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‘Home invasion,’ Armed robbery in Hampton prompts State Police, County …

Home invasion,’ Armed robbery in Hampton prompts State Police, County
Hunterdon County Democrat
Hunterdon officials are investigating a “home invasion” and armed robbery in Hampton, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski and New Jersey State Police Washington Station Commander Lt. Pete …
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Woman dropped off in East L.A. with stab wound to face

EAST LOS ANGELES >> A Los Angeles woman was hospitalized with serious injuries, but expected to survive, after she was dumped out of vehicle with a large slash wound on her face, authorities said.

The incident was first reported about 1:50 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Avenue and Indiana Street, along the border between East Los Angeles and Los Angeles, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.

Initial reports indicated the woman’s throat had been slashed, but it was determined her wound was actually on her face, Lt. Gulley of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station said. He declined to give his first name.

The injured woman was hospitalized with serious injuries, Scott said.

But the wounds were not believed to be life-threatening, Gulley said.

Investigators determined the woman had been tossed out of a car, however it was unclear where the actual stabbing took place, the lieutenant said.

No description of a suspect or the vehicle that left the woman at the intersection was released, and no further details were immediately available.

One dead after officer-involved shooting, authorities investigating

One dead after officer-involved shooting, authorities investigatingkfor.comThe Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation says a red Dodge pickup truck was traveling the wrong way on I-40 west of Henryetta, Oklahoma this morning. OSBI officials say Creek Nation …

PPB: Gun-waving man tried carjacking, asked to be shot

PPB: Gun-waving man tried carjacking, asked to be shot
(KOIN 6) — A man who allegedly waved a gun at passing cars and then at police along I-84 was wounded by police in Northeast Portland Monday morning. The incident began just before 10 a.m. along I-84 near NE 122nd, Portland Police Chief Mike Reese …

Death on Tarpon Street: Family’s cycle of violence, child abuse, drugs

KISSIMMEE — Sixteen-month-old Avahya Martin spent her last hours alive in a Tarpon Street home where police say her father swung the 23-pound toddler like a baseball bat and slammed her against a hard surface.

The 23-year-old father, Anthony Martin, then waited 16 hours to seek medical care for Avahya at Florida Hospital Kissimmee less than a mile away, according to court documents.

She was pronounced dead shortly after being carried into the emergency room around dawn on May 23.

Martin was arrested three weeks later. He remains jailed without bail on murder and aggravated-child-abuse charges, adding to an already lengthy rap sheet.

And the 16-month-old’s death on Tarpon Street continues her family’s cycle of violence and child abuse in this Kissimmee neighborhood that extends more than two decades.

Child-welfare experts agree that children exposed to repeated violence often develop emotional problems and grow up to abuse their own children. Or, in Avahya’s case, never get a chance to grow up at all.

“Actually, sadly enough, this is something we see every day,” said Carol Wick, director of Harbor House of Central Florida, an independent shelter for domestic-violence victims. “Here in Orlando we have one of the highest removal rates in the state because they can’t get the battering to stop. … We’ve seen generations of families come through Harbor House.”

Harbor House and DCF are working on a new program, Family Violence Threatens the Child, to target at-risk families and communities.

In Orange County, there were 5,108 reports of family violence investigated from January 2013 through July 2014, resulting in 257 cases where children were removed from the home, according to the state Department of Children and Families.

“It’s learned behavior, even if you don’t grow up watching it in your family,” Wick said.

In the past four years, an average of 450 children have died from reported abuse or neglect in Florida, according to DCF.

Avahya, who officials say was not under DCF supervision, could now become another child-abuse statistic.

‘I raised them the best I could’

Martin grew up in his great-grandmother’s home at 310 Tarpon St., three houses away from where cops say Avahya suffered the injuries that led to her death.

The 922-square-foot Tarpon Street house with one bathroom was purchased 40 years ago by Martin’s great-grandmother, Margaret Bowens, the family’s 76-year-old matriarch.

Since 1990, records show police have responded to 310 Tarpon St. more than 350 times for fights, shooting deaths, fires, stabbings, child neglect and domestic violence.

On a recent Wednesday morning, Bowens sat in front of her home reflecting on the decades of hardship.

“I’ve had a lot of pain over the years. I really have. I’ve had pain I couldn’t handle and I turn it over to the Lord. That’s all I’ve got is God,” Bowens said. “It’s not the neighborhood. I’ve lived here 40 years and it’s not the neighborhood.”

Through the years, 310 Tarpon St. has been called home by Bowens’ children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

“I raised them the best I could. What happened just happened,” Bowens said. “The mamas were young and didn’t know nothing about raising babies so I raised them.”

Reno robbery suspect fatally shot by police


Reno robbery suspect fatally shot by police
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