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Man charged in violent crime spree in Atlanta neighborhood

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A deranged Georgia man allegedly shot a pedestrian, fired at joggers and ran over another man during a violent rampage in one of Atlanta’s most exclusive neighborhoods, police said Monday.

Police said Gaelen Newsom, 22, may have been “suffering from a mental health crisis” when he allegedly began his crime spree around 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the upscale Atlanta suburb of Buckhead, WXIA-TV said.

Andrew Worrell, a 41-year-old father of three, was the first victim.

Worrell was out for a morning walk when he was shot twice in the leg and hip from a passing car.

Police said a pair of good Samaritans came to his aid and called his wife before he was rushed to a local hospital, the station said.

“It seems like some sort of miracle that it didn’t do any major damage,” his wife, Anne Worrell, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’re very grateful.”

But police said Newsom’s spree allegedly continued — with two joggers fired upon from a similar silver sedan, according to reports.

At 11:30 a.m., cops said a man taking out the trash outside a local apartment complex was “intentionally” run over by a car fitting the description, police said.

That victim, who was not identified, was rushed into surgery, the Journal-Constitution said. His condition was not immediately available Monday.

Police detained the driver of the silver Kia Forte, who was identified as Newsom.

Cops said they found “multiple” shell casings inside the vehicle, the newspaper said.

“Based on some ballistic evidence that was recovered from the vehicle, it also appears this may in fact be our suspect from the earlier shooting incidents,” Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Charles Hampton said at a briefing.

Newsom was arrested and charged with one count of attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of possession of a firearm, the reports said.

The incidents come amid rising concern in the exclusive Buckhead neighborhood of spiking crime in Atlanta — and in their community.

“Given the continued escalating violence, today I have called and made a written request to the police chief that he be present at Monday’s council meeting to share with the full council exactly what is being done to immediately reverse this trend,” City Council President Felicia Moore said in a statement.

“This is an all-hands-on-deck situation and I do not want to see this just become a political issue to talk about as part of the campaigns,” Moore said.

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Miami Beach building collapse

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More than 80 fire rescue units are responding to a partial building collapse this morning just north of Miami Beach and rescues are underway, officials said.

It was a high-rise condominium building and rescues of trapped residents were underway, reports CBS Miami.

A boy was pulled from the rubble of the collapsed condo building and was placed onto a stretcher, NBC 2 News reports.

According to CBS Miami, a man who was evacuated from a nearby hotel said, “The building – one of these huge buildings – gone! … The building – it’s gone. … The whole building’s gone. … Oh my gosh. This is the most insane thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

It’s unclear if there are any injuries. Miami Beach police and fire departments are responding to the building in Surfside. 

Multiple police and fire departments from across Miami-Dade County are also assisting.

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Man sentenced to a year in prison for buying endangered animal parts

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A Florida man was sentenced to prison last week for buying parts of dead endangered animals.

Steven Phillip Griffin II, 36, was sentenced to a year and day in a federal lockup after pleading guilty in November to receiving and transporting endangered species in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

Griffin was busted after he met undercover wildlife agents in Texas in May 2019 to buy two Southern White rhino horns, four elephant ivory tusks, one African lion skull and three leopard skulls for $9,750, investigators said.

In the two years leading up to the meeting, Griffin communicated with an undercover agent to negotiate the deal, according to the plea agreement.

He told the agent he collects dead animal parts, including skulls and full skeletons and even sent pictures of his collection.

After the meeting, authorities operating with a search warrant seized a variety of animal parts, guns and ammunition from Griffin’s Tampa Bay home.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon.

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Man arrested for taking $1.2M yacht on joyride in upstate NY

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A man was arrested after he stole a $1.2 million yacht and took it for a joy ride from upstate New York to Vermont over one of the Great Lakes, reports said.

And when 56-year-old Robert Morris was busted by police he made the outrageous claim he was only giving it a test drive, according to local reports.

The would-be captain took the 48-foot yacht christened “Volans” from New York’s Rouses Point Marina on Monday morning and was caught after crossing Lake Champlain to a state park off the coast of St. Albans, Vt., WCAX reported.

The boat, a Jeanneau Prestige 500, was located by a US Border Patrol helicopter, NBC 5 reported. Morris was nabbed on Burton Island by the St. Albans Police Department and slapped with multiple charges, including possession of stolen property, the station said.

At a court hearing the day after his arrest, Smith was talkative and said he “was water testing the boat after making mechanical fixes,” WCAX said.

Morris was a wanted fugitive in New Hampshire and had a list of prior arrests, according to WCAX. He had also told cops he was given permission to take the boat and said he was caught bringing the yacht back to its owner, which the owner denies, WCAX said.

The accused, who made an “inappropriate gesture” to the webcam as he left the meeting, will undergo a competency exam, the station reported.

Morris is to be extradited to New York to face additional charges, the report said.

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