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Two Floridians arrested for alleged sex trafficking of teenage girl

Two Floridians arrested for alleged sex trafficking of teenage girl

A man and woman from Florida were arrested for allegedly sex trafficking a 16-year-old girl across two counties in the Sunshine State, according to authorities.Dourian Emmanuel Butler, 28, of Pinellas County, and Candy Lee Holmes, 38, of Citrus County, were each charged with human trafficking and other offenses, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.An investigation was launched on Nov. 10 after the teenage victim told FDLE she was being trafficked. FDLE said Holmes left the girl in hotels and at her home, where Butler engaged in sexual activity with the victim. FLORIDA MAN SEEN ON VIDEO ‘PEEKING INTO’ WOMAN’S WINDOW, FLEEING INTO SWAMP, POLICE SAY
Dourian Emmanuel Butler, 28, of Pinellas County, and Candy Lee Holmes, 38, of Citrus County, were each charged with human trafficking and other offenses.
(Pinellas County Sheriff and Citrus County Sheriff )The alleged trafficking occurred between Oct. 17 and 20, FDLE said.According to authorities, Butler spoke with Holmes about him traveling from Pinellas County to a hotel in Citrus County to engage in sexual activity with the victim.FLORIDA MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON AFTER SETTING WOMAN ON FIRE IN 2017
A man and woman from Florida were arrested for allegedly sex trafficking a 16-year-old girl across two counties in the Sunshine State, according to authorities.
(Florida Department of Law Enforcement)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPButler also faces three counts of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, one count of traveling to meet a minor for sex and one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Holmes has also been charged with child neglect, deriving support from proceeds and unlawful use of a two-way communication device. 

Longtime AP country music chronicler Joe Edwards dies at 75

Longtime AP country music chronicler Joe Edwards dies at 75

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Journalist Joe Edwards, who chronicled country music and helped “Rocky Top” become a Tennessee state song during his four-decade Associated Press career, has died. He was 75.Longtime AP colleague Randall Dickerson said Edwards’ wife called him to share the news that her husband died Friday after a lengthy illness in Nashville. Edwards documented the ascent of country music through interviews with stars ranging from Dolly Parton to Taylor Swift. He wrote the AP’s Nashville Sound country music column from 1975 to 1992 and did commentary for The Nashville Network cable TV station in the 1980s.When Edwards retired in 2012, Reba McEntire said in a video tribute: “I’ll never forget the first time you interviewed me at the very beginning of my career, and I’ll never forget how sweet you were always to me.”In 1982, a story Edwards wrote about the popularity of the song “Rocky Top” led the General Assembly to declare it a state song.”He got the ball rolling,” Boudleaux Bryant, the song’s co-writer, said at the time.He also covered sports and a variety of other topics during his AP career, which was spent entirely in Nashville. He worked most of the jobs in the Nashville bureau, including sports editor, broadcast editor and day and night supervisor. Edwards was among those covering the death of Elvis Presley in 1977. He also reported about or edited stories from more than 20 Country Music Association awards shows.He was nominated for several AP writing awards in the 1970s and 1980s.”I just show up on time and do what I’m told,” he once said.He wrote often about the syndicated TV show “Hee Haw,” and he once appeared on camera with its cast members.Edwards began his AP career in 1970 after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to that, he attended Vincennes University in Indiana.While in college, he worked for the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Crawfordsville, Indiana, Journal-Review. Shortly after taking the job in Nashville, he periodically played basketball with Al Gore, then a reporter for The Nashville Tennessean. Gore later became vice president.”He was a pretty good rebounder,” Edwards recalled.Country music stars he interviewed also included Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell and Loretta Lynn. For several years, Edwards voted on nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.He specialized in writing obituaries, including those for music stars Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, Roy Orbison, Bill Monroe and Carl Perkins.In 2010, he wrote extensively about the Nashville flooding that left much of the city submerged for several days. But he preferred reporting about more light-hearted topics, such as the taster at the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee.Also, Edwards traditionally wrote a year-end story annually wrapping up Tennessee’s offbeat happenings of the year.”People call and ask if I’m going to do the weird story again,” he said.In the early 1970s, as bureau sports editor, Edwards spearheaded an effort to include girls high school basketball scores on the AP wire and to have a girls poll join the one for boys.

N. Carolina Supreme Court to rehear voter ID, redistricting

N. Carolina Supreme Court to rehear voter ID, redistricting

RALEIGH, N.C. — The new Republican majority on North Carolina’s Supreme Court agreed on Friday to rehear redistricting and voter identification cases less than two months after the court’s previous edition, led by Democrats, issued major opinions going against GOP legislators who had been sued. The extraordinary decisions, granted in orders backed by five justices with the Republican voter registrations on the seven-member court, mean the issues will return to the court for oral arguments in mid-March. With hopes of getting new legal results, lawmakers led by House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger asked two weeks ago that the justices rehear the litigation. The two Democratic justices lamented the orders and said they stood against more than 200 years of court history in which rehearings have been exceedingly rare. They said it appeared it was happening simply because the court’s partisan makeup had changed. Two new Republican justices took office in early January after winning November elections for seats held by Democrats. “The legal issues are the same; the evidence is the same; and the controlling law is the same,” Associate Justice Anita Earls wrote in the dissent of the order agreeing to rehear the redistricting case. “The only thing that has changed is the political composition of the Court.”The GOP lawmakers’ attorneys contend the previous 4-3 Democratic majority got it wrong in December when they struck down a state Senate map the legislature drew and upheld congressional boundaries drawn by trial judges but opposed by Republicans. They said those same Democrats erred when upholding the invalidation of a 2018 law requiring photo identification to vote when they applied the wrong legal standard.The rehearings ultimately could lead to new opinions that reinstate the photo ID mandate and strike down precedent from the Supreme Court in February 2022 declaring the state constitution outlawed extensive partisan gerrymandering. That landmark redistricting ruling prevented maps drawn by Republican legislators that were expected to secure long-term Republican advantages in the General Assembly and within the state’s congressional delegation. The court’s rehearing orders mentioned little about the topics to be reconsidered. Rather, the court said a case can be reheard “if the petitioner makes a satisfactory showing that the opinion may be erroneous.” The legislators’ petition or arguments met the requirements, the orders said.But Earls wrote Friday’s action marked a “radical break” from the court’s history. Since 1993 alone, she said, rehearing had been allowed in only two cases out of 214 such requests. “Respect for the institution and the integrity of its processes kept opportunities for rehearing narrow in scope and exceedingly rare,” she wrote. “Today, that tradition is abandoned.” Associate Justice Mike Morgan also dissented. Moore and Berger had not offered public comment on the orders by late Friday. The Republican majority on the court also threw out a petition filed earlier this week by redistricting lawsuit plaintiff Common Cause urging that the GOP requests be denied and the ruling remain intact. The advocacy group, which argued the rehearing request was improper, is “disappointed the Court is giving legislators another bite at the apple,” said Hilary Klein, an attorney who filed the Common Cause motion. “We will continue to fight for the rights of all people in North Carolina to vote freely and fairly and look forward to making that case again before the court,” Jeff Loperfido, one of the lawyers who worked to overturn the voter ID law, said in a statement. Klein and Loperfido work with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

DC ‘hero’ who disarmed Metro shooter says she knew she had to get gun off train

DC ‘hero’ who disarmed Metro shooter says she knew she had to get gun off train

A woman in Washington, D.C., is being credited as a hero after she disarmed a shooting suspect who entered the metro car where she was sitting on Wednesday after he allegedly shot four people near the Potomac Avenue Metro station.The suspect, identified as Isaiah Trotman, allegedly shot and killed a metro employee and wounded three others in the shooting rampage before getting onto the stopped car when the door was open at the station. Robert Cunningham was identified as the metro employee who died from his wounds. The other victims are expected to be OK. “He walked into our car, he’s like ‘I’m not going to hurt anybody, I’m not going to hurt anybody’,” Shante Trumpet told FOX 5. “He started walking up and down the aisles, he started yelling. He started saying he was a vet.  He was just, it looked like he was manic. He was getting in people’s faces, one man was trying to leave. He said you’re not going anywhere.”DC METRO EMPLOYEE KILLED TRYING TO STOP SHOOTER ‘HEROIC,’ SUSPECT IDENTIFIED 
Shante Trumpet said she was focused on getting the gun away from the suspect and off the train. 
(FOX 5 D.C.)She said all she could think of when the suspect entered her car was “I have to get this gun off this train.” 
Washington Metropolitan Police officers investigate a shooting at Potomac Avenue Metro Station, in Southeast Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.  Isaiah Trotman, 31, is in custody for the rampage. 
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Trumpet said he sat down next to her on the train and seemed to loosen his grip on the gun. “I wasn’t listening to anything he was saying,” she told FOX 5. “I was just looking at the gun, and I was looking at the door. And I was looking that he wasn’t gripping the gun. I was thinking I could grab it enough and get it out of here and get it away from him.” Trumpet said she grabbed the gun from him and ran for the door, but he grabbed her. That’s when at least two other passengers, including Timour Skrynnikov, who told FOX 5 he had never been in a situation like that before and felt he reacted by “instinct,” tackled Trotman. She grabbed the gun again and ran off the subway car, throwing it on the tracks. Trotman was arrested soon after and charged with murder.Her fellow passengers hailed her as a “hero.””I did not imagine that the woman who I got on the train with … would be the one to save my life and many others who were on the train,” passenger Tyrell Knight told FOX 5.SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER DC METRO TRANSIT EMPLOYEE SHOT, KILLED; 3 OTHERS INJURED
The suspect shot and killed Robert Cunningham, 64, a metro worker who tried to intervene when the suspect confronted a woman. 
(FOX 5 DC)”It’s honestly surreal,” Trumpet said. “I feel like I’m telling somebody else’s story, honestly.”She said Trotman wasn’t a big guy, and she felt he wasn’t a threat without the gun. “Once he didn’t have the gun anymore, he didn’t attack me,” she said. “He just grabbed me, but once the gun was gone, he was no longer a threat.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”I will never forget her,” Knight told the station. “She will always be the person who saved my life on the day a man almost took my life.” Fox News’ Pilar Arias contributed to this report. 

Florida courthouse janitor, 72, who is diabetic, accidentally locked in cell over weekend: ‘I prayed to God’

Florida courthouse janitor, 72, who is diabetic, accidentally locked in cell over weekend: ‘I prayed to God’

Libia Vargas De Dinas said she held tight to her faith for the three nights she spent inside a holding cell after the door closed behind her on Friday, Jan. 27. The 72-year-old janitor was cleaning an inmate holding cell at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida, Friday night when “the door shut behind her and she was unable to open it,” police said, according to WESH-TV.Vargas De Dinas told the station by phone from her hospital bed that she knew no one would go up to the 23rd floor until Monday morning, describing that realization and the fact that her key card and cell phone were out of reach as “total despair.” “I prayed to God that he would take care of my health, body, mind, soul and spirit,” Vargas De Dinas told the station in Spanish. DOZENS TRAPPED AND INJURED AFTER RUSSIA STUCK 9-STORY APARTMENT BUILDING IN UKRAINE’S DNIPRO
Libia Vargas De Dinas, a diabetic, said she believes she survived three nights of no food or insulin because of her faith. 
(iStock)While she didn’t have food for those three nights, she was able to drink from a faucet above the cell’s toilet. Complicating her problem was her diabetes and the fact that she couldn’t take any insulin. 
Front view of the Orange County Courthouse.

Philadelphia teen shot by victim he allegedly attempted to carjack faces charges

Philadelphia teen shot by victim he allegedly attempted to carjack faces charges

A teenager who was shot while attempting to carjack someone in Philadelphia has been charged in connection with the incident. The 17-year-old faces two counts of robbery, one count of attempted carjacking, and weapons charges, FOX Philadelphia reported. The teen was on probation in a nearby county at the time of the shooting. PENNSYLVANIA WOMAN CHARGED WITH ‘BRANDING,’ SEXUALLY ABUSING AND USING FOUR CHILDREN TO GET DRUGS: DA
The Philadelphia Police Department vehicle. A teen who was shot while attempting to carjack a vehicle in the Philadelphia has been charged in the incident. 
(iStock)He allegedly tried carjacking a Honda Civic with two people inside on Jan. 28 just before midnight, the news outlet said. Authorities said he pointed a gun at two passengers, one of whom has a license to carry a firearm. That person shot the teen in the chest and shoulder. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe suspect was taken to a hospital by first responders in stable condition. The shooter has not been charged. 

Chinese spy balloon: Missouri resident’s video appears to show floating foreign object

Chinese spy balloon: Missouri resident’s video appears to show floating foreign object

Residents in Montana, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois may have noticed the Chinese spy balloon hovering above them as the large balloon moves across the U.S. Video obtained by Fox News Digital purportedly shows the foreign object floating in a clear blue sky.
The suspected Chinese spy balloon Columbia, Missouri at 2:27pm EST.
(Fox News Digital)
Map shows approximate path of a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over Montana, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
(Fox News)As of Friday, the balloon was hovering over the central U.S. and moving eastward at an altitude of about 60,000 feet, according to the Pentagon. The big white balloon, which is expected to remain in U.S. airspace for a few more days, was apparently visible over Missouri around 12:30 p.m. Friday.CHINA LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO SUSPECTED SPY BALLOON FLYING OVER US, MINISTRY SAYS
The National Weather Service posted photos Friday of a large balloon flying over Kansas City, Missouri, amid concern over a Chinese spy balloon in U.S. airspace.
(National Weather Service)BIDEN ADMIN TO BRIEF ‘GANG OF EIGHT’ ON CHINESE SPY BALLOON AFTER SPEAKER MCCARTHY’S REQUESTMontana’s Billings Logan International Airport was briefly shut down Wednesday after the FAA temporarily closed nearby airspace because of the balloon.Canada’s government published a statement Thursday saying it had detected a high-altitude surveillance balloon.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Canadians are safe and Canada is taking steps to ensure the security of its airspace, including the monitoring of a potential second incident.” Canada’s National Defense said in a statement.The Pentagon did not return a request for comment from Fox News Digital but told other media outlets it was not commenting on the location of the Chinese balloon.