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EXTREME ONLINE STALKING
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman accused of stalking a man met on a dating site and sending him more than 65,000 text messages apparently sent more than twice that many.
The Arizona Republic reports that Jacqueline Ades sent a man more than 159,000 text messages — some of which were threatening — over the course of nearly 10 months.
The newspaper said the information was obtained in police documents via a public records request.
Police say Ades began threatening the man after Paradise Valley officers escorted her off his property in July 2017. One text read: “I’d make sushi outta ur kidneys n chopsticks outta ur hand bones.”
Ades has pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking and criminal trespassing. Her trial is to begin next month.
SHUTDOWN - SCIENCE
UNDATED (AP) — The world’s largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the “Super Bowl of Astronomy” could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747 with a massive telescope protruding from the back used to study the fundamental mysteries of the universe.
But conference-goers will not be able to see NASA’s space-exploring plane. Its visit to the 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was canceled, one of a growing list of scientific casualties of the partial government shutdown now stretching into its third week.
Along with the plane, hundreds of government scientists are also no longer allowed to attend the conference or two other major scientific gatherings scheduled to begin this week. Those meetings will address pressing issues in the fields of technology, space exploration, extreme weather and climate change.
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER RETURNS TO ACTION
WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey high school wrestler forced by a referee to cut his dreadlocks before a match to avoid a forfeit has returned to competition.
Andrew Johnson wrestled Saturday for the first time more than two weeks. The Buena (BYOO’-nah) Regional student lost by a 6-2 decision to Clayton/Glassboro wrestler Jaden Hinton in a 120-pound bout that opened a tournament.
Johnson had his dreadlocks cut minutes before a match Dec. 19. Johnson, who is black, had a cover over his hair, but referee Alan Maloney, who is white, said that wouldn’t do.
Maloney hasn’t responded to requests for comment.
Johnson, who still wears his hair in short, thin dreadlocks, wrestled Saturday without a hair cover. It wasn’t clear if he had to make any adjustments to stay within the rules.
7-YEAR-OLD SHOT IN HOUSTON
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas sheriff says authorities now believe that a man in a red pickup who was being sought in the shooting death of a 7-year-old black girl was actually just a witness.
Authorities say the killing of Jazmine Barnes appears to have been a case of mistaken identity, not a racially motivated attack as her family feared.
The family had described the shooter as a white man in a red pickup. Authorities say the suspects they’ve identified are both African-American.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the shooting happened very quickly while Jazmine, her mother and three sisters were at a stoplight. He says it’s likely that the red pickup truck was the last thing seen by Jazmine’s sisters before gunfire broke out. He also noted that it was dark out at the time.
Gonzalez says authorities still hope to talk to the person in the red pickup to get his account of what happened.
FIVE MEMBERS OF FAMILY KILLED IN HIGHWAY WRECK IN KENTUCKY
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say five family members from Michigan headed home from vacation were among six people killed in a wrong-way accident on Interstate 75.
Lexington police said in a statement that a southbound pickup truck being driven in the northbound lanes struck the family’s sport utility vehicle at 2:30 a.m. yesterday. The statement says the SUV caught fire. All five occupants died, along with the pickup’s driver.
The Fayette County coroner’s office says the family from Northville, Michigan, was returning from a vacation in Florida.
The crash remains under investigation.
FATAL DOG WALK
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a dispute between two people walking dogs at a Philadelphia park ended when one punched the other, causing a fatal injury.
Police say the 38-year-year old victim and his fiancée were walking a dog at Gold Star Park when they came across another man and his unleashed dog just before 9 p.m. Saturday.
Witnesses say the victim asked the man to not let the animal run free. The other man became angry and punched the victim in the face, causing the victim to fall backward and hit his head on the ground.
The victim was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a short time later. His name hasn’t been released.
The man who threw the punch remained at large yesterday.