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November 20, 2018

CHILD STRANGLED - TEXAS

HOUSTON (AP) — Police have charged a Houston man with child abandonment after concluding that his 6-year-old daughter strangled her 1-year-old brother with a seatbelt in the family car parked outside a thrift store while their father shopped.

Adrian Dreshuan Middleton was charged Friday in the May 20 incident on the eastern edge of Houston. A criminal complaint says the 26-year-old father told investigators that he parked outside the thrift store, left the air conditioner on, gave the children water and a snack and played a movie while he went into the store to shop for clothes.

Surveillance video showed Middleton was in the store for almost 1½ hours before returning and noticing his daughter crying in the back seat. The child told investigators that she was playing with her brother and got angry when he wouldn’t stop crying. She said she wrapped the seatbelt around her brother and thought he had fallen asleep.

No arrest has been made. Jail records list no attorney for him.

CHIPOTLE - MANAGER

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Chipotle says the company has offered a St. Paul restaurant manager her job back after she was fired in a dine-and-dash case.

The company said in a statement yesterday that it has reviewed the evidence and decided to offer the manager her job back. While Chipotle says its protocol was not followed serving these customers, the company publicly apologized to the manager “for being put in this position.”

The manager was fired for not serving five black men and asking them to prove they could pay before taking their order.

Employees accused the men of being repeat dine-and-dashers. One of the men posted a video of the incident on Twitter, alleging that he and his friends were subjected to racial stereotyping.

Chipotle says the company “will work to continue to ensure that we support a respectful workplace for our employees and our customers alike.”

L.A. RAMS HONOR FIRST RESPONDRS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams honored those impacted the past two weeks by the shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar and wildfires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties before Monday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The California Lutheran University Choir, who had a former member as one of the 12 killed in the Nov, 7 shooting at a country music bar, sang the National Anthem. Firefighters who have battled the Southern California wildfires the past two weeks received tickets to the game.

The fire erupted Nov. 8 and Santa Ana winds pushed it through suburbs and wilderness parkland in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, forcing thousands of people to flee.

Karen and Jordan Helus, the wife of fallen Ventura County Sheriff Sergeant Ron Hellus, lit the LA Coliseum torch prior to kickoff.

L.A. SHERIFF - DRUGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after he was caught in an FBI sting offering to guard shipments of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

Kenneth Collins of Chino pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to distribute drugs.

The U.S. attorney’s office says a judge on Monday also ordered the 51-year-old to pay $38,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors said Collins acknowledged that he and at least two other men conspired to accept cash payments while providing an armed escort in the shipping of large amounts of drugs from California to Las Vegas.

Authorities said Collins justified the fees by telling the undercover FBI agent: ”‘we’re cops’” and ”‘all of our transports make it through.’”

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