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  • ABCNews.com(MEMPHIS) -- A Memphis woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly placed her grandchildren in dog kennels during a car trip across the state, police said.Leimome Cheeks, 62, allegedly placed her two grandchildren in kennels and drove them around for at least 40 minutes in temperatures as high as 95 degrees, according to police.Cheeks was taken into police custody after a concerned witness shot video of her on Saturday as she opened the trunk of her Ford Explorer and released the children from the kennels.The bystander, who asked to remain anonymous, sent the video to Memphis Police.The video drew outrage online. The Memphis Police Department even posted about the case on its Facebook page Sunday to confirm her arrest.“Many have inquired about a viral video from Saturday that shows two children being transported in pet kennels,” the department said. “Leimome Cheeks 62, was arrested and charged with two counts of Child Endangerment.”The children, ages 7 and 8, told police that they were placed in the cages because there wasn’t enough room inside the vehicle, according to a charging affidavit obtained by ABC affiliate WATN.She was arrested on two counts of child endangerment and was later released on bond. WATN said it attempted to contact Cheeks at her home over the weekend, but no one answered the door.Skylarr Blake, who lives a few doors down from Cheeks, said he couldn’t imagine her doing such a thing.“It's shocking, it really is,” Blake told WATN. “I only met her like once maybe twice. She seems like a nice lady. I couldn't see her actually doing that.“I mean it could be an honest mistake. It's a huge mistake, get some help yeah but put her in jail, it's hard to say,” he added.Cheeks told police that she placed the children in the kennels, but she made sure to check on them periodically.Police said the children were OK after the incident. Cheeks is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.It was unclear if she had obtained an attorney as of Monday morning.
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  • WABC(NEW YORK) -- A drunk garbage truck driver in Brooklyn, New York, left an unbelievable trail of destruction in his wake Saturday morning, according to police.According to police, Anthony Castaldo, 40, was driving the garbage truck in Borough Park, Brooklyn, on Saturday morning when he plowed into nine cars parked on the side of the street, took out a tree and knocked over a house's front porch.Castaldo was charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test.Several cars were completely totaled, with some stacked on top of each other, and a large tree sheared in half.Castaldo drives for Viking Sanitation, which said it immediately suspended the driver."Our company has a long track record of safety and we hold ourselves to high standards, including random drug testing for drivers," the company told WABC in a statement. "It appears that this driver failed to adhere to our standards and he was immediately suspended as part of the ongoing investigation of this serious incident."No one was injured in the accident. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • WXYZ via ABCNews.com(DETROIT) -- All that remains of a Michigan woman's Nissan Maxima is a burnt out hulk after she says one of her cellphones burst into flames while she was driving. Her car is totaled, but the woman says she was just lucky to escape with her life.The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke to Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ Friday after her car caught fire and burned. She now says she is considering a lawsuit.She was driving on Evergreen Avenue in downtown Detroit on May 21 and said she had a Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S8 in her cupholder when she saw a spark and one of the phones caught fire."I thought I was going to die when I saw the sparks and the fire," she told WXYZ."It happened quickly. It just went up in flames. People were telling me to get away from the car. What if I was on the highway stuck in traffic and couldn't get out?" she added.The woman pulled over to the side of the road and got out of her car. It was quickly engulfed in flames.The Detroit Fire Department confirmed to WXYZ they responded to the fire.Samsung has had problems with phones bursting into flames, but neither the Galaxy S4 or S8 are on recall lists. The phone maker says it is investigating the incident."We stand behind the quality and safety of the millions of Samsung phones in the U.S.," Samsung said in a statement to WXYZ. "We are eager to conduct a full investigation of this matter and until we are able to examine all of the evidence, it is impossible to determine the true cause of any incident."Samsung dealt with major fallout from one of its phones overheating in late 2016.The Galaxy Note7 had problems overheating and bursting into flames shortly after it was released in August 2016. It officially issued a recall the following month, and then halted production in October 2016. The Federal Aviation Administration banned the Note7 from flights in October 2016, as well.A lawyer for the woman whose car burst into flames says they reached out to Samsung and may file a lawsuit, though none has been filed yet. The woman's lawyer, Gerald Thurswell, said he expects a recall once an investigation is complete."We've contacted Samsung. They've been very responsible and sent a crew to examine the car and portions of the phone," Thurswell told WXYZ. "Once it's determined which of the phones [caught fire] and that one is recalled, we'll probably save lives."Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is offering free legal help to a pizza delivery man who was detained by immigration authorities when he tried to deliver an order to a military base in Brooklyn.Cuomo is offering to pay for Pablo Villavicencio's legal fees through the Legal Defense Project."Detaining a hardworking man, separating a father from his children and tearing apart communities doesn't make America safe, and a wrong minded immigration policy grounded in bias and cruelty doesn't make America great," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.Villavicencio was detained by ICE officials on June 1 when he tried to deliver a pizza to the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn.When Villavicencio arrived on the base he was directed to the Visitor Control Center to get a daily pass, according to a statement sent to ABC News by the Fort Hamilton base.He signed a waiver permitting a background check, and officials were notified that an active ICE warrant was on his file, the statement said.“The arrest of Pablo with a municipal ID is sending shockwaves throughout the immigrant community,” Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams told reporters at a press conference Wednesday. “It was alright to take his pizza but it was also alright to put him in prison.”ICE released a statement saying Villavicencio was granted voluntary departure by an immigration judge in 2010 but failed to depart the country by the July date that was ordered.His voluntary order became a final order of removal and became an ICE fugitive, according to the statement. He is in ICE custody pending removal.
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  • KTRK (SANTA FE, Texas) -- The officer who was injured when he confronted a shooter at a Texas high school last month has been released from the hospital after nearly three weeks.When a 17-year-old student allegedly opened fire at the school on May 18, Santa Fe Independent School District police officer John Barnes was wounded and taken to The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in critical condition.Barnes, a husband and father, "would drop everything and go in there," Houston Police Captain Jimmy Dale told ABC News shortly after the shooting."And he knew with an active shooter, to eliminate the threat, any second you waste is a life lost and he wasn't going to let that happen," Dale said.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said he visited Barnes in the hospital on Monday."Although the road to recovery will be long and hard, he is in great spirits and looked great," Acevedo wrote on Twitter.The suspected shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, allegedly killed 10 students and staff and injured 13 others inside the school before he was taken into custody. He was charged with capital murder. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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