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Massachusetts man shoots, kills 6-year-old son before committing suicide, DA says

A Foxborough, Massachusetts, man shot and killed his 6-year-old son Thursday night before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, the Norfolk County District Attorney said Friday morning.

Around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, the Foxborough Police Department received a 911 call from a neighbor to report what appeared to be a medical emergency.

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“First responders came to the scene and located 6-year-old Anthony Scaccia suffering from a single gunshot wound,” District Attorney Michael Morrissey said at a news conference Friday morning. “He was taken to Norwood Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

First responders also located William Scaccia Jr., 49, Anthony’s father, dead from a single gunshot wound to the head, Morrissey said.

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“As far as we know he was not living at that house,” Foxborough police Chief William Baker said.

“The occupants of the house, including this child, had a family relationship with him and had lived there previously.”

Baker said the police department had previous run-ins with William Scaccia.

“The history recently led me to deny him a pistol permit in July of this year,” Baker said. “He appealed that denial to the District Court in Wrentham. On Sept. 8, the judge in the District Court supported my denial, preventing him from being licensed from having a firearm.”

Baker reiterated the fact that they had previous history with William Scaccia, which were described as “family and domestic relationships,” which, he said, were complicated.

One of those run-ins with police, Baker said, led to his arrest on Sept. 16.

The incident is under investigation by state and local authorities, and Morrissey said a weapon and shell casings were recovered from the scene.

“There was also some evidence that an accelerant was spread through parts of the house and in a hallway area and upstairs,” Morrissey said. 

The boy’s grandmother was asleep in the home and awoke to smoke and flames. She was able to extinguish the fire before first responders arrived.

Baker said the most important part of this incident, in his opinion, was the killing of Anthony Scaccia.

He said that in his previous jurisdictions the police department created public service announcements pleading to “people on the edge” to reach out to clergy or other resources to get them the help they need. 

“Seek help rather than make a horrific decision like this, to take the life of an innocent child,” Baker said. 

Foxborough Public Schools Superintendent Debbie Spinelli said the entire community was shaken.

“Our hearts go out to this sweet little boy who was just starting his educational journey and to those who loved and cared for him,” Spinelli said in a statement. “Counselors are available at school (Friday) morning for our students and staff, and will continue next week.”

Donald Trump says NFL anthem protesters should be ‘off the field’ and fired

U.S. President Donald Trump is clearly not a fan of the national anthem protests that have been taking place in the NFL over the past year.

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While at a Friday campaign rally for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama, Trump took on a number of things during his speech, including North Korea and Kim Jong Un, the crowd size of the rally and protests by NFL football players.

Trump considers the protests are disrespectful, and used colorful language to say so.

“Wouldn’t you love one of the NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a (expletive) off the field right now. Out. He’s fired!’”

The crowd applauded Trump’s comments.

Trump also referenced NFL ratings, which are down so far this year, and blamed the low numbers on the protests negatively affecting the game. He also blamed rule changes on hard hits.

Trump seems to be taking a shot at former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was the driving force behind the protests last year. Many players across many different teams and sports have since joined in on the protest during the anthem, generating attention among sports fans and others at large.

Florida woman wants 100 cards for 100th birthday

One woman in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, has a simple request for her 100th birthday: 100 birthday cards.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reported that Bobbie Arrasmith, 99, celebrates her birthday Oct. 7. She wants handwritten cards for each year of her life.

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“Our whole family is trying to get her 100 birthday cards for her 100th birthday,” Arrasmith’s son, Richard Arrasmith, told NWF Daily News Thursday. “It would be such an honor, and we would appreciate any help that we can get.”

As of the newspaper’s report, Arrasmith has about 20 cards that have mostly come from one of her seven grandchildren who lives out of the state.

“I don’t feel like 100,” she told the newspaper. “I’m pretty healthy. They take good care of me...I take one day at a time and I thank the Lord in the morning for that extra day.”

For more information on Arrasmith, visit

Those interested in sending handwritten birthday cards to Arrasmith can send them to 30 Memorial Parkway SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.

Frida, the hero rescue dog, saves 12 following Mexico earthquake

Frida, a rescue dog from the Mexican navy’s Canine Unit, has made headlines due to her heroic efforts following the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that rocked Mexico City on Tuesday.  

The Los Angeles Times reported that the 7-year-old Labrador has saved more than 50 people since joining the Mexican navy.

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Throughout her career, Frida has recovered 52 people, 12 of which were alive, in various natural disasters, including the earthquake that hit in Oaxaca, Mexico, on Sept. 7.

KABC reported that Frida carries a camera on her harness to assist rescue crews as she navigates areas that would not be accessible otherwise.

Because of Frida’s age, the dog typically follows up after younger dogs, including 1-and-a-half-year-olds Evil and Echo, who first go into the rubble. Frida then confirms whether or not other dogs have detected a person, the LA Times reported.

The Navy has dispatched 15 rescue dogs in an effort to find survivors and those who have died. About 270 people have been confirmed dead, and that number will likely rise as Frida and her crew continue their search. 

The house from the ‘90s sitcom ‘Family Matters’ is being demolished

Remember the beloved character, Steve Urkel, from the ‘90s sitcom “Family Matters”? The house he frequented in the show, which appeared in the opening credits of the series is being demolished. 

Earlier this week, the city of Chicago approved a demolition permit for the home, located at 1516 W. Wrightwood Ave., according to DNA Info

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The residence will be wrecked and removed to make room for a three-unit abode on the lot.

Coldwell Banker Realtors told the DNA Info that renovations were not viable. However, the owners plan to hang a photo of the original house in the entry of the new building. 

“Family Matters” made its debut on ABC in September of 1989. It lasted for nine seasons, airing its last episode in July of 1998. The series followed Chicago policemen Carl Winslow, his family and their pesky neighbor Steve Urkel.

Although it was filmed in California, the series used the Chicago home as the backdrop. Take a look back at the opener below to spot it.

Stranger spends days in water to find couple's lost engagement ring

A good Samaritan with a metal detector helped a couple recover a ring that was accidentally dropped into a Missouri pond earlier this month in a marriage proposal gone awry.

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A video of the proposal went viral after Seth Dixon got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend of four years, Ruth Salas, on a wooden bridge over Kansas City’s Loose Park Pond, The Kansas City Star reported. In video posted on social media, Dixon can be seen opening the box that held the engagement ring, and then watching in horror as the ring pops out of the box and slides between the slats of the bridge they stood on.

Photographer Staci Dabney said in a Facebook post that the couple’s friends grabbed goggles and jumped in the water to help find the ring, without luck.

The video was seen by thousands of people across the internet, including Michael Long, of Springfield.

"I had a metal detector,” Long told KMBC. “I just thought it would just be nice to get up there, help a random couple out and find the ring before someone else found it.”

Long told the news station that over the course of two days and hours in the water equipped with little more than the metal detector, a pair of goggles and a bucket filled with rocks to weigh him down, he found 25 nails, a toy car and the couple’s engagement ring.

“First thing I did was jump out of the pond and I’m running to the people around me and I was like, ‘Do you think this thing is real?’” Long told the Star. “It’s a shock, like, ‘Did I really just find this thing?’”

Dixon thanked Long on Wednesday in a Facebook post.

“We truly appreciate you going out of your way to find our ring and returning it to us,” Dixon said. “Many people searched for the ring, but you are the one who found it. We appreciate your service!”

The couple was in Los Angeles when the ring was recovered. 

Dixon said he and Salas believed they were in town to film a segment for 20/20, but were surprised when they were instead brought on for a redo of their engagement on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“Even with them knowing everything, they still decided to bless us with a new ring,” Dixon said. “After the show, we again mentioned the ring situation. They again said they wanted us to keep the new ring! All of the staff at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ have been AMAZING and we are so thankful for them!”

Dixon said the couple plans to marry on Oct. 21.

Former PE teacher arrested again, accused of sexually assaulting student 

For the second time in a month, a former Georgia middle school physical education teacher was arrested on allegations she sexually assaulted a student. 

MORE: Former middle school PE teacher arrested on child molestation charge

Shawnetta D. Reece, 40, of Blairsville, Georgia, has been accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old high school senior in 2015, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation release. 

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Officials discovered the additional allegations while investigating Reece’s Aug. 15 arrest. In that case, she was charged with child molestation and sexual assault after investigators said they found evidence that she engaged in “sexual conduct” with a 15-year-old. That student was entering ninth grade at the time of the allegations. 

Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution. 

Ex-agent sentenced for sharing FBI secrets with married mistress

A now-retired Atlanta FBI agent was sentenced to probation on charges that he shared confidential law enforcement information with his married mistress.

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In pleading guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge, Ken Hillman admitted that he allowed the woman and her now-former husband to participate in undercover child sex sting operations.

Hillman ran a joint local-federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in northwest Georgia.

He told a federal judge Friday he accepted that he had violated FBI policy, but said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the disturbing images he saw daily.

"It seemed the chatrooms I would go into would routinely become worse and worse and worse," he said.

Hillman pleaded guilty in July to a single charge contained in an “accusation” that federal prosecutors secured just weeks before time would have run out on bringing criminal charges against the veteran agent.

Court documents show that Hillman allowed Angela Russell, with whom he had a sexual relationship, to help lure some would-be child predators online even though she was not in law enforcement. Russell was granted immunity.

The task force Hillman ran has since been disbanded.

Walmart tests ‘in-fridge’ home delivery service for customers who aren’t home

Walmart is testing a new grocery delivery service -- one where you don’t have to be home to receive your order.

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The retail giant announced Friday it has partnered with smart lock startup August Home to create a program where a delivery person can enter a customer’s home and put away groceries.

Delivery drivers would be given a one-time passcode that provides access to the customer’s house if no one is there. Customers would receive an alert notification via the August Home app when a delivery person enters their home and would be able to watch the delivery person through the app. 

The service will be tested in Silicon Valley with a small number of August Home users.

“These tests are a natural evolution of what Walmart is all about -- an obsession in saving our customers not just money but also time,” Sloan Eddleston, Walmart’s vice president of eCommerce strategy & business operations, wrote in a blog post. “This may not be for everyone -- and certainly not right away -- but we want to offer customers the opportunity to participate in tests today and help us shape what commerce will look like in the future.” 

Would you use it?

Read more here.

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Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Funeral home burglar stole, wore dead man’s burial suit, police say

A Kentucky man is accused of burglarizing a funeral home and stealing from a dead man awaiting burial, according to police.

James Neal Sullivan, 35, of Cecilia, is charged with third-degree burglary in the Sept. 13 incident at Watson & Hunt Funeral Home in Leitchfield, a small city about 75 miles southwest of Louisville. The Leitchfield Police reported that a man broke into the funeral home around 10:30 p.m. the night of the burglary and stayed inside for several hours, even taking a nap in the office.

The man, later identified as Sullivan, could also be seen on surveillance footage dressing himself in a suit meant for the burial of a client of the business. Before leaving, he stole the clothes and some jewelry from the dead man, the keys to the funeral home’s hearse and several electronic items, including a Playstation 3 he found in the office, police officials said.

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The investigation into the burglary led to Sullivan’s identification as the man who broke into the funeral home. According to police, investigators from Leitchfield, along with Hardin County narcotics agents and Kentucky state troopers on Wednesday executed a search warrant on a home in White Mills. 

During the search, they found some of the property that had been stolen in the funeral home burglary, Leitchfield police officials said. They also found drugs, drug paraphernalia, a weapon and detonation cords.

Sullivan was not present at the time of the search warrant, but two other people were arrested in connection to the case. 

Gary W. Hawks, 55, of White Mills, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession and distribution of explosives without a permit and possession of marijuana, according to a statement on the Leitchfield Police Department’s Facebook page

Jennifer Kay Wills, 38, of White Mills, also was arrested Wednesday at the home. She is charged with receiving stolen property, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree possession of a controlled substance. 

Police were still looking for Sullivan Thursday morning, but information from the Grayson County Detention Center shows he was booked on the burglary charge there later that day. He remained there Friday afternoon. 

Hawks and Wills also remained jailed, but they were in the Hardin County Jail. 

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