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August 10, 2018


BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina mother says someone broke in to her family’s home and stole a puppy belonging to her terminally ill, 5-year-old daughter.

Shala Browning tells the Burlington Times-News she and her family, including daughter Zakaia Gray, went out Saturday for her birthday. She says they returned home that night and noticed Zakaia’s 11-week-old American Bully named Annabella May was missing.

Browning says Annabella May was a companion for Zakaia, who has terminal brain cancer and was given up to six months to live. Browning says the dog usually goes everywhere with the family, but they left her alone for a few hours Saturday to work on her kennel training.

Burlington police responded to the break-in and found that nothing besides Annabella May was stolen.


NEW YORK (AP) — A rising college basketball coaching star accused of throwing a punch that killed a New York City tourist who had apparently mistaken him for an Uber driver has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge.

Wake Forest University assistant coach Jamill Jones attacked digital marketing guru Sandor Szabo around 1:15 a.m. last Sunday in Queens, causing him to fall and smash his head on the sidewalk, police said.

Szabo, visiting from Boca Raton, Florida, banged on the window of Jones’ SUV while looking for his ride after his stepsister’s wedding, police said.

A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly knocking on car windows before Jones allegedly confronted him.

Jones, 35, of Kernersville, North Carolina, turned himself in to police yesterday, accompanied by a lawyer.


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia man has died after getting out of his car in a road-rage confrontation — and getting pinned between two vehicles.

Prince William County Police say 53-year-old Larry Dean Walker of Woodbridge was driving his pickup truck on the Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge on Wednesday when he got into an argument with a 34-year-old man driving a sedan. It’s unclear what sparked the argument.

Police say both vehicles stopped as they approached backed-up traffic. Walker got out of his truck and walked toward the sedan.

The sedan driver moved into the parkway’s left lanes and in the process struck Walker and a minivan.

Police say Walker became pinned between the sedan and minivan and died at the scene.

Police say they are investigating whether to file charges.


NEW YORK (AP) — The man who police say fled to Thailand after carrying his dead 7-month-old baby around in a backpack and tossing his body into a river near the Brooklyn Bridge has been returned to New York City.

Thirty-seven-year-old James Currie arrived at Kennedy Airport yesterday. Police say Thai authorities stopped Currie from entering the country when he landed in Bangkok.

Currie faces a felony charge of concealment of a human corpse. Additional charges could be filed pending an autopsy.

Police say Currie took the baby to his Bronx apartment Saturday, under a custody arrangement. The baby’s mother called 911 after trying to reach Currie the next day.

A tourist from Oklahoma spotted the body Sunday. Her husband pulled the lifeless baby from the East River to shore and tried reviving him.

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