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  • A 6-year-old child was abducted early Tuesday after two car thefts at a Georgia day care, authorities said.  >> Watch the video here About five minutes after the car thefts, the child was seen on surveillance video walking back to the Childcare Network Daycare, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. It’s not known where he was abandoned.  Three men are sought in connection with the crimes at the day care, located in the 6000 block of Fayetteville Road in Riverdale, police said.  About 7:25 a.m., Clayton County police were called to the day care in reference to two stolen vehicles left running and unattended.  Surveillance video showed a silver Nissan Altima parking next to a gray 2016 Chrysler 300. A man in the front passenger seat of the Nissan jumped into the Chrysler’s front passenger seat. Moments later, the Chrysler drove away.  Not long after the theft, the Nissan drove to another location in the day care parking lot and made an abrupt stop at a white 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, Clayton County police said. The Hyundai, which had a 6-year-old inside, was also left running and unattended. A person in the back seat of the Nissan hopped out, got into the Hyundai and sped away, police said.  >> Read more trending news  In under a minute, all three cars were seen on surveillance video leaving the day care parking lot.  Shortly after, the child was seen walking back to the day care and was reunited with his mom. He was not injured.  Police later found the Hyundai Santa Fe at the intersection of East Faytetteville Road and Evans Drive — less than a mile from the day care. The Chrysler 300 has not been found.  Earlier this year, Clayton County police rescued two girls after someone stole an SUV with them inside from a gas station. A baby and her 4-year-old sister were dumped on the side of the road miles apart in freezing temperatures. Authorities arrested Khyree Swift and a 16-year-old in connection with the crime.  Anyone who may have information on Tuesday’s case or the identity of the suspects is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477. 
  • A University of Central Florida fraternity is now on interim suspension and is being investigated after a report that two of its members gang raped a woman.  The victim said she was at a party on April 20, at an off-campus house rented by members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.  The woman told investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's office that she drank vodka with her friends and other people she met at the party when she began talking to Jack Ryan Smith and David Kirk, according to deputies.  The woman said she became intoxicated, passed out and woke up in the bedroom to Smith and Kirk gang raping her. She told investigators she remembers hearing one of the men saying 'it's my turn'.    According to the Sheriff's office report, Jack Ryan Smith, 26, of Winter Springs was arrested Saturday night and is facing charges of sexual battery of an incapacitated person. David Kirk, 20, of Wimauma was arrested on a warrant Tuesday afternoon on the same charges.
  • President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, White House physician Ronny Jackson, will decide whether it’s worth it to pursue the post after lawmakers postponed a hearing on his nomination in light of several allegations. >> Read more trending news “I don’t want to put a man through a process like this. ... It’s totally his decision,” the president told reporters at the White House, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree. “I will tell you, he is one of the finest people that I’ve met.” Lawmakers indefinitely postponed a hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, to consider Jackson’s nomination. The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs’ top Republican and its top Democrat said in a joint statement that the decision was made “in light of new information presented to the committee.” “We take very seriously our constitutional duty to thoroughly and carefully vet each nominee sent to the Senate for confirmation,” Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, and Jon Tester, D-Montana, said in the statement. “We will continue looking into these serious allegations and have requested additional information from the White House to enable the committee to conduct a full review.” The congressmen also sent a letter addressed to Trump on Tuesday asking for 'all documentation pertaining to Rear Admiral Jackson's service in the White House Medical Unit and as Physician to the President.' Committee members didn’t elaborate on the allegations levied against Jackson, although The New York Times reported that they include accusations that Jackson oversaw a hostile work environment while serving as White House doctor, that he allowed for drugs to be overprescribed and that he might have drank while on the job. Jackson declined Tuesday to answer questions from reporters about the allegations. 'I'm looking forward to rescheduling the hearing and answering everyone's questions,' Jackson told reporters on Capitol Hill, according to CNN. Trump nominated Jackson to fill the role left vacant after he fired David Shulkin from the position late last month. Shulkin had been a top holdover from President Barack Obama’s administration, but he clashed with Trump administration officials and faced criticism over his use of resources. Jackson, a U.S. Navy rear admiral, was appointed in 2013 as physician to the president by Barack Obama.
  • Dylan McWilliams loves nature, but nature doesn’t always love him back. The 20-year-old Grand Junction, Colorado, resident was surfing off the Kauai coastline in Hawaii Thursday morning when he suddenly felt searing pain in his calf. He told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that he looked down to see what appeared to be a tiger shark between 6 and 8 feet long. “At first, I panicked,” McWilliams told the newspaper. “I didn’t know if I lost half my leg or what.” The panic gave way to his survival instinct, and he kicked the shark away as hard as he could. He began desperately swimming for shore, which he said was the scariest part of the ordeal. “I didn’t know where the shark was, and I didn’t know if he would come after me again,” McWilliams said.  A woman who heard his cries for help called 911 once he reached shore and took him to an urgent care facility, where seven stitches were used to close the deep gashes in his leg.  McWilliams, who has worked as a tree trimmer, ranch hand and survival training instructor, shared the gory images on Facebook. Click here to see his post.  “First time in the water in Kauai and get tagged by a shark,” he said.  McWilliams’ friends were shocked by the encounter, in part because it is not the first time in the past year he has been attacked by a wild animal. CBS Denver reported that McWilliams, then 19, was camping at Glacier View Ranch near Boulder in July when he was attacked by a 300-pound black bear.  “Are you kidding me?” one Facebook friend asked. “Dude, why do you always have animals wanting to eat you?” >> Read more trending news McWilliams relived his summer ordeal, which began when the bear grabbed him as he slept, following Thursday’s shark attack.  “The bear grabbed the back of my head and started pulling me and I was fighting back as best as I could,” McWilliams told Hawaii News Now. “It dropped me and stomped on me a little bit, and I was able to get back to the group and they scared it away.” McWilliams said he was lucky to have survived not only the bear and the shark, but also to have survived a rattlesnake bite during a 2015 hike in Utah, the Star-Advertiser reported. The bite was a “dry bite,” which only delivered enough venom to make him ill for a couple of days.  National Geographic reported that the odds of one person being bitten by a shark, a bear and a rattlesnake are 893.35 quadrillion to one. An average American has a one in 11.5 million chance of being bitten by a shark. A person is more likely to be attacked by a bear, with odds of one in 2.1 million, the magazine reported. The odds of being bitten by a poisonous snake in the U.S. are one in 37,500. Some commenters on Facebook called McWilliams a “legend” for all he’s survived, while others chastised him for getting in the water when much of the island was under a “brown water advisory,” meaning that bad storms had turned much of the coastal waters brown. Murky water is known to bring in sharks, who prowl the coastline looking for an easy meal.  “Can tell he’s not from around here or he would have known that,” one person wrote.  “I guess no one told you that murky water attracts sharks, huh?” another man wrote.  “It was actually mostly clear where I was,” McWilliams responded. “‘Mostly’ is a key word in this situation,” the man wrote back. “But it looks like the island gods were ‘mostly’ looking out for you. Speedy recovery, broheem.” McWilliams told Hawaii News Now that he does not plan on letting his encounter with the tiger shark keep him down. “I’m just mad that I can’t get back in the water for a couple days,” he said. 
  • An unexpected doctor’s appointment -- and 800 pounds of fajitas -- proved to be Gilberto Escamilla’s undoing. Escamilla, 53, of Brownsville, Texas, was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant, according to the Brownsville Herald. Escamilla is a former employee of the Cameron County juvenile detention center.  Prosecutors said Escamilla spent nine years scamming the county by ordering fajitas for the Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center, then intercepting the orders and selling them to his own customers. He was caught in August 2017 when he missed a shipment due to a doctor’s appointment.  Other employees of the detention center were baffled when a delivery driver showed up with 800 pounds of fajitas, a dish that is not served in their kitchen. The driver told them he had been delivering the Mexican specialty to the facility since 2008.   “It was selfish,” Escamilla said during his sentencing hearing on Friday, according to the Herald. “It started small and got bigger and out of control. It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.” >> Read more trending news Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Peter Gilman requested the stiff sentence to send a message to public servants willing to steal from taxpayers, the Herald reported.  “We feel a strong message should be sent,” Gilman said.  Under Texas law, Escamilla faced up to 99 years in prison for the first-degree felony, NBC News reported. Theft of property becomes a first-degree felony when a person steals property valued at $200,000 or more.  An additional theft charge against the defendant was dismissed as part of an earlier plea deal.  Escamilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested at his home, where investigators found packages of fajitas in his refrigerator. The detectives were able to track down some of his customers, who cooperated with the investigation.  Escamilla was given a moment to tell his family goodbye before being escorted from court Friday, the Herald reported. He was taken to the Cameron County Jail to await transfer into the state prison system.