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Texas officer pulled out woman’s tampon on side of road, settlement expected

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SAN ANTONIO – The city of San Antonio is scheduled to vote Thursday on a possible $205,000 settlement for a woman who claims a San Antonio Police officer pulled out her tampon and searched her vaginal cavity on a public street in August 2016.

Natalie D. Simms filed a federal lawsuit against the city of San Antonio after she was approached by police while sitting on the side of a public street, talking on the phone and waiting for her boyfriend.

Simms had driven her car to the area and consented to a vehicle search by police, according to the lawsuit.

Documents show that despite not finding anything illegal during the search of the vehicle, a female officer was called to the scene to search Simms’ body.

Detective Mara Wilson, who is now retired, arrived on scene and conducted the search on Simms in front of several male officers. The search was also partially recorded by a dash camera on Wilson’s police vehicle.

The lawsuit details the conversation between Simms and Wilson during the search and indicates Simms did not consent to a vaginal search.

Wilson pulled Natalie’s pants and underwear down in public and used her flashlight to search the area, in addition to pulling a string attached to a tampon out of Simms vagina, according to the lawsuit.

The conversation between Simms and Wilson, taken directly from the lawsuit, reads:

WILSON: Uh-huh. Are you wearing a tampon, too?
SIMMS: Yes.
WILSON: Okay. I just want to make sure that’s what it is. Is that a tampon?
SIMMS: Come on. Yes.
WILSON: Huh? Is that a tampon?
SIMMS: It’s full of blood, right? Why would you do that?
WILSON: I don’t know. It looked like it had stuff in there.
SIMMS: There ain’t nothing in there.

Wilson also commented on the amount of pubic hair Simms had and continued to tell Simms they could not go to the police station to finish conducting the search, despite Simms’ persistence, the lawsuit states.

Simms was allowed to drive away following the search when officers didn’t find anything illegal. She filed the lawsuit in March 2018.

If approved during Thursday’s city council meeting, the settlement money would be paid from the city’s self-insurance liability fund.

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Nine shot, multiple killed at family gathering in Fresno, California

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According to NBCNEWS At least nine people were shot, several of them fatally, when someone opened fire on a backyard family gathering in Fresno, California, on Sunday night, police said.

No further information was immediately available, including the number of people who were killed. An unspecified number of other victims were listed in critical condition at hospitals.

Police Lt. Bill Dooley said that no suspect or suspects had been identified in the shooting in southeast Fresno, which came as the family and friends were watching a football game in the backyard when one or more people sneaked in and began shooting.

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13-year-old sexually assaulted in broad daylight while checking mail at apartment complex

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According to ABCNEWS Houston Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the man they say sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl at her apartment complex in broad daylight.

On Aug. 31, authorities say an unknown man entered the teenager’s apartment complex located in the 6200 block of Antoine Street and raped her.

During Monday’s press conference, HPD detective Vanessa Garcia said the teen was waiting on mail in a common area of her apartment building when the assault happened.

Surveillance video shows the man pacing around the apartment building before attacking the 13-year-old.

“I do believe, based on the facts, that he is a member of the community,” Garcia said. “He was very bold to sexually assault her at 1 p.m. when people were walking by. Someone could have seen something.”

“I don’t feel protected over here,” said Mae Terry, a resident of the complex who got a notice about the assault on her door. “I really want to move because my grandmother is bed ridden, and we don’t have any protection here. What if he tried to break in? My grandma can’t move.”

Terry believes the man looks like someone who frequently visits one of the nearby corner stores. However, because the assault happened on Aug. 31, and residents are just now seeing the video, she worries that the man may have already left the area.

Investigators believe the man may have been watching the teenager for a while before attacking her.

“The male was watching her and had been watching her for a while. When she was alone, he saw the opportunity to grab her and brutally sexually assault her,” Garcia said.

Authorities described the suspect as a black male, wearing long pants and a muscle shirt, with a thin build, and facial hair.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. You can also make an anonymous tip online at www.Crime-Stoppers.org.

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Tickets for Kanye West ‘Sunday Service’ selling online for up to $500

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If you were able to get a free ticket, you’re in luck, if not, tickets which are sold out at Ticketmaster, are now going for up to $500.

People also posted ads on Craigslist, selling tickets for up to $200.

West is set to attend the 11 a.m. service in the auditorium for a conversation with Pastor Joel Osteen on West’s faith journey and overcoming adversity.

Following that, West will hold his own Sunday Service at Lakewood at 7 p.m.

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