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Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental health treatment.

In Florida, that wasn’t enough for relatives, authorities or his schools to request a judicial order barring him from possessing guns.

Only five states have laws enabling family members, guardians or police to ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from people who show warning signs of violence. Supporters of these measures, deemed "red flag laws" or gun-violence restraining orders, say they can save lives by stopping some shootings and suicides.

Florida, where Cruz is accused of using an AR-15 assault weapon to kill 17 people at his former high school, lacks such a law. He was able to legally own the semi-automatic rifle, even though his mother, classmates and teachers had at times described him as dangerous and threatening, and despite repeated police visits to his home. Never miss a local story.

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Family hosting Nikolas Cruz knew he was odd, but not dangerous: ‘We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know’

Family hosting Nikolas Cruz knew he was odd, but not dangerous: 'We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know'

Kimberly and James Snead, the family that let Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz live in their home, become emotional on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, as they recount the day of the mass shooting. Nikolas Cruz was immature, quirky and depressed when James and Kimberly Snead took him into their Parkland home. But he was pleasant and seemed to be growing happier, they said.

How the 19-year-old turned into a killer still baffles them.

“We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know,” Kimberly Snead told the South Florida Sun Sentinel in an exclusive interview Saturday. “We didn’t see this side of him.”

“Everything everybody seems to know, we didn’t know,” James Snead said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Cruz still lived with the Sneads on Wednesday when he walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 rifle and killed 17 people — the worst school shooting since Sandy Hook.

The Sneads’ son had asked whether his friend could move into their home last Thanksgiving. Cruz’s mother, who had adopted him, died of pneumonia Nov. 1, leaving him without parents. He stayed briefly with a family friend in the Lantana area but wanted to move on.The Sneads quickly agreed […]

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Patrick Demarchelier, Princess Diana’s personal photographer, accused of sexual assault

Patrick Demarchelier, Princess Diana’s personal photographer, accused of sexual assault

Patrick Demarchelier has been accused of sexual misconduct by six models and his former photo assistant. Patrick Demarchelier, the photographer best known for the famous photo of Princess Diana in a strapless gown and tiara, has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women.

Demarchelier was named by six models and a former assistant in a Boston Globe exposé about the fashion industry, which also named sylists, directors and agents.

The 74-year-old photographer’s former assistant claims he began harassing her when she was 19. Eventually, she told the Globe, she submitted to him, fearing professional repercussions. Stars accused of sexual harassment and assault “It hurts my heart so much to think of how many girls, many my own daughter’s age who have had to fend off or give in to his advances because I didn’t speak up at the time,” she wrote in an email to a modeling group.

“I remember many test shoots with teenage girls where Patrick’s team of assistants (including me) was dismissed for the day only to find naked photos of the girl in the darkroom the next day.”

Six other women accused him of assault and harassment, including groping. One claimed her offered to make her famous if […]

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Suspect charged in woman’s rape, second man sought

Suspect charged in woman’s rape, second man sought

The suspects Police arrested one man and are looking for the second person who raped a woman in the bathroom of a Manhattan apartment party.

George Ballo, 26, was busted on Wednesday night for sexually assaulting the 25-year-old woman at a party at the Fulton Houses on West 17th Street near Ninth Avenue in Chelsea, cops said.

Ballo, of Manhattan, was one of two men who allegedly followed the woman into the bathroom around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 3 and raped her, police said. The pair then left the apartment together, with their victim still lying on the bathroom floor.

Ballo was charged with rape and criminal sex act. Police are still searching for the woman’s second attacker.

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Somerset County court for Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017

SKOWHEGAN — Closed cases for Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017, in Skowhegan District Court and Somerset County Superior Court.

Christopher J. Martin, 42, of Pittsfield, was found not guilty of domestic violence assault and two counts violating condition of release, March 14, 2017, in Pittsfield.

Dennis M. Bare, 55, of Kingfield, driving to endanger June 23, 2016, in Fairfield; $575 fine, 30-day license suspension; operating under the influence, same date and town, dismissed.

Anthony Bevans, 52, of North Anson, operating ATV on public way Oct. 7, 2017, in Pleasant Ridge Plantation; $100 fine.

Kassandra Brown, 23, of Fairfield, violating condition of release Sept. 12, 2017, in Fairfield, dismissed.

Jose M. Burgos, 39, of Skowhegan, unlawful possession of heroin and two counts unlawful possession of scheduled drug May 9, 2017, in Skowhegan, dismissed.James R. Collins, 37, of Moscow, Tennessee, negotiating a worthless instrument June 20, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine; negotiating a worthless instrument June 20, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine; negotiating a worthless instrument Aug. 26, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine; negotiating a worthless instrument Aug. 27, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine.Kaylee J. Cowan, 24, of Skowhegan, disorderly conduct, loud unreasonable noise Nov. 26, 2017, in Fairfield; 12-hour jail sentence.John Currier, 64, of Embden, attaching […]

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Man arrested after exchange of gunfire with Perth Amboy police

Man arrested after exchange of gunfire with Perth Amboy police

Facebook PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man was arrested after an exchange of gunfire with police officers in which no one was injured.

The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office says police in Perth Amboy were trying to arrest a 21-year-old suspect Thursday night in a shooting earlier in the day.

Perth Amboy police reported that as four city detectives approached, the suspect opened fire. Officers exited the vehicle and identified themselves as police officers, and some returned fire. No one was struck in the exchange of gunfire.

The prosecutor’s office says 21-year-old Isaiah Peralta is charged with four counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault, firearms and drug charges as well as charges in the earlier shooting.

It’s unclear whether Peralta has an attorney; a listed number for him couldn’t be found Saturday.

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A&E’s biography of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs confuses FLDS with LDS

A&E’s biography of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs confuses FLDS with LDS

(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) Handcuffed and flanked by Las Vegas Metro PD SWAT officers, FLDS leader Warren Jeffs appears before Judge James M. Bixler in the Clark County Regional Justice Center on Aug. 31, 2006. Jeffs is the head of the FLDS Church. He was convicted of child sexual assault and is serving a life-plus-20-years sentence in a Texas prison. And the hourlong show includes information about his family life as he was growing up.

It’s not like there’s any ill intent. This is one of the oldest tricks in the documentary-maker’s book — you show a famous landmark to establish where you are, such as the Eiffel Tower for Paris, the Colosseum for Rome or the Gateway Arch for St. Louis. (Chris Detrick | Tribune file photo) Temple Square is pictured during the 186th LDS General Conference in Salt Lake City in 2016. This is purely anecdotal, but in my experience there are plenty of people who think that the LDS Church still practices polygamy. Throughout the run of the HBO series “Big Love,” I heard from a lot of people who thought the characters in that series were both polygamists and Mormons, despite the fact that […]

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Porn industry reckons with assault allegations and a string of deaths

Porn industry reckons with assault allegations and a string of deaths

(Amanda Lopez | The Washington Post) Tasha Reign is chairwoman of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, which is trying to create more guidelines for what’s acceptable in an industry rocked by sexual assault scandals and the recent deaths of five performers. The display is a tolerated tradition that goes back decades. But this year a few things were different at the AVN Awards, held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Ron Jeremy, one of the biggest names in the industry to be accused of sexual assault, was banned from the proceedings. So the usual assortment of post-party photos featuring his hands placed as human lingerie — he has called himself "a groper" — was absent. Although the trade show’s zero-tolerance policy on harassment landed last year — long before recent sexual harassment scandals rocked Hollywood — this year it required participants to sign the policy, a clear response to the #MeToo movement . Moves like this have some in the industry peacocking, especially as crosstown rival Hollywood has been hammered over its lack of gender equality. "If you look at the recent AVN nominations for director of the year, nearly half of the names were women," says […]

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Emma Watson donates £1million to anti-sexual harassment campaign as actresses join forces on BAFTAs red carpet to back ‘Time’s Up’

Emma Watson donates £1million to anti-sexual harassment campaign as actresses join forces on BAFTAs red carpet to back ‘Time’s Up’

ACTRESS Emma Watson donated £1million to victims of sexual harassment.

The sizeable donation coincided with the planned female solidarity against sexism at tonight’s BAFTAs ceremony . Getty Images – Getty Actress Emma Watson has handed £1million to victims of sexual harassment The Harry Potter star’s donation follows the publication of an open letter backed by more than 200 high-profile females in showbusiness published in The Observer .

The open letter read: "More than half of all women, and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18 to 24, say they have experienced sexual harassment at work.

"One in five women in England and wales have experienced some type of sexual assault after the age of 16.

"This should not be tolerated and cannot and should not be our norm. We can do better than this." The actress was one of the first to speak out about sexual harassment in the immediate aftermath of Harvey Weinstein allegations Splash News Emma with the disgraced movie mogul in 2011 leaving Mahiki nightclub in London The sum will be handed to the recently launched Justice and Equality Fund, which aims to provide support and projects across the UK for victims of sexual harassment.

The signatories – who opted to wear […]

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Man shot in Crosby following domestic dispute, aunt and uncle taken into custody

Man shot in Crosby following domestic dispute, aunt and uncle taken into custody

A man was shot Sunday afternoon in Crosby following a domestic disturbance involving his aunt and uncle, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrived in the 13000 block of Magnolia just after 1 p.m. to find the wounded man at home with his aunt.

His uncle had run away, though he later returned, authorities said.

The aunt told deputies the shooting was an attempt to stop her nephew’s assault. Initially police believed the woman had fired, though they later learned it may have been her husband.

Both were taken into custody at the scene, while the nephew was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, wounded but still alert.

Authorities did not immediately release names or ages of anyone involved.

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