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POSTED August 5, 2014 7:10 p.m.

• BALTIMORE OFFICER TO PLEAD GUILTY TO KILLING PUPPY: BALTIMORE (AP) — The lawyer for a Baltimore police officer charged with beating and choking his girlfriend’s puppy and texting her a photo of the dog’s body says his client will plead guilty in the case.

Twenty-eight-year-old Alec Eugene Taylor of Silver Spring will plead guilty to animal cruelty, a felony, in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Aug. 27, Warren Brown, his lawyer said Tuesday.

County police say Taylor’s girlfriend reported that he had killed Rocko, a 7-month-old Jack Russell terrier, on Feb. 26.

Brown says Taylor is remorseful. He says the 5-year-old veteran of the department was under a lot of pressure and took his frustrations out on the dog.

 

• INSTAGRAM SNEAKER SALE ENDS IN TEEN’S ROBBERY: KENNER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana teenager who tried using the Internet to sell Air Jordan athletic shoes was robbed at gunpoint by his would-be buyers.

Police have arrested four suspects and are seeking another.

Kenner Police Sgt. Brian McGregor said Tuesday the 17-year-old victim from Gretna advertised the sneakers for $160 on the photo-sharing service Instagram and on Kik, an instant messaging application for smartphones. McGregor said the victim arranged to meet a potential buyer Saturday, but five people showed up.

They discussed the price and the buyers left to get more money. When they returned, one was armed with a pistol and robbed the teen of cash and four pairs of sneakers.

Police identified the suspects through the phone number that was used to contact the seller.

 

• GRANDMOTHER IN CUSTODY AFTER GRANDSON’S STABBING: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in northern Florida say a 7-year-old boy was stabbed to death and the main suspect is his 63-year-old grandmother.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to a 911 call Tuesday morning at a home in the Killearn Lakes neighborhood just north of Tallahassee. They discovered that Mason Rhinehart had been stabbed multiple times in the chest.

Rhinehart was taken to the hospital, but he did not survive.

The boy’s grandmother, Martha White, and her car were found by deputies in a park in the neighborhood. Tallahassee station WCTV showed a handcuffed White being taken away in an ambulance.

 

• TEXAS FISHERMAN CATCHES 809-POUND TIGER SHARK: PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) — A Texas fisherman has landed an 809-pound tiger shark in the Gulf of Mexico after reeling it in for more than seven hours.

Ryan Spring of San Antonio says he caught the shark Sunday about 5 miles off Port Aransas. He says the 12-foot, 7-inch shark was about as big as his boat. He says it pulled the vessel south for more than 15 miles.

It took about a dozen men to haul the male shark onto the dock. Spring plans to donate meat from the shark to charity.

The catch falls short of the tiger shark state record, which according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says is 1,129 pounds.

 

• 1-MONTH-OLD LEFT IN HOT CAR DIES IN NORTH CAROLINA: STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Two parents have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of their month-old child, who died after being left in a hot car for two hours.

A statement posted by the Statesville Police Department on its Facebook page said Sherrie Tiesha Clay and Shakee Duquan Robinson, both 29, were arrested Monday. The statement says they also are charged with felony child abuse.

Police were contacted by Iredell Memorial Hospital on July 27 regarding an infant suffering from heat exposure. The child was transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and died there.

Investigators say the child was inside the car for two hours before being discovered by an aunt.

 

• BOY LEFT IN CAR WHILE MOM WAS IN FLORIDA BAR: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a woman faces DUI and child neglect charges after her son was left alone in her Mercedes while she drank at a nearby bar in St. Petersburg.

The 8-year-old boy went into Tryst Lounge several times, apparently looking for his mother.

St. Petersburg police say when 36-year-old Krastina Yankova Gesheva finally left the bar around 3 a.m. Monday, she backed into two cars. She was visibly impaired when officers arrived. Her blood alcohol level was 0.177, more than twice the legal limit to drive in Florida.

The boy, who was sitting in the car, was released to a guardian.

Gesheva was released from jail later Monday after posting $10,500 bail. There was no word on whether she’s retained an attorney.

 

• NEW MEXICO MAN BLAMES ROBBERY ON STOMACH SCRATCH: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man facing robbery and larceny charges says he merely scratched his stomach and didn’t pull a gun when a grocery store clerk handed him cash.

KRQE-TV reports that Patrick Silva told police he only asked for change Sunday when a grocery store clerk thought he was robbing her and handed him more than $1,600.

Silva told police anyone handed lots of cash would take it and run, so that’s what he did.

But the cashier told authorities Silva threatened to shoot her if she didn’t turn over the money during a robbery.

Police found Silva at a nearby gas station lying in the bed of a pickup.

 

• NY WOMAN FOUND WITH STOLEN SNAKE AFTER CRASH: NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a New York woman who crashed her car into a Long Island fire house was found to be in possession of marijuana — and a stolen snake wrapped around her neck.

Nassau County police say 22-year-old Sarah Espinosa, of Albany, was driving on Jericho Turnpike on Monday when she crossed the median and collided with a vehicle. They say she continued through the front door of the New Hyde Park fire house and hit two fire trucks.

Fire personnel found a small ball python around her neck.

Authorities say the snake was stolen from a nearby pet store before the accident.

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