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Body found in Scioto River identified as missing community activist Amber Evans



A body recovered Saturday from the Scioto River has been identified as community activist Amber Evans, who had been missing since Jan. 28.

Evans, 28, reportedly had a dispute with her boyfriend the afternoon of her disappearance, and her vehicle was found in the Scioto Mile area Downtown. Police found her phone in another part of the Scioto Mile.

Police have said since the beginning of the investigation that there were no known domestic violence issues in Evans’ relationship and there was no reason to suspect foul play.

The Columbus Police Special Victim’s Unit and Dive Team found the body Saturday morning near the Whittier Peninsula and the Brewery District, police said.

Evans had been active in community justice organizations for several years. She was a key organizer of protests at Columbus City Hall, was heavily involved with the People’s Justice Project and recently had become executive director of the Juvenile Justice Coalition.

The night she disappeared, a search was conducted along the river by canine units and patrol officers as well as a sheriff’s office drone using infrared technology, said Commander Alex Behnen of the police Special Victims Bureau.

The next day, the dive team went out in boats and made a search of the river. Additional searches were conducted by the dive team, but the weather and water levels and current were not cooperative through much of the winter, he said.

Evans earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a master’s in Library and Information Sciences from Kent State University.

According to a biography on the Juvenile Justice Coalition website, she began student organizing in 2011 with Occupy OSU, a group inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Tonya Fischer, Evans’ mother, posted a message on her Facebook page on Sunday, asking reporters to “give her a moment.”

“I just lost my first born child,” Fischer said.

Fischer said the family plans to have a memorial vigil at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Scioto Mile. Other arrangements are pending.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch 


Deputy slamming down Lincoln Park Academy student causing concern among parents



FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A viral video that is making the rounds on social media is drawing concern among parents.

The video shows a Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy taking down a sixth grader outside Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce.

“That’s kind of rough to be at a school campus, he didn’t have to slam him down like that,” said General Platt, as he watched the video while picking up his twins on Wednesday.

“I would have freaked out if I saw that in person,” said Jazmine Arias, as she was waiting to pick up her sister. “He’s a kid, I don’t think a little kid should be thrown to the ground like that.”

The 15 second video shows a the school resource deputy run after a 6th grader outside the school Tuesday afternoon and slam him on the grass. Another video then shows the student in handcuffs walking away.

“If the kid was fighting him back and he felt like he was in some kind of danger, then I could justify his actions, but it didn’t appear to be that way,” Platt said.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Ken Mascara said the deputy did not use excessive force, and the video does not show what happened in the minutes beforehand.

“Our school resource deputy is very familiar with this student and knows he has a violent history, including possessing weapons,” Mascara said.

The Sheriff says the student was recently caught with a knife, and he has to be escorted around campus by a staff member because he’s been physically aggressive to staff and students.

Mascara says the 11-year-old was aggressive during dismissal on Tuesday, and when staff tried to stop him he ran away. That’s when the resource deputy took him to the ground.

“At the end of the day the deputy did everything he could to diffuse the situation, and his use of force fell within the legal and our agency guidelines,” Mascara said.

The deputy has been a school resource officer for eight years, three of which have been at Lincoln Park Academy. Mascara said the deputy has never had a complaint of excessive force.

The student is now facing a number of charges. He was taken to the hospital briefly and left with a band-aid. His grandfather tells WPTV, he is now undergoing a mental health evaluation in Lake Worth Beach.


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Dallas 14-year-old shot to death in broad daylight



No arrests have been made after a Dallas 14-year-old boy was shot and killed on Wednesday in broad daylight. Police say several people were there when the shooting happened.

Police responded to the Carousel Court Apartments in Central Oak Cliff just before 1 p.m.

Police say the boy, who hasn’t been named, was found with a single gunshot wound. He was rushed to Methodist Dallas Medical Center where he died.

Hours after the shooting around 8 p.m., police were called back to the scene because of a break-in. It’s unclear if the two incidents are connected.

Witnesses tell police the shooting happened in front of a crowd.

Dallas PD is urging anyone with info to call Det. Tabor with the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3605 or

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward for info that leads to the arrest.


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DPD Chief Renee Hall says it wasn’t their intent to blindside DA with charges



Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall says it wasn’t DPD’s intention to blindside the Dallas District Attorney by filing charges against L’Daijohnique Lee.

Source WFAA

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