Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Man Connected To Houston Boy Scouts, Ulf Gerrit Lueders, Arrested


Houston police say sex crime charges have been filed against a man who had access to children through the Boy Scouts of America.

HPD says Ulf Gerrit Lueders, 41, is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child and online solicitation of a minor.

According to HPD, Lueders was involved in the Boy Scouts of America's Sam Houston Area Council and was associated with Troop 111, Ship 846 and Crew 762, which are located in north Houston.

“Investigators believe there may be additional victims and are asking anyone whose children had interaction with Lueders to speak with their children,” HPD stated in a press release. KHOU

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5-Children & Their Mother Died In A House Fire Near Silsbee Last Night


The bodies of five children, ranging in age from 3 to 11 years old, and their mother were found inside a home that burned in a fire in rural southeast Texas overnight.

Hardin County Sheriff's Department said the house fire happened on a property four miles north of the city of Silsbee.

Emergency crews said the fire was on one of two homes on the property. Neighbors who saw the home fully involved in flames first called 911.

According to authorities, the victims included a 3-year-old boy, twin 4-year-old boys, a 7-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy, and a 31-year-old woman, who was believed to be the children's mother.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. ABC13

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Andrew Henckel From Kerrville Charged With Murdering His 6-Year-Old Nephew


A 19-year-old Kerrville man is accused of murdering his nephew in the Seattle area.

Investigators say they found the body of Dayvid Pakko, 6, near Lynnwood, Washington, on Tuesday morning. Family members reported the little boy missing on Monday.

The Snohomish Co. Sheriff’s Office arrested a man, who family identifies as Andrew Henckel, for first-degree murder.

The suspect’s father, Randy Henckel, said Andrew had been staying with family there for about a week when he was asked to babysit his nephew, Dayvid. When they spoke Monday night, Randy said Andrew told him he woke up to other relatives arriving home, but the boy was missing.

Deputies say Andrew later confessed to drowning the 6-year-old in a bathtub, then dumping the body in a dumpster. NEWS4SANANTONIO

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84-Year-Old Woman Fired For Picking Up $1 Off The Floor At Walmart


At 84 years old, grandmother Frankie Ruffino loved her job at Walmart.

"I was hired as a greeter, which is what I wanted to be," said Ruffino. "I gave it my all, that's all I can say, never came late."

When her health declined, she became a telephone operator in the Brenham supercenter.

"I wanted to work real bad," said Ruffino.

She had a spotless record she says, not one issue in nearly a decade of service. A few weeks ago, she was closing like she did most nights, when she spotted something in the aisle.

"I found a dollar bill on the floor, just one dollar bill," said Ruffino.

It was late, so she picked it up, put it on her walker and drove home to Burton, Texas. The next day her managers called her in.

"She said did you find some money yesterday, I said yes, I picked up a dollar bill, here it is right there," said Ruffino.

She later finished that shift, but when she came back the following day, Ruffino heard words she'd never thought she'd hear.

"She said I need your badge and your vest," said Ruffino. "You have been let go because of your integrity." KHOU

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Please Share This New Picture Of Missing Richardson Child Sherin Mathews


Sherin Mathews, 3, was last seen at around 3 a.m. Oct. 7 when, according to an arrest affidavit, her father, Wesley Mathews, 37, forced her to stand next to a tree in an alley behind the house as punishment for not drinking her milk.

When he went outside about 15 minutes later, the girl was gone, the affidavit said.

Videos of the girl posted on public Facebook page show the youngster singing Happy Birthday and playing at church.

The girl’s father waited about five hours before he reported the toddler missing, authorities say.

Mathews said he decided to wait until dawn to search further and passed the time by doing laundry.

He didn’t report that the girl was missing until around 8 a.m.Oct. 7.

But police have determined that Mathews’ 2013 Acura MDX SUV was gone from the family’s home between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Oct. 7.

“We are asking for residents and business owners within an area where this vehicle could have traveled within that hour to review and preserve any video possibly containing this vehicle, police said. KWTX

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Woman Beat Up Teenager At Corpus Christi School & It Was Caught On Tape


Officers with the Corpus Christi Independent School District police are looking for a woman seen in a cell phone video beating up a teen girl at Miller High School.

It happened just before 7 p.m. Monday in the courtyard at Miller High School.

The CCISD said they have watched the video and are looking for the woman. They said she will be charged with assault.

The student in the video is 18.

If you recognize the woman in the video, call police at 361-886-2600. KCENTV

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Young Man Drowned 6-Year-Old Boy, Then Dump His Body In A Dumpster


A 19-year-old Kerrville man was booked on first-degree murder in the Snohomish County Jail after his 6-year-old relative was allegedly drowned thrown in a nearby dumpster.

On Tuesday, the 19-year-old allegedly admitted to police that he committed the crime.

The teen was visiting family in Lynnwood, Washington.

Dayvid Pakko's body was found Tuesday morning after Pakko was reported missing from his apartment complex in the 15700 block of 44th Avenue West on Monday afternoon. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Pakko stayed home from school Monday because he was sick. His mother was at work.

Pakko's body was found just before 2 a.m. by deputies in a dumpster around the corner from the front door of the apartment where Pakko lived.

The sheriff's office said there is evidence of homicide.

Ireton said it wasn't immediately clear if the man in custody was the person watching Pakko before his disappearance Monday.

There are no other suspects, according to Ireton. KENS5

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roofers Pause & Put Hand Over Heart When National Anthem Is Played


A photo of three roofers in Maine who paused while the national anthem played at a high school nearby their job site has gone viral.

The photo, posted on Facebook over the weekend by user Michelle Lyons Cossar, shows the three roofers with their hands across their chests as the national anthem played at Waterville High School during a football game.

According to Cossar's post, the men could hear the anthem play due to how close they were to the school and be seen from the stands at the game.

"From behind the stands, we hear, 'Hey, look! They aren't kneeling.' When I turn to see who said it, this is what I saw...three men roofing a house and respecting the flag," Cossar said in the post.

Several other people had taken pictures of the patriotic act and shared on social media platforms, with hopes the photo would go viral and recognized by the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and others. KFDA

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1000 Feet High "Will You Marry Me" Proposal In Texas


A Texas pilot is on cloud nine after coming up with a unique proposal: asking his girlfriend to marry him while flying 1,000 feet in the air.

Nick Cannan received his pilot’s license a few days before, and decided to take his girlfriend, Kerryn Beattie, for a ride. He set up a camera to record her reaction as he took off and flew around near Frisco, Texas.

“See something down there?” Cannan asked as they passed over a field.

On the ground below was a series of large, white signs spelling out “KEZ I (HEART) U! WILL YOU MARRY ME?”

“At first I looked and I was like, ‘Wow, somebody’s doing that for their girlfriend,’ because of the angle we were at,” Beattie said. “And as we went over it, I saw my name and I just about died.”

She said yes. KXAN

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Joe Clowers (Union Grove) Killed 400+ Pound Wild Feral Hog On His Property


Most locals know that wild hogs are a huge problem in Texas, especially in rural areas, and they are increasingly invading even more developed suburbs.

This week, a man named Joe Clowers in Union Grove, Texas killed a 416-pound wild hog that had been wreaking havoc on his property.

Texas is home to the largest feral hog population in the United States, with an estimated 4 million hogs statewide. It's safe to say that hogs are one of the most hated animals in Texas along with mosquitoes, fire ants, bed bugs, snakes and rats.

At least you can kill and eat most everything from a hog. The same can't be said of those other vermin.

The wild hogs that mildly terrorize Texans are the progeny of domestic hogs and European wild hogs from way back when.

Texas' feral hogs are omnivores with a nondiscriminatory palate. Since they will eat anything hunters looking to bait them into certain areas can use most anything edible.

The hog was taken down with an AR-15, according to Clowers, and shared that the hog had been a constant nuisance for five years.

He had preyed on the fawns in the area and Clowers added that he always stayed armed when visiting his deer feeders in case the hog in question charged him. CHRON

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Richardson Police Are Using Drones Today Searching For Sherin Mathews


Police are searching an area in Richardson for signs of a missing 3-year-old girl.

"We are involved in their own search right now. We have not organized any civilian search at this time,” Sgt. Kevin Perlich, a spokesman for the Richardson Police Department.

Perlich said he could not go into any more detail about the search and asked the media not to reveal the exact location. Video showed officers working with drones in a field and scanning a creek.

Sherin Mathews was last seen on the morning of Oct. 7 at 3 a.m. Her adoptive father, Wesley Mathews, told police he left her by a tree in the alley as punishment for not drinking her milk. When he returned about 15 minutes later he said she was gone.

The little girl’s father didn’t report her missing until 8 a.m. that morning. He admitted to doing laundry and police said his SUV also left the house before he called for help. He has since been charged with abandoning or endangering a child. FOX4NEWS

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118 Police Officers Killed, 57K Assaulted In 2016 According To FBI Report


A total of 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, according to the FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report released today. Of those deaths, 52 were accidental and 66 were felonious.

Additionally, 57,180 officers were assaulted in the line of duty, with nearly 30 percent of those officers being injured in the incidents.

All of these numbers increased from figures reported in 2015, when 45 officers died accidentally and 41 were feloniously killed in the line of duty. There were 50,212 assaults against law enforcement listed in the 2015 LEOKA report.

Through its Uniform Crime Reporting Program, the FBI collects data about the circumstances surrounding assaults against law enforcement and officer deaths. The data is collected from campus, local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as FBI field offices and non-profit organizations that track line-of-duty deaths. The LEOKA Program uses the data it collects to provide data-driven officer safety training to law enforcement officers around the country. FBI

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Owner Paid $8000 In Airport Parking Fees After Leaving SUV For 23-Months


The Midland International Air and Spaceport is not fining the owners of the vehicle, but they did have to pay 23 months worth of parking fees.

Spot 58, where the Yukon was originally parked, looked much different Monday than it did a week ago, let alone 23 months ago.

"It's my understanding that he got in his car and drove away just like everybody else," Justine Ruff, Director of Operations at the airport said.

We're told the owner of the suv, which had been parked there since November 2015, came to the airport and drove through the airport parking station. According to airport officials, there was a price to be paid before they could leave the property; $8000 in parking fees to be exact.

"If we had towed that car a year ago, we wouldn't have gotten that money," Ruff said.

After our original story aired, questions surrounded the owner of the SUV: Did they forget their car was parked there? If not, why did they wait so long to pick it up? CBS7

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Watch Again Jessica McClure's 1987 Rescue From A Well In Midland Texas



On this day in 1987, in an event that had viewers around the world glued to their televisions, 18-month-old Jessica McClure is rescued after being trapped for 58 hours in an abandoned water well in Midland, Texas.

The drama unfolded on the morning of October 14, 1987, when McClure fell through the 8-inch-wide opening of an abandoned well while playing with other children in the backyard of her aunt’s home day-care center. After dropping about 22 feet into the well, the little girl became stuck. Over the next two-and-a-half days, crews of rescue workers, mining experts and local volunteers labored around the clock to drill a shaft parallel to the one in which McClure was trapped. They then tunneled horizontally through dense rock to connect the two shafts. A microphone was lowered into the well to keep tabs on the toddler, who could be heard crying, humming and singing throughout the ordeal.

On the night of October 16, a bandaged and dirt-covered but alert Baby Jessica, as she became widely known, was safely pulled out of the well by paramedics. By that time, scores of journalists had descended on Midland, a West Texas oil city, and the rescue was carried out on live television before a massive audience. HISTORY

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If You Had Your Identity Stolen, You Might Have A Criminal Record


You could have a criminal record right now and not even know it. The major problem is expected to get much bigger, and it's all due to identity theft.

When you think of identity theft, you may think about someone opening a bank account in your name or using your credit card numbers for purchases you never made.

But when crooks have your name, address and Social Security number, they can do much more.

Fake IDs can be made with your stolen information. Crooks can cash bad checks and even hand over the fake ID to officers if they're being arrested. It's no longer their name on the record, but yours.

It happened to Adrien Boyd. She's a member of the military and was deployed when someone stole her identity and used it to commit financial crimes in her name.

"She had a hindering apprehension, injury to a child, assault, failure to appear — she had done quite a few things with my name, Social Security number," Boyd said.

Most of us monitor our credit report, but how often do you check to see if you were arrested? NBCDFW

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Man Googled "How To Rob A Bank" Then Went Out And Did It


A man robbed a bank after searching Google to find out how to do it.

William Joe Johnson, 26, tried to rob a bank in Florida on Oct. 5.

Once inside the bank, the suspect approached the bank teller, implied he had a gun and demanded cash, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Johnson made out with an undisclosed amount of cash and was found in a hotel room and arrested on Oct. 9.

When detectives interviewed Johnson he told them he was in need of money and searched "how to rob a bank" on Google, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Johnson, who was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, reportedly used the money for rent, utilities and drugs. KSAT

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New Carbon Monoxide Treatment Could Save The Lives Of Snake Bite Victims


A University of Arizona researcher developing a therapy to prevent or delay the dangerous results of rattlesnake and other venomous snakebites in humans has shown that a combination of carbon monoxide and iron inhibits snake venom's effects for up to an hour in animals, a major advance in bringing the treatment to market.

Snake venom is hemotoxic — destructive to the ability of blood to clot — and can cause the destruction of fibrinogen, an essential protein that enables blood to clot and stop excessive bleeding. Snake-venom enzymes also can cause abnormally fast clotting, which can lead to heart attack, stroke and damage to the body's organs. Both reactions are inhibited by the therapy.

Dr. Vance G. Nielsen, professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, has confirmed that, if given soon enough after a snake bite, the carbon monoxide-iron-based therapy directly can inhibit snake venom's ability to block blood clotting in laboratory animals for as long as an hour. Nielsen also demonstrated for the first time in the test tube that the therapy blocks snake venom's ability to cause abrupt clotting. The findings recently were published in the journals Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology and the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis.

Time is of the essence following exposure to rattlesnake venom because without fibrinogen, blood does not clot and the risk of internal bleeding increases, resulting in serious health consequences such as blood entering the brain or intestines. In addition, abnormally fast clotting in the blood vessels can deplete clotting factors and cause excessive bleeding or the clots can block blood vessels, causing lethal loss of blood flow to tissue. ARIZONAEDU

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Jemele Hill's 2-Week Suspension Is More Like A 2-Week Vacation With Pay


An ESPN host who got sidelined for two weeks after calling President Trump a "white supremacist" and urging people to boycott Dallas Cowboys' advertisers will pocket an estimated $40,000 or more during her time in the sports network's penalty box.

Jemele Hill was suspended for repeatedly violating the company’s social media guidelines, but the punishment comes with a paycheck, according to a tweet from author James Miller, who literally wrote the book on ESPN.

The Bristol, Conn.- based network declined to comment, but an ESPN insider familiar with the salaries of other on-air talent said that most “SportsCenter” anchors are paid a salary that is “quite significant” and estimated that Hill makes over $1 million per year. Hill, along with co-host Michael Smith, anchor the relatively new “SC6,” a modern version of “SportsCenter” with a urban feel at airs at 6 p.m. ET.

Hill first made waves last month when she called Trump a “white supremacist” and violated the company’s social media guidelines a second time earlier this week when she encouraged fans to boycott the advertisers of a major ESPN partner.

Hill called on fans to take indirect action against the Dallas Cowboys after owner Jerry Jones told players they would be benched if they didn't stand up during the national anthem.

“Change happens when advertisers are impacted,” Hill wrote. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers.”

ESPN, the network that employs Hill, agreed to pay $15.2 billion in 2011 to air the NFL’s “Monday Night Football,” according to The New York Times. The Cowboys are among the most popular teams in the NFL and appear frequently in high-profile primetime games.

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how much individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such action would have consequences. Hence this decision,” an ESPN spokesman said in a statement. FOXNEWS

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Texas Man Admitted To Stealing Over One Million Dollars Worth Of Fajitas


The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office has beef with one Juvenile Justice Department employee, alleging he stole $1.2 million worth of fajitas during the past nine years.

The Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department does not serve fajitas.

“If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a Saturday Night Live skit. But this is the real thing,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said.

On Aug. 7, Gilberto Escaramilla took a day off to go to a medical appointment. A driver from Labatt Food Service in Harlingen — the Juvenile Justice Department’s meat vendor — called the kitchen to inform it of an 800-pound delivery of fajitas.

The woman who answered the phone said the driver was mistaken, and that the kitchen did not serve fajitas. That was when the driver told her he had been delivering fajitas to the Juvenile Justice Department for the past nine years, Saenz said.

“The receiver of the call rushes off to the supervisor and conveys to her the discussion that had been had, and that breaks the case,” Saenz said. “When Mr. Escaramilla reports to work the next day, he is confronted with the discussion and he admits he had been stealing fajitas for nine years.” BROWNSVILLEHEARLD

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Many Injured In Lake Pontchartrain Louisiana Oil Rig Explosion Sunday


An oil rig exploded Sunday night in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish, a Louisiana police department said.

Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said Sunday evening that rescue boats were being sent from the Kenner Boat Launch, and that officials with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office are assisting, The Times-Picayune reported .

There were “a lot of injuries,” many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected, McGregor said.

Initial reports said six people were injured and one person was missing. No additional details on the status of the injured have been given. No deaths have been reported.

Reports came into the Emergency Operations center around 7:15 p.m. of fire and smoke being seen from Lake Pontchartrain, Jefferson Parish spokesman Antwan Harris said in a news release Sunday night.

“Several people have been rescued from the active fire on the rig,” Harris said.

“Authorities on the scene report that cleaning chemicals ignited on the surface of the oil rig platform,” the City of Kenner Government posted on its Facebook page Sunday evening. DFWCBSLOCAL

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West High School Football Player Hunter Bleidt Seriously Injured Friday


A West High School football player who was seriously injured in Friday night’s rivalry game against Whitney, has survived surgery and will likely not be paralyzed.

Family of WHS sophomore Hunter Bleidt, 16, said he went into surgery Saturday night after three of his vertebrae (C3, C4, and C5) were fractured or broken in an altercation with a player on the opposing team.

According to Bleidt’s older sister, Heather Perry, Bleidt, who was playing on special teams, and the other player both ‘got tripped up,’ and the other player fell on her brother who landed on his head, pushing all his weight onto his neck, damaging the vertebrae.

“He’s a lot better today after surgery,” his sister said.

“He’s ok and he’s not paralyzed, it could have been so much worse, but who knows what other problems he’s going to have after this because he has a plate now in his neck and some screws and a bracket.”

While she didn’t think it was intentional or malicious, Perry said she thought the other player was being overly aggressive, and after watching film saw the player was constantly pulling on her brother’s jersey and blocking in the back, which is against the rules. KWTX

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Legal Expert: "There Are No Free Speech Rights In A Private Workplace"


The firestorm continues over Jerry Jones' remarks that he would bench any player who does not stand during the National Anthem.

Some have praised his stance while others have slammed it as misguided, accusing the Cowboys owner of trampling on his players First Amendment rights.

But legal experts say on this particular matter, the law is on Jones' side.

"This surprises a lot of people," said Rogge Dunn, a founding partner of Clouse Dunn LLP in Dallas, which specializes in employment and labor law. "But you don't have free speech rights in your place of private employment."

Dunn says in a court of law, free speech is only protected when dealing with the government or a public agency. Within a private workplace, employers have the legal right to set standards for their employees, and discipline those who do not abide by them.

"If you have players kneeling, that presents an image that Mr. Jones may or may not want," said Dunn. "Some of the other [NFL] owners may say that's an image I do want, and I'm glad that you're kneeling. But certainly the law allows a business owner to set the tone for how they want their employees to appear in the workplace and in the public."

Dunn says employees do have a legal protections when it comes to job terms and conditions, which include things like pay and working environment.

But because players across the NFL are kneeling as a form of political protest, he believes it falls outside that scope, which is why he thinks any legal action against Jones, including a recent complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board, will ultimately fail. NBCDFW

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2 Pflugerville Massage Workers Busted By Undercover Police Officers


Two massage workers were arrested Thursday after offering to perform sex acts to undercover police officers.

Yahong Li and Yun Li were working at the Green Leaf Day Spa in the 2700 block of Pecan Street in Pflugerville.

Police said two undercover investigators came in the spa and requested one hour long body massage each.

According to court documents, they each paid $60 for their massages, but during their session Yahong and Yun stopped to offer sexual services to both officers.

The women offered the officers a sex act for an extra $60. Yahong also offered to remove her clothing for an additional $40.

Yahong and Yun were arrested for prostitution, a Class B Misdemeanor. CBSAUSTIN

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Marissa Monica Cano Arrested For Beating 2-Teenagers With A Bat


Deputies arrested a woman in San Antonio on Sunday and charged her with beating two teenagers with an aluminum bat.

Marissa Monica Cano, 38, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Authorities became aware of the beatings after a 15-year-old victim escaped the house where he was being kept on Saturday and ran to a Sonic in the 3000 block of TPC Parkway for help. There, someone helped him call 911.

An arrest affidavit said the 15-year-old had severe injuries and required immediate medical attention. The child suffered "severe bruising to the back, buttocks, upper thighs, upper arms" and had open wounds, the document said.

The 15-year-old had injuries consistent with those of a victim of continuous child abuse. Investigators estimated he had been abused for "several years."

Sheriff Javier Salazar said the teen was also emaciated and told investigators Cano was abusing two others.

"Not only did he suffer some pretty substantial injuries, the young man was severley underweight. For a 15-year-old boy, he's only about 70 pounds."

The teen told deputies Cano abused him, an 8-year-old girl and a 17-year-old male -- often beating them with the baseball bat, starving them and locking them in a garage. The kids are related to each other, but not related to Cano.

Salazar said they are often left in Cano's care. KSAT

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Says Now, NFL Owners Are Colluding Against Him Because Of Protest


Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a collusion grievance against NFL owners under the collective bargaining agreement, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the filing had not been made public. Kaepernick has hired his own lawyer to represent him, the person said.

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman was the first to report the news.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said the league had no comment.

Kaepernick has remained unsigned through the season after opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March. General manager John Lynch said the quarterback would have been cut had he not opted to do so.

Kaepernick has remained in the spotlight after kneeling during the national anthem throughout last season to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Protests became more widespread throughout the league after President Trump repeatedly called for players who do not stand during the anthem to be fined or suspended. Seven 49ers players chose to kneel during the anthem Sunday against the Washington Redskins. WFAA

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