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Family Holds Party For Dania Beach Hit & Run Victim

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DANIA BEACH (CBSMiami) — Family and friends gathered Saturday to show support for a South Florida teen who was the victim of a hit-and-run crash that killed his little brother.

The family of  Kelvron Florence held a block party at their Dania Beach home to honor him as he continues to recover after being released from the hospital earlier this week.

On Thursday, Dania Beach’s Vice Mayor Bobbi Grace honored the teen and held a drive way initiative meeting to show support for Kelvron.

Kelvron and his 8-year-old brother were rundown in December 2014 by and hit-and-run driver. Kelvron’s little brother A.J. died as a result of the crash.

It took several weeks but a tip from a community member lead police to the suspect, 22-year-old Zachary Benjamins.

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Hundreds Walk To Support Women In Distress

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DAVIE (CBSMiami) — Hundreds of people walked or ran down the streets of Davie on Saturday, all in the name of helping women affected by domestic violence.

CBS4 Meteorologist John Gerard was the Master of Ceremonies for the 16th Annual Safewalk 5k benefiting the organization Women in Distress. The walk was also meant to raise awareness on the issue of domestic abuse.

The event took place at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.

Over 1,000 people participated raising over $100,000. The funds raised will help the organization provide safe shelter to women and children affected by domestic abuse.

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Shot three times by police, then isolated in hospital. Why was Kevin Davis’s family barred from seeing him?

Kevin Davis was cuffed to an Atlanta hospital bed for the last two days of his life, and his family say they were denied visits – and kept from the truth about what really happened

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Kevin Davis died on 31 December but his case has only come to light after his family recruited attorneys. Photograph: Family picture

Kevin Davis was detained at Grady hospital in Atlanta after being shot three times by a DeKalb County police officer, who was responding to a 911 call made by Davis and his girlfriend when she was stabbed by another man at their apartment in the suburb of Decatur.

His sister, Delisa, said she spent his final hours begging police to allow her to see him, but that they refused until he died. “They denied us access to him because they didn’t want him telling us what really happened that night,” she told the Guardian. In his last known remarks, Davis told a medic that an officer simply arrived at his home “and began shooting”.

Jeffrey Mann, the DeKalb County sheriff, said in a statement on Thursday that his department showed “appropriate compassion” to detainees’ families. “It is mandatory, however, that security protocol is applied consistently in order to protect the safety of both the inmate and the general public,” said Mann, who denied that his officers on duty had blocked relatives from visiting.

Davis had been arrested and charged with aggravated assault against the police officer, Joseph Pitts, because he allegedly ignored an order to drop a revolver he was holding. Davis’s girlfriend, April Edwards, said he grabbed the unloaded gun and approached their front door after their dog was shot and they feared that her attacker may have returned with a gun.

Pitts shot Davis in disputed circumstances. Police have said that Davis approached Pitts, who was in the corridor outside the apartment, shouting: “You shot my dog.” Pitts had shot the three-legged pitbull dead, later alleging it “charged” at him after he opened the door to Davis’s apartment. Police also said Pitts ordered Davis twice to “put down the gun”.

But according to hospital files obtained by the Guardian, after arriving by ambulance Davis told an emergency room medic in his last known remarks “that police came to his house after there was an altercation with his girlfriend and began shooting”.

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Kevin Davis and family. Photograph: Family picture

His family’s attorneys said witnesses did not hear Davis say anything to the officer, and that the 44-year-old did not even make it past the threshold to his apartment. They said neighbours recalled hearing shots fired almost instantly after an order to drop the revolver.

Hospital officials confirmed that relatives were able to visit patients in custody if the law enforcement agency involved granted permission. The DeKalb County sheriff’s office, which was responsible for Davis during his stay in hospital, said it granted permission “in the most grave situations”, yet Davis’s family said they were refused access even as he deteriorated fatally.

In Thursday’s statement, Mann said his officers guarding Davis were not “asked by family members for visitation privileges”. Delisa Davis said she asked one officer via a nurse over telephone on 30 December and heard him advise her to call senior officers at the sheriff’s department, who did not return her calls.

Davis’s niece, Barbara Davis-Colter, told the Guardian on Thursday that she, her sister and father then visited the hospital and asked to see Davis, but were not allowed past the front desk on the floor where he was being held.

After being sent to a “detention” department, they asked officers to let them see Davis, she said. “But they said only DeKalb County officers could let us see him, and there were no DeKalb County officers there.”

Davis-Colter said that after returning to Davis’s ward, and being sent once again to the detention department, they were finally given a DeKalb telephone number to call, yet got no response. “We were blocked at every turn,” said Delisa Davis.

Despite being instantly paralysed by one of Pitts’s bullets, Davis was cuffed by his ankles to his bed to prevent a possible escape. “From the time I found out he had been shot, I was calling Grady, I was calling DeKalb County, and I couldn’t get anybody to give me a straight answer or let me see him,” said his sister. “They just gave me the runaround.”

Police have not said how many times he was shot. His sister said she was told by doctors that they had found three bullets in his body – one lodged in his spine, one in his stomach and another in an arm. Medical reports from the hospital detail five separate wounds.

Delisa Davis said that when she was told that her brother had “expired” on 31 December, a detective told her: “I guess you can go to Grady now.” She said: “It was just so callous, like they weren’t dealing with humans.” Davis’s case has only come to light in recent days after his family belatedly recruited attorneys.

Davis’s family initially said he had been handcuffed. Asked to confirm this, Mann first said in a statement that his department “routinely restrain arrestees, generally with handcuffs” in the interests of “the safety of the public and inmates” in their custody. In the later statement, Mann clarified following an internal review that Davis was in fact in ankle restraints.

“It is also our practice not to allow inmate visitation except in the most grave situations, and then with the confirmation of that condition by the medical professionals at the facility,” Mann said in his original statement. “Tragically, Mr Davis succumbed to his wounds while being treated at Grady Hospital.”

Denise Simpson, a spokeswoman for Grady hospital, said she could not discuss specific detention methods used on patients in custody “as procedures may vary based on patient conditions, medical treatments required, etc”.

“Grady policy requires that anyone wishing to visit a custody patient contact the appropriate law enforcement agency and obtain approval from that agency,” said Simpson. “That agency then notifies our staff if visitation is approved.”

  • This article was updated on 12 February 2015 to add a second statement from DeKalb County sheriff Jeffrey Mann and comments from Barbara Davis-Colter.
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Frontier Airlines Jet Safely Lands In Houston, Faulty Light

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HOUSTON (AP) — A Frontier Airlines jet bound for Denver has safely returned to Houston after pilots noticed a landing gear warning light went on.

Frontier spokesman Todd Lehmacher said Saturday that a faulty cockpit indicator prompted the return of Flight 251 to George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Nobody was hurt in Friday night’s incident. Lehmacher says the Airbus A319 landed and taxied to the gate under its own power.

Lehmacher says the jet carried 136 passengers and a five-person crew.

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Two Dead, One Critically Injured In Dallas Accident

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) –Two women are dead and third woman is critical condition after their vehicles in an auto accident in Dallas Saturday morning.

According to police a Chevrolet Impala crossed over the center median at an intersection and into the path of a Toyota Camry, at the corner of Jupiter Road and Northwest Highway.

The driver and passenger of the Impala died on impact. The driver of the Camry, an older female, was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

No identities were released. This accident is still under investigation.

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Fort Worth Police Arrest Bank Robber

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) –  Police have made an arrest in the bank robbery that sparked a huge police response downtown on Thursday.

Police say they arrested Dee Ingram after being alerted that he had kidnapped a woman Saturday morning.

Tips identifying Ingram as the bank robber had already begin coming into the Police’s Crime Stopper Hotlines.

Calls led investigators to Ingram’s and his victim’s location at Valley View Motel on Mansfield Highway.

Police say they received tips that woman with Ingram was being held against her will, was in danger of being harmed, and that the suspect intended to have a shootout with police if stopped.

The Major Case Unit then became involved to investigate the possible kidnapping.

According to police the woman was not an employee at the bank Ingram robbed and they are not sure of what connection she has to…

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Heated Conversations With Booker T Sat. Feb 14th

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Booker T is back on valentines day to discuss some MMA with Gill Gillary, he also discussed Prop 19 with Rob Van Dam, and talked with Omar Dorsey about his acting career and what its like to be a black actor in hollywood. Listen In!

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Propane Truck Fire Burns Overnight On I-20

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) — Interstate 20 between Bowman Spring and Highway 287 will remain closed until Saturday morning due to a propane fire that is burning as a result of a collision between a delivery truck and car.

The City of Arlington said they expect the fire to continue burning through the night, until the morning.

Out of fear of an explosion, the heavily traveled I-20 was closed in both directions as crews waited for the propane take to burn itself out.

“The traffic must be backed up to Mississippi by now!” said Dennis Bullock, a driver who got stuck in the mess.

The traffic was so bad some drivers nearly ran out of gas trying to get around the mess.

“It is annoying because this is a main interstate highway and a lot of people who are traveling and they don’t know their way…

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TX Father And Son Suspected In Multistate Crime Spree

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Two suspects in a multistate crime spree that left a North Carolina couple dead and their home torched are from Texas. Edward Campbell, 54, and his son Eric Campbell, 21, were caught in a New Year’s Day shootout that wounded two West Virginia police officers, authorities said Friday.

Investigators began piecing together the crime Thursday around 4 p.m. when two Lewisburg, West Virginia, officers pulled over an SUV on a highway outside the city, Lt. Michael Baylous of the West Virginia State Police said in a news release. The SUV had a North Carolina license plate showing it had been stolen, according to police.

During the traffic stop, a second vehicle — a truck — pulled over nearby.

As the officers conducted the stop, the driver of the truck shot at them with a handgun, wounding both officers, Baylous said. One officer returned fire, wounding the…

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