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Python found hidden in man's pants after drunken argument, police say

Police in the southwestern German city of Darmstadt got the shock of their lives when they discovered a python in the pants of a 19-year-old man they had just arrested after a drunken argument, The Guardian reports.

The man was reportedly detained after local residents complained about the loud argument he was having with another man. While searching him, officers noticed a “significant bulge in his trousers,” according to a police statement.

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The man then confessed to the officers that he had been concealing a live snake in his pants, and proceeded to reveal a 14-inch royal python — also known as a ball python, authorities said.

He was placed in a cell to sober up and the snake was put in a box. Police said they were trying to track down the python’s owner and examining whether “the non-species-appropriate transport” contravened animal protection regulations. It added that officers were investigating whether any animal protection laws had been broken.

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The ball python is one of 26 python species. They typically inhabits dry grasslands when in the wild, according to Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. Their diet largely consists of small rodents, and they tend to live about 20 to 25 years in captivity.

Substitute teacher removed from classroom amid sexual battery charges

An Ohio substitute teacher was removed from the classroom and arrested for what Kettering Fairmont High School officials are calling possible “inappropriate activities” with a student.

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“We became aware (the teacher was) possibly involved with inappropriate activities with a juvenile,” Kettering Superintendent Scott Inskeep said. “When we become aware of them, then we will remove those people and not have them around our students.”

Inskeep identified the substitute teacher as Madeline Marx, 23, of Brookville. She was booked into jail on two counts of sexual battery, according to police.

Police were notified of the allegations against Marx around 8 a.m. Wednesday, and by 11:45 a.m. the same day, she was arrested after a detective found probable cause for her arrest, Kettering police Lt. Mike Gabrielson said.

According to state records, Marx was issued a four-year teaching license in 2016 to instruct grades K-12.

Inskeep said Marx served as a substitute for the district last year and this year.

Gabrielson could not release any specific details about the accusations, or whether the accused activities happened inside or outside the school, but added that official charges will be presented to the county prosecutor’s office within 48 hours.

Marx has had no previous incidents with Kettering police, Gabrielson said.

94-year-old woman escapes through trunk after abduction, police say

A 94-year-old woman is recovering Wednesday after police said she escaped from the trunk of a car hours after she was abducted from her home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Scottsdale police Sgt. Ben Hoster told KPNX that a man knocked on Tuesday morning on the door to the woman’s apartment. Hoster told KNVX that the man forced his way into the woman’s home, located near 68th Street and Camelback Road, around 6 a.m. The woman was bound, put into her car’s trunk and driven away from the scene, according to police.

Holster told KNVX the woman was able to free herself hours later, around 1:30 p.m., while the car was parked at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall.

A passerby spotted her and called authorities, AZCentral.com reported. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was last listed in serious condition, according to the news station.

Neighbor Laura Davidson told AZCentral.com that she was shocked to hear of the woman’s abduction.

“She was the first one to welcome me when I moved here,” she told the news station. “She came over and said hello and shook my hand, and she was just the sweetest woman.”

Police said the suspect was described as a “clean-cut” white man in his mid-30s.

"The suspect that we're dealing with is very dangerous person,” Hoster told AZCentral.com. “We definitely want to get this person in custody as soon as possible.”

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

Deputies: Florida couple shot themselves, staged home invasion for insurance money

Investigators in Volusia County, Florida, said a couple shot themselves as part of an elaborate, fabricated story about a home invasion.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood said it was all part of a plan to get thousands of dollars from the company that manages their rental home.

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Deputies surrounded the Hayward Avenue home in Deltona on Oct. 26 in search of two men that the couple said had busted a sliding glass door and shot the two people inside.

Chitwood said the neighborhood was put on edge needlessly.

“They make up this story to create a scam so they can sue the homeowner because he wouldn’t fix a locked door,” Chitwood said. “In the process of doing that, they put fear and panic in the city of Deltona.”

Investigators said Lindsey Pelton, 36, and Doug Teixeira, 35, shot themselves, staged the crime scene and tried to clean things up.

Chitwood said deputies found dry blood and the smell of bleach when they went inside the home.

"We found a .22-caliber gun hidden. When they were confronted, they said, ‘Oh yeah, yeah, the home invaders didn't bring their own gun. They got ahold of our gun.’ I mean, the story just fell apart and it stunk from the very beginning."

Deputies said the couple claimed to have been in the shower when masked intruders came in, but authorities determined that the shower and bath mat were dry. According to a report, a TV was lying on the floor but wasn’t damaged.

Deputies also said surveillance video in the area did not show anyone entering the home.

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The couple told deputies a small safe with $7,000 and jewelry inside was stolen from the home, but deputies spoke to the couple’s family members, who said the couple has no money and Pelton’s father was paying for their living expenses.

People who live in the neighborhood were relieved to find out the story about the home invasion wasn't true.

"Honestly, I'm disappointed. Isn't it easier to get a job than try to commit insurance fraud?” said a neighbor, who asked not to be identified.

Pelton and Teixeira will face a judge Wednesday afternoon.

They are facing charges of providing false information to law enforcement officers, which is a misdemeanor charge.

Teixeira is also facing a charge of tampering with evidence.

2 police officers shot in Georgia

Two police officers were shot Wednesday morning in Forest Park, Georgia, according to WSBTV.com’s Investigative Reporter Mark Winne.

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Massachusetts State Trooper says he was forced to change arrest report for judge's daughter

A Massachusetts State Trooper said he was just doing his job when he arrested Allie Bibaud, the daughter of a judge, for allegedly driving under the influence, but what happened afterward was far from what he expected.

Trooper Ryan Sceviour, 29, said he hasn’t been able to sleep since being forced to edit and redact the police report for Bibaud’s arrest.

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Sceviour has hired an attorney. He said he wants an apology and to have his name cleared.

“They have impaired his reputation. People hear his name, ‘Isn’t that guy who faked the report? Isn’t that the guy who covered up for the judge?’” attorney Lenny Kesten said.

Allie Bibaud is the daughter of Dudley District Court Judge Timothy Bibaud.

Boston 25 News obtained recordings of voicemails left on Sceviour's phone.

“You are to immediately code 7 to the barracks, per the colonel. It’s an order from the colonel. It’s got something to do with an arrest report, umm, a judge’s daughter,” one of the messages said.

Kesten said Sceviour didn’t know who Bibaud was until she commented about it during the arrest.

“My dad’s a (expletive) Judge. He’s going to kill me,” she said, according to Sceviour’s report. She also allegedly implied she would trade sexual favors for leniency.

Bibaud was arrested the night of Oct. 16 after being pulled over on Interstate 190 south, in the Worcester area. Sceviour said he was ordered on Oct. 19 to change the report.

“At 10 a.m., he’s awakened by pounding on the door,” Kesten said. “There is a local trooper there. ‘I’ve been sent here to wake you up, immediately get to Holden.’”

Sceviour said he was forced to drive 90 miles from his home on the South Shore to sit with State Police Maj. Susan Anderson and edit the report, or be fired.

“He said, ‘I don’t want to. This is wrong,’” Kesten told Boston 25 News. “He said, ‘This is morally wrong.’ She said, ‘It’s direct order from the colonel.”

State police issued the following statement:

Supervisory members of the State Police, up to and including the Colonel, may review any report and have the responsibility to order any appropriate revisions. In the report in question, the revision consisted only of removal of a sensationalistic, directly-quoted statement by the defendant, which made no contribution to proving the elements of the crimes with which she was charged. Inclusion of an unnecessary sensationalistic statement does not meet the report-writing standards required by the department. The revised report – which is clearly marked as having been revised –includes all observations made by troopers, all descriptions of physical evidence found in the defendant’s possession, and summaries of statements made by the defendant relative to her possession and use of heroin, all of which constitute clear evidence against her. Furthermore, both versions of the report were submitted to the court. The removal of the inflammatory and unnecessary quotation did not change the substance of the trooper’s narrative, did not remove any elements of probable cause from the report, and, most importantly, had no impact on the charges against the defendant. The defendant remains charged -- as she was initially charged -- with operating under the influence of drugs, operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and two other motor vehicle offenses, and she will be held accountable for those crimes based on the evidence collected by State Police.

Mother accused of leaving child in car charged with murder

Police say a Georgia mother has been charged with murder after she allegedly left her 3-year-old in the back of her car for hours.

Police charged Lillian Stone, 25, last week with child cruelty, but the charges were upgraded to murder when the child died four days ago, sources told WSB-TV’s Nefertiti Jaquez.

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Sources confirmed to Jaquez that Stone told police she was running errands and forgot the child in the back of her car, but they said they have evidence that shows otherwise.

In court last week, Stone’s family said she would never intentionally hurt her child and that this was all a terrible mistake.

Surfing in Ohio? 911 calls pour in as men ride waves on raging river

Emergency dispatchers in Dayton, Ohio, received multiple 911 calls Monday reporting two people potentially drowning in the Great Miami River, bloated and raging after Sunday’s record rainfall.

But surfers Shannon Thomas and Josh Wright were having the times of their lives.

“I had a blast. It was probably one of the best surfs I’ve had in a while,” Thomas said.

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The professional river surfer was about to begin his last surf when ambulances, fire trucks, police and park rangers — and a water rescue boat — arrived near the River Run drop just upstream from the Monument Avenue bridge.

“Basically, people aren’t educated enough,” said Thomas, 32. “They see somebody in the river and they immediately think they are drowning. They can’t fathom why someone would be out there on a board surfing.”

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Thomas, a 2003 Fairmont High School graduate, said he and friend Wright were taking all the proper precautions: using a buddy system, wearing helmets, wetsuits, PDFs and outfitted with leashes that could quickly be released in case of entanglement.

“At no point were me or my buddy in distress,” said Thomas, who tapped his helmet at the arriving emergency responders, an international symbol that one is not in danger.

After exiting the river, Thomas said he had a 20-minute talk with the authorities.

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“They were basically threatening me with inciting or inducing panic,” said Thomas.

Thomas, who is sponsored by Badfish Stand Up Paddle, was not cited because he broke no laws, he said.

The wave created by the unusually high water is on par with one of the best river features in the nation, Thomas said.

“At that level it’s very similar to the Glenwood Springs, Colorado, wave, which is probably one of the most famous waves in the country,” he said.

LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China could get 10 years in prison if convicted

Shoplifting is a relatively minor infraction in the United States, but not so in China. It could lead to a long prison sentence, according to multiple outlets — and that could be bad news for the three UCLA men’s basketball players reportedly accused of committing the crime Tuesday in Shanghai.

Bruins freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley could be sentenced to three to 10 years if convicted of “robbing public or private property using force, coercion or other methods,” according to Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel, citing the website for the Chinese mission to the United Nations.

The trio were detained Tuesday after allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to the hotel where UCLA is staying ahead of its season opener Friday against Georgia Tech. The most notable of the players is Ball, the younger brother of former UCLA star (and current Los Angeles Lakers rookie) Lonzo Ball and son of LaVar Ball.

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LaVar Ball, who had planned a press conference but canceled it on the advice of his legal counsel, released the following statement:

"It is a very unfortunate situation that the Ball Family, and UCLA has to deal with at this particular time. We will comment shortly," he said, per ESPN's Arash Markazi.

William Nee, a Hong Kong-based researcher for Amnesty International, told Wetzel that those detained for crimes in China could “be detained for more than a month without American-style bail before local prosecutors even decide whether to press charges.” Nee added that the United States consulate could intervene to try and negotiate a quicker resolution to the case.

Nee added that the charges could also be greatly reduced and thus warrant a much more lenient sentence.

Texas church shooter Devin Kelley targeted crying children, babies, survivors say

The Texas church gunman targeted frightened children and babies, shooting them as punishment for crying, according to survivors of the massacre.

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According to the New York Daily News, Devin Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday yelling, “Everybody is going to die, [expletive]!" before fatally shooting 26 people, including children. He specifically went after children who cried or begged for help as he continued to fire off shots, one couple said.

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“When the children cried next to their mothers, he would return to shoot them more,” survivor Joaquin Ramirez, 50, recalled. “He had more hatred toward the children because they cried.”

Ramirez and his girlfriend, Rosanne Solis, 52, said they were seated near the back of the church when Kelley ambushed the congregation. They both hid underneath the pews and pretended they were already dead in order to avoid being killed. As the shooter sprayed bullets into the crowd of churchgoers, he became impatient with those who couldn’t hide their fear, especially children.

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When "the babies were crying," Kelley punished them with gunfire, Ramirez said, according to the New York Post.

Ramirez added that he held a finger to his lips in effort to silence 14-year-old victim Annabelle Pomeroy, the pastor’s daughter, who had cried for help just as Kelley began to leave the church thinking everyone was dead.

“The pastor’s daughter cried again and he walked back to the front to shoot her. As I was crawling out I looked at the child. She was dead," Ramirez said.

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Ramirez was able to crawl out of the building unnoticed as Kelley turned on the guitar players. Once he escaped, he called 911. He and Solis then drove themselves to the hospital with Solis suffering from a gunshot wound to her shoulder and Ramirez having been hit by shrapnel. The couple is still shaken by Kelley’s cold-hearted treatment of the children and babies.

“It was horrible to see him shoot children and not being able to help them,” Solis said. “I don’t know how we survived.”

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