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    A man suspected of stealing $500,000 worth of jewelry from former NBA star Allen Iverson’s backpack surrendered to police late Monday, authorities said Tuesday. According to Warminster Township Police Chief James Donnelly III, the 21-year-old man surrendered in the Bucks County suburb, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Police said they were assisted by a photo of the man captured by surveillance cameras at the Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square hotel, the newspaper reported. The man is expected to be charged, WPVI reported. Police said they would not release his name because charges had not yet been filed, the Inquirer reported. Police said the theft occurred around 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to the newspaper. A police source said the man gave authorities a Rolex belonging to Iverson, then pointed officers to an apartment where the backpack and remaining jewelry were located, the Inquirer reported.
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for Punxsutawney Phil to be retired to a reputable sanctuary and to be replaced with an animatronic groundhog that would use artificial intelligence to predict the weather. “Gentle, vulnerable groundhogs are not barometers,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is offering the club a win-win situation: Breathe life into a tired tradition and finally do right by a long-suffering animal.” The following is the full letter that Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, sent to Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club: 'Times change. Traditions evolve. It’s long overdue for Phil to be retired. 'As a prey species, groundhogs actively avoid humans. Being in close proximity to the public causes these animals great stress. When Phil is dragged out of his hole and held up to flashing lights and crowds, he has no idea what’s happening. Being relegated to a library “habitat” for the other days of the year doesn’t allow him or the other groundhog there to dig, burrow, or forage. It’s no kind of life for these animals. 'Using technologically advanced electromechanical devices such as animatronics instead of live animals is more popular than ever. We even have the technology to create an animatronic groundhog with artificial intelligence (AI) that could actually predict the weather. An AI Phil would renew interest in Punxsutawney, generating a great deal of buzz, much like Sony’s robot dog “aibo,” which walks, plays, misbehaves, and responds to commands. By creating an AI Phil, you could keep Punxsutawney at the center of Groundhog Day but in a much more progressive way. Talk about taking your town’s annual tradition in a fresh and innovative direction! 'Today’s young people are born into a world of terabytes, and to them, watching a nocturnal rodent being pulled from a fake hole isn’t even worthy of a text message. This is a generation whose members book rides on their smart phones and will never walk into a bank to deposit a check. Ignoring the nation’s fast-changing demographics might well prove the end of Groundhog Day. “We’d be happy to make recommendations for a sanctuary that would welcome Phil and the other Punxsutawney groundhog. Instead of working at cross-purposes, let’s collaborate to create a sunny future. I look forward to hearing from you.”
  • A Florida day care teacher was fired after writing a message on a 1-year-old child’s torso in marker, the center’s executive director said. The child’s mother, Heather Chisum, said the message, “Mom I’m out of diapers pls read my report,” was scrawled on the toddler’s stomach by a staffer from the Children’s Education Center of the Islands in Sanibel, the Fort Myers News-Press reported. “Am I right to be furious about this? Or am I overreacting?” Chisum wrote on Facebook, as she described her anger at seeing the message written on the skin of son, Milo. “I guess yesterday they wrote on his report that he needs diapers, and I failed to see that. Now keep in mind, I see several teachers at drop-off and several at pickup. If I failed to see that he needs diapers a simple, ‘Hey Heather, your son needs diapers, maybe you missed the report,’ would have done the trick.' Instead, Chisum got a startling surprise when she was changing his diaper Monday afternoon, according to the Facebook post. “I’ve scrubbed it with several baby wipes and it’s not coming off,” she said. Chisum, 23, said she has removed both of her children from the center, the News-Press reported. “I’m so beyond frustrated,” told the newspaper. “I will no longer take them there.” “We are aware of the incident at the school, and we are terribly sorry for the distress it has caused the family involved, as well as all of our families. It was a breach of our professional ethics on the part of the teacher,” Cindy Carter DeCosta, executive director of the day care center, told the News-Press. “The school has taken immediate action to remove the teacher from the school. We are reviewing protocols already in place to ensure that nothing like this occurs again. We are proud of our school, love our students, and are eager to make our school a better place as we move forward.” A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children and Families said the agency is investigating the incident, along with the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. “No way, no how is this appropriate,” Susan Block, CEO of the coalition, told the News-Press. Chisum said she will need to take off work to find a replacement center for her children, the newspaper reported. “There’s no other place on the island for someone as young as he is,” Chisum said. Chisum said she doesn’t understand why a followup message or a telephone call could not be substituted for the marker. “Why a big long message needed to be written across my son’s stomach is beyond me,” Chisum wrote on Facebook.
  • The estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, a Connecticut mother of five missing since May 2019 and presumed slain, attempted suicide at his home Tuesday, according to law enforcement officials. Fotis Dulos, 52, of Farmington, attempted suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. He initially did not have a pulse, but WFSB in Hartford reported that paramedics were spotted performing CPR on Dulos outside his garage. Authorities said during a brief afternoon news conference that police went to Dulos’ home after he was late to show up for a noon emergency court hearing regarding his $6 million bond. Officers found him slumped inside his car in the garage. Images shot from a WFSB helicopter show officers pulling Fotis Dulos out onto the driveway of his home. The helicopter was apparently circling overhead as officers discovered his body. Lt. Tim McKenzie of the Farmington Police Department said the call for the suicide attempt came in at 11:54 a.m. Dulos was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon. Authorities offered little information during a news conference held near the scene. Brian Foley, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Police, said a gag order is still in place stemming from the Jennifer Dulos murder case. One of Fotis Dulos’ attorneys, Kevin Smith, confirmed outside the courthouse that paramedics had taken Dulos to UConn Health in Farmington. WFSB reported around 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on its live Facebook feed that Dulos was being flown to another hospital for further treatment. Norm Pattis, another member of Dulos’ defense team, also gave a brief statement about his client Tuesday. Pattis was out of state on another case when Dulos was due in court. “I am told Mr. Dulos is en route to the hospital with a pulse,” Pattis told the Hartford Courant. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him.” >> Related story: Missing mom Jennifer Dulos’ estranged husband charged with murder; 2 charged with conspiracy Fotis Dulos was charged earlier this month, alongside his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and a lawyer and close friend of his, Kent Mawhinney, in connection with Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance and death. The Courant said reports that Fotis Dulos was still alive conflicted with earlier reports from just moments earlier that he had died. That included notification to his family that he was dead, the newspaper said. Fotis Dulos was arrested Jan. 7 and charged with murder, felony murder and kidnapping in the May 24 disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, 50, who was last seen alive dropping her children off at school that morning. Troconis, 45, and Mawhinney, 54, of South Windsor, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Fotis Dulos, a real estate developer, was out of jail after posting bond a few days after his arrest. The Courant reported that a judge was expected to hold an emergency bond hearing Tuesday to discuss the bond, which was backed by Palmetto Surety Company of Columbia, S.C. The insurance company had raised concerns about the collateral that Fotis Dulos had put up as surety that he would appear in court. The newspaper reported that there were questions about whether the company would continue to back Dulos’ release. Fotis Dulos and Troconis were initially charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. She was reported missing by friends the night of May 24 after she failed to show up for scheduled doctors’ appointments in New York City. Few signs of Jennifer Dulos have been found beyond blood found in her New Canaan home and in her garage. Arrest warrants released in the case earlier this month state that DNA tests indicate the blood in the garage -- found on the floor, a wall and the exterior of a 2014 Range Rover parked inside -- came from Dulos. A stain found on the kitchen faucet was a mixture of blood belonging to both Fotis and Jennifer Dulos, the warrants say. In addition, Fotis Dulos’ DNA profile was found on the knob of the mudroom door. Jennifer Dulos’ blood was also found in May on items discarded in trash bins more than 70 miles away, in Hartford, the night of May 24. The items included clothing and a kitchen sponge. Investigators found signs that someone had tried to clean up the scene in the victim’s garage. >> Related story: Bloody clothes, camera footage leave trail of evidence in case of missing mom of 5 Carrie Luft, a spokeswoman for Jennifer Dulos’ family, issued a statement earlier this month on behalf of her loved ones. “Although we are relieved that the wait for these charges is over, for us there is no sense of closure. Nothing can bring Jennifer back. We miss her every day and will forever mourn her loss,” Luft said in the statement obtained by NBC Connecticut. “We believe the arrest warrants will speak for themselves, and we ask that you please respect our privacy during this time.” Fotis Dulos and Troconis were both free on bond Tuesday. Dulos, who was fitted with a GPS tracking device before being released, had been ordered by a judge not to leave his home without the court’s permission. WFSB reported Tuesday that court documents allege Fotis Dulos violated the conditions of that release at least once, on Jan. 22, when he got out of his car and removed items from a makeshift memorial to his estranged wife on the edge of his property. In September, he also had an issue changing the batteries of the GPS tracker he wore. The judge had also issued protective orders barring him from contacting his children, Jennifer Dulos’ family or the children’s nanny. The news station reported that the children have been in the custody of Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, in New York City since their mother vanished. According to The New York Times, the couple had three sons and two daughters together, including two sets of twins. They ranged in age from 8 to 13 at the time their mother vanished. 100% a human grave Though Fotis Dulos and Troconis were charged in the case shortly after Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance, Mawhinney’s arrest earlier this month was the first time the attorney was publicly connected to the case. His arrest warrant states that police found evidence that he met with Fotis Dulos on May 23, the night before Jennifer Dulos’ suspected killing, as well as the following day. The document also mentions what appeared to be a shallow grave found on the grounds of a hunting club in East Granby that Mawhinney founded more than a decade ago. Two members of the Windsor Rod & Gun Club were walking through the woods on club property May 18 – six days before Jennifer Dulos vanished – when they found “an area of disturbed ground” covered by two barbecue grill grates. Small branches and leaves had been used to conceal the grates and hide the hole underneath them, Mawhinney’s arrest warrant says. One man described the hole to police as “100% a human grave.” The hole was about 6 feet long, 2 feet wide and 3 feet deep, the men told investigators. In the hole sat a blue tarp and two unopened bags of lime. The men told police they speculated on the reason for the lime, which one of them pointed out could be used to help get rid of a body. “Well, that means someone has to be missing,” one of the men stated. A few days later, but two days before Jennifer Dulos went missing, the second man was on the property and checked on the hole, which he found to be half-filled with water. The lime was missing at that point, he told police. “Again, (he) considered this curious, but as no one was yet missing, he shrugged it off,” the arrest warrant says. In early June, the man was again on the property and found the hole had been filled and covered “neat as a pin,” to the point the hole was no longer apparent. A few weeks later, while talking about the hole with a police officer friend, the friend told him he needed to call authorities. The witness told police that, although Mawhinney had left the hunting club five or six years ago, he had reached out in March or April to another club member, saying he was interested in again getting involved. “(Mawhinney) had said he wanted to get back into the club and had inquired how to get back onto the property. The member told Mawhinney about the hidden key to the logging chain (blocking access),” the arrest warrant states. Mawhinney never followed up on renewing his membership in the club, the court documents say. Investigators from New Canaan and state troopers took K-9 units to the hunting club, where they found the filled-in hole the men had told them about, the warrant says. The hole was dug up, but the dogs found no signs of human remains in or around it. Mawhinney’s cellphone data, which led police to believe he met with Fotis Dulos on May 23 and 24, also showed him in the vicinity of the hunting club March 29, around the time he asked about how to access the property, and again May 31, a week after Jennifer Dulos vanished, his warrant says. Bloodstains and surveillance footage After Jennifer Dulos was reported missing, New Canaan police officers went to her home -- located on a cul-de-sac in the affluent town about 15 miles outside Greenwich -- but found no one there. A state police detective wrote in the initial arrest warrants for Fotis Dulos and Troconis that the family’s nanny had to let officers into the house. Investigators found bloodstains in the garage and home that led them to believe a violent assault had taken place, with Jennifer Dulos suspected to be the victim. A search was launched around Jennifer Dulos’ home on Welles Lane, and a short time later, her 2017 Chevy Suburban was found abandoned along Merritt Parkway, on the perimeter of nearby Waveny Park. The 300-acre park was thoroughly searched over the weeks following Dulos’ disappearance, but no sign of the missing woman was found. Detectives who met briefly with Fotis Dulos May 25 seized his cellphone, which showed his movements the day his wife disappeared. Those movements included traveling to Hartford, where the bloodstained clothing and cleaning supplies were found. The data specifically showed the phone traveling along Albany Avenue, where the discarded items were recovered by police. In a storm drain along the route, investigators also found a FedEx box containing license plates that police traced back to a 2007 Suburban belonging to Fotis Dulos. The plates had been altered to change the tag number, court documents state. The Hartford Police Department was able to help New Canaan detectives tie Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend to the evidence, court documents say. “Investigators obtained surveillance footage from the Hartford Police Department Capital City Command Center (C4), which operates surveillance cameras at various Hartford locations, including the Albany Avenue area,” one of the warrants from May states. “C4 documented a black Ford Raptor pickup truck stopping at over 30 locations along a more than 4 mile stretch of Albany Avenue between Biltmore and Edward streets.” Still images from the surveillance footage showed the Raptor truck matched one belonging to Fotis Dulos, including a sticker on the rear window and a light-colored mark on the black truck’s front bumper. The front license plate of the vehicle also matched that of his truck. A man matching the description of Fotis Dulos was seen getting out of the truck and tossing out the evidence later found by officers, the warrants say. In some of the footage, apparent bloodstains could be seen on the items being tossed out. A woman matching Troconis’ description could be seen leaning out of the passenger seat of the truck in one video clip, the documents say. Pattis has repeatedly proclaimed his client’s innocence, at one point going so far as to suggest that Jennifer Dulos was framing her husband for murder, as the supposed victim did in the best-selling Gillian Flynn novel “Gone Girl.” The 2014 movie based on the book, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, earned more than $368 million worldwide. Pattis reiterated his client’s claims of innocence following the triple arrest, saying that Fotis Dulos wanted to clear his name, according to NBC Connecticut. “What we have is a suspicious disappearance and an entirely circumstantial case,” Pattis said.
  • It’s usually a time for frivolity, the bizarre and silly questions, but Super Bowl Opening Night had a more somber tone. When members of the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers took the stage at Marlin Park in Miami in the official media kickoff for Super Bowl LIV, Kobe Bryant was on their minds. The event began with a moment of silence to honor Bryant, 41, his daughter Gianna and the seven other people who died in a helicopter crash Sunday in Calabasas, California. “I wasn’t lucky enough to meet Kobe, but the impact he made in my life, I mean, it was huge,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said. “You can’t say enough about who he was and his impact,” Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said. “I just feel bad for the Bryant family and everybody involved. My heart’s with you, as well as everyone here in America.” Richard Sherman, the 49ers’ defensive back who is returning to the Super Bowl, said he was always impressed by Bryant’s intensity. “I saw him make two free throws and walk off with a torn Achilles, and once I tore mine, I knew I had to walk off,' Sherman told reporters. 'Like he said before, we’re different animals but the same beast.” The event did have entertainment, with live singers, special appearances and autographs by NFL players, legends and even mascots, WFOR reported. Chiefs coach Andy Reid sported a casual look in a Hawaiian shirt, joking, “I like dress codes, as long as it’s part Tommy Bahama.' Football, after all, is a game, and some reporters brought games to show the players. One gave Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill the game, Let’s Go Fishing and asked him to pick a question out of a bowl, WFOR reported. Another reporter carried around the vintage game, Rock’em Sock’em Robots. And, football also took center stage. Chiefs rookie Mecole Hardman was asked if he was faster than Hill: Mostly, though, there was little bulletin board material, no “I guarantee it,” proclamations a la Joe Namath when Super Bowl III was held in Miami. Opposing quarterbacks Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo had nothing but admiration for one another. Opposing tight ends Kelce and George Kittle were also effusive in their praise. Kittle was also a bit starstruck. “Well, yeah, I just met the Rock, which is cool, and Travis Kelce’s here, so yeah, I’m like living my best life,” he said. Finally, Chiefs defensive tackle was asked to choose his preference for a potential date between the Super Bowl halftime co-performers -- Shakira or Jennifer Lopez? Jones turned in a stellar defensive play. “Listen,” Jones told WFOR, “I love Shakira. But J-Lo is amazing. Other than my girlfriend -- you got to cover the bases -- if I could take any woman on a date, it would be J-Lo.”
  • President Donald Trump’s defense team completed its presentation Tuesday, urging senators to end the process and acquit the president. The trial moves to the next phase on Wednesday when senators are allowed to question the presentations offered by both sides. Here is how you can watch the proceedings on television and online: What time does it start: The Senate will reconvene at 1 p.m. Wednesday and the trial will continue then. How can you watch: The trial will be live on cable news networks like CNN, Fox and MSNBC as well as CSPAN-2. It will also be broadcast live on ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. You can catch coverage on the networks’ online sites by going to the homepage for each network and finding a link to live coverage. The networks also have YouTube channels where the livestream of their coverage of the trial can be accessed. Most local television and newspaper sites will also have livestreams on their websites. Go to the TV or newspaper homesite and look for a link. What to expect next: The trial has adjourned for the day and will reconvene Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. When the trial resumes, senators will be allowed to ask questions of the House managers and the president’s attorneys. The questions will be submitted to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who will read the questions. There will be two days of questioning then a vote will likely come on Friday as to whether or not to call witnesses in the trial or move on to a vote on whether the president should be removed from office.
  • President Donald Trump’s defense attorneys concluded their argument Tuesday, using only a few hours to bring home the case that the impeachment of Trump was a partisan act that should be ended. “It is time for this to end here and now,” Trump attorney Pat Cipollone said. “Do what the Constitution compels you to do: reject these articles of impeachment for the country and for the American people,” Cipollone told the senators. Cipollone, along with Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow and White House deputy counsel Patrick Philbin, told senators who will decide The Republican president’s fate that the case for impeachment does not exist and that Democrats want Trump removed from office because they do not agree with his policies. Trump was impeached in the House in December on two articles, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Here are some of the highlights from Tuesday’s session. The transcript of the call Philbin attacked the claims that moving the transcript of the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to a secure server constituted a cover-up. Philbin showed videos of various witnesses called during the House impeachment inquiry who said they did not see any malicious intent in the placing of the transcript on that server. Sekulow mentions Bolton claim Sekulow told the senators that impeachment is “not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts,” addressing former national security adviser John Bolton without naming him. “That is politics, unfortunately. And (Alexander) Hamilton put impeachment in the hands of this body, the Senate, precisely and specifically, to be above that fray.” “Responding to an unpublished manuscript that maybe some reporters have an idea of what it says, I don’t know what you’d call that,” Sekulow said. “I’d call it inadmissible.” What happens If witnesses are called, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham  Danger, danger, danger Sekulow brought up special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Christopher Steele’s dossier and former FBI Director James Comey. “The president of the United States, before he was the president, was under an investigation. It was called Crossfire Hurricane. It was an investigation led by the FBI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation. James Comey eventually told the president a little about the investigation and referenced the Steele dossier. James Comey, the then-director of the FBI, said it was salacious and unverified. So salacious and unverified that they used it as a basis to obtain FISA warrants. Members, managers here, managers at this table right here, said that any discussions on the abuse from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, utilized to get the FISA warrants from the court, were conspiracy theories,' Sekulow said. On several occasions, Sekulow warned of “danger, danger, danger,” saying to those in the Senate that the bar to impeach a president is far too low. Common sense and the Constitution Cipollone took only about 15 minutes to end the president’s defense. He urged senators to do the only thing they can do and end the impeachment trial. He told them, “All you need in this case is common sense and the constitution.” Cipollone showed a video of several Democrats, among them some of the House managers, arguing during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment against impeachment for something that was not a crime. What’s coming up The trial has adjourned for the day and will reconvene Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. When the trial resumes, senators will be allowed to ask questions of the House managers and the president’s attorneys. The questions will be submitted to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts who will read the questions. There will be two days of questioning then a vote will likely come on Friday as to whether or not to call witnesses in the trial or move on to a vote on whether the president should be removed from office.
  • A strong earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon in the Caribbean Sea between Cuba and Jamaica, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake was reported around 2:10 p.m. EST, according to officials. It was centered about 78 miles south-southeast of Lucea, Jamaica and 87 miles east-northeast of Niquero, Cuba. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage caused by the temblor. Reports to USGS showed the earthquake was felt as far away as South Florida. In Miami, fire officials ordered a precautionary evacuation of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, where some reported feeling the quake, according to the Miami Herald. Officials with the National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the earthquake posed no tsunami threat. Tuesday’s temblor is the fourth magnitude 7 or above quake felt in the Caribbean since 2000, USA Today reported. Officials with the USGS initially said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3.
  • A judge ruled Tuesday that NFL free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown could remove his ankle to travel the country following his arrest on battery and burglary charges last week, according to WTVJ in Miami. Broward County Circuit Judge Michael Usan said Brown cannot leave the country and must call in daily to pretrial services. According to The Associated Press, the judge allowed Brown to be released from house arrest, as well, in order to fulfill contracts with ESPN and comedian Kevin Hart. Brown, 31, was released on $110,000 bond Friday, WTVJ reported. He was originally ordered to wear a GPS monitor, undergo a mental health evaluation and drug and alcohol testing upon his release. Brown was arrested after a fight involving the driver of a moving truck parked outside Brown’s home in Hollywood, Florida. The truck was carrying some of Brown’s possessions from California, WTVJ reported. According to Broward County court records, Brown is charged with one count of burglary with battery, one count of burglary of an occupied conveyance and one count of criminal mischief. Brown’s trainer, Glenn Holt, is also facing one count of burglary with battery, the television station reported.
  • A Texas principal led with her head and her heart and donated a kidney to the father of three of her students. Sarah Schecter, the head of Lower School at The Oakridge School in Arlington, donated her kidney Jan. 13 to Nate Jones, who developed renal failure and has been on dialysis for 18 months, enduring four hours of the procedure three days a week, WFAA reported. The transplant was a success, and Schecter told the television station the procedure was worth it because it enabled third-grader William Jones, fourth-grader Sydney Jones and eighth-grader Aaron Jones to keep their father. “To think they could lose their dad when they’re just kids in school, I just want them to have their dad,” Schecter told WFAA. “You think of a thousand reasons why you shouldn’t do it. But it just couldn’t be avoided.” Nate Jones said his kidney problems were discovered after he had his eyes examined. His eye doctor sent Jones to a retina specialist, the television station reported. The specialist said he needed to see his primary doctor “yesterday,” WFAA reported. “(The doctor said)‘You’re a walking time bomb,’” Jones told the television station. 'Like, ‘Buddy, you are in trouble.’” After learning he had renal failure, Jones was told a transplant was his only option. “Transplant? How do you go from being healthy with no headaches, no nothing – and now you need a transplant?” Jones told WFAA. Jones’ wife, Amenze Jones, mentioned her husband’s condition to Schecter as a head’s up in case her children seemed distracted, the television station reported. “Very shortly after she told me -- like within days or maybe even hours -- I felt a heavy burden,' Schecter said. 'Of course, I didn’t want to be the person to give a kidney -- who wants to go into surgery and do something crazy like that?” Schecter decided several months later to undergo testing to she if she could be a donor. She was. Nate Jones was overwhelmed after surgery, giving Schecter a long, tight hug, WFAA reported. “How do I pay her back?” Nate Jones told the television station. “I can’t. I can’t pay her back. It runs through my mind. What can you do to thank her for this? Words aren’t enough. “I mean, do I cut her grass every day? Do I paint her house? What do I do?” “There’s something bold for you to do. God will give it to you,” Schecter told him. “You’ve got a good kidney now. Just go forward and do what you need to do.”

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  • A strong earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon in the Caribbean Sea between Cuba and Jamaica, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake was reported around 2:10 p.m. EST, according to officials. It was centered about 78 miles south-southeast of Lucea, Jamaica and 87 miles east-northeast of Niquero, Cuba. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage caused by the temblor. Reports to USGS showed the earthquake was felt as far away as South Florida. In Miami, fire officials ordered a precautionary evacuation of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, where some reported feeling the quake, according to the Miami Herald. Officials with the National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the earthquake posed no tsunami threat. Tuesday’s temblor is the fourth magnitude 7 or above quake felt in the Caribbean since 2000, USA Today reported. Officials with the USGS initially said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3.
  • A California sex offender already in prison on unrelated charges has been accused of torturing and killing five of his own infant children over a nine-year span between 1992 and 2001, authorities said. Paul Allen Perez, 57, was arrested on five counts of premeditated murder Monday, days before he was due to be paroled from prison. According to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation records, Perez has been in Kern Valley State Prison in Delano since August 2010. He was arrested on the murder charges at Kern Valley, Yolo County Sheriff Tom Lopez said during a news conference Monday morning. “The fact that he was not allowed to walk out of that prison a free man cannot be overlooked,” Lopez said. Perez is accused in the deaths of Nikko Lee Perez, Kato Allen Perez, Mika Alena Perez, Kato Krow Perez and another infant named Nikko Lee Perez, who was born the year after the brother who shared his name. His murder charges include the special circumstances of lying in wait, torture and multiple victims. According to The Associated Press, he also faces charges of assault on a child under 8 and criminal enhancements due to his prior convictions. Lopez described the alleged slayings as acts of “unspeakable evil” that “ignited a resolve in the hearts of all involved to bring justice to the vulnerable and innocent victims of this case.” Perez, a convicted sex offender, became a murder suspect after investigators took a look at the cold case of a slain infant found March 29, 2007, in an irrigation slough just east of Woodland. According to the AP, the baby boy was wrapped in a Winnie the Pooh blanket and a layer of plastic before being placed in a metal cooler. The cooler was weighed down with heavy objects and submerged in the slough, located about 15 miles northwest of Sacramento. The infant, who was about 3 months old when he died, suffered a fractured skull and other blunt force trauma, the AP reported. He also had healing fractures, including broken ribs, that showed a pattern of abuse. Lopez said having the unsolved case on the books haunted investigators in the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. The case remained unsolved until October, when DNA testing identified the boy as Nikko Lee Perez, who was born Nov. 8, 1996, in Fresno. The sheriff did not go into details of how Nikko’s DNA led to his identification. Fresno is about 190 miles from where the infant’s body was found. It was not immediately clear if his body was in the slough the entire nine years before it was found or if he was hidden elsewhere and dumped there more recently. Watch the news conference with Yolo County law enforcement officials below.  “His identification is the result of extraordinary work done by the Yolo County Coroner’s Office and the California Department of Justice (Bureau of) Forensic Services’ Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory in Richmond,” Lopez said. “What began as a single unsolved homicide has become so much more. “Sadly, we learned during this investigation that Nikko was not an only child.” Detectives discovered that Nikko had at least four siblings, including Kato Allen Perez, who was born in 1992 in Merced and was known to have died. Kato’s cause and manner of death were not detailed Monday morning. The whereabouts of the other three siblings -- Mika, who was born in 1995; the second Nikko, who was born in 1997; and Kato Krow, born in 2001 -- are unknown, but investigators believe they, too, are dead. “All are now believed to have been murdered as infants,” Lopez said. The fisherman who discovered Nikko’s remains in 2007 told the AP he has never forgotten what he saw that day. “When I opened that box, I was 99 percent sure it was a human body, but I wanted to hold onto the belief that maybe it wasn’t,” Brian Roller said. “When I saw one of the officers (at the scene) start to cry, I knew right then that what I was thinking was true.” Roller told the news agency he was relieved to learn the long-ago mystery had been solved. Lopez said while DNA testing provided the break in the case, it was the “human element” that ultimately led to Perez’s arrest. He said a team of investigators “determined to learn the truth” spent countless hours on the case. “While I am proud of the efforts of my investigators and coroner’s office, this is not a day that will bring joy to any one of us,” Lopez said in a written statement. “In my 40 years in law enforcement, I cannot think of a case more disturbing than this one. There can be no victim more vulnerable and innocent than an infant, and unfortunately this case involves five.” Lopez told reporters he could not answer questions Monday about the case, which is still extremely active. In particular, he said he could not discuss anything regarding additional family members of either Perez or the slain children. Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, who also spoke at Monday’s news conference, said Perez is eligible for the death penalty. His office is still reviewing the case to determine if it will seek it. The AP reported that Perez was first sent to prison in 1990, sentenced to two years for assault with the intent to commit a sex offense. He was released the following year, according to California’s sex offender registry. He has also served time for vehicle theft, possession of a deadly weapon by an inmate and fleeing while on parole, according to the AP. Anyone with information on Perez or the slain infants is urged to contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office at 530-668-5280 or 530-666-8282. Anonymous tips can be called in at 530-668-5248.
  • Butler County and Miami University officials are investigating two possible cases of coronavirus at Miami. Miami officials informed the Butler County General Health District about the possible cases on Tuesday. The people had recently traveled to and returned from China, officials said. They are in isolation and “not severely ill,” officials said in a news release. Samples from their tests were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday. Officials said that, unless someone has recently traveled from China or been near someone ill with the new virus, their risk is low. In an email to the Miami community, officials said a student went to the Student Health Services with “very mild symptoms” on Monday after recently traveling to China. The student “met the criteria for 2019-Coronavirus testing,” and officials expect results from the CDC “in the coming days.” The student and his traveling companion are being isolated in their residence that is away from campus awaiting the test results, the email said. About a dozen Miami University Regional campus students in Hamilton and Middletown list their residence near the area in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, where the outbreak began in December, according to school officials. It’s unclear how many of those students returned home for winter break and how many remained in the U.S. Officials are asking those who traveled to China and are experiencing symptoms to contact their doctor before traveling to the doctor’s office. The Butler County General Health District has produced a fact sheet about the virus. “This is what public health does and why we train,” Jennifer Bailer, health commissioner for the Butler County General Health District, said in a news release. “Our staff, officials at Miami University and the Ohio Department of Health are taking every precaution to keep the community safe. “The same precautions that protect against catching and spreading the flu are likely to be helpful for this respiratory virus: Wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your nose and eyes, cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze and don’t go to work if ill. Displaying compassion to all people will be vital as the situation evolves.”
  • Authorities in Pennsylvania have filed charges against a 21-year-old man accused of pouring hot sauce into a 7-month-old girl’s mouth and attacking her mother Monday, according to multiple reports. Johnstown police arrested David Jones, 21, on charges of aggravated assault on a person under 6, strangulation, simple assault and harassment, WNEP reported. In a criminal complaint obtained by The Tribune-Democrat, authorities said they were called around 3 a.m. Monday to a home on the 200 block of Ohio Street. A woman told police Jones hit her child, poured hot sauce into the infant’s mouth and sat on the girl, the newspaper reported. The woman said that when she tried to intervene, Jones grabbed her by the neck, threw her against a wall and choked her for about 30 seconds, The Tribune-Democrat and WTAJ reported. Authorities said the woman managed to flee to a neighbor’s home, where she called 911, according to WNEP. “(Police) found the baby responsive with a very clear red rectangular line on her stomach consistent with the foot of the bassinet,” The Tribune-Democrat reported. The child was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for evaluation of her injuries, according to WTAJ. A judge ordered Jones held in Cambria County Prison on a $10,000 bond, according to The Tribune-Democrat. Records from Cambria County showed he remained jailed Tuesday.
  • Lots of people associate dip with he Super Bowl, so it's appropriate that Bush's has created a 70-layer bean dip, weighing 1,087 pounds in honor of the upcoming Super Bowl. They say the dip has '10 unique 7-layer bean dip recipes' stacked on top of one another, and was officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records last week. (More)

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  • With Republican Senators facing uncertainty over whether to call witnesses like former national security adviser John Bolton, President Donald Trump's legal team wrapped up its opening arguments in the President's impeachment trial on Tuesday by calling on the Senate to reject the case from House Democrats. 'It is time for this end end here now,' said White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. 'We urge the Senate to reject these articles of impeachment.' After almost completely ignoring the question of whether Bolton could tell a story about the President's actions regarding Ukraine, the Trump legal team took on Bolton directly on Tuesday afternoon. 'Nothing in the Bolton revelations, even if true - even if true - would rise to the level of abuse of power or an impeachable offense,' said the President's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow. 'You cannot impeach a President on an unsourced allegation,' Sekulow concluded, as he said the President's defense was 'compelling.' Originally, the White House legal team seemed to be ready to go until close to dinner - but instead used less than two hours of arguments in their third and final day before the Senate. Bubbling underneath the surface of the final summary by the White House legal team was the question of whether GOP Senators would agree to call Bolton - and others as witnesses. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said there would not be a scenario where just one witness would be called by the Senate in this impeachment trial. 'If people want witnesses, we're going to get a lot of witnesses,' Graham told reporters before Tuesday's impeachment session began, as he said the GOP would be interested in calling Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, the whistleblower and more. Democrats felt like the White House wrap up was lacking. 'It's clear that they are still reeling from the revelations of John Bolton's book,” said lead House manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).