Ex-NFL player nabs alleged peeping Tom outside daughter’s bedroom window

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Ex-NFL player Tony Beckham caught a peeping Tom at his daughter’s window in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Three Chicago police officers found not guilty of covering up shooting of Laquan McDonald

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400tmax/iStock(CHICAGO) — Three Chicago police officers have been found not guilty of falsifying details to cover up the shooting death of Laquan Mcdonald in 2014.

McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Murder victim identified 3 decades later thanks to forensic technology: Sheriff

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The 20-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in August 1987.

Murder victim identified 3 decades later thanks to forensic technology: Sheriff

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The 20-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in August 1987.

‘He just drank too much’: Heartbreaking 911 call released in death of frat member

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Noah Domingo, an initiated SAE member at UC Irvine, died on Jan. 12. The 911 call about him was released.

‘He just drank too much’: Heartbreaking 911 call released in death of frat member

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Noah Domingo, an initiated SAE member at UC Irvine, died on Jan. 12. The 911 call about him was released.

Newborn girl found dead in trash in Amazon facility bathroom: Police

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kali9/iStock(PHOENIX) — A newborn baby girl has been found dead in the trash at an Amazon distribution center in Phoenix, according to police.

Authorities were told around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday that the newborn was discovered in the trash inside a women’s bathroom, Phoenix Police Department officials said.

Fire department members responded to the bathroom — which is inside Amazon’s secured facility — and confirmed the baby was dead, police said.

Investigators have found the baby’s mother and spoke to her, police said. Authorities did not release the mother’s name.

It’s not clear if the baby was stillborn, police said.

“The investigation will continue in partnership with the Office of the Maricopa County Medical Examiner,” police said in a statement Thursday.

“This is a terribly sad and tragic incident,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “We are working with local authorities to support their investigation.”

“The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority,” the spokesperson added.

Arizona has a Safe Haven Law which aims to prevent newborns from being abandoned.

According to the Arizona Safe Haven Law, someone can anonymously leave a baby who is up to 3 days old with staff at any Arizona fire station, hospital, emergency medical provider or licensed private child welfare agency.

“As long as the child shows no signs of intentional abuse, no name or other information is required,” the Safe Haven Law website says.

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‘He just drank too much’: Heartbreaking 911 call released in death of young fraternity member

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Kativ/iStock(IRVINE, Calif.) — “Someone’s not breathing, they’re not OK,” a young man in Irvine, California, told a 911 dispatcher. “Their whole body is, like, blue right now.”

A frantic 911 call was released in connection with the death of University of California-Irvine freshman Noah Domingo, who died at an off-campus home on Saturday.

The 911 caller said the 18-year-old, a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, was found unconscious.

“Get him on the ground right now, hurry up!” the caller tells others in the room, and the dispatcher talks them through giving CPR.

The dispatcher asks why Domingo’s unconscious, and the caller says, “He just drank. He just drank too much.”

The caller is heard giving CPR, with instructions from the dispatcher. The call ended when firefighters arrived.

Domingo died at about 3:30 a.m. at a private residence in Irvine, the Orange County Coroner’s Office told ABC News.

His “cause of death will be determined pending toxicology results after autopsy, which typically takes a few weeks,” the coroner’s office said Tuesday.

Domingo wanted to study kinesiology and become an NBA trainer, his father, Dale Domingo, told ABC Los Angeles station KABC.

The grieving father told KABC it was “devastating” to clear out his son’s dorm room.

“First thing I did was grab his pillow and pretty much just cry and weep a little bit,” he said.

SAE was placed on interim suspension as Irvine police officers investigate and the university reviews his death, said Edgar Dormitorio, UC Irvine interim vice chancellor of student affairs.

Mike Sophir, the CEO of SAE, said its headquarters also suspended UC Irvine’s chapter operations during the review.

“We are heartbroken by the death of our UCI brother, Noah Domingo,” Sophir said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and we appreciate the support the university and its staff have provided to students in this difficult time.”

Dormitorio said UC Irvine will also “examine the larger context in which this tragedy occurred” and work with the Greek community to make sure behavior aligns “with university policies and their own values.”

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Police find WWE legend’s niece after she was abducted

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Marjani Aquil disappeared from her Pennsylvania home on Wednesday.

Police find WWE legend’s niece after she was abducted

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Marjani Aquil disappeared from her Pennsylvania home on Wednesday.

FBI arrests man for allegedly plotting to attack the White House

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Hasher Jallal Taheb had been under investigation by the FBI as part of a sting operation, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Atlanta.

FBI arrests man for allegedly plotting to attack the White House

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Hasher Jallal Taheb had been under investigation by the FBI as part of a sting operation, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Atlanta.

Flooding in California as East braces for massive winter storms

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Almost 6 inches of rain just fell in central California and the southern part of the state has seen more than 4 inches, resulting in flooding and rockslides reportedly hitting cars.

Wind gusts of up to 98 mph also were reported in central California, and in the Bay Area, trees were toppled, with some falling on cars.

A second, stronger storm is continuing to batter the West Coast Thursday morning with 40-foot waves, heavy rain, damaging winds and heavy snow in higher elevations.

Winter storm watches have been issued in the Northeast, including Boston, which mainly is watching for the second of the two storms to move across the U.S.

The first of the two storms should hit the Northeast Thursday night and into Friday, bringing light snow — 1 to 3 inches — to areas including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

Temperatures will be near freezing, and Friday commutes could prove quite slick.

The second storm is expected in the Northeast by Saturday night, delivering snow from D.C. up to Boston, with some of that snow changing to sleet as warmer air joins the system.

Further inland, some areas in western Pennsylvania and northern New York and New England may see several feet of snow.

Behind the storm, Arctic air is forecast to spill into the central U.S., with the coldest air of the season resulting in wind chills below zero for much of the Midwest and Great Lakes region.

This bitterly cold air will make it to the Northeast by Sunday night, into Monday, sending wind chills in some places below zero.

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Flooding in California as East braces for massive winter storms

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Almost 6 inches of rain just fell in central California and the southern part of the state has seen more than 4 inches, resulting in flooding and rockslides reportedly hitting cars.

Wind gusts of up to 98 mph also were reported in central California, and in the Bay Area, trees were toppled, with some falling on cars.

A second, stronger storm is continuing to batter the West Coast Thursday morning with 40-foot waves, heavy rain, damaging winds and heavy snow in higher elevations.

Winter storm watches have been issued in the Northeast, including Boston, which mainly is watching for the second of the two storms to move across the U.S.

The first of the two storms should hit the Northeast Thursday night and into Friday, bringing light snow — 1 to 3 inches — to areas including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

Temperatures will be near freezing, and Friday commutes could prove quite slick.

The second storm is expected in the Northeast by Saturday night, delivering snow from D.C. up to Boston, with some of that snow changing to sleet as warmer air joins the system.

Further inland, some areas in western Pennsylvania and northern New York and New England may see several feet of snow.

Behind the storm, Arctic air is forecast to spill into the central U.S., with the coldest air of the season resulting in wind chills below zero for much of the Midwest and Great Lakes region.

This bitterly cold air will make it to the Northeast by Sunday night, into Monday, sending wind chills in some places below zero.

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Search for missing Colorado mom expands to landfill

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Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images(DENVER) — The search for evidence in the case of a missing Colorado mother authorities say was murdered by her fiancé now includes a landfill in Fountain, Colorado, ABC News has learned.

A spokeswoman for the Midway Landfill south of Colorado Springs confirmed the facility recently attracted the attention of investigators in the disappearance and presumed murder of 29-year old flight instructor Kelsey Berreth. Her body has not been found.

“The Colorado Bureau of Investigation contacted Waste Management of Colorado regarding a potential search at Midway Landfill and we are cooperating fully,” Waste Management spokeswoman Anne Spitza told ABC News on Wednesday.

Patrick Frazee, 32, described as Berreth’s fiancé and father of the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, has been charged with her murder.

Spitza declined to answer additional questions about the timing of any search or what investigators are looking for, referring all questions to the district attorney’s office handling the case.

The Midway landfill is a roughly 40-mile drive from Woodland Park, where Berreth was last publicly seen shopping on Thanksgiving Day. Police say Frazee was the last person to see Berreth before she vanished.

On Dec. 21, Frazee was arrested on first-degree murder charges and three charges of solicitation to commit murder, though prosecutors have declined to provide additional details. Frazee has not entered a plea and is due back in court on Feb. 19.

Representatives for district attorney Dan May and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation both declined to comment Wednesday.

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Search for missing Colorado mom expands to landfill

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Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images(DENVER) — The search for evidence in the case of a missing Colorado mother authorities say was murdered by her fiancé now includes a landfill in Fountain, Colorado, ABC News has learned.

A spokeswoman for the Midway Landfill south of Colorado Springs confirmed the facility recently attracted the attention of investigators in the disappearance and presumed murder of 29-year old flight instructor Kelsey Berreth. Her body has not been found.

“The Colorado Bureau of Investigation contacted Waste Management of Colorado regarding a potential search at Midway Landfill and we are cooperating fully,” Waste Management spokeswoman Anne Spitza told ABC News on Wednesday.

Patrick Frazee, 32, described as Berreth’s fiancé and father of the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, has been charged with her murder.

Spitza declined to answer additional questions about the timing of any search or what investigators are looking for, referring all questions to the district attorney’s office handling the case.

The Midway landfill is a roughly 40-mile drive from Woodland Park, where Berreth was last publicly seen shopping on Thanksgiving Day. Police say Frazee was the last person to see Berreth before she vanished.

On Dec. 21, Frazee was arrested on first-degree murder charges and three charges of solicitation to commit murder, though prosecutors have declined to provide additional details. Frazee has not entered a plea and is due back in court on Feb. 19.

Representatives for district attorney Dan May and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation both declined to comment Wednesday.

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Police find WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle’s niece after she was abducted in PA

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Pennsylvania State Police(PITTSBURGH) — Police have found a 16-year-old girl safe and taken her ex-boyfriend into custody after she was allegedly kidnapped from her home Wednesday.

The teen, who is the niece of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, was brought to safety from a home where the boyfriend, 19-year-old Jermaine Rodgers, had holed up, according to Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE-TV. A SWAT team went in and was able to apprehend Rodgers.

Angle confirmed she was found safe in a Facebook post at about 6 a.m. on Thursday.

“My niece has been found,” he wrote. “Just wanted to say thank you to all those who have prayed and have shared posts to help locate her. Thank you to the Pittsburgh Police for your persistence in finding my niece. My family is truly appreciative. Love you all.”

According to WTAE, another missing woman was also found in the house where Rodgers was hiding.

Angle made a heartfelt plea on social media Wednesday afternoon, asking fans to help search for his teenage niece.

“My beautiful 16-year-old niece Marjani Aquil got abducted today by a 19 year old guy. Please call the police if you have seen this girl,” Angle said in a Facebook post late Wednesday.

In a subsequent post, the wrestling star and 1996 Olympics gold medalist thanked his followers for their encouraging words and urged them to “continue sharing” Aquil’s story.

“Please continue sharing. Thank you all for your support,” he said. “Uncle Kurt Loves you Mini. Come back home to us safely. Please lets find my niece.”

Aquil went missing from her Pennsylvania home on Wednesday afternoon, according to her parents, with police in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, saying she appeared to have been abducted by an ex-boyfriend.

Rodgers was convicted on charges of kidnapping a minor in January 2018, court records show.

Rodgers was sentenced in December to one year of probation and required to complete a batterer’s intervention program, WTAE reported. He was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and have no contact with the victim, according to the report.

Court records do not indicate the victim of the previous kidnapping.

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Police find WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle’s niece after she was abducted in PA

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Pennsylvania State Police(PITTSBURGH) — Police have found a 16-year-old girl safe and taken her ex-boyfriend into custody after she was allegedly kidnapped from her home Wednesday.

The teen, who is the niece of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, was brought to safety from a home where the boyfriend, 19-year-old Jermaine Rodgers, had holed up, according to Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE-TV. A SWAT team went in and was able to apprehend Rodgers.

Angle confirmed she was found safe in a Facebook post at about 6 a.m. on Thursday.

“My niece has been found,” he wrote. “Just wanted to say thank you to all those who have prayed and have shared posts to help locate her. Thank you to the Pittsburgh Police for your persistence in finding my niece. My family is truly appreciative. Love you all.”

According to WTAE, another missing woman was also found in the house where Rodgers was hiding.

Angle made a heartfelt plea on social media Wednesday afternoon, asking fans to help search for his teenage niece.

“My beautiful 16-year-old niece Marjani Aquil got abducted today by a 19 year old guy. Please call the police if you have seen this girl,” Angle said in a Facebook post late Wednesday.

In a subsequent post, the wrestling star and 1996 Olympics gold medalist thanked his followers for their encouraging words and urged them to “continue sharing” Aquil’s story.

“Please continue sharing. Thank you all for your support,” he said. “Uncle Kurt Loves you Mini. Come back home to us safely. Please lets find my niece.”

Aquil went missing from her Pennsylvania home on Wednesday afternoon, according to her parents, with police in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, saying she appeared to have been abducted by an ex-boyfriend.

Rodgers was convicted on charges of kidnapping a minor in January 2018, court records show.

Rodgers was sentenced in December to one year of probation and required to complete a batterer’s intervention program, WTAE reported. He was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and have no contact with the victim, according to the report.

Court records do not indicate the victim of the previous kidnapping.

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Scandals that brought down the Bakkers, once among US’s most famous televangelists

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Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were among the most famous televangelists in America when their empire all came crashing down amid sex and financial scandals.

Scandals that brought down the Bakkers, once among US’s most famous televangelists

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Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were among the most famous televangelists in America when their empire all came crashing down amid sex and financial scandals.

Texas mayor resigns amid accusation of using city funds to see Michelle Obama

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(FOREST HILL, Texas) — A pair of Texas politicians resigned after they allegedly misused public funds to attend an event on Michelle Obama’s book tour.

Forest Hill, Texas, Mayor Lyndia Thomas and Mayor Pro Tem Beckie Hayes submitted their resignations on Wednesday, ahead of a public hearing over alleged misconduct and expenses related to the former first lady’s book tour event in Dallas last year.

The pair allegedly received reimbursements for two $545 tickets for Obama’s Becoming book tour. The expense was approved by the city manager, and Hayes received a check, but she said she paid it back when members of a citizens committee voiced concern.

Thomas said she resigned because she didn’t want council members to decide her fate.

“I will not leave my fate in the hands of other individuals,” Hayes told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV on Wednesday. “I am a woman of integrity, and the allegations, they have no substance. They are false.”

Thomas had asked for a three-month extension to give her more time to prepare her case, but the city council voted to proceed with the Wednesday hearing.

The council said it planned to “discuss and consider possible action up to and including reprimand, suspension or removal from office,” according to an agenda posted online.

Both Hayes and Thomas said they’re being targeted for political reasons, and they both said they will plan to run for city council again. The next election is in May.

“We don’t get a salary, but we are entitled to be reimbursed for our expenses,” Thomas said. “We are not trying to hide anything.”

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Police: Pair busted at airport for smuggling 159 pounds of marijuana

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Metro Nashville Police Department(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — If the four oversized checked bags don’t give you away, the drug sniffing dog will.

Two men found that out the hard way at Nashville International Airport this week when they allegedly tried to smuggle 159 pounds of marijuana through the city on their way to Jacksonville, Florida.

Trung Tieu, 40, of Philadelphia, and Tihn Van Tran, 56, of Murphy, Texas, were busted when a drug-sniffing German shepherd foiled their plans of transporting dozens of plastic bags of weed. The duo even went to the extreme of trying to mask the luggage’s smell with the “strong odor of air freshener,” Nashville police said.

Tieu and Tran were arrested Tuesday night. They are both facing felony possession of marijuana charges with intent to sell, according to court records.

Tran was released late Wednesday night, while Tieu is still being held on $50,000 bond.

Tieu is also being held on a detainer by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and is therefore not eligible for release.

Not only did the men have the four suitcases when they were stopped by police, but they also had cellphones that “rang constantly” throughout interviews with police. The men consented to police opening the luggage, where police said they found the dozens of bags of marijuana wrapped in bed sheets.

The two men were making a stopover in Nashville, Tennessee after getting off a Southwest flight from Oakland, California.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates a wide range of prices for marijuana in the U.S. — from $20 to $1,800 per ounce — but even at its low range of $20 per ounce the haul confiscated by Nashville police would be worth over $50,000.

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Detective alleges colleague extorted her with ‘revenge porn’

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Los Angeles police Detective Ysabel Villegas says a colleague she had an affair extorted her with “revenge porn.”

Police say WWE legend’s niece abducted by ex-boyfriend

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Marjani Aquil went missing from her Pennsylvania home on Wednesday afternoon.

FBI arrests Georgia man for allegedly plotting to attack the White House

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Hasher Jallal Taheb had been under investigation by the FBI as part of a sting operation, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Atlanta.

FBI arrests Georgia man for allegedly plotting to attack the White House

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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(ATLANTA) — Federal authorities have arrested a man in Georgia who they are accusing of plotting to attack several prominent locations in Washington, D.C., including the White House.

Hasher Jallal Taheb had been under investigation by the FBI as part of a sting operation, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Atlanta on Wednesday.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Tennessee teacher who fled with student gets 20 years

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A Tennessee teacher who was on the run for weeks with a 15-year-old student has been sentenced to 20 years in prison

‘Seven shattered families’: 7 US law enforcement officers killed since Jan. 1

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Birmingham Police Department(NEW YORK) — A 44-year-old Alabama father and husband with 16 years of experience. A 22-year-old California woman just weeks into the job.

Seven law enforcement officers were killed in the United States in the first two weeks of this year — representing “seven shattered families, seven local communities that are grieving and seven work forces grieving and trying to compensate for having lost an officer,” said Steve Groeninger, a spokesman for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

But Groeninger said that statistic is, unfortunately, not unusual.

Four officers died in the first two weeks of 2018, half as many as the eight fatalities over that period in 2017, he said.

In 2016, only one officer was lost in that time.

“It ebbs and flows,” Groeninger said, adding that he was a little surprised with how violent this year started. He was hopeful “we had turned a page.”

But Groeninger said that statistic is, unfortunately, not unusual.

Four officers died in the first two weeks of 2018, half as many as the eight fatalities over that period in 2017, he said.

In 2016, only one officer was lost in that time.

“It ebbs and flows,” Groeninger said, adding that he was a little surprised with how violent this year started. He was hopeful “we had turned a page.”

‘We lost a brother’

Some of these seven killings were especially brutal.

When 22-year-old Davis, California, police officer Natalie Corona was ambushed and shot dead on Jan. 10, the shooter unloaded an entire magazine, even after she had fallen to the ground, according to police.

 “She was just an absolute star in the department,” said Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel. “Someone that pretty much every department member looked to as a close friend, a sister.”

In Arizona, the killing of a Salt River Police officer appears to have been accidental.

Officer Clayton Townsend, a young father, was conducting a traffic stop on Jan. 8 when he was struck and killed by a distracted driver who was allegedly texting, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety officials.

And in Louisiana, the Jan. 9 slaying of Shreveport police officer Chateri Payne appears to have been unrelated to her profession.

Payne was in uniform, heading to work before the start of her shift, when she was shot dead, allegedly by her live-in boyfriend, authorities said Wednesday.

Payne, a 22-year-old mother, had been working as an officer for less than two months at the time of her death.

“We may never know whether Officer Payne’s chosen profession contributed to her death, but we do know a uniformed police officer was killed moments before beginning her shift,” Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond said.

The seventh fatality of the year came Sunday morning when Birmingham police Sgt. Wytasha Carter was gunned down while responding to car burglaries.

The slain sergeant was a 44-year-old father and husband. A “natural-born leader,” he had 16 years of law enforcement experience, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith told reporters Sunday with tears in his eyes.

“Everybody is just hurt right now,” said Carter’s supervisor, Lt. Shelia Finney. “We lost a brother.”

A ‘dangerous, stressful environment’

Hours after Carter was killed, police chiefs voiced their outrage over the growing fatalities.

“The level of violence directed at the police in the first few days of 2019 is alarming,” Arlington, Texas, police chief Will Johnson tweeted Sunday.

 Steve Dye, police chief in Grand Prairie, Texas, added Monday, “Our society needs to collectively wake up and stand against the lack of hesitancy to kill or attempt to kill those who protect this country from chaos and disorder.”

“In my time as chief of detectives I investigated six deaths of police officers in the line of duty,” said former New York Police chief of detectives Robert Boyce, now an ABC News contributor. “It’s the worst thing you can do because you see yourself in them. … These men and women put their lives on the line each day.”

John Cohen, a former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and current ABC News contributor, called the seven back-to-back deaths a “dangerous, stressful environment for law enforcement officers to operate in.”

That, combined with the fact that the overall number of law enforcement deaths in 2018 increased from 2017, has left officers “very concerned about the impact that this trend will have on police officer safety and mental health,” Cohen said.

“The challenge here is that if you’re operating in an environment where you know that acts of violence against police officers have increased, you’re going to respond to day-to-day situations in a more cautious, and maybe even reactive, way,” Cohen said.

Officers may be more assertive when giving instructions, or react more quickly to perceived threatening movements, Cohen explained, and “the concern is that in doing that, situations may escalate and actually turn into confrontations [between police and the public] that in the past wouldn’t.”

‘The public needs to be aware’

To Cohen, public education is a step in the right direction.

“The public needs to be aware that increasingly police officers are on the receiving end of violent attacks,” he said. “They should also understand why police officers do what they do.”

For example, he said, a driver pulled over for speeding may feel an officer walking over with his hand on his gun is “excessive,” but from that officer’s perspective, it’s “rational,” because he’s working in an environment where there’s an increased threat to his safety.

“It also points to the importance of strong, trusting relationships between law enforcement professionals and community members,” Cohen said, suggesting departments “don’t wait until a situation becomes violent to form those relationships.”

Despite the ever-present threat, Boyce said the possibly of violence doesn’t deter officers on the streets each day.

“It’s not something that weighs too heavily on you, because you won’t be able to do your job,” Boyce said.

“You live with that and you know it,” Boyce said, and aided by training and equipment, “you go to work anyway and do your job anyway.”

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Slain cop’s boyfriend ‘concocted’ tale of gunman to cover up killing her: Chief

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Shreveport Officer Chateri Payne was shot and killed on Jan. 9 outside her home. Treveon Anderson, her boyfriend, was identified as the suspect.

It’s been 100 years since Prohibition threatened the future of America’s happy hours

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Imagno / Contributor via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s been 100 years since Prohibition threatened the future of the country’s happy hours and margarita taco nights.

In 1919, the United States of America was going through an identity crisis.

The 18th Amendment, which forbade the making, selling or transportation of “intoxicating liquors,” was ratified on Jan. 16, 1919, and took effect a year later.

Politicians voted to enact Prohibition as a “noble experiment” to reduce crime, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses and improve Americans’ health, according to an analysis on the Prohibition era by the Cato Institute, which characterized the effort as a “miserable failure on all counts.”

The amendment was championed by the temperance movement, which mainly was supported by women who saw alcohol as a destroyer of families. They carried signs saying, “Lips that touch liquor shall not touch ours,” according to the National Archives.

The Volstead Act, which went into effect on Oct. 28, 1919, gave states and federal government the ability to enforce the ban via “appropriate legislation,” according to the National Archives.

Even though the 18th Amendment didn’t prohibit citizens from consuming alcohol, it still was responsible for a “major and permanent shift in American social life,” according to The Mob Museum. The consumption of alcohol fell at the beginning of Prohibition, but it increased soon after, according to the Cato Institute.

Many loopholes surrounding the law emerged, and people who wanted to consume liquor had to buy it from licensed druggists for “medicinal purposes,” clergymen for “religious” purposes and bootleggers — or illegal sellers — the museum said in the online article, “Speakeasies Were Prohibition’s Worst-Kept Secrets.”

After Prohibition’s inception, speakeasies flourished. The illicit venues multiplied in urban cities and ranged from “fancy clubs with jazz bands” to basements and ballroom dance floors, according to The Mob Museum. They also welcomed women, ending the segregated-by-sexes drinking of yesteryear, the museum said.

It’s estimated that Al Capone, the leader of the Chicago Outfit, made $60 million a year by supplying illegal beer and liquor to 10,000 speakeasies in the late 1920s, according to The Mob Museum.

Prohibition was repealed Dec. 5, 1933, when the 21st Amendment was ratified, meaning the beginning of licensed barrooms, where liquor and beer is regulated and taxed.

At the time, according to the National Archives, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “What America needs now is a drink.”

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