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Cops: “Affluenza” Teen Threw Party Before Fleeing To Mexico

The “affluenza” teen from Texas apparently threw himself a going away party before he and his mother fled to Mexico.  That’s the word today from Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson who said he hopes Ethan Couch will be extradited back to Fort Worth soon after being arrested yesterday near the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.  Couch made news in 2013 when he was sentenced to ten years probation after killing four people in Texas while driving drunk.  Now 18, Couch went missing earlier this month and was captured along with his mother yesterday near the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.

Van Dyke Pleads Not Guilty

A white Chicago police officer is pleading not guilty in the shooting death of a black teenager.  Jason Van Dyke made the plea during his arraignment today.  He’s facing six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct after dash-cam video appeared to show Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times as the teen walked away from police carrying a knife.  Van Dyke’s attorney says he will likely ask for a change of venue because of the intense media coverage of the case.  

Cleveland Mayor Welcomes Tamir Rice Protests

Cleveland’s mayor says he welcomes protests but violence won’t be tolerated following a grand jury decision that cleared two officers involved in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice.  Mayor Frank Jackson said during a news conference that people have a right to protest and police will provide protection.  Yesterday, a grand jury decided Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback would not face charges in the killing of the 12-year-old boy.  Rice was shot last year after he brandished a real-looking pellet gun.

Police Identify Body Found At Prince George’s County Elementary School

A 24-year-old with special needs is dead after an unprovoked attack in a Seabrook playground.   Prince George’s County Police say Douglas Reyes was stabbed to death by 31-year-old Alex Jones yesterday afternoon.  The incident took place on a basketball court at Gaywood Elementary School on 97th Avenue.  Police say they are still investigating to figure out why Reyes was stabbed.  Jones was arrested this morning and charged with first and second degree murder.


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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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