Man Who Caused Car Crash While ‘Fleeing Zombies’ Sentenced to 15 Years

GULFPORT, MS – A Mississippi Gulf Coast man who rammed into multiple vehicles because he thought zombies were chasing him has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

A circuit court judge this week sentenced 32-year-old Shaun Michael Stroud of Kiln, for an incident in April when he stole a tractor and smashed into several vehicles at a Gulfport Walmart parking lot, and then headed for a Nissan dealership.

Stroud pleaded guilty last week to aggravated assault, grand larceny and malicious mischief.

Gulfport police arrested Stroud on April 8 after he stole the front-end loader from a recycling center. He then drove to a Walmart and smashed into at least four cars, including two with people inside. He also hit two 53-foot utility trailers, then drove it into the Walmart lawn and garden center gate, police said. Stroud’s wild ride ended after he hit a palm tree and got a flat tire.

Stroud told police he thought the world was ending, but Harrison County District Attorney Joel Smith says Stroud was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Besides prison, Stroud must pay $41,000 in restitution and spend five years on post-release supervision.

 

Naked Man Arrested For Performing Sex Act in Walmart Parking Lot

A South Carolina man was charged with indecent exposure after he was seen naked in his car in front of a Walmart store, performing a sex act, according to police.

It happened Friday afternoon at a Walmart in Greenwood, according to a Greenwood Police Department incident report.

A woman had just returned to her car from shopping in the store, and when she got into the driver’s seat she saw a gold car next to hers, according to the report. When she looked over into the car, she saw a heavy set white man naked and performing a sex act on himself.

The man’s genitals were clearly visible, and he did not try to hide himself from her or others in the parking lot, police said.

While the woman turned around to tell her mother what happened, the man drove away, police said. She followed him for a short time and was able to take a picture of the car and license place, which she shared with police.

Officers later found and stopped the car and arrested the driver, 39-year-old Guy Shuford, of Saluda, on a charge of indecent exposure, according to the report.

Florida Trooper Scared by Lemur During DUI Stop

SANFORD, FL — A Florida man who was hauling a trailer with a lemur, wallaby, tortoise, parrot and other animals was arrested on a DUI charge on Interstate 4 on Saturday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Officials said that they began receiving reports of a pickup truck hauling a trailer driving erratically on State Road 417 at about 6:10 p.m. Three separate drivers also said the truck hit their vehicles without stopping, according to the report.

A trooper spotted a vehicle matching the description.  After stopping the vehicle, the officer also noted that the driver, 27-year-old Shane Taylor, was slurring his speech, had bloodshot eyes and appeared to be disoriented.

Dashcam video shows the lemur peeking out of the trailer before hopping to the ground and leaping around the trooper who was talking to the driver.  The video shows the trooper doing a double-take as the lemur runs around and stands on its hind legs.

Taylor warned troopers that the lemur named Miko “bites.” Taylor was arrested on several charges including DUI.

State wildlife officers took custody of the lemur and other exotic animals including a tortoise, a goat, a parrot, several sheep, and a wallaby.

Florida Man Gets Job Interview, Then Gets Arrested For Shoplifting on the Way Out

SPRING HILL, FL. – A man was arrested Wednesday for shoplifting from a Florida Kohl’s store minutes after interviewing for a job there, police said.

Dominick Breedlove has been charged with retail theft after deputies say he tried to shoplift shoes. After leaving the human resources office, for a job interview, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says Breedlove spotted two pairs of Nike shoes without security tags.

Authorities say he grabbed a Kohl’s shopping bag from a previous purchase out of his car and then he proceeded to put two pairs of women’s shoes in the bag — a pair of Nike Air Bella TR shoes, valued at $80; and a pair of Nike Elite TR shoes, valued at $70.

A loss prevention worker was watching him the entire time and called the sheriff’s office to report the crime in progress.

Breedlove was taken into custody in the parking lot.

Breedlove told investigators he was going to give the shoes to his mother.

The Sheriff’s office noted that Breedlove did not get the job.

Nicki Minaj Faces Backlash Over New Sex Offender Boyfriend

Nicki Minaj’s new boyfriend has quite an extensive rap sheet. Along with a conviction for attempted rape of a minor, he has also served hard time for murder.

According to the criminal complaint for Kenny “Zoo” Petty from the Queens County District Attorney, Petty pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a man named Lamont Robinson.

The complaint claims on April 27, 2002 at 12:30 AM, Petty shot Robinson “with a loaded handgin (sic) multiple times thereby causing his death.”

A police blotter posted at the time of the shooting also describes an unknown man who was shot three times in the stomach and died at a nearby hospital.

Petty pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge in March 2006 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, for which he served 7. Court records indicate Petty was released in May 2013, and had been on supervised release for 5 years, until May of this year.

Petty remains a registered sex offender in the state of New York. Prosecutors said he used a sharp object when he tried to force the girl to have sexual intercourse. Petty served almost 4 years in NY state prison for the crime.

Minaj responded by saying “He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship,” she replied. “But go awf, Internet. Y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo.”

Minaj was also recently criticized for collaborating and touring with Tekashi 6ix9ine, who was convicted of ‘using a child in a sexual performance’ when videos of him and another man groping and spanking a nude 13 year old girl surfaced.

Minaj was once again the subject of outrage after posting family pictures with her brother Jelani Miraj while he was waiting for his trial to begin. Miraj, 37, was accused of raping a 12 year old girl, who was his steppdaughter. He has since been convicted of sexual assault.

Trump Administration Stops Researchers From Acquiring Fetal Tissue; Stalls AIDS Research

According to Science Mag, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has ordered scientists employed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to stop acquiring new human fetal tissue for experiments. ScienceInsider has learned.that the suspension, imposed this past September without a public announcement, came as the government launched a review of all fetal tissue research funded by the federal government.

The pause affects two laboratories run by the Bethesda, Maryland–based agency, NIH officials say. In one case, it disrupted a study probing how the virus that causes AIDS initially colonizes human tissues.

“We were all poised to go and then the bombshell was dropped,” says HIV researcher Warner Greene, director of the Gladstone Center for HIV Cure Research in San Francisco, California, who was collaborating with an NIH laboratory that received the order. “The decision completely knocked our collaboration off the rails. We were devastated.”

“This effectively stops all of our research to discover a cure for HIV,” he wrote.

The order expands the scope of the Trump administration’s interventions into federally funded research that uses human fetal tissue from elective abortions, which is legal but fiercely opposed by antiabortion groups. In September, it canceled a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contract for acquiring human fetal tissue for testing candidate drugs. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees NIH, told researchers at the University of California (UC), San Francisco, that it would be extending a contract for work involving human fetal tissue for just 90 days instead of the usual 1 year, prompting media reports that the department was preparing to cancel the contract. HHS denied those reports, saying it has made no decisions regarding federal funding for human fetal tissue research pending the outcome of the ongoing review of all such work.

Ohio Man Arrested in Terror Plot

CLEVELAND, Ohio – An Ohio man was arrested on Friday after federal authorities said he planned to carryout a mass shooting at a Toledo-area Jewish synagogue in the name of ISIS. Damon Joseph, 21, of Holland, Ohio pledged allegiance to the terrorist group after consuming the terrorist’s organization online propaganda, and radicalized over a period of months to wanting to carry out a mass-killing, FBI Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fortunato said.

FBI agents and federal prosecutors announced Joseph’s arrest at a Monday news conference in Toledo. Joseph was scheduled to appear before a judge there Monday afternoon.

Investigators became aware of Joseph after they noticed pictures of knives and firearms on his social media accounts, court records show. FBI agents posing as members of ISIS began a months long conversation with Joseph in which he offered his services in creating propaganda videos.


The conversations ranged from details about his propaganda videos to his beliefs, and he admitted he struggled with the idea of killing but was not afraid to go to prison, since he would be able to recruit fellow inmates. Then in September, the agents asked Joseph if he hated people in America. “Oh yeah, definitely,” answered Joseph, according to court records. “The gays the Christians the Catholics the Jews you name it.”

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said Joseph planned attack, but refused to name the synagogue that Joseph expressed interest in attacking. Officials did note that Joseph intentionally planned the attack during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah which begins December 22.

Ohio Woman Arrested in Terror Plot

Toledo, OH- Federal investigators say an Ohio woman charged with buying bomb-making supplies for a domestic terror attack that was never carried out had a fascination with mass murderers.

Elizabeth Lecron, 23, planned “upscale mass murder” at a Toledo bar and was inspired by some of America’s most notorious killers, said police and federal authorities in a press conference on Monday.  Lecron has since been charged with transport of explosives with intent.

Toledo cops said they got information from a citizen about the defendant wanting to conduct a violent attack. Her social media activity indicated she glorified mass murderers, prosecutors said. She called the Columbine shooters, who murdered 12 students and one teacher in 1999, “godlike.” Lecron even visited the town so she could see the school, authorities said.

When Tumblr shut down Lecron’s account because of offensive content, she started a new one titled “CharlestonChurchMiracle,” according to a news release from the Department of Justice. She allegedly began corresponding with Dylann Roof around the time of her Columbine visit, and tried to send him Nazi literature, prosecutors said. Roof has only responded to 4 people during his incarceration, Lecron being one of those four.

During a search in August 2018, police said they found an AK-47 rifle, handguns, ammunition and bomb making materials at Lecron’s residence.

If convicted, Lecron faces a maximum of 10 years in a federal prison.

Former Frat President Avoids Jail Time in Sexual Assault Case

A former Baylor University frat president accused of raping a woman repeatedly in 2016 will not face jail time after a Texas judge accepted a plea deal in the case on Monday.

This marks at least the third time the judge has approved probation for men accused of sexually assaulting Baylor students.

Judge Ralph Strother’s decision to accept the plea deal sparked outrage from the woman who accused Jacob Walter Anderson of repeatedly raping her. The woman says she was plied with a drink of punch at the party in 2016 and became disoriented. Anderson, the woman said, led her behind a tent and assaulted her while she was gagged and choked.

“He stole my body, virginity and power over my body,” the woman said in court.

“I am devastated by your decision to let my rapist Jacob Walter Anderson go free without any punishment,” the woman added.

Anderson had been indicted on sexual assault charges and the deal allowed him to plead no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. A no contest plea means a person does not admit guilt, but will offer no defense. Anderson was expelled from Baylor after a university investigation.

The deal allows Anderson to receive deferred probation. The ex-Phi Delta Theta president agrees to seek counseling and pay a $400 fine. Anderson will not be forced to register as a sex offender.

The woman told authorities she was assaulted until she lost consciousness and police reported Anderson left her alone. Police said she had vomited on herself and could have choked to death in the backyard.

“I not only have to live with his rape and the repercussions of the rape, I have to live with the knowledge that the McLennan County justice system is severely broken,” the family statement quoted the woman as saying. “I have to live with the fact that after all these years and everything I have suffered, no justice was achieved.”

Anderson’s attorneys declined to comment Monday.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna defended the plea deal in October.

“This office stands by the plea offered and believes we have achieved the best result possible with the evidence at hand,” Reyna said..

Judge Strother said Monday that in making the decision he had the benefit of arguments filed by attorneys on both sides and a background report assembled by a probation department. He said much of the comments he saw on social media or in emails were “not fully informed, misinformed or totally uninformed.”

The decision Monday was not the first time that Strother has sentenced men accused of sex crimes to probation. Last year, he sentenced a man to deferred probation after he pleaded guilty in the 2013 rape of a former Baylor student. The judge ordered the man to pay for the woman’s counseling. The man told police the woman had been drunk, according to an affidavit.

Strother earlier this year sentenced a man to felony probation for the sexual assault of a former Baylor student, a punishment that came with 30 days in jail. The man, who was a student at the time and told authorities the sex was consensual, was allowed to serve the jail time on the weekends.

The alleged assault by Anderson happened around the same time that Baylor was engulfed in a sexual assault scandal surrounding its football team in 2016. It resulted in the firing of then-football coach Art Briles and the demotion of the university’s president, Ken Starr. Athletic Director Ian McCaw was disciplined by the school and resigned.

The university has since settled several lawsuits from women who said their allegations of sexual assault by football players were mishandled or ignored.

The outrage over Anderson’s plea deal also mirrors reaction to the case involving ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who was convicted in 2016 of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman outside a fraternity party. A judge in that case rejected a prosecutor’s demand for a lengthy prison term and instead sentenced Turner to six months in jail. He was released from jail in September 2016 after serving three months.

9-Year-Old Commits Suicide After School Bullying

LINDEN, Ala. — An Alabama family is mourning the loss of a 9-year-old girl who took her own life Monday night.

McKenzie Adams’ family members said the fourth-grader had been bullied by a group of classmates since the beginning of the school year. Her grandmother found her in their home in Linden on Monday. She had hanged herself.

Instead of planning where to hide Christmas presents for the girl who loved playing with dolls and riding her bike, her family is now planning a funeral.

“It’s an emotional roller-coaster,” said Edwinna Harris, McKenzie’s aunt. Harris, who is a television host in Atlanta, said she wants to use her platform to spread an anti-bullying message to prevent other families from experiencing the same tragedy.

McKenzie attended U.S. Jones Elementary School approximately 15 miles away in Demopolis, where her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 15. She transferred to the school after her mother and grandmother complained to the State Board of Education that she was being bullied at her elementary school in Linden, Harris said.

Linden is a city of 2,100 residents in west central Alabama, roughly 100 miles west of Montgomery.

A lot of the bullying centered on her friendship with a boy, Harris said.

“She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘black b-tch,’ ‘just die’,” she said.