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Man suspected of killing police officer in Georgia dead after days-long manhunt, cops say

The man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer Saturday in Georgia was killed Monday in a confrontation with police, authorities said.

Police believe Tafahree Maynard, 18, killed Officer Antwan Toney as the officer was checking out a suspicious vehicle near a metro Atlanta middle school on Saturday.

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Here are the latest updates:

Update 12:50 p.m. EDT Oct. 22: The man accused of killing a Gwinnett police officer was found hiding in a wooden shed wielding a lawn mower blade and was shot and killed after he refused to obey police commands, authorities said.

After receiving information from a tipster on Tafahree Maynard whereabouts, 75-90 police officers descended on a neighborhood in unincorporated Snellville, set up a perimeter and went house to house, Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers said at a press briefing.

After finding Maynard, police initially used a Taser. They shot after determining he had the mower blade.

“The danger to the community is over,” Ayers said.

Update 11:35 a.m. EDT Oct. 22: Officials told WSBTV on Monday that Maynard, the man accused of shooting and killing a Gwinnett County police officer Saturday, is dead.

Sources had earlier told the news station that Maynard was located Monday in Gwinnett County.

Update 11:20 a.m. EDT Oct. 22: Sources told WSBTV’s Gwinnett Bureau Chief Tony Thomas that Maynard was located Monday morning.

Police earlier said Maynard, who is suspected of firing the shots that killed Toney, "should be considered armed and dangerous." 

Update 9:45 a.m. EDT Oct. 22: Gwinnett County police said Monday that there had been a "credible sighting" within the last 12 hours of Tafahree Maynard, the 18-year-old suspected of shooting and killing Officer Antwan Toney on Saturday.

Police previously warned that Maynard "should be considered armed and dangerous."

Update 8:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: Gwinnett County authorities have taken three people into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of Officer Antwan Toney Saturday in Snellville.

Investigators said the three are not under arrest, but were taken into custody during a search of a home Sunday near the scene of the shooting.

The main suspect, Tafahree Maynard, 18, is still on the loose and considered armed and dangerous.

“It’s very important just for the safety of the area, for the peace of mind of the public and the officers here at the department, we would like to take him into custody,” a police spokesman said.

“We’d encourage him to turn himself in. We can guarantee his safety, if he just turns himself in.”

There’s a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Maynard.

Update 9:34 a.m. EDT Oct. 21: A new mugshot was released of Isaiah Pretlow, now in custody in the shooting death of a Gwinnett County police officer. Tafahree Maynard, believed by police to have fired the shot that killed Officer Antwan Toney, remains at large.

Update 6:17 a.m. EDT Oct. 21: Gwinnett County police announced early Sunday that one suspect is in custody in the shooting death of a Gwinnett County police officer Saturday. Another suspect is still on the run. 

Isaiah Pretlow is in custody and charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting death of Officer Antwan Toney. He's accused of pointing a gun at an officer during the manhunt. 

Tafahree Maynard, who police believe fired the shot that killed Toney, is still on the run, authorities said. Police are encouraging Maynard to turn himself in. Although police originally said they thought up to four suspects were involved, they said Sunday morning that Pretlow and Maynard are the only suspects. 

Late Saturday, WSB-TV's Rikki Klaus was on Cordite Loop, where police waited for a warrant to search the home. It's unclear if Pretlow was arrested at the home. 

Toney, 30, was shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near Shiloh Middle School in unincorporated Snellville on Saturday afternoon, police said. The car was parking at Crumps Landing Road and White Road.

Gwinnett County Sgt. Jake Smith said in a news conference that someone reported the vehicle and that the people inside may have been smoking marijuana. 

Toney and another officer approached the vehicle, and that's when someone started shooting from inside the car, authorities said.

"Before they could even get to the vehicle, shots rang out," Smith said. 

Police returned fire as an officer dragged Toney away.

Toney was rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center in critical condition where he died, officials said.

The two-year veteran was just days from celebrating his third anniversary with the department on Oct. 26. 

Smith said that "99.999 percent" of the time, routine calls don't end up in gunfire.

“That it went this way, it’s just tragic,” Smith said.

The suspects sped away and crashed the vehicle on Ross Road and Calumet Farm Lane less than a mile from the shooting scene, got out of the car and ran, authorities said. Police originally said witnesses reported seeing up to four people run away.

On Saturday night, the car was towed to police headquarters. 

Gwinnett County police have opened a new 24-hour tipline and are asking for the public's help to learn more about the shooting. They are asking anyone with information to call 770-513-5710.

It's the first time an officer has been killed in Gwinnett County since 1993.

Original report: A police officer in Gwinnett County, Georgia, checking out a suspicious vehicle near a Snellville-area middle school was shot and killed Saturday as the car sped away. Four suspects were on the run Saturday night.

The officer, Antwan Toney, died after he was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, according to the police department. He had been on the Gwinnett police force for three years.

Toney and other officers were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near Shiloh Middle School on Saturday afternoon, police said.

When officers approached, the suspects fired through their vehicle’s window, hitting Toney before driving off, said police spokesman Jake Smith. The officers returned fire, but it’s unknown whether the suspects were hit or injured.

The suspects crashed their vehicle a short time later, and as many as four people ran from the scene. 

Law enforcement officers, helicopters, SWAT teams and K-9 units swarmed the area to search for the suspects, checking nearby buildings and wooded areas. DeKalb County police were called in to help.

A witness described one of the suspects to police as a 6-foot-tall man with long dreadlocks, green sweatpants and a gray T-shirt. Descriptions of the other suspects weren’t available.

Toney was a member of the Gwinnett Police Department’s Uniform Division, and he was working his shift on patrol Saturday.

Toney is the first Gwinnett officer killed in the line of duty in years.

In 1993, Officer Chris Magill was killed by a drunk driver while engaged in a traffic stop with another drunk driver.

Three Gwinnett officers were gunned down in 1964 when they were investigating a “suspicious activity” call near Norcross. The officers — Jerry Everett, Marvin Gravitt and Ralph Davis — were handcuffed together and shot with their own weapons.

Saturday’s shooting came after three separate officer-involved shootings in Georgia on Thursday that left two men dead.

In one of the previous shootings, a state patrolman was shot at close range along I-75 south in Bartow County but survived because he was wearing a body armor vest. Two troopers returned fire and killed the original shooter, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The other shooting death occurred in Monroe when a man carrying a replica Thompson submachine gun allegedly pointed it at an officer, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

In the third incident, a suspect shot at police in Richland. but no one died.

Garth Brooks promises concert tickets to terminally ill cancer patient

Country music star Garth Brooks promised a terminally ill cancer patient tickets to a future concert after the Indiana woman missed the singer’s concert Saturday night, WSBT reported.

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Vickie Frederick, of Elkhart, had tickets to Brooks’ concert at Notre Dame Stadium, but was unable to attend because of a bronchitis attack, the television station reported.

She was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer two years ago, but it had gone into remission. Delighted, Frederick, who said she is a big Brooks fan, bought tickets to the singer’s concert at the stadium, WSBT reported.

However, doctors told her three weeks ago that her cancer had returned and had spread to her lungs. Doctors told her the cancer was terminal.

“It’s hard to come back and explain to your family that, ‘I’m hit with it again,’” Frederick told the television station.

Although Frederick missed the concert, her two children attended and sent her an email. When she opened it, there was a video from Brooks, promising her tickets to a future concert of her choice, WSBT reported. Brooks also offered to pay her flight to the venue, the television station reported.

“I just went, ‘Oh my gosh, you know!!' And I said ‘Are you for real?!’” Frederick said. “I didn’t have any words.

“I will get well enough because I want to see Garth Brooks,” Frederick told WSBT, adding that she wanted to attend a concert next spring. “I’m not going to stop fighting until God tells me it’s time to go home and until the end. We will have to continue to prove him wrong.”

4 Americans killed in Costa Rica rafting accident

Four Americans were among five people killed Saturday in a rafting accident on a Costa Rica river, WPLG reported.

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The U.S. Department of State confirmed the accident Sunday, the Miami Herald reported.

The four men from South Florida were identified as Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso, Sergio Lorenzo and Andres Denis, according to Marco Monge, press officer for Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Organization. A fifth person, Kevin Thompson Reid -- a Costa Rican guide -- was also killed, Monge said.

The men were celebrating a bachelor party when the raft overturned on the Naranjo River, the Sun-Sentinel reported. They were part of a group of 14 tourists in several rafts, WLPG reported. All of the rafts capsized, dumping all of the tourists into the river, the television station reported.

“We are saddened by news of rafting accident in #CostaRica,” Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the State Department, tweeted Sunday. “We extend our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones, and extend our gratitude to Government of Costa Rica for their support in this tragedy.”

The victims went on a rafting trip near Quepos, a popular tourist area on the Pacific coast, WPLG reported. Costa Rica has been subjected to heavy rains in recent weeks, the television station reported.

In a tweet, Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado, expressed his “deep dismay” about the accident, the Herald reported.

"Most of us were ultimately able to grab hold of rocks or barriers in or around the water and await the rescue teams to get to us," the survivors said in a group statement. "Unfortunately, not all of us were so lucky. Four of our dear friends drowned in those waters."

GoFundMe page has been created for the victims. More than $10,000 already has been raised.

Video: Paula Abdul falls off stage during show

Paula Abdul took a head-first spill off the stage at the Biloxi, Mississippi, stop of her “Straight Up Paula! 2018 Tour.” 

E! News reported that the 56-year-old singer was performing her 1991 single “The Promise of a New Day” when she fell off the Hard Rock Live stage while singing and clapping. The stop is part of her first headlining tour in 25 years.

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A concertgoer’s video uploaded to YouTube shows Abdul lean too far over the edge, falling down as some fans shout and gasp.

TMZ reported that, according to eyewitnesses, the singer quickly bounced back from the accident.

“She did not seem hurt at the time of the fall and still finished like a champ,” the fan who posted the video told People. “She stated she was a dancer, and falls and drops she has gotten used to over the years.”

The singer nor her reps have commented to media on the fall.

Princess for day: Girl with autism mistakes bride for Cinderella

It was a magical wedding not only for the bride and her new husband, but also for a complete stranger who believed she had walked into a fairy tale story.

Olivia Spark and her new husband were taking their wedding photos at Akron Falls Park in New York on Oct. 13, WIVB reported

Layla Lester, 5, was there too and thought her dream had come true -- Cinderella was at her park. 

“She just goes running over, arms wide open, [yelling] ‘Cinderella, Cinderella,’” Jessica Lester told WIVB

The photographer, Nicole Wickins, started taking photos of the “princess” meet and greet. 

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“I was really caught off-guard because there’s a little girl that none of us had known, so I wasn’t sure if I should take pictures. But it kind of just felt like the thing to do,” Wickins told WIVB

Jessica Lester told WIVB sometimes her daughter doesn’t know how to deal with people, especially ones she doesn’t know, because she has autism. But in the little girl’s mind, Spark was familiar because, in Layla’s eyes, she was the Disney princess.

“She [Spark] was just so sweet with her [Layla] and just keep talking to her and asking her questions. Layla loved her and she fell in love so fast,” Lester told WIVB.

But it wasn’t just the the starstruck little girl’s mother who had a lasting impression of the interaction.

“I was flattered. I was like in tears that she thought I was a princess, and it just made my day absolutely more amazing than what it already was,” Spark told WIVB.

Spark met Layla again this weekend and gave her gifts. Layla is still calling Sparks Cinderella. 

But the story could be even more magical. The chance meeting has inspired the community to help get Layla to meet the “real” Cinderella. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help send Layla and the rest of her family to Walt Disney World so she can meet all of the Disney princesses, WIVB reported.

Wisconsin babysitter faces charges in death of infant

A Wisconsin woman was arrested Friday and faces homicide charges after a 2-month-old boy died in her care Thursday, the Wausau Daily Herald reported.

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Wausau police arrested Marissa M. Tietsort, 28, at The Plaza Hotel at 4:15 a.m. Friday for a valid warrant for child abuse in a separate case, WSAW reported.

According to a news release from Wausau police, the infant’s mother called police at 9:45 p.m. Thursday after finding her son unresponsive when she removed him from a car seat outside a laundromat. The infant was declared dead at the scene, and a preliminary investigation led investigators to conclude the boy died while in the care of Tietsort, the news release said.

An autopsy conducted in Madison on Friday led police to handle the case as a homicide, WJFW reported. 

Tietsort was arrested pursuant to the child abuse warrant and will appear in Marathon County Court on Monday.

Police said they expected charges to be filed after an investigation in the infant’s death and a review of the final autopsy results are concluded, the Daily Herald said.

Former NFL player Rae Carruth released after nearly 19 years in prison

Rae Carruth is a free man. The former Carolina Panther was released from prison Monday morning after serving nearly 19 years for orchestrating the murder of his pregnant girlfriend.

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Carruth was released at 8:01 a.m. from the Sampson Correctional Facility in Clinton, North Carolina. The 1997 first-round draft pick was released after completing his sentence of 18 to 24 years.

Carruth did not speak to reporters as he left the prison wearing a knit cap and an unzipped jacket on a chilly morning with temperatures in the high 30s. There was a smattering of applause as Carruth got into a white SUV before he was whisked away from the prison.

A source close to Carruth told WSOCTV that he was picked up from prison by a family member.

When he left prison, Carruth was given a copy of his release papers, his Social Security card, his birth certificate, information on community resources and a pharmacy discount card. He also got certificates for programs he completed while he was locked up, including a registered examiners’ card from the North Carolina Board of Barbers and a barber's certificate from Central Carolina Community College.

Carruth, now 44, was found guilty of orchestrating a plot to kill Cherica Adams on Nov. 16, 1999, in Charlotte, to avoid paying child support. Adams was shot four times while driving her car, but managed to make a 911 call that helped implicate Carruth.

>> On LIFE AFTER DEATH: Rae Carruth and The Son Who Survived, the investigation and the crime

Adams fell into a coma and died less than a month later after the shooting.

The child she was carrying, Chancellor Lee Adams, was delivered by emergency cesarean section but he suffers from permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

>> On LIFE AFTER DEATH: Rae Carruth and The Son Who Survived, Chancellor Lee Adams

Despite his high-profile case, officials said Carruth would not be given any special privileges and will be treated like any other released inmate.

Last week, Carruth told WSOCTV anchor Erica Bryant in a telephone interview, "I just truly want to be forgiven."

Carruth went on to say he was "somewhat frightened" about his release, adding that "I'm nervous just about how I'll be received by the public. I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me."

Carruth has repeatedly said he wants to have a relationship with his son, who remains in the custody of his grandmother, Saundra Adams, who has raised him since birth. Adams had previously said she would be there when Carruth got out of prison, but she was not present on Monday.

>> On LIFE AFTER DEATH: Rae Carruth and the Son Who Survived, the trial 

Carruth's arrest on charges of conspiracy and attempted murder nine days after the shooting sent shockwaves through the Panthers organization.

The team released Carruth and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after he posted $3 million bail and fled the Charlotte area. He was found by federal authorities hiding in the trunk of a car in Tennessee, about 500 miles from Charlotte.

>> On LIFE AFTER DEATH: Rae Carruth and The Son Who Survived, the next chapter

Panthers center Frank Garcia, who was teammates with Carruth for more than two seasons, said players were stunned when they heard news of Carruth's possible involvement in the murder, about 20 miles from the team's downtown stadium in the affluent section of South Charlotte.

"It would be like finding out the guy sitting in the cubicle next to you at work was arrested for murder," Garcia said. "You just don't always know people as well as you think you do."

Garcia said Carruth was a little shy and that he kept mostly to himself. But he said Carruth had a passion for helping kids, including reading books to elementary school students.

It was a difficult time in Panthers history.

Some players were called out of football practice to testify at the trial. Those not involved would spend time huddling in the players' lounge watching the trial on Court TV.

"That is one time where you were actually hiding from the cameras," Garcia said. "You just wanted to stay low and not be involved. All along you're asking yourself, 'Did I miss any signs? How is somebody capable of this?'"

While in jail, Carruth worked as a barber, making about $1 per hour, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins. That's a far cry from the four-year, $3.7 million contract Carruth signed with the Panthers after being drafted -- although he never collected all of that money since he was released in the third year of his deal.

Carruth's future remains uncertain.

Girl’s classroom essay leads to prison for childhood rapist

An Ohio high school student’s class essay about overcoming obstacles ultimately led to a 20-year prison sentence for the man who raped her and her two sisters when they were children.

Anthony Knight, 43, of Fremont, pleaded guilty last week to three counts of felony rape, according to the Fremont News-Messenger. A Sandusky County judge handed down a 20-year sentence and ordered that Knight be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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Ken Arp, a detective sergeant with the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office, praised the courage of the young women for moving forward with charges. They were initially reluctant to do so because they had not reported the abuse when it happened, the News-Messenger reported

“This happened years ago,” Arp told the newspaper in August, when Knight was arrested. “At least it came to light now.”

The allegations against Knight first came to light when one of the sisters, a student at Vanguard Tech Center, wrote about overcoming childhood sexual abuse. The News-Messenger reported that staff at Vanguard who read the essay alerted the sheriff’s office and child welfare workers, who began an investigation. 

Arp said in August that the abuse was addressed by Knight and the victims years ago, but no one reported the crimes to the authorities. Investigators sought charges after the sisters’ stories were corroborated by other interviews they conducted, the News-Messenger reported

NBC News reported that the youngest sister was 7 years old when she was first abused by Knight. All three sisters said they’d been raped, but reported different forms of sex abuse. 

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Minnesota caretaker accused of causing burns to toddler's hands

A Minnesota woman faces a court hearing next month on two felony counts of assault and child endangerment after a 22-month-old child she was babysitting last month suffered severe burns on her hands, KSTP reported.

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Anike Tatiaramika Jiles, 22, was watching Leah Grant at her home in Burnsville on Sept. 23, according to a criminal complaint filed Oct. 1 in Dakota County. About 10 p.m., Burnsville police said a medical emergency brought them to a home, the television station reported. Records indicate officers found Jiles holding Leah, whose hands were severely burned. 

After speaking with investigators, Grant asked Jiles, "What did you do to my kid?" KSTP reported.

"She said, 'I didn't do nothing, Leah went to the bathroom and put her hands in water when I told her to wash her hands,'" Grant told the television station. 

Grant said she became angrier because her daughter was not tall enough to reach the sink without help, KSTP reported.

According to the criminal complaint, a doctor concluded that the child’s injuries "were consistent with a dipping type injury, meaning the hands were submerged into hot liquid or water."

Since then, Leah has had three surgeries, including a skin graft, and may need another operation, the television station reported.

"My daughter is really suffering," Grant told KSTP.

Jiles was charged with assault in the third degree and child endangerment, according to the criminal complaint. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison on each charge and up to $10,000 in fines, the complaint said.

Parents and workers at a different day care Leah often attended have started a GoFundMe account to help cover bills.

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