door after the stabbings. Goncalves' dog also survived the attack, and police later said they found possible animal hair while serving a search warrant at Kohberger's apartment.

All four victims attended the University of Idaho in Moscow. Police allege Kohberger, who lived about 10 miles away in Pullman, Washington, stalked the house a dozen times before the slayings and returned to the scene hours later.

Investigators found a Ka-Bar knife sheath next to Mogen's body and say they recovered DNA from it that matched familial samples taken at Kohberger's parents' house in the Poconos Mountains.

Through Taylor, Kohberger waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing and isn't due back in court until June 26. He is expected to challenge the evidence in proceedings that could take the whole week.

Prosecutors turned over hundreds of documents to the defense last week.

In the meantime, he is being held without bail at the Latah County Jail.


California Tesla driver arrested after video captures road rage attack, authorities say

A man suspected being behind the wheel of a Tesla vehicle in California and committing an assault in a road rage attack that was captured on video has been arrested, authorities said Monday. 

The California Highway Patrol said Nathaniel Walter Radimak was taken into custody Sunday in connection with assaults on Jan. 11. He was arrested in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, Fox Los Angeles reported. 

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Authorities said Radimak was wielding a pipe when he was seen during a road rage encounter while driving a Tesla model X in on State Route 2 near Los Angeles. 

The driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck captured a road rage incident involving the Tesla and began recording with his cellphone, the news outlet reported. Minutes later, the Tesla attempted to merge into a left lane and bumped into the Chevy, striking the front passenger side

The driver of the Tesla stopped a short distance away, got out of the vehicle and walked toward it before allegedly hitting the truck with a long "pole-like object", authorities said. 

On the video, the Tesla driver walks toward the car and three loud bangs can be heard when he is out of view. The driver walked back to the Tesla and drove away. 

Radimak was booked into jail for assault with a deadly weapon and has two outstanding warrants, according to the news outlet. He is being held in the Los Angeles County jail on $5,175,000 bail. 


Victims of Iowa van crash identified as 3 children, 1 adult

Authorities have identified the three children and one adult who died in a rollover crash in northern Iowa that also injured the nine other passengers Friday morning.

The Iowa State Patrol said Marlin Borntreger, 1; Rebecca Borntreger, 2; Emma Borntreger, 4; and Ervin J. Borntreger, 22, all died. None of the occupants of the van were using seatbelts or child car seats.

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Iowa State Patrol spokesman Alex Dinkla said the driver lost control of the van on a stretch of U.S. Highway 20 near Wellsburg that was covered with snow and ice. Four passengers were ejected when the van entered the median and rolled over.

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Dinkla said he didn't have an update on the conditions of the nine people who were injured. They were taken to hospitals in Grundy County and Waterloo.

The injured people included six adults and three young children. Everyone in the van was from Delhi, Iowa, which is a small city in Delaware County about 50 miles northeast of Cedar Rapids.


Maine mails out heat subsidies as sub-zero temps persist

Maine is mailing the first of its energy cost relief payments to residents during a week when temperatures are expected to plummet as low as negative 14 degrees.

The Maine Legislature approved $450 relief checks, a proposal offered by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, for residents to help with the surging cost of winter heating. Mills said the first 5,000 of the checks went out on Monday, and 200,000 will be mailed per week after that.

Most Maine residents will receive the checks by the end of March, Mills said. The checks are going to full-time residents who make less than $100,000 per year, or $200,000 per year if filing jointly.

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The aid is arriving as the state is set to experience its first major cold spell of a mostly mild winter. Forecasts call for temperatures to dive around midweek and fall below negative 10 degrees on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the cost of heating oil has doubled over the past two years in a state heavily dependent on fossil fuels.

"High energy prices have made staying warm more difficult for Maine families this winter," Mills said. ""Beginning next week, Maine people will start to receive their $450 relief payment to help ease the burden of increased energy costs."

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State leaders have encouraged residents to take advantage of heating assistance this year. The Legislature has approved $40 million for the Home Energy Assistance Program and $10 million for community action agencies to help with emergency fuel assistance, said Megan Hannan, executive director of the Maine Community Action Partnership.

Municipalities are also offering heating assistance via public money and private donations, officials with Maine Community Action Partnership said. Cumberland County has appropriated $1.35 million in federal money to help town governments aid residents, they said.

"These funds were designed for households who don’t normally qualify for heating aid, but are still having trouble making ends meet in this environment," county manager Jim Gailey said.

The $450 checks are going out automatically, and residents do not need to take action to make sure they receive them.


Bystander wounded in Arizona RV park police shootout

A bystander was struck by gunfire during a shootout between a suspect and officers at a recreational vehicle park in northwestern Arizona, authorities said.

Bullhead City police said officers went to the Silver View RV Resort on Friday to investigate reports of a man in a bulletproof vest pointing a gun at people.

From inside a trailer, the suspect shot at officers, who returned fire, police said in a statement. One of the rounds from the suspect ripped through another trailer "and struck an innocent bystander."

The victim was taken about 95 miles north to a Las Vegas hospital and was expected to survive. No officers were hurt.

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Police identified the suspect Saturday as Bullhead City resident Kyle Schafer, 41, but did not say what charges he may face.

Schafer locked himself inside his trailer for nearly eight hours before surrendering and being taken into custody, police said. He was also brought to a Las Vegas hospital, with unspecified injuries.

Bullhead City is located on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, near the juncture with Nevada and California. It is home to about 41,000 people.

An outside agency, Lake Havasu City Police, will investigate the shooting for Bullhead City police in line with the department's protocol for cases where officers fire their weapons.


Missing Michigan teen Adriana Davidson last seen 4 days ago after phone found at school

A missing Michigan 15-year-old was last seen near an Ann Arbor high school on Jan. 27, according to authorities.

Adriana Davidson — who also goes by Addy — did not return home after attending school on Friday, at which point her family began looking for her but was unable to locate the missing teenager, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) reported.

Davidson's friends last saw her around 11 a.m. outside Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, according to WCSO.

Her brother, Anthony Lopez, said someone found the 15-year-old's phone near the high school's tennis courts on Friday and returned it to Davidson's friend. 

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Lopez is also pushing for authorities to release video footage of his sister on a public Ann Arbor bus called "The Ride" traveling on route 29 on Friday afternoon. 

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Davidson's family told 7 Action News that Davidson didn't feel well when she got to school on Friday morning and left school shortly after arriving. Video footage apparently shows her returning to school on "The Ride" bus later that afternoon but does not show her going inside the school building.

"A student told her best friend that they saw her at the bus stop with a man in a black sweatshirt & black pants & ‘they didn’t seem like they knew each other’ but who knows," Lopez wrote in a Saturday update, along with a flyer showing photos and a description of Davidson.

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WCSO Director of Community Engagement Derrick Jackson told 7 Action News that there are "definitely some suspicious pieces to this" missing persons case.

Davidson was reported missing to the sheriff's office around midnight on Sunday, at which point authorities began an active search for the 15-year-old girl.

"Everyone please keep posting these pics of Adriana to keep this viral and flooding the internet to keep this fresh in peoples minds we are making progress, so please keep the posts coming and thank you everyone truly thank you!" the 15-year-old's father, John Davidson, wrote in a Monday morning Facebook post.

Davidson is described as 5 ft., 2 in. tall, weighing 100 lbs. She was last seen wearing black, slip-on UGG boots.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about Davidson's whereabouts to contact the Washtenaw Metro Dispatch at 734-994-2911 submit anonymous tips to 734-973-7711.


‘Remember the Titans’ writer Gregory Allen Howard dies at age 70

Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard, who skillfully adapted stories of historical Black figures in "Remember the Titans" starring Denzel Washington, "Ali" with Will Smith and "Harriet" with Cynthia Erivo, has died. He was 70.

Howard died Friday at a hospital in Miami of heart failure, according to publicist Jeff Sanderson.

Howard was the first Black screenwriter to write a drama that made $100 million at the box office when "Titans" crossed that milestone in 2000. It was about a real-life Black coach coming into a newly integrated Virginia school and helping lead their football team to victory. It had the iconic line: "I don’t care if you like each other or not. But you will respect each other."

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Howard said he shopped the story around Hollywood with no success. So he took a chance and wrote the screenplay himself. ″They didn’t expect it to make much money, but it became a monster, making $100 million," he said. "It made my career," he told the Times-Herald of Vallejo, California, in 2009. The film made the Associated Press' list of the best 25 sports movies ever made.

Howard followed up "Remember the Titans" with "Ali," the 2002 Michael Mann-directed biopic of Muhammad Ali. Smith famously bulked up to play Ali and was nominated for a best actor Oscar.

Howard also produced and co-wrote 2019′s "Harriet," about abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Erivo lead a cast, that included Leslie Odom Jr., Clarke Peters and Joe Alwyn.

"I got into this business to write about the complexity of the Black man. I wanted to write about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Marcus Garvey. I think it takes a Black man to write about Black men," he told the Times-Herald.

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Born in Virginia, his family moved often due to his stepfather's career in the Navy. After attending Princeton University, graduating with a degree in American history, Howard briefly worked at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street before moving to Los Angeles in his mid-20s to pursue a writing career.

He wrote for TV and penned the play "Tinseltown Trilogy," which focused on three men in Los Angeles over Christmastime as their stories interconnect and inform each other.

Howard also wrote "The Harlem Renaissance," a limited series for HBO, "Misty," the story of prima ballerina Misty Copeland and "This Little Light," the Fannie Lou Hamer story. Most recently, he wrote the civil rights project "Power to the People" for producer Ben Affleck and Paramount Pictures.

He is survived by a sister, Lynette Henley; a brother, Michael Henley; two nieces and a nephew.


HI firefighter injured after getting swept through storm drain, carried through length of 8 football fields

A Hawaii firefighter was critically injured when he was swept into a storm drain and carried the length of eight football fields until being dumped on the shoreline, officials said.

The accident occurred as nearly 13 inches of rain fell on parts of Maui on Friday, and weather officials warned of "unstable weather" ahead, The Maui News reported.

A crew responded to a flooded home when the firefighter was caught in a 4-foot-wide storm drain, Maui County spokesperson Mahina Martin said. He was carried about 800 yards to where the drain empties into the ocean.

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Other firefighters and emergency personnel retrieved him from the shoreline, transporting him to a hospital. He was listed late Friday in critical condition, Martin said.

"We are focused on supporting the firefighter’s family and ask that our community join us in prayers for his recovery," Martin said.

Martin said no other details were immediately available and the firefighter’s name was not released.

The fire department plans to review the incident, Martin said.

Both the firefighter’s injury and the heavy rains across Maui led the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to urge caution as the unstable weather pattern over Hawaii could bring hazardous weather throughout the weekend.

SOUTHWEST EXPECTS TO SEE STORMS TO BRING IN MORE SNOW, RAIN

Nearly 13 inches of rain fell in East Maui over a 24-hour period ending Friday afternoon. Other locations on Maui received about 5 inches during the same time period. The rains prompted a flood watch on the island through Sunday and closed some public facilities.

Maui County and the American Red Cross opened a shelter Saturday on Molokai after a flash flood warning was issued for that island.

It initially opened for staff members of a canceled festival who were unable to go home because of flooding. The National Weather Service reported that homes were inundated in the Kawela Gulch area of Molokai, Maui County said in a statement. People going to the shelter were advised to bring their own food and water.


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