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May 8, 2019

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR 4-YEAR-OLD REPORTED MISSING BY STEPDAD

HOUSTON (AP) — Police in a suburb of Houston say a Texas man who reported his 4-year-old stepdaughter missing Saturday repeatedly changed his story during initial interviews.

Houston police say Darion Vence told investigators Maleah Davis was abducted more than 24 hours earlier by men in a pickup truck who knocked him out but then let him and his 2-year-old son go.

But Vence was first interviewed by Sugar Land police and a spokesman for that city’s department says his account “changed several times.”

Houston police are leading the investigation. They say it is ongoing and that they don’t identify “persons of interest or suspects unless charges are filed.”

S.C. SHERIFF, TWO DEPUTIES INDICTED OVER VIDEOTAPED INVESTIGATION

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a South Carolina sheriff and two deputies were angered by someone videotaping a police investigation so they held in him jail for three days, created a fake police report, tried to destroy his cellphone and lied to the FBI.

Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood was indicted yesterday along with Chief Deputy Robert Sprouse and sheriff’s Lt. Johnny Neal Jr.

Prosecutors say Underwood and his deputies did not like a man taping the aftermath of a police chase from his yard in Fort Lawn in November.

Court records did not list lawyers for the sheriff and his deputies.

Underwood has been sheriff in Chester County since 2013.

Underwood is the 12th South Carolina sheriff indicted or accused of criminal activity connected to their job in the past decade.

MEASLES - NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of measles cases in New York City has reached 466 since the outbreak began in October.

The city’s health department says 43 new cases were recorded since it last reported figures in April.

The new cases include two public school students who do not identify as members of the Orthodox Jewish community, but had religious exemptions that allowed them to attend school without being vaccinated.

Health officials said the children, who live in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, did not attend school while infectious.

Orthodox Jewish communities in the Williamsburg and Borough Park sections of Brooklyn account for most measles cases in the city.

Health officials say 84 individuals in Williamsburg have received summonses subject to fines for not complying with a mandatory vaccination order.

FORMER CHICAGO POLICE SERGEANT GRANTED BAIL IN BEATING THAT “SHOCKS THE CONSCIENCE”

CHICAGO (AP) — Although a judge said a beating of two men by a former Chicago police sergeant “shocks the conscience,” the officer was allowed bail and can return to his Florida home.

Eric Elkins faces aggravated battery charges in the Sept. 29 attack at a gay club last year. Authorities say the 45-year-old Elkins was off-duty with friends at the bar when he allegedly beat two men so badly they were hospitalized. Another man, 34-year-old Giovanni Rodriguez of Chicago, also faces similar felony charges.

Cook County Circuit Judge John F. Lyke Jr. on Tuesday set bond for Elkins at $250,000 with electronic monitoring. Bond for Rodriguez was set at $50,000. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Elkins resigned from the Chicago Police Department earlier this year. He now lives in Fort Lauderdale. He previously was charged in Michigan in 2016 with criminal sexual conduct involving a teenager. The sex charge was dropped and Elkins pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of disorderly conduct.

FLORIDA PANHANDLE - TRUMP

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Residents in parts of the Florida Panhandle that were devastated by Hurricane Michael hope President Donald Trump gets a glimpse of their continued suffering when he arrives for a campaign rally this week.

Thousands of homes and businesses are still damaged, and many people are living in campers or tents. Some are awaiting home repairs, while others say they can’t find affordable housing.

Jessica Manson is living in a camper and says Trump should take care of his own before worrying about building a wall on the Mexican border.

Trump is planning a campaign rally tonight in Panama City Beach, which escaped the worst damage. Nearby Panama City and Mexico Beach were smashed and still haven’t recovered fully.

The administration hasn’t said if Trump will visit hurricane victims.

NASCAR DRIVER SUFFERS EXPOSURE TO CARBON MONOXIDE DURING RACE

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Denny Hamlin suffered from nausea and double vision from carbon monoxide that seeped into his Toyota at the end of the NASCAR race at Dover.

Hamlin felt ill after Monday’s race and was attended to by medical staff on pit road after he finished 21st. Hamlin was treated and released from the NASCAR medical care center. Debris struck Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota during the race — and that knocked out the right rear crush panel and allowed fumes into the car.

“That kind of hampered the very end of the race for us but it certainly wasn’t the deciding factor if we raced good or bad,” Hamlin said yesterday. “It was just a tough race in general. It’s one of the more physically grueling racetracks we go to anyway. Then you do something like that, it makes it even worse.”

Hamlin said he feels fine and is ready to race this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

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