Two men charged in Georgia officer’s shooting death

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SNELLVILLE, Ga. — Two teen-aged suspects, including one who is still being sought by police, were charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a George police officer who was killed while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school, authorities said Sunday.

Authorities said they believe 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard fatally shot 30-year-old Officer Antwan Toney, who on Saturday afternoon was responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school in the Snellville area, Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. Maynard remained at large early Sunday and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

A second suspect, 19-year-old Isaiah Pretlow, was charged with aggravated assault related to a separate incident following Toney’s fatal shooting, police said.

Both suspects are from Snellville.

Toney died at a hospital from his injuries, police said. The 30-year-old from Southern California had been with the Gwinnett County Police Department for nearly three years. It was his first police job.

“The people that worked with Officer Toney on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community,” Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said.

According to police, Pretlow drove the vehicle from the scene following the shooting, crashed a short distance away and fled along with other occupants. An officer who was searching the area later encountered Pretlow about 3 p.m. Pretlow pointed a gun at the officer, who fired shots. Pretlow was not hit and fled into a wooded area. He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals about 11:30 p.m.

The shooting happened near Shiloh Middle School, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. At least one officer returned fire.

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Urban Meyer on loss: Buckeyes’ glaring shortcomings were exposed

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — For weeks, Ohio State Buckeyes showed obvious flaws but found ways to escape and preserve a perfect record.

But when the Purdue Boilermakers dropped the hammer Saturday night, the second-ranked Buckeyes had no answers in a 49-20 loss, their second to an unranked Big Ten opponent in as many years, after they fell 55-24 at Iowa in November. Ohio State never led, committed 10 penalties, failed to score in the red zone on three of five opportunities and repeatedly caved on defense, allowing 539 yards, including 406 yards and five touchdowns to Purdue star freshman receiver Rondale Moore and senior running back D.J. Knox.

“The glaring shortcomings we have were exposed,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “Number one, off the top, is our red zone offense. We go down there a few times, two field goals and one missed field goal. We’ve never had this issue. We’re going to get a real thorough evaluation of that. And then the big plays on defense.”

Meyer and players said that despite signs of trouble in previous games, they didn’t see Saturday’s struggles coming. Senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin said the team had its best week of practice entering the Purdue game.

“We didn’t come in with a mentality, feeling like we had all these mistakes,” McLaurin said. “We came in actually on a high note.”

But the problems began right away, with a false start on the first play from scrimmage. Ohio State piled up yards but was one-dimensional on offense, as sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins attempted 73 passes, completing 49 for 470 yards. But the Buckeyes averaged just 3 yards per carry, and the offensive line repeatedly drew penalties to prevent the unit from finding rhythm.

“We missed some opportunities, had some penalties,” Haskins said. “Our offense is all about timing and momentum, and we didn’t do a good job of that today.

“What happened last year versus Iowa … we can, we still make the Big Ten championship and do what we do to possibly make the playoff.”

Ohio State has drawn 10 or more penalties in half of its games. The flags hit the Buckeyes in all three phases Saturday, including a roughing the punter foul on Davon Hamilton early in the third quarter that extended a Purdue drive, leading to a Knox touchdown.

“It’s been an issue this year,” Meyer said. “Not very disciplined. I think they’re effort penalties, but just, I mean, ridiculous.”

The Buckeyes entered the game among the nation’s leaders in allowing plays of 20 yards or longer and 30 yards or longer. Knox had touchdown runs of 42 and 40 yards, while Moore had a 43-yard touchdown reception and repeatedly gashed the Buckeyes’ defense.

“Tackling was a big thing tonight,” safety Jordan Fuller said. “It’s never just one thing. There’s a bunch of things we have to get corrected.”

Meyer said he remains confident that his coaching staff can make corrections in an open week before Ohio State resumes play Nov. 3 against Nebraska in Columbus. He said the open week will help Ohio State get healthier, especially in its defensive secondary, where several key players are hobbled.

Senior offensive tackle Isaiah Prince, who struggled Saturday with several penalties, addressed the team after the game. Another offensive lineman, Billy Price, spoke to the team after the Iowa loss in 2017. Ohio State went on to win the Big Ten championship and the Cotton Bowl while finishing No. 5 in the final CFP selections.

“Our program is prided on our O-line and D-line,” McLaurin said, “so for somebody to step up like that and say something at a time like this, it’s necessary. There’s no pointing fingers. It’s all about looking in the mirror and see what we could have done better.

“We got hit in the mouth, but it’s about how you come back from it.”

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Hundreds of thousands march in London for “people’s vote” on Brexit

LONDON — Hundreds of thousands of protesters opposed to Britain’s impending exit from the European Union marched through central London on Saturday, demanding a new referendum and to have a say on the government’s final Brexit deal with the EU. Young voters led the People’s Vote march to London’s Parliament Square, which supporters say attracted approximately 700,000 protesters, BBC News reports. The Metropolitan Police said it was not able to estimate the size of the crowd.

Organizers say another public vote is needed because new facts have come out about the costs and complexity of Britain’s exit from the bloc since voters chose to leave in 2016.

About 150 buses of marchers pour into the British capital from all across the country. Police did not provide an attendance estimate.

“What’s clear is that the only options on the table now from the prime minister are a bad Brexit deal, or no deal whatsoever,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who joined the march, told the BBC. “That’s a million miles away from what was promised 2 1/2 years ago.”

Protesters participating in an anti-Brexit demonstration march through central London

Protesters participating in an anti-Brexit demonstration march through central London, Britain October 20, 2018.

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Khan said Saturday’s protest was a “march for the future” for young Britons, including those who were too young to vote in Britain’s 2016 Brexit referendum, when those who favored leaving the EU won narrowly by 52 percent. 

The march also had support from a number of MPs who want a fresh vote.  

The mayor, from the opposition Labour Party, has previously backed mounting calls for a fresh referendum so the public can have a say on whether they accept Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal or choose to stay in the EU.

May, the leader of Britain’s Conservatives, has ruled out another public vote on the subject.

That didn’t stop the crowds on Saturday from demanding one. Among them was “Lord of the Rings” actor Andy Serkis, who marched with his son and wife. Serkis said he believes there should be a second referendum “now that people are more informed.”

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, but negotiations over the divorce have been plagued by disagreements, particularly over the future border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It will be the U.K.’s only land border with the EU after Brexit, for Ireland is part of the EU and Northern Ireland is part of the U.K.

One of the great accomplishments of the 1998 peace deal that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland was to dismantle the police and military presence at the border with Ireland. Many on both sides do not want a “hard” border again.

There are also growing fears of a “no-deal” British exit, which could create chaos at the borders and in the EU and the British economies.

May, speaking at an inconclusive EU summit in Brussels this week, said she would consider extending a proposed 21-month post-Brexit transition period for the U.K – one that could keep Britain aligned to EU rules for more than two years after its March departure.

The EU has said extending that period would give more time to strike a trade deal that ensures the Irish border remains friction-free. Pro-Brexit politicians in Britain, however, saw it as an attempt to bind the country to the bloc indefinitely.

“This week’s fresh chaos and confusion over Brexit negotiations has exposed how even the best deal now available will be a bad one for Britain,” said Andrew Adonis, a Labour member of the House of Lords. “Voters will neither forgive nor forget if (lawmakers) allow this miserable Brexit to proceed without people being given the final say.” 

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McConnell confronted in Kentucky restaurant

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Florida City Commissioner Charged With Murder in Shooting at His Store

A city commissioner in Florida was charged on Friday with second-degree murder after fatally shooting a man he suspected of stealing a hatchet from his shop.

The grand jury indictment came about two weeks after the commissioner, Michael Dunn, 47, of Lakeland, Fla., confronted a man and then shot him with a handgun as the man was leaving the store. The man, Christobal Lopez, 50, died at the scene.

Brian Haas, the state attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit, said in a statement that Mr. Dunn’s actions fell outside the protection of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which can make it challenging to prosecute people who maintain they killed someone in self-defense.

Mr. Dunn is a co-owner of an Army-Navy surplus store, which carries a selection of firearms, military surplus and public safety supplies. He began serving a four-year term as an elected city commissioner in January in Lakeland, which is about 35 miles east of Tampa, Fla.

John Tupps, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott, said the office would move to suspend Mr. Dunn from his position after it receives charging documents from officials.

On Oct. 3, at about 2:30 p.m., Mr. Dunn said he saw Mr. Lopez, who entered the shop with his father, try to steal a hatchet, the Lakeland Police Department said.

Video surveillance showed Mr. Lopez removing the hatchet from the display rack and hiding it in the front of his pants, according to a police affidavit. Mr. Dunn observed Mr. Lopez from his store office, then exited with his gun concealed in his waistband.

When Mr. Dunn confronted Mr. Lopez about the hatchet, it fell down Mr. Lopez’s pant leg and onto the floor, according to the affidavit. Mr. Dunn told the police that Mr. Lopez then said, “I will pay, I will pay,” while walking over to the counter. Mr. Lopez then tried to flee the shop with the hatchet in his hand, the affidavit said.

Video footage showed Mr. Dunn grabbing the sleeve of Mr. Lopez’s shirt as he tried to exit. The police said Mr. Dunn shot Mr. Lopez twice as he tried to pull away. Mr. Dunn kept the handgun pointed at Mr. Lopez for several seconds as he was on the ground.

“At no time did the victim appear to have made any threatening movements toward the subject,” the affidavit said.

When the police arrived at the store, they said Mr. Dunn was pointing the gun at Mr. Lopez and said, “I think he expired!”

Mr. Lopez and his father were both homeless and had been living in Wauchula, Fla., the affidavit said. Both father and son had recently found places to live in Lakeland through a Christian organization that helps poor people.

According to the indictment, Mr. Dunn shot and killed Mr. Lopez but did so without “premeditated design” to murder him, indicating the reason for the second-degree charge, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Mr. Dunn’s lawyer, James Franklin, declined to comment on Saturday.

Mr. Haas, the state attorney, said on Friday that Mr. Dunn was being held in county jail.

According to Mr. Dunn’s biography as a city commissioner, he graduated from the Lakeland Citizens Police Academy, which includes practice shooting at a firing range. When Mr. Dunn was 19, he accidentally shot another man while practicing his aim with a pistol inside his home. The man survived.

The Lakeland Ledger, a local newspaper, reported that Mr. Dunn said at the time he thought the gun was unloaded. The police called that shooting accidental and cleared him of any wrongdoing.

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Remains of Dozens of Infants and Fetuses Found at Second Detroit Funeral Home

In an emailed statement, Wayne State University said it had become aware of the lawsuit only recently. “Without offering an opinion on the lawsuit itself, we believe the claim against the university is baseless and we will be moving soon to dismiss it,” it added.

A spokeswoman for the Detroit Medical Center, where Alayah was born, could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday but told The Detroit News that it was against its policy to discuss pending litigation.

On Oct. 12, news broke that infants’ remains had been found hidden in the ceiling of another funeral home — the Cantrell Funeral Home, which had been shuttered in April. The news reached Alayah’s family, which encouraged Mr. Parks to share their concerns about Perry Funeral Home with the police, which he did.

In a news conference on Friday, Chief James Craig of the Detroit Police Department said the two funeral homes did not appear to be connected, and that officials may form a task force to investigate how human remains are stored and documented in the area. “This is larger than we might know,” he said.

Daniel W. Cieslak, another lawyer representing Alayah’s mother, said in an interview on Friday that based on documents he had seen while investigating this case, there could be hundreds of fetuses’ remains in the custody of Perry Funeral Home.

“I’m glad they recovered that many,” he said after investigators found dozens of them on Friday. “But it seems to me that there could be more.” Mr. Cieslak and Mr. Parks hope to turn the mother’s complaint into a class-action lawsuit.

Chief Craig called the situation “very, very disturbing” and said that state authorities could be called upon to help with a wider investigation.

“There’s a lot that has happened in the last 24 hours,” Mr. Cieslak said, adding that he was glad the authorities had investigated the Perry Funeral Home. “But it’s raising more questions for me now.”

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