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Surveillance video from convenience store appears to show man beating child

A man who says he witnessed an older man beating a child in the parking lot of his New Kensington motorcycle shop is hoping surveillance video of the incident helps police track down the man responsible. 

 Chad Razor said he was sitting at his desk at his shop around noon Tuesday when he heard a car pull into the parking lot.  

“When I stood up, I thought it was two men in the parking lot fighting,” Razor said.  

He said he was in disbelief when he realized the person being beaten was a child. 

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“He couldn’t have been no more than between 8 and 9 years old. He was screaming for all he had,” Razor said.  

The Stop N Go convenience store next to Razor’s shop captured the entire altercation on video.  

“(The child) was screaming for all he had. He was definitely terrified,” Razor said.  

In the surveillance video, the child is struck at least 15 times with what appears to be a belt. The child takes a couple steps, is hit again and then punched, which knocks him to the ground.  

“At that moment, he had struck the child one last blow in the face. I screamed at the person. He threw the child into the car,” Razor said. “That’s all he pulled in here for. He pulled in, done it and left.”  

Razor said he called police, showed them the surveillance video and filed a report. He said he’s hoping someone will recognize the man or the car in the video.  

“It was inhumane. It was savage, and they need to get him,” Razor said.   WPXI contacted both New Kensington police and neighboring Arnold police to learn whether an investigation is underway. As of Tuesday night, authorities had not responded. 

Report: Woman threw hot grits at boyfriend during fight

An argument over cheating led a Columbus, Georgia, woman to throw hot grits at her boyfriend as he held her baby, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported Monday.

Monique Altouise Bennett, 33, admitted in court she threw the grits during a fight, the paper reported. The victim told police the woman also threatened him with a knife.

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“He used my son as a shield, because he knew I wasn’t going to hit him with the grits if he was holding my son,” Bennett testified in court Monday. “So out of anger when he got in the car and closed the car door, I threw the grits at the car.”

Bennett pleaded guilty to simple assault and reckless conduct, the paper reported. She is being held in the Muscogee County jail on $2,000 bond.

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In heartwarming video, dad hospitalized after cancer diagnosis welcomes baby boy

An emotional video that shows a dad with cancer experiencing the birth of his son is going viral.

According to the Huffington Post, doctors diagnosed Cagney Wenk with stage-four gliboblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, three weeks before his fiancee, Jessica Li, was due to give birth to their son, Levon. As the Colorado man recovered from surgery in the ICU at Boulder Community Hospital, his nurses wanted to do something nice for the couple.

That's when they contacted an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep to document Wenk welcoming his baby boy.

On Sept. 18, Sarah Boccolucci, a photographer and videographer, captured the emotional moment Wenk was brought from the ICU for Levon's birth. Her heartwarming video has been viewed more than 24,000 times.

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“There is a point during the birth where Cagney tells Jessica that they are surrounded by all the love in the world right now,” Boccolucci told the Huffington Post. “It is my hope that people will see the video, feel the love this family shares, and help lift them up and make a donation if they are able.”

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She added, "My hope is that the family gets all the support they can and remain hopeful that Cagney will beat this cancer."

If you would like to donate to the family to help cover their medical costs, visit their GiveForward page.

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El Cajon, California, police shooting: What we know now

Police shot and killed a black man Tuesday afternoon at a shopping center in a San Diego suburb, prompting protests into the night.

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According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, El Cajon police responded to multiple reports of an "erratic" pedestrian walking in traffic near a strip mall around 2 p.m. PDT. Police said late Tuesday that it took them 50 minutes to respond after receiving the first call, presumably from a woman who said she was the man's sister, KNSD reported.

Officers said they used a Taser and opened fire after the man failed to follow their commands and appeared to pull an object out of his pocket, holding it in an apparent shooting stance, KMFB reported.

At a news conference late Tuesday, police confirmed that "no firearm was recovered" from the scene, according to KMFBKSWB reports that a witness said the man was unarmed and mentally ill.

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KMFB initially reported that the man was critically injured and taken to the hospital, although the woman who identified herself as the man's sister said he died at the scene. Police said late Tuesday that the man was dead, KMFB tweeted.

Here's what we know so far:

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1. Some bystanders said the man had his hands up. While describing the incident to KNSD, witness Michael Ray Rodriguez said, "The man's hands are up. No shirt. He didn't have no shirt."

El Cajon police denied those claims in a tweet Tuesday night, saying that in "video voluntarily provided by a witness, the subject did NOT have his hands up in the air."

2. A now-viral Facebook Live video captured the aftermath of the shooting. In the 25-minute video, posted by Rumbie Mubaiwa, a woman cries that she had called police to help the man, who she said was her brother.

"I just called for help, and you came and killed him," she says.

She later asks, "Don't you guys have crisis communications teams to talk to somebody mentally sick?"

The video has been viewed more than 33,000 times.

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3. Police have denied claims that officers confiscated cellphones from people at a nearby restaurant. A woman identified only as Maria told KNSD that police took cellphones from employees at Los Panchos restaurant and told workers "not to talk to anyone."

El Cajon police tweeted, "We ask that the community please be careful about reacting to inaccurate information. No phones were confiscated from anyone at the scene."

During the Tuesday night news conference, Police Chief Jeff Davis said a witness voluntarily handed cellphone video over to police. 

"That witness voluntarily provided their phone to the police department and gave written consent for the officers to view the video," the department said in a press release. "Investigators have been able to download the video. This was the only phone provided to officers in this investigation."

4. The officers involved are being placed on administrative leave. According to KMFB, that includes the officer who fired at the man and the one who used a Taser. Each officer has at least 20 years of police service, KMFB reported.

5. El Cajon police do not yet wear body cameras. KNSD reported that the City Council recently approved a plan to buy body cameras, but Davis said they likely won't be used until next year.

Crossing guard saves child from attempted kidnapping, police say

A Los Angeles school crossing guard is being called a hero after stopping an attempted kidnapping at an elementary school, police say.

Maria Ramirez, 50, is facing one count of felony kidnapping. Police say the 8-year-old girl was leaving the school on Aug. 16 when Ramirez reportedly grabbed her arm and said, “Come on, come on,” according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Crossing guard Adrian Young heard the girl screaming and rushed to help.

“She was like ‘Please don’t let her take me. I don’t know her. She’s not my mom,’” Young told KABC. “I kind of went into mother mode … because I couldn’t see myself letting this little girl be taken. I’m just grateful I was there.”

Young is less than 5 feet tall, but she managed to punch the woman before she ran away.

Officers were called to the scene and they were able to arrest Ramirez Wednesday. She is being held on $100,000 bail.

Police officer fired over apparent racist social media post

A part-time police officer in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, was terminated Tuesday after an apparent racist social media post involving the officer began circulating online, the mayor of McKeesport said.

The post in question is a photo of Melissa Adamson in her police uniform with a caption that read, “I’m the law today” and ended with a racial slur. The image appeared on social media Tuesday afternoon and was shared hundreds of times.

McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko addressed the issue on Facebook, writing, in part: “This post displays a degree of conduct and character that is far different from what I would expect from an officer in this city.”

As Mayor of the City of McKeesport, I feel compelled to publicly address an issue that has come to my attention via...Posted by City of McKeesport - Mayor's Office on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Pitcairn Police Department also responded to the post, in which the officer appears to be wearing a Pitcairn police uniform. According to the department’s Facebook post, the woman is a former officer of the Pitcairn police force. “As the picture alone does not constitute misconduct, it is symbolic speech and protected under the First Amendment. However, it is the content of the text in the picture which is unacceptable,” the Police Department’s Facebook post read, in part.

There has been a picture circulating around of an ex female employee of the Pitcairn Police Department. As the picture...Posted by Pitcairn Police Department on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Couple shares premature baby’s first year, one second at a time

A dad is sharing his daughter’s first year of life in a touching 365-second tribute.

Bradley Mitchell’s daughter was born six weeks premature. The Canadian couple said the first few weeks were wrought with uncertainty.

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“At the time, we had no idea what the future may (or may not) hold,” Mitchell wrote on YouTube.

On September 10, they celebrated her first birthday, and as a tribute, her dad strung together 365 video clips of his daughter, each documenting one day of her life.

Watch the touching tribute below:

High school soccer team forfeits after other team refuses to play against girl teammates

An Arizona high school boys’ soccer team forfeited a recent match after the other team refused to play because of the two female players on the team.

The Arizona Republic reported that the Foothills Academy College Prep boys’ soccer team's opponent, Faith Christian, would not take the field Friday because of the two female players on the Foothills’ side.

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This is the second time a school has objected to the female players. The first time, the two female players sat out and Foothills lost the game, but the school declined to comply to the request this time.

"Actually, it was the team's decision," Foothills coach Steven Rains said. "They would not play without their team. They felt the girls earned the right to be on the team. And they won't play without them."

Faith Christian officials cited religious beliefs as the reason they declined to play their male team against female players.

"I know it appears to fly in the face of what everyone is wanting to promote today, and that is equality," Dick Buckingham, administrative leader of Faith Christian, said. "It is based on a religious perspective that God created guys and girls differently. The difference physically, there is a strength advantage that men have over women. We want to teach our men that honor of ladies is just not in sports. We struggle how to teach that if we're allowing them to play against young ladies in a competitive game. We're the ones harmed because we're giving up a game. We think it's better to do that than give a mixed message."

The Arizona Republic reported on Monday that the first time another school refused to play Foothills, the girls’ mother decided to hold them from the game against Our Lady of Sorrows.

"I was like, 'I don't want this stuff to hurt the boys,' '' Noelle Avey said. "When it happened again, things changed. I would like to stress the outstanding character the boys on this team have shown by standing with their female teammates. I can't say enough about these boys, this team, the team parents, our coach, and our athletic director for supporting our female athletes. I believe one aspect of sport is that it brings different religions, races and genders together."

This isn’t the first time a game was forfeited due to a school declining to face female players on one side, according to the Arizona Republic, as a state championship baseball game was forfeited in 2012 after one school did not want to play the female player on the other team.

Bus driver heralded as hero after she saves 32 kids after fuel line breaks

A Virginia bus driver has garnered a lot of attention online after her daughter posted an image of her smiling in a hospital bed hours after she saved 32 kids on her bus after a fuel line leak.

The Loudoun Times-Mirror reported Michele Coates smelled smoke and was told by the students on her Loudoun County, Va., school bus that they noticed smoke and possibly flames on Friday. Coates immediately pulled over the bus and got the students off safely, but felt ill and was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

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"It's something you never expect to happen and you never thought you would encounter," Coates told the Times-Mirror. "It was very scary. My only thought was all these dear children's lives are in my hands and I have to save them."

All of the kids got off the bus safely, but 17 of the students were also taken to the hospital with symptoms related to exposure to the fumes. "I kept asking if all the kids were safe," Coates said. "Even in the ambulance and the hospital I kept asking."

Related: School bus driver saves 20 children after bus catches fire

Coates’ daughter, Autumn Echols, posted the photo of her in the hospital on Imgur, and the photo has garnered more than 1.4 million views as of Tuesday. "I just posted it to show just a few people," Echols told WUSA. "To say my mom is a hero. I thought it would make her happy. I wasn't expecting that many people."

WUSA reported that the school district blamed the fuel line break on "typical wear and tear," and the bus has been taken off the road for repairs. A bus driver in Maryland was also called a hero after she saved 20 kids on a school bus that caught on fire earlier this month.

My mom smiling after saving 40 kids off a burning school bus today

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