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CLERK SHOOTS MAN TRYING TO STEAL $36 WORTH OF BEER
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida convenience store clerk fatally shot a man who was trying to steal about $36 worth of beer.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports that 22-year-old Mehedeun Hasan faces a second-degree murder charge. He been in jail since last Tuesday’s shooting, but the charge was upgraded after 43-year-old Rennie Defoe Jr. died Saturday.
Deputies say Defoe entered the Lakeland store, walked to the beer cooler, picked up three 18-packs of Natural Ice beer and then walked out of the store without paying.
Authorities say Defoe was already in his car and backing out of a parking spot when Hasan ran outside and opened fire. Defoe was taken to a nearby hospital, where he eventually died.
Hasan was being held without bond. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.
TEEN SENTENCED FOR DEATH OF CHILD IN STOLEN CAR
CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi teen has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the death of a 6-year-old boy who authorities say was inside a car stolen from a supermarket parking lot.
Eighteen-year-old D’Allen Washington was sentenced today after pleading guilty in February to accessory after the fact in the kidnapping of Kingston Frazier. Washington has agreed to testify against two others in the case including Byron McBride. Prosecutors say McBride shot and killed Frazier after stealing the car in which he was sleeping in May 2017. They want to seek the death penalty against him.
A third teen, Dwan Wakefield, also faces accessory charges.
TOW TRUCK - DUI
HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police say a woman and the driver of a tow truck sent to pick up her vehicle are both arrested on drunken driving charges.
Fifty-one-year-old Patricia O’ Donnell of Marstons Mills had been stopped by a trooper on Saturday night and arrested for driving under the influence.
Then 25-year-old Brandon Fenton was dispatched by a towing company to pick up her vehicle, but he was also arrested for drunken driving.
Police say a Hyannis News journalist saw the truck swerve over the white center lines and off the right side of the road, almost striking a pole, and recorded it on his dash cam.
Both Fenton and O’Donnell will be arraigned and have been released on personal recognizance.
GREAT DANES ABUSED
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers for a woman convicted of housing dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes in her New Hampshire mansion have filed a notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court.
Christina Fay was sentenced on 17 animal cruelty charges earlier this year. A judge ruled she will serve no jail time, but is responsible for paying back nearly $2 million for care of the dogs until they find new homes.
Authorities seized 84 dogs from Fay’s Wolfeboro home last year. They said the animals were living in filth and suffering from health problems. Fay said she wanted to be the primary U.S. collector of European Great Danes and had been acquiring and breeding them since 2014.
Fay’s lawyers are questioning barred testimony, rejected dismissal arguments, the restitution amount and other matters.