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Arizona woman’s alleged killer found because of picture taken minutes before death

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An Arizona woman’s alleged killer has been arrested because of a picture taken right before the incident happened on June 11.


Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, was found dead just before 7:30 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona in her car that had driven off the road and into a landscaping area, according to the Glendale Police Department. Initially, police responded to the scene for reports of a car that had driven off the road.
Martinez was found “in distress and non-responsive” and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.


A witness told police that Martinez was initially parked on the side of the road next to a van, and a man could be seen outside of Martinez’s vehicle before getting back into his car and driving away.
The witness told police that Martinez’s car “slowly began to drive off the roadway.”
She was completing her last food delivery of the day with UberEats and, according to police “for some reason” took a picture of the man in a van that was alongside her vehicle.
Police later identified that man as 62-year-old Rusty French.


French was questioned by police on June 15, and when shown the picture of him that Martinez took before her death, he admitted that it was him but must have blacked out and couldn’t remember what occurred.
When a search warrant was executed at French’s home, police found a handgun that police say “was a ballistic match for the handgun used in the shooting.”


Police gathered other evidence that implicated French as the shooter as well. French and Martinez didn’t know each other, according to police.
French was arrested on June 23 and charged with second-degree murder.

Arizona homeowner fatally shoots 2 intruders

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A Phoenix, Arizona homeowner shot and killed two men who were attempting to break into the home Saturday morning, police said, according to reports.


When police arrived before 8 a.m. in response to several 911 calls, officers found the two alleged intruders on the ground in front of the home.
“Witnesses told the officers the shooter was inside the home next to where the men were lying,” Sgt. Philip Krynsky said


“The officers were able to successfully carry the men to await paramedics. The officers were able to communicate with the three occupants of the home and they were detained peacefully.”
The two alleged intruders were transported to separate hospitals, where they succumbed to their injuries.
The men, believed to be in their 20s, have not yet been identified.


Krynsky explained that the people detained in connection to the shooting gave consistent stories of self-defense during the investigation into the incident.
In consultation with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the suspects were released, and charges will be submitted for review,” Krynsky said, which is standard practice.

Chicago 5-month-old baby girl dies after being shot in the head: ‘A disgrace

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five-month-old baby girl died in Chicago after being shot in the head while sitting in a car.
The Chicago Police Department said the deadly shooting happened at approximately 6:45 p.m. in the 7700 block of S. South Shore when the female infant was sitting inside a vehicle.
A second unknown vehicle approached, and an occupant fired shots from inside, police said.
The baby girl, since identified as Cecilia Thomas, was struck in the head and was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital. She was initially listed as in critical condition but later died from her injuries.
A second victim, a 41-year-old male, was traveling in a separate vehicle and self-transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the eye area, police said
He was initially reported in good condition.
Police said at night that there are no offenders in custody, and area detectives are investigating.
Andrew Holmes, a community activist, told FOX 32 Chicago that the suspect vehicle is possibly a red Chrysler and the shooter is possibly an unidentified female. He said he hoped surveillance cameras or witnesses with her information would be able to help identify her further and bring her to justice.
“And it’s supposed to have been a female shooter, and my message to her, it won’t be long because I hope one of these cameras or somebody got her information and knows how she looks,” he said.
You just took this baby’s life. This baby was an infant, this baby didn’t do nothing to you,” Holmes added. “We understand it may have been two cars shooting back and forth at each other.”

“We’re not going to stand for this in this city,” Holmes told FOX 32. “We need this city to do what we got to do to put eyes on this young lady, on this driver until both of them have been arrested because this is disgusting, this is a disgrace, this is as low as you can get.”
Ja’Mal Green, another community activist who is running for mayor of Chicago, said he is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the 5-month-old’s death.
“A 5-month-old girl was just shot in the head in Chicago. My heart breaks for this young girl & her family,” he said in a statement. “I am offering a $5,000 reward NOW to someone who comes forward to give answers that can lead to an arrest & conviction! $2,500 when they are arrested, $2,500 when convicted. It’s time to get to the root of this violence so we can create a better city for our Children.”
This comes as more than a dozen people have been shot in Chicago so far this weekend. Early Friday morning, the 18-year-old brother of Fox News contributor Gianno Caldwell was shot and killed in the 11400 block of S. Vincennes. Chicago police said Sunday that still no arrests have been made in connection to the shooting that also wounded two other people.

Snaps from ‘Gabby Petito’ film released as Laundrie’s notebook reveals murder confession

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Stills from an upcoming Lifetime film based on the tragic death of Gabby Petito have been released just as the FBI confirms boyfriend Brian Laundrie confessed to killing the aspiring social media star in his personal notebook.
“The Gabby Petito Story” was spotted filming for the first time in the mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah
Director Thora Birch is seen in a few shots giving direction to the two actors playing Petito and Laundrie.
Burch will also act in the film as Petito’s mother. A full cast list has yet to be released.
The snaps capture a scene where the couple engaged in an intense argument before Laundrie storms off and hops into the white van that he’d later drive home alone in after murdering girlfriend Petito.


Many have taken issue with Lifetime’s decision to move forward with a project about Petito’s death so quickly, as she was killed by Laundrie just last fall.
I can’t believe this even needs to be said but we do NOT need a Gabby Petito murder movie. We don’t,” tweeted one critic, with another adding, “Hollywood is making a movie about the death of Gabby Petito?!?! Unreal. Tone deaf. But I’m not surprised. Hollywood can’t come up with anything original these days.”
The network may have had good intentions, however, as the film will be a part of its Stop Violence Against Women public affairs initiative.
Long Island native Petito went missing on a road trip with Laundrie and was found Sept. 19 strangled to death in a camping ground near the Grand Tetons.
Laundrie disappeared after her death, sparking a nationwide manhunt. He was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound near a Florida swamp, where his notebook was recently recovered by the FBI.
“I ended her life,” he wrote, claiming that 22-year-old Petito fell and badly hurt herself.
“I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock.”
Last month, Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida against the curator of Laundrie’s estate. She is seeking damages of $30,000.

IWF’s overdue accounts highlight importance of Olympic funding

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The cost of weightlifting losing its Olympic status was laid bare to delegates from around the world before voting began at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) elections in Tirana, Albania.
Nearly 90 per cent of the IWF’s income last year came from its involvement in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – $15.6 million (£12.7 million/€14.7 million).
The next biggest source of revenue was $1.02 million (£0.83 million/€0.96 million) from marketing, sponsorship and TV income – which would have been boosted by the fact that it was an Olympic year.
The IWF noted “the healthy financial state of the organisation” when it announced that accounts for 2020 – more than a year later than required under its own rules – and 2021 had been approved by the Special and Electoral Congress.
But its reserves are shrinking.
After the previous Olympic year in 2016, the IWF had more than $38 million (£30.9 million/€35.9 million) of assets – now the total is $30.3 million (£30.9 million/€35.9 million).
While that may appear “healthy”, running costs over the past three years amount to more than £32 million ($39.2 million/€37.2 million), largely because of a higher level of spending on anti-doping but also because of administrative costs.
The IWF, whose governance has repeatedly been criticised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), spent $763,000 (£621,000/€722,000) on meetings last year and nearly half a million dollars on legal costs.
Weightlifting has lost its place on the Olympic Games programme for Los Angeles 2028 and if it cannot work its way back into favour with the IOC, the IWF’s sustainability will come into question.
The IOC wants a “change of culture” in weightlifting and its governing body.
It made a significant decision against another troubled Olympic sport this week when it announced that it had stripped the International Boxing Association of its rights to organise the boxing competition, including qualifying, for Paris 2024, because of concerns over governance.
Mohamed Jaloud, the IWF’s new President, told delegates that the total income from the Olympic Games would be $17 million (£14 million/€16 million) and said: “Our priority is our sport… we must work together to save weightlifting in the Olympic programme.
“It does not matter who wins or loses in the elections today, what matters is that weightlifting is the winner.”

Arizona abortion protest: Police release tear gas, lawmakers ‘held hostage’ in Senate building

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Law enforcement officers in Phoenix, Arizona used tear gas to break up a sizable group of protesters outside the state’s Senate building following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade.
Protesters threatened to break the AZ Senate entryway glass,” Republican Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers tweeted, as members were in the middle of voting on a series of bills.
The situation escalated into a “hostage” situation as lawmakers were instructed not to exit the building, Republican Arizona State Senator Kelly Townsend said.
The Republican Caucus of the State Senate later called the protest an attempted “insurrection.”
We are currently there being held hostage inside the Senate building due to members of the public trying to breach our security,” Townsend tweeted Friday night. “We smell tear gas and the children of one of the members are in the office sobbing with fear.”
“I expect a J24 committee to be created immediately,” she added, referencing the January 6 committee that is investigating the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.
According to the lawmakers, law enforcement officers then deployed tear gas to disperse the crowds and regain control of the building.
“Crowd was dispersed with tear gas.” Rogers added, noting the protests were still continuing and the situation remained “very dangerous
Another lawmaker confirmed the use of tear gas outside the building.
“While working inside we were interrupted by the sound of bangs and smell of tear gas,” Rep. Sarah Liguori tweeted Friday evening. “Protestors cleared from the Capitol.”
Heavily-armed officers were seen in and around the legislative building.
The crowd of protesters has since dispersed and lawmakers resumed their legislative schedule in a secure room.
“We are headed to a secure room to go vote,” Rogers said.
“Everyone is okay and we are finishing our work,” Townsend added.
“Feeling safe at the Capitol as I sit by 3 of my fellow senators who are armed,” added Arizona State Legislator Warren Petersen.
In the hours following the situation, several members thanked the law enforcement officials who protected the Capitol.
“God bless you guys,” exclaimed Townsend.
“We are safe inside… God bless law enforcement,” Rodgers said.
The Republican Caucus of the State Senate also commended law enforcement for preventing an “insurrection.”
“Violent pro-abortion protestors’ attempts of an insurrection at the Arizona State Senate were thwarted Friday night, thanks to the swift actions from local and state law enforcement,” said Kim Quintero, the Republican Caucus’ communications director.
The GOP group said the “extremist demonstrations” were carried out by people “forcibly trying to make entry [to the building] by breaking windows and pushing down doors.”
“We are incredibly thankful for our local law enforcement who quickly intervened during what could have been a destructive and dangerous situation for our members, staff, and public inside the Senate,” said Senate President Karen Fann.

Brian Laundrie admitted to killing Gabby Petito in his notebook

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Brian Laundrie admitted to killing girlfriend Gabby Petito in a notebook left in the Florida swamp where he committed suicide — but Laundrie insisted it was an act of “mercy,” according to a report.


“I ended her life,” he proclaims in the note, which was recovered by the FBI in October, according to Fox News.


“I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock.”


Laundrie claimed he wanted to put Petito –whom he was reportedly engaged to — out of her misery after she fell and hurt herself in the Wyoming wilderness but said he immediately regretted it after killing her


From the moment I decided, took away her pain, I knew I couldn’t go on without her,” he wrote.
Petito, a 22-year-old from Long Island, went missing on a road trip with Laundrie and was found strangled to death in a camping ground near the Grand Tetons on Sept. 19.


Laundrie disappeared after her death, sparking a nationwide manhunt for the then-suspected killer.
Laundrie, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park near Sarasota, apologized and asked authorities to go easy on his family in the note.


“Please do not make life harder for my family,” he scrawled in the notebook. “They lost a son and a daughter. The most wonderful girl in the world. Gabby I’m sorry.”


He added, “I am sorry to my family. This is a shock to them as well [as] a terrible grief

Brian Laundrie’s Alleged Notebook Confession About Gabby Petito Revealed

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A portion of the notebook that Brian Laundrie left behind contained an alleged confession regarding her death, according to lawyers for the two families.


“I ended her life,” a line from the note says, according to WFLA and Fox affiliates. WFLA posted a photo of the notebook page that was obtained by attorneys of the families.


“I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock. But from the moment I decided, took away her pain, I knew I could not go on without her, ”Laundrie allegedly said.


In January, the FBI announced that the 23-year-old’s notebook found near his remains at the Carlton Reserve contained statements where he claimed responsibility for Petito’s death.


The FBI did not specify what, exactly, Laundrie had written in the notebook and in other text messages he’d sent to mislead Petito’s family. The texts were sent between Laundrie’s phone and Petito’s phone, according to the statement
Authorities last year said Laundrie died by suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the reserve, located a few miles from his parents’ home in North Port, Florida.


“The timing and content of these messages are indicative of Mr. Laundrie attempting to deceive law enforcement by giving the impression that Ms. Petito was still alive, ”the FBI statement said at the time.


Months before that, a coroner in Wyoming ruled that Petito died via manual strangulation. Petito and Laundrie had been on a cross-country road trip before her death, which drew international attention and headlines.
A lawyer for the Laundrie family issued a statement on Friday after he met with the Petito family’s lawyer.


“Today the Petito family attorney, Patrick Reilly, and myself met with the FBI in Tampa to sort through and take possession of the personal items that belonged to Gabby and Brian,” attorney Steve Bertolino told Fox News. “As part of this return of property in FBI custody I was given Brian’s notebook and I have turned [the] same over to Chris and Roberta Laundrie.

Petito’s body was found Sept. 19 at a campground near Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming. A coroner determined she’d died about three weeks earlier of “blunt-force injuries to the head and neck, with manual strangulation.”

Washington DC bridge shut down after man scales archway to protest Roe v. Wade overturned

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A man climbed the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. to protest the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
The man, who has revealed himself on Twitter as Guido Reichstadter, began climbing the bridge at around 11 a.m., according to FOX 5 DC. While the man was on the bridge, traffic came to a halt while officials tried to contact the man.
A large inflatable was placed under the demonstrator at around 12 p.m.
Reichstadter posted on Twitter while on top of the bridge at 3:24 p.m., stating “Let’s shut it down nonviolently day after day after day till out [sic] rights are protected.” The archway is 70 feet tall
The District Department of Transportation announced that the bridge is shut down.

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announces that the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge (FDMB) is currently shut down. The closure is needed for safety concerns involved with protest activity and will remain in effect until further notice,” the announcement states. “Motorists are strongly encouraged to plan ahead for their afternoon commute and use alternate routes away from the South Capital Street and the FDMB area. Traffic enforcement officers are on the scene directing traffic. Motorists should use extra caution as they travel in the area of the FDMB, anticipate moderate delays, and to be mindful of emergency personnel.”
Reichstadter said during an Instagram Live video that he plans on being on top of the bridge for “as long as I physically can,” following the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade.

A man climbed the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. on Friday to protest the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
The man, who has revealed himself on Twitter as Guido Reichstadter, began climbing the bridge at around 11 a.m., according to FOX 5 DC. While the man was on the bridge, traffic came to a halt while officials tried to contact the man.
A large inflatable was placed under the demonstrator at around 12 p.m.
Reichstadter posted on Twitter while on top of the bridge at 3:24 p.m., stating “Let’s shut it down nonviolently day after day after day till out [sic] rights are protected.” The archway is 70 feet tall
The District Department of Transportation announced that the bridge is shut down.
“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announces that the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge (FDMB) is currently shut down. The closure is needed for safety concerns involved with protest activity and will remain in effect until further notice,” the announcement states. “Motorists are strongly encouraged to plan ahead for their afternoon commute and use alternate routes away from the South Capital Street and the FDMB area. Traffic enforcement officers are on the scene directing traffic. Motorists should use extra caution as they travel in the area of the FDMB, anticipate moderate delays, and to be mindful of emergency personnel.”
Reichstadter said during an Instagram Live video that he plans on being on top of the bridge for “as long as I physically can,” following the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, leaves issue up to states

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Pro-choice and anti-abortion demonstrators gather outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on June 24, 2022. - The Supreme Court is expected to deliver an opinion by the end of June that could roll back 50 years of abortion rights in the United States. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Pro-choice and anti-abortion demonstrators gather outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on June 24, 2022. – The Supreme Court is expected to deliver an opinion by the end of June that could roll back 50 years of abortion rights in the United States. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The US Supreme Court has overturned its 49-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout the US, upholding a Mississippi law banning the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy – and leaving the issue up to each of the 50 states.
opinion by Justice Samuel Alito also overturned a 1992 case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the court found that state laws restricting abortion should not impose an “undue burden” on women seeking the procedure.
Abortion presents a profound moral question,” Alito wrote. “The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”
The decision was handed down more than eight weeks after a draft version of Alito’s opinion was leaked to Politico — sparking outrage and protests across the country. Crowds of pro-abortion and anti-abortion activists similarly gathered outside the court following Friday’s ruling, though there were no immediate reports of arrests or violence.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote in language held over from the leaked draft. “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
Alito was joined in his opinion by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Thomas, Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts filed separate opinions concurring in Alito’s judgment.


In his concurrence, Roberts questioned whether overturning Roe and Casey was necessary to uphold the Mississippi abortion law, writing that Alito’s opinion was “thoughtful and thorough, but those virtues cannot compensate for the fact that its dramatic and consequential ruling is unnecessary to decide the case before us
Ample evidence thus suggests that a 15-week ban provides sufficient time, absent rare circumstances, for a woman ‘to decide for herself’ whether to terminate her pregnancy,” the chief justice went on before adding that both Alito’s opinion and the dissent by liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan “display a relentless freedom from doubt on the legal issue that I cannot share.”
In his concurrence, Kavanaugh stated: “Because the Constitution is neutral on the issue of abortion, this Court also must be scrupulously neutral. The nine unelected Members of this Court do not possess the constitutional authority to override the democratic process and to decree either a pro-life or a pro-choice abortion policy for all 330 million people in the United States.
“Instead of adhering to the Constitution’s neutrality, the Court in Roe took sides on the issue and unilaterally decreed that abortion was legal throughout the United States up to the point of viability (about 24 weeks of pregnancy),” Kavanaugh went on. “The Court’s decision today properly returns the Court to a position of neutrality and restores the people’s authority to address the issue of abortion through the processes of democratic self-government established by the Constitution.”
Kavanaugh also agreed with Alito that Friday’s decision does not affect past Supreme Court decisions legalizing interracial and same-sex marriage or enshrining the right to use contraception — as abortion advocates had warned after the draft opinion leaked.

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