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Man who shot cop released from prison by mistake; error unnoticed for 2 years

A judge sentenced a Georgia man to 15 years in prison for shooting an off-duty police officer, but the man served barely one year in prison before he was released – by mistake.

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A representative of the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office told WSB-TV investigative reporter Mark Winne that last week, the state Department of Community Supervision notified the office that Jermarcus Jordan was not in prison, where he was supposed to be.

This week, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office arrested Jordan on new charges of aggravated assault and cruelty to children after he had been out of prison for two years.

Chris Smith is the officer who was shot by Jordan. He told Winne that he's no longer a police officer and there are too many holes in the system of which he was once a part.

“It shows that there are a lot of loopholes and different things that really just need to be fixed,” Smith said.

Smith said he was an Atlanta police officer working an extra job in uniform at an apartment complex when a gunman cut loose in 2013 with a shotgun as Smith sat in his pickup truck.

>> Baby found dead in car after man flees traffic stop, police say

“I was shot in the head, a birdshot, and I was shot in my right calf with buckshot. Had it been reversed, I would have been dead on the scene,” Smith told Winne. “I still have six pellets in my head, anywhere from my hairline back.”

Documents and other information suggest the following timeline:

On Jan. 14, 2015, a judge sentenced Jordan to 25 years in prison, with 15 years to serve.

That same day, a probation revocation order was filed against Jordan, involving an old robbery case against him. The sentence for that case expired on May 13, 2016.

A judge this week said it appeared to him that Jordan was released by the Department of Corrections in error on May 13, 2016 -- long before he had served 15 years for the attack on Smith.

“I wish I had an answer for how that happened,” Smith said.

Joan Heath, with the Georgia Department of Corrections, said the department did not release Jordan in error and that there was a problem with the documentation the department received from the DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court’s Office regarding the sentence for the attack on Smith.

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The documentation was returned, but the Department of Corrections said it never received the corrected paperwork needed to legally hold Jordan past May 2016.

DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry told Winne that her office sent everything it was supposed to send.

Heath said that, because of other, similar paperwork issues with clerk's offices, last year the department initiated new follow-up procedures as an additional safeguard.

DeBerry said that a 2015 document Winne found in the records indicates a probation worker told the Department of Corrections she would take care of the problem.

A representative for the Department of Community Supervision said probation is under that department now, but wasn’t in 2015, so the department can’t comment on this case.

Report: Man with NC ties confesses to killing wife, 2 daughters in Colorado

Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case.

The Frederick Police Department said Chris Watts, who has ties to North Carolina, was taken into custody. Watt's pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste were reported missing Monday.

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The Denver Channel was reporting that two law enforcement officials said Christopher Watts, 34, had confessed to killing Shanann Watts and their two daughters, and that officials believe they know where the bodies are.

The police said on Twitter early Thursday that Chris Watts will be held at the Weld County Jail. He has not yet been charged. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Police have not released any information about when, where or how Shanann Watts and her daughters were killed.

Shanann and her children were reported missing on Monday after a family friend noticed she hadn't heard from her, according to police in Frederick, about 35 miles north of Denver.

Chris Watts spoke previously with The Denver Channel and pleaded for his family's safe return. In that interview, he said his wife’s purse, keys and phone were all left at home before she went missing.

“When I came home and then walked in the house, nothing. Vanished. Nothing was here. My kids are my life. I mean, those smiles light up my life,” he said in the interview, prior to his arrest.

Chris Watts gave interviews to local and national news stations about his wife’s disappearance on Tuesday and Wednesday, asking for his wife to return home with their daughters and saying that if anyone had taken or harmed them, they should come forward.

The FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are also investigating.

Shanann Watts was 15 weeks pregnant and was scheduled to find out the gender of her and her husband's third child in a couple of weeks. She was from Moore County, just outside Fayetteville, and attended Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines. Her family still lives in North Carolina.

Chris Lee Watts was born and raised in North Carolina, according to public records. He lived there when he met his wife and they moved to Colorado in 2013.

According to sources, Shanann Watts returned home early Monday morning from a work trip in Arizona. Her husband told police he came home and his wife and their two children were gone.

"Shanann has a schedule and she goes by that schedule and she does not deviate," high school friend Lauren Arnold told WTVD. Arnold said she moved to Colorado around the same time as Watts.

"The girls are on a schedule," she said. "She has things that she does every day. A dead cell phone is not an option for her. She always has her communication with her."

Chris Watts told ABC affiliate KMGH in Denver that he and Shanann had an "emotional conversation" prior to her disappearance and would not elaborate further.

"There's so many questions that have not been answered. So many what-ifs and things like that. It's really frustrating," Arnold added.

A news conference to provide more information is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. local time

The Associated Press contributed to this report,

Mike Huckabee on board quarantined American Airlines plane in Nashville

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was among the passengers on board an American Airlines plane that was quarantined in Nashville early Thursday. That plane has since “been cleared” and the passengers allowed to leave, according to WZTV.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 9:10 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: Huckabee thanked American Airlines employees for their professionalism  in a tweet Thursday morning.

“Kudos to @AmericanAir pilot and crew -- handled medical issue on red eye from LAX to Nashville very professionally,” Huckabee wrote. “We were held for a while as medical personnel made sure the person wasn’t Gwyneth Paltrow from Contagion. Seriously, hope the lady is okay -- taken on gurney.”

Airport officials said in a statement released to The Tennessean Thursday morning that American Airlines Flight 1289 was quarantined as a precaution because of fears that a passenger’s recent illness might still be contagious. The plane has since been cleared and all passengers released, according to multiple reports.

Officials did not identify the illness.

Update 8:40 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: Nashville International Airport spokesperson Shannon Sumrall said in a statement released to The Tennessean that passengers were held Thursday morning on American Airlines Flight 1289 as a precaution because of a passenger’s recent illness.

Sumrall told the newspaper that a physician “medically cleared” the passenger ahead of the flight, but that the passenger did not have paperwork to confirm his or her health.

“(The passenger) was talking bout the recent illness and other passengers on board became worried of exposure,” Sumrall told The Tennessean. “For safety, passengers were held by BNA (Nashville International Airport) Police until contact was made with the physician to confirm clearance, which it was.”

Officials did not identify the illness.

Update 7:52 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: The American Airlines passenger who appeared to be ill “has been cleared,” WZTV reports. The passengers are now off the plane, the station said.

Original report: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is on board an American Airlines plane that has been quarantined in Nashville, WZTV reports.

Flight 1289, which traveled from Los Angeles to Nashville overnight, was detained at Nashville International Airport after a passenger appeared to be sick, an American Airlines spokeswoman told the news station.

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Huckabee tweeted about the incident early Thursday.

“5 hr red eye flight on @AmericanAir Nashville from LA. On ground for 40 min and now told someone on board is sick & we are being towed to other gate and quarantined until all checked out. Can’t get up to go to bathroom or get off plane. It’s the Russians! I just know it!” he wrote just after 6:30 a.m. EDT Thursday.

“1 hr after landing got to far away gate where @AmericanAir will hopefully get us off this plane! Medical [personnel] at gate. Hope it’s not because I got that straw in CA,” he added.

According to WZTV, “the plane was taken to a remote portion of the airport where emergency personnel were waiting for the plane.” Those on board were instructed to stay put as a Vanderbilt Hospital doctor examined the patient.

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FBI seeks help identifying man as part of child porn investigation

FBI officials said Wednesday they want help from the public identifying and finding a man who may have critical information on the identity of a child victim in what they called an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

>> See the FBI’s tweet here

Above is a photograph and sketch depicting the unknown man the FBI hopes to identify

>> Middle school teacher charged with molesting student on campus

“The video depicting the unidentified male, John Doe 40, shown with a child, was first noted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in October of 2017,” FBI officials said in a news release.

The video is believed to have been produced prior to last October.

FBI officials describe the unknown man as white, between 30 and 40 years old, and heavyset with dark-colored hair. He could be heard speaking English in the video. 

Anyone with information is asked to submit their tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). 

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“The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law,” FBI officials said in the news release.

The man is being sought as part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program, which seeks to identify child victims in child exploitation material and seeks exposure of unknown adults “who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.”

Baby found dead in car after man flees traffic stop, police say

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a 10-month-old child.

The Greenville Police Department in Meriwether County said one of its officers pulled over Cameron Ramon Reese, 22, for speeding Wednesday morning.

>> Woman accused of killing boyfriend's toddler daughter

Officers said Reese ran from the car. Police said that when they looked in the back seat of the vehicle, they found the body of 10-month-old Ayla Reeves.

Detectives said Reese was watching the child when he called the girl’s mother, Nikia Reeves, 19, and said the child was not breathing.

When Reeves went to the home, she said Reese was acting suspicious, police said. The three reportedly got into the car. Police said that’s when Reeves questioned Reese about what happened to the baby. 

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Investigators said Reese then pulled a knife on Reeves, who jumped out of the car. 

Officers said they were able to track down Reese with K-9s. He has been charged with aggravated assault and concealing the death of another. 

GBI officials said they are trying to determine the child’s cause of death, pending an autopsy. 

4-year-old left inside hot day care van honks horn until neighbor comes to rescue

Police have arrested workers at an Atlanta day care who investigators say left a 4-year-old boy alone in a hot van for an hour.

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The woman who found the child told WSB-TV’s Tyisha Fernandes that the only reason she saw the boy is because he kept honking the horn trying to get someone's attention.

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She said the boy had taken off his shirt and shoes, and she could tell his body was overheating.

She quickly called police.

Three staff members were later arrested.

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The Rev. P.L. Redmond Jr., who runs the Evelyn Redmond Christian Academy at New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, had no comment when Fernandes asked him about the arrests.

As she left the church, Fernandes saw staff members taking the day care sign off the building.

>> Mom warns of sunless heatstroke after toddler almost doesn't wake up from nap

State officials with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning told Fernandes that the day care is not licensed, but there is a special exemption that allows it to have a certain number of children between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The child was found after those hours around 3 p.m., according to police.

Mom saves 2 kids moments before toy jeep bursts into flames

A battery-powered toy jeep burst into flames just moments after kids had been playing with it, a Massachusetts mom says.

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Michelle Kline said she bought the SportRax Awesome XL for her 3-year-old, Quincy, and his little sister, Nellie, but never expected it to pose such a danger to her family.

"Part of the reason we bought the jeep that we bought was because the weight was ... I think it was 105 pounds the company told us it was rated for," she said. "It was four-wheel drive."

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Kline said her two children were driving up the neighbor's lawn when smoke began to pour out from under the hood. That's when she pulled them out of the toy car without thinking twice. 

"They were buckled in, and they are both little, so neither of them could have gotten themselves out," Kline said.

As soon as the kids were safe, the jeep went up in flames, burning for several more minutes.

"It was alarming how quickly it went up. It went from a little bit of smoke to a full-on fire within, like, two minutes; that was the scary thing," Kline said.

North Andover Fire Chief Bill McCarthy said the fire appeared to be related to the toy's battery, but figuring out the exact cause of the fire may be nearly impossible. 

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"The mother did a good job of noticing something was wrong," McCarthy said. "We notified the Consumer Product Safety Commission as well as the Fire Marshal’s Office just to see if they’ve had something similar."

As for the kids, Kline said they don't seem to be bothered about losing their toy, but she said she has no plans to replace it.

"That’s sort of the bigger thing: You don't want this to happen to someone else," Kline said.

13-year-old girl chases off burglar while home alone

A Massachusetts 13-year-old says she was home alone when she came face-to-face with a burglar Wednesday morning.

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Anna, who asked WFXT not to use her last name, said she was sleeping in her upstairs bedroom in Peabody when a man broke in and robbed it before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

>> Girls throw hot coffee to fend off attacker, police say

"He came into my room," she said. "I heard his footsteps because he was going room-to-room. He came to my room, and I saw his face and I was like, 'Who is this? This isn't my dad, like, who is this?'"

The soon-to-be eighth-grader says he stole a bunch of jewelry, but he likely won't get much for it.

"Most of them were fake, so enjoy," she said. 

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Peabody police, including the K-9 unit, canvassed the typically quiet neighborhood for hours looking for the suspect.

Anna says she got a good look at the burglar and then chased him out of her house and down her driveway. 

"At the moment, I wasn't much scared; I was just filled with so much anger. Now that I think about it, it's kinda terrifying how it happened because you only expect this type of stuff in the movies," Anna said. 

Police have not yet made an arrest and are going through a neighbor's surveillance video. 

Middle school teacher charged with molesting student on campus

A Georgia middle school teacher has been arrested and charged with molesting a student at a Clayton County school. 

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Investigators said the teacher, Darriel Bailey, worked at M.D. Roberts Middle School in Jonesboro. He's accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 13-year-old student, according to a warrant. 

WSB-TV's Tom Jones spoke to parents, who were appalled.

"What kind of teacher would do that?" one parent said. "When did he have the opportunity to do something like this at school?"

Parents were also outraged that the school system didn't tell them about the arrest. Some parents told Jones that they received no information from the school about the arrest.

"It definitely should have been noted to every parent of a student that goes here," Veeka Harris said. 

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Warrants say Bailey exposed himself to the boy and asked him to go to the bathroom to perform indecent acts. 

When the boy said no, the warrants say Bailey enticed the boy to participate on at least three occasions. 

Clayton County schools said they can't comment on pending legal or personnel matters.

At least one parent said she would use the incident as an opportunity to educate her sixth-grader. 

"We talk about this at home for this reason," Takisha Golden said. "Those teachers are in a position of authority over children, and they need to know that stuff like this can happen."

Bailey faces charges of child molestation, sodomy, enticing a child for indecent purposes and sexual assault. He is being held without bond. 

Georgia dad dies saving daughter, 4, from oncoming car, family says

The Waycross community is calling Georgia dad Dedrick Bacon a hero after he sacrificed his life for his daughter’s safety.

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The 38-year-old will be remembered at a funeral service in Waycross on Saturday. 

“He’s become a hero – to not just me, but to everybody he touched,” said his sister, Idella Bacon. “I’m amazed by it, and so blessed and thankful to be able to call him my brother.”

>> Mom killed shielding children from car on 1st day of school

A Waycross police report said the incident happened Aug. 10 along Knight Avenue. Dedrick Bacon's family says he was walking back from dinner with his three youngest children when his 4-year-old daughter ran into the roadway.

“On impact, he picked her up and threw her – and he took the hit for her,” Idella Bacon said.

Dedrick Bacon's injuries were severe. He was placed on life support, but he died 48 hours later.

The report said a witness told police that he saw a man grab the girl from the street, then get hit by a car.

Waycross police officers said they talked to the driver who hit Dedrick Bacon, whom they described as very upset. The driver reportedly told police that she was driving 40 mph at the time of the incident.

Idella Bacon was working at the hospital when she got a call that her brother had been rushed to the emergency room.

“Sad seeing him laying there, motionless – it’s just, I don’t know," she said. "It was just hard, really hard.”

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She continued: “When I learned really what happened, it put ease to me. It put ease to my heart, my mind that he took the life for her. He took that hit for her. He saved her so she could be here longer and live her life.”

“That was him, that was the kind of person he was,” said Dedrick Bacon’s friend, Gary Franklin. “It made me smile because I know that’s something he would do, so I wasn’t surprised about it.”

Dedrick Bacon leaves behind four children. Idella Bacon and Franklin are asking for donations to support his family and contribute to a proper funeral service. 

A GoFundMe has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses. To help the Bacon family, please click here.

9-year-old girl calls 911, saves father going into anaphylactic shock

Firefighters in Braintree, Massachusetts, are calling a 9-year-old girl a hero after she saved her father's life.

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Alex Schneider usually works alone, but this time he got lucky his daughter Arianna tagged along to help.

While doing a landscaping job for a friend, Schneider was mowing the lawn when he accidentally ran over a bee's nest. 

If it'd been anyone else, the major concern would have probably just been the stings, but for Schneider, who is allergic to bees, it was a life-and-death situation. 

Arianna, who was sitting in the back of the truck when it happened, managed to stay calm and did her best to communicate with 911 dispatchers and make sure her dad was OK.

"His face was turning purple and I knew that was not a good sign, and then he was, like, rapidly sweating, dripping of sweat," Arianna said .

When the bees came at Schneider in full force, he said all he could think of was protecting Arianna. 

"I remember running from them, trying to protect my daughter and they kept sticking to my shorts, they were in the laces of my boots, I was just kept trying to get away from them because they kept coming and coming and coming," Schneider said.

The father and daughter eventually made it into the house, but just when they thought the danger was over, Schneider went into anaphylactic shock and was struggling to breathe.

Arianna quickly dialed 911, and her call was picked up by Brewster Ambulance. She managed to keep her dad awake and calm until first responders arrived, rushing Schneider to the hospital. 

Arianna: "Oh no, his face is turning red."911: "OK."Arianna: "And he fell on the floor."911: "OK, OK."Arianna: "He's shaking."911: "Is he completely alert or no?" Arianna: "He's not completely alert, he's trying to talk."911: "Make sure you say, 'Dad, help is on the way.'"

Schneider was released from a hospital just a few hours later, thankful and knowing that, if Arianna hadn't been there, things could've taken a turn for the worst.

"I don’t think I’d be standing here today right now if she wasn’t there with me," Schneider said.

Arianna also knows how important it was for her to act quickly and calmly in such a stressful situation.

"I don’t want him to be like that, I really love my dad, and I hope he’s always ok," Arianna said.

Braintree firefighters tweeted about the incident, calling Arianna a "little hero."

The Fire Department and Brewster Ambulance are both planning something special to honor Arianna. She only knows that much, so the rest can be a surprise. 

This meal burns the most carbs during, after workout, study says

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s been linked with lower risk of diabetes and heart disease, and it may also be the key to burning more carbohydrates during exercise, according to a new report.

» RELATED: Eat this popular breakfast food daily to avoid heart attacks, study says

Researchers from the University of Bath, in the United Kingdom, recently conducted a study, published in the American Journal of Physiology, to test the effect of eating breakfast before exercise.

To do so, they examined 12 men who ate porridge with milk two hours before doing an hour of cycling. They the men then did the same exercise but skipped breakfast. 

After analyzing the results, they found that eating breakfast before physical activity increased the rate of carbohydrates burned during the workout. It also sped up the rate at which the body digested and metabolized food eaten after exercising.

“This is the first study to examine the ways in which breakfast before exercise influences our responses to meals after exercise,” co-author Javier Gonzalez said in a statement. “We found that, compared to skipping breakfast, eating breakfast before exercise increases the speed at which we digest, absorb and metabolise carbohydrate that we may eat after exercise.”

» RELATED: Weight loss diets: Cutting carbs, science behind low carb diets

“This study suggests that, at least after a single bout of exercise, eating breakfast before exercise may ‘prime’ our body, ready for rapid storage of nutrition when we eat meals after exercise,” co-author Rob Edinburgh said. 

Furthermore, the researchers noticed that the carbohydrates stored in our muscles as glycogen, -- not just the ones from breakfast -- were being burned, too. 

“This increase in the use of muscle glycogen may explain why there was more rapid clearance of blood sugar after ‘lunch’ when breakfast had been consumed before exercise,” Edinburgh said.

The researchers said they currently have ongoing studies that are exploring whether eating breakfast before or after exercise on a regular basis influences health.

“In particular, there is a clear need for more research looking at the effect of what we eat before exercise on health outcomes but with overweight participants, who might be at an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” Edinburgh said. “These are some of the questions we will now try to answer.”

North Carolina 'kidnapping prankster' says he doesn't try to hurt anyone

A mother who said a stranger grabbed her child in a neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, is extremely upset about what turned out to be a prank.

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The man behind that prank, Sandino Davis, said it's worth the risk of getting hurt or possibly killed to pull those jokes on the streets of Charlotte.

>>MORE: Family traumatized after 'kidnapping prank' in North Carolina

"It's a prank,” Davis said.

Davis' prank wasn't funny to the child’s mother.

"The kidnap test,” Davis said, describing the prank.

Davis showed the video of him grabbing a boy and walking off with him.

Shelly Clark, the boy's mother, said a family was taking up most of the sidewalk, so she and her family had to go around them in a single-file line.

They were passing Davis when Clark noticed Davis pick up his cellphone and start recording what seemed like a video for Facebook Live. She said her children were behind her, to get around him and to avoid getting in his shot.

Then, she heard Davis say something that caused her to turn back around.

"I hear the word 'kidnapped' and, as I turn, when I hear the word ‘kidnapped,’ I see him grab my son in a bear hug and he literally starts running down the street," Clark said. "My daughter is then running after him, holding onto my son's leg and trying to beat on the guy."

Clark started running after them as well.

"When I reach him, he drops my son on the ground and he crouches down to the ground and he says, 'Ma'am, ma'am, this is a kidnap pranking. I'm pranking you.'"

In the video, the boy's sister immediately grabs Davis, and Clark is seen walking up, wearing a yellow shirt.

“It's unfortunate he's out there doing this stuff,” Clark said.

WSOC-TV asked Davis if there was anything he’d like to say to Clark.

"What I told her before. I'm sorry. It's nothing but a prank,” Davis said.

Davis has recorded many more pranks around Charlotte, including one in which he's seen putting a man in a headlock, another in which he grabs a man's hat and another where he tries to touch a passenger on the light rail.

WSOC-TV asked what would happen if someone pulled a gun on him.

"I don't do pranks like that. I don't do no pranks like that,” Davis said.

Last month, a warrant for Davis was filed on suspicion of disorderly conduct at a Charlotte-Area Transit System terminal and harassing passengers.

The warrant said he took items from patrons, pushed them and threw things at them in his videos.

Davis said he doesn't try to hurt anyone in his pranks.

"It's all for camera, for pranks,” Davis said.

Davis is a father, which is one of the reasons Clark has decided not to press charges, but she worries his pranks could end badly one day.

Davis said he would do another kidnap prank video, but it would be staged.

Davis isn't being investigated for the prank in NoDa, but he's still facing charges, accused of harassing CATS passengers in 13 other prank videos.

Study: Sleep deprivation can make you feel lonely, socially distant

If your social life is suffering, poor sleep could be to blame, according to a new report

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Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley recently conducted a study, published in the journal Nature Communications, to determine the link between sleep-deprived people and feelings of loneliness. 

To do so, they used brain imaging and surveys on loneliness to examine the social and neural responses of 18 young adults after a good night’s sleep and after a sleepless night. 

The participants then watched video clips of individuals, with neutral expressions, walking toward them. When the person got too close, the subjects pushed a stop button, which recorded how close they allowed the person to get.

After analyzing the results, the scientists found the sleep-deprived group wanted greater distance compared to the rested group. When the scientists evaluated the brain images, which were captured during the video experiment, they saw heightened activity in a neural circuit known as the “near space network,” which is activated when a person feels threatened.

“It’s perhaps no coincidence that the past few decades have seen a marked increase in loneliness and an equally dramatic decrease in sleep duration,” lead author Eti Ben Simon said in a statement. “Without sufficient sleep we become a social turnoff, and loneliness soon kicks in.”

For the second part of the trial, more than 1,000 observers viewed videotapes of study participants discussing day-to-day activities. The spectators, who did not know the subjects were sleep-deprived, rated them as “lonelier and less socially desirable,” the authors wrote.

“The less sleep you get, the less you want to socially interact. In turn, other people perceive you as more socially repulsive, further increasing the grave social-isolation impact of sleep loss,” senior author Matthew Walker said. “That vicious cycle may be a significant contributing factor to the public health crisis that is loneliness.”

Furthermore, the researchers administered a survey to test whether “sleep-loss-induced alienation” is contagious. They found that healthy observers felt alienated after viewing just a 60-second clip of a lonely person. 

“This all bodes well if you sleep the necessary seven to nine hours a night, but not so well if you continue to shortchange your sleep,” Walker said. “On a positive note, just one night of good sleep makes you feel more outgoing and socially confident, and furthermore, will attract others to you.” 

Unsafe amounts of weed killer chemical found in some oat-based food, report finds

Oatmeal and some other popular oat-based breakfast foods, including granola bars, may contain unsafe amounts of weed killer, according to a report

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy, conducted a study on 29 oat-based foods. 

It found that all but five contained what is called potentially dangerous amounts of the main ingredient in Roundup, a weed-killing product. 

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup. And the World Health Organization said it can cause cancer. 

Last week, a jury at the Superior Court of California awarded $289 million in damages to a groundskeeper whose attorney argued that Roundup caused his terminal cancer.

According to the study, the chemical was detected in popular children’s breakfast cereals – including Cheerios, Lucky Charms and Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats. 

According to The American Council of Science and Health, the EWG has come under fire in the past for their methodology and for “overstating” risks of some chemicals.

To view the full study, click here

Police: Texas man posed as Amazon delivery worker, took ex-girlfriend hostage

A Texas man is accused of posing as an Amazon delivery worker in order to take his ex-girlfriend hostage, police said.

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Thomas Hill, 31, is accused of using Amazon packages to block his face as a ruse to force his way into his ex-girlfriend's home on Aug. 6, KXAN reported. Hill allegedly held his girlfriend hostage until Aug. 9, when the woman's home security company alerted police.

Hill's former girlfriend told police that the pair ended their relationship about four months ago and that Hill was mentally unstable. The former girlfriend said she had a protective order against Hill.

When Hill barged into the home, he brandished a gun, according to the arrest affidavit. The ex-girlfriend felt it necessary to go along with his commands, because he threatened her and her daughter and physically assaulted her when she didn't obey, KXAN reported. An opportunity to get help arose Aug. 9 when Hill left the home to get groceries. She was able to alert her home security company, who in turn alerted authorities. 

Police arrested Hill, who has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, burglary and assault, along with violation of a protective order, according to the Williamson County Jail records.

Former CIA Director John Brennan: ‘I will not relent’

Shortly after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that President Donald Trump is revoking John Brennan’s security clearance, the former CIA director replied on Twitter: 

“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

>>MORE: Trump revoking former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance

Brennan later appeared in an MSNBC interview discussing the announcement.

"I think Mr. Trump is getting more and more concerned, more and more desperate and I would say more and more frightened, as there is closer and closer magnification of some of the things that those around him have been involved in. So I do think it's important that I continue to speak out," Brennan told MSNBC.

The announcement came weeks after Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump was looking into the process required to revoke security clearances from half a dozen former Obama administration officials. 

Person bitten by shark off Cape Cod

A person was bitten by a shark off Cape Cod, sources tell Boston 25 News.

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The harbormaster said that a Medflight has been called to take the victim to Tufts Medical Center.

Crews are now out looking for the shark.

The victim reportedly has "deep puncture wounds."

Truro police are handling the investigation. 

This is a developing story. Check Boston25News.com for updates. 

1 dead in fatal industrial accident near Walt Disney World employee area

61-year-old man has died after an industrial accident near a Walt Disney World employee area, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

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According to deputies, two employees were emptying oil and grease byproduct from a semitrailer into a vat at the Harvest Power energy facility in Reedy Creek near Western Way just after midnight Wednesday morning. The facility is near Cast Connection and Property Control, not far from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Deputies said one of the employees, a 61-year-old man, was standing on a grate when he slipped and fell into the vat.

The other man tried to pull the victim from the vat but was not able to help, deputies said.

According to deputies, fumes from the byproduct overwhelmed the victim and he slipped further into the vat.

Reedy Creek Fire assisted with the recovery of the man.

Deputies have not released any names.

Harvest Power released a statement that read, "This was a tragic accident. We are all deeply saddened by the loss of this co-worker. We are in shock and grief and figuring out what happened." 

‘John Doe’ buried in Georgia ID’ed by DNA as Michigan teen missing 39 years

Forensic experts on Tuesday identified a body buried in Georgia for nearly 40 years as a 15-year-old Michigan boy who was reported missing in 1979.

Andrew Jackson Greer Jr., of Clayton, vanished Feb. 12, 1979, after leaving Addison High School and failing to return home. Michigan State Police officials said in a news release that the cold case was reopened in 2014 with the help of new technology and resources. 

“A forensic analyst from the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas today confirmed that DNA from a ‘John Doe,’ who was buried in a pauper’s grave in Macon, Ga., in 1979, matches Greer’s DNA,” officials said in the release.

The positive identification came just three days after what would have been Greer’s 55th birthday. 

The Daily Telegram in Adrian, Michigan, reported that Greer, who apparently ran away from home after getting in trouble at school, was hitchhiking through Georgia two days after his disappearance when he was struck by a semi truck along Interstate 75 near Macon. 

The teen, who reportedly had only candy bars and taffy on him when he died, was trying to cross the interstate when he was struck, the Telegram reported. Another truck driver told investigators in Georgia that he’d given the hitchhiker a ride in the Atlanta area. 

Michigan State Police Detective Larry Rothman told the Telegram that the teen told the driver he was traveling to Key West, Florida, to visit relatives. Greer had family living there at the time. 

The boy even gave the truck driver a name before they parted: Drew Greer. 

The details of the Georgia investigation never made it to Michigan at the time, and the unidentified young man was eventually buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

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Another investigation in 2000 failed to turn up information on Greer’s whereabouts, Michigan State Police officials said. The cold case was reopened in 2014, at the urging of Greer’s family, with the hope that new technology could help find the missing teen. 

Anthony Strickland, a retired Bibb County deputy who, as a young officer, had seen Greer buried in an unmarked grave in April 1979, took a look at the case in 2017 and linked it to Greer’s disappearance, the Telegram reported

He compared notes with Rothman, and their information fit, the newspaper reported. Rothman traveled to Georgia and the long-buried body was exhumed. 

“A DNA sample was taken from ‘John Doe’ at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and sent to the Center for Human Identification for comparison,” the troopers news release said. “The results concluded that it was 1.9 trillion times more likely that the DNA from ‘John Doe’ was that of Greer than not. Together, the DNA results and police reports conclude they are one in the same.”

Greer’s half brother, John Bowman, told the Telegram that he believed authorities had found his brother in February, when the remains were exhumed. 

“I felt confident when we got the news in February about what they found then that it was him,” Bowman told the newspaper. 

Bowman, who was just 4 years old when his older half brother vanished, told The Detroit News the family plans to have Greer’s remains cremated and returned to Michigan, where they will hold a memorial service. 

Unfortunately, the brothers’ mother died last year never knowing what happened to her son. 

“It was my trying to help my mom find that answer that led us to this place,” Bowman told the News. “Hopefully, she knows the truth today.”

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