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Police: Man who tried to rob Hardee's on Valentine's Day was trying to please girlfriend

A Springfield man is behind bars after he allegedly tried to rob a Hardee’s on Valentine’s Day.

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Court records say 35-year-old Eric Dean walked into the restaurant just after 8 p.m. with a green and black bandanna covering on his face and threatened an employee with a butcher knife.

When the employee declined to give him any money, Dean said he had a gun and would shoot employees if they didn’t do what he wanted, court records state.

A different employee chased Dean out of the restaurant, and he fled the scene on his bike.

Jamie Skaggs, an employee at Hardee’s said she wasn’t working at the the time of the incident, but was concerned about her co-workers who were. She said the employee who was threatened with the knife was a little shaken up, but seemed to be doing alright.

“I wanted to make sure they were OK,” she said. “I’m glad he didn’t get anything.”

She said she was surprised when her manager confirmed the news she had seen on Facebook, but she wasn’t surprised when she learned who the suspect was.

She said she’s familiar with the man.

“I was friends with him for years a while back,” Skaggs said.

Records say Springfield police officers caught up with Dean in the 2200 block of Clifton Avenue shortly after the incident. Court records say Dean eventually confessed to the crime.

“He advised he has been going through some tough times right now financially and was only trying to get enough money to pay his electric bill. He also said that his current girlfriend was pressuring him to come up with money soon or she was going to leave him,” an affidavit says.

Officers found the knife that Dean allegedly used in the robbery in a nearby driveway, with a black backpack that was used to conceal the knife.

Dean was jailed and appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on charges of aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

Dean told visiting judge Thomas Hanna that he lost his job within the last week.

Not guilty pleas were entered for him and his bond was set at $75,000.

NFL Hall of Famer suggests Colin Kaepernick could be Tom Brady's replacement

On the same day Colin Kaepernick and the NFL agreed to end Kaepernick's collusion grievance against the league, a Hall of Famer suggested the former 49ers quarterback could be Tom Brady's replacement when Brady's time comes to an end.

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Former wide receiver Cris Carter brought up the topic on “First Things First” on Friday morning, saying the Patriots may not need to look at the quarterback class in the 2019 NFL Draft as they begin to think about a future without Brady under center.

"I wouldn't be surprised if the Patriots looked at (Kaepernick)," Carter said. "The Krafts are very, very fond of Colin Kaepernick. If someone will do it, it will be the people in New England."

In the past, Patriots owner Robert Kraft has shown his support for Kaepernick, telling the New York Times that he would "very much like to see him in the league."

Kaepernick threw 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in five seasons as a starter, and also ran for 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns to go with one Super Bowl appearance to his name.

Six people in country illegally, tied to drug cartel, arrested during drug investigation

A massive drug operation with ties to a Mexican drug cartel resulted in the arrest of six immigrants in the country illegally.

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Six men are behind bars, accused of running an elaborate drug trafficking operation in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.

The man the suspects are tied to is the main rival of El Chapo's drug cartel.

The operation was working under the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

The human rights group Justice in Mexico reported last year that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel started gaining power after El Chapo's arrest.

Federal officials said more than 1,800 grams of meth were delivered from a luxury home in Statesville in August and October of 2018.

The person who lived there, Oscar Rangel-Gutierrez, is an alleged high-level cartel member.

Rangel-Gutierrez’s parents lived in a large home in Troutman, according to the indictment.

Agents said a credible informant told the Troutman Police Department in 2014 that large amounts of cocaine were being stored at the address.

Court documents indicated that Rangel-Gutierrez and the five other suspects were in the country illegally.

Agents said Rangel-Gutierrez transported 30 kilograms of cocaine and an unspecified large quantity of methamphetamine in a one-month period from Texas to Georgia and North Carolina.

An apartment in Hidden Valley, a home in Derita and another home in east Charlotte are tied to the investigation, according to court documents.

Misty Joyner lives near the home in east Charlotte where agents said Rangel-Gutierrez stored drug proceeds while he and another suspect went to a nightclub.

She can't believe her neighbors are potentially involved

“Just devastating,” Joyner said. “They were good people.”

Four of the suspects were in federal court uptown Thursday.

They waived their preliminary hearings. Two other suspects were arrested in Florence, South Carolina and Cleveland.

El Chapo was convicted of drug crimes earlier this week and will spend the rest of his life in maximum security prison. His cartel was once the biggest supplier of drugs to the U.S.

Arrested:

  • Rodolfo Martinez
  • Oscar Rangel-Gutierrez
  • Raul Rangel- Gutierrez
  • Regulo Rangel-Gutierrez
  • Francisco Garcia-Martinez
  • Rigoberto Rangel-Gutierrez

Lawsuit: Border agent detained U.S. citizens for speaking Spanish

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two women, both U.S. citizens, who say a border patrol agent unlawfully detained them outside a Montana convenience store because he heard them speaking Spanish.

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Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez were at the convenience store when the border agent, identified as Paul O’Neal, approached them, according to the federal lawsuit filed Thursday. O’Neal allegedly commented on Hernandez’s accent and then asked the women where they were born. Hernandez was born in California and Suda was born in Texas, the ACLU said.

The women showed O’Neal their valid Montana driver’s licenses. At that point, the lawsuit said O’Neal detained the women in the convenience store’s parking lot. The women then began taking video of O’Neal on their cellphones.

"Ma'am, the reason I asked you for your ID is because I came in here and I saw that you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here," O'Neill said in the video.

The two were detained for about 40 minutes, according to the lawsuit.

The women’s ACLU lawyers said O’Neal should have let them go as soon as they identified themselves as U.S. citizens. In detaining them, the lawsuit argues that O’Neal violated the women’s Fourth Amendment rights barring unreasonable search and seizures.

The lawsuit also argues the women were racially profiled, a violation of the Fifth Amendment right to due process.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jason Givens declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said in an email to The New York Times, “lack of comment should not be construed as agreement or stipulation with any of the allegations.”

In May, CBP spokesman Andrew Meehan told ABC News that speaking Spanish alone "is not enough" to pull someone over or ask for ID. However, he said it's possible O'Neal "very well could have been following procedure."

According to a statement from the ACLU, the experience was “humiliating and traumatizing” for the women. It said the women have been “shunned and harassed” by other town residents.

“This unjustified and discriminatory seizure is part of a longstanding pattern of abuse by local CBP agents. It is illegal and must stop,” said Caitlin Borgmann, executive director of the ACLU of Montana.

Suda and Hernandez are asking for an unspecified amount of money in compensation, punitive damages and a judge's order barring border officials from stopping or detaining anyone based on race, accent or language, according to the lawsuit.

Triplets born to New Jersey parents on Valentine’s Day

A New Jersey couple’s Valentine’s Day was made extra special with the earlier-than-expected arrival of their triplet daughters.

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Alicia and Jim Brown knew they were having three daughters, but didn’t think they would arrive so soon, the couple told WABC-TV. The girls were born one minute apart Thursday, starting at 3:33 a.m.

The babies were due in April, so they’re currently growing stronger in Virtua Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Browns said the babies are doing “excellent” despite their early debut.

Jim Brown joked that Valentine’s Day will never be the same in their house.

"Not only is Valentine's Day much more expensive, now I have to buy stuff for three daughters and wife," he said. "But also birthdays now, as well."

The babies are expected to remain in the NICU until April.

Man pops question to girlfriend in school where they met as 3rd-graders

They met two decades ago as third-graders in Louisiana, and a week before Valentine’s Day, they returned to their school for a career day program.

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But Nate Pierre was not thinking about his career when he visited Folsom Elementary School in Covington. He had a lifelong commitment in mind. After reading a very personal love story to Mindy Schayot’s third-grade class, he motioned for his girlfriend, Darcey Crawford, a physical therapist technician who was videotaping the event, to come to the front of the classroom.

Pierre then got down on one knee and proposed, in the same room where they met 16 years ago, WGNO reported.

St. Tammany Parish School District posted a video to its Facebook account Tuesday showing the surprise proposal. Pierre, who works in real estate, hatched the plan with Schayot, a family friend, and cleared it with the school’s principal, the Times-Picayune reported.

As part of the plan, Schayot’s students were told to boo when Pierre asked if they wanted to learn about real estate. Instead, they asked him to read a Valentine story, the Times-Picayune reported.

The plan was set, and Pierre did the rest, reading a story he wrote about his relationship with Crawford and then proposing to her.

Crawford, who began crying, said yes and kissed Pierre. The groom-to-be then high-fived the students, the newspaper reported.

The couple has not set a wedding date yet, WDSU reported.

Tedeschi Trucks band keyboardist Kofi Burbridge dead at 57

Kofi Burbridge, the longtime keyboardist and flautist for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, died Friday. He was 57.

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The multi-instrumentalist, who moved to Atlanta in 1987 to join the band Knee-Deep, was hospitalized last month after a setback stemming from his 2017 emergency heart surgery in Atlanta. In January, the band alerted fans about Burbridge’s condition and his inability to join them on their current tour, which played Washington D.C., on Friday with fill-in keyboardist Gabe Dixon.

The news of Burbidge’s passing was shared early Saturday by former bandmate Yonrico Scott; the cause and location of death has not been announced.

In an April 2018 interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Derek Trucks spoke excitedly about how well Burbridge had recovered from his 2017 surgery.

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“Kofi is full force. It reminds me of ‘Lord of the Rings’ when Gandalf goes down and comes back as the white wizard -- he’s got a few extra layers of magic! His musicianship has always been amazing, but listening back to the studio (recordings) the last few days, he crossed over there for a minute!,” Trucks said in a preview of the band’s performance – with Burbridge – at SweetWater 420 Festival. 

Burbridge and his brother Oteil, a familiar presence on bass in the Allman Brothers Band and Dead & Company, met Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit in Atlanta in the late-1980s. Kofi joined Oteil in the band after Hampton departed in 1994; Kofi Burbridge joined the Derek Trucks Band in 1999 and remained with Trucks when he formed TTD in 2010 with wife Susan Tedeschi.

On Friday, TTD’s new album, “Signs,” was released -- featuring keyboards and flute from Burbridge. 

Delaware girl, 7, writes poignant note on arm during school lockdown

A poignant note scrawled on the arm of a Delaware second-grader during a bomb threat at her school has gone viral, the Delaware News Journal reported.

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Vanessa, a 7-year-old who attends the Odyssey Charter School near Wilmington, wrote the message "Love Mom and Dad,” with a purple marker during the lockdown Feb. 7.

Vanessa’s mother, Shelley Harrison Reed, posted the heartbreaking photo on Facebook, and it has been shared more than 111,000 times on social media. 

"So my kids (sic) school had a genuine lockdown today," Reed wrote. "Some whack job called in a bomb threat. Police came and everything was fine, Thank God!"

Reed told WPVI her daughter "had found a little nook in the classroom beside a bookshelf and kind of tucked herself in there.”

Reed asked her daughter why she wrote the message on her arm. Vanessa’s answer brought her to tears, WTXF reported.

“In case the bad guy got to us and I got killed, you and daddy would know I love you,” Reed said her daughter replied.

"I can't seem to shake this awful feeling, feeling of sadness, fear and plain disgusts (sic) for this new 'normal' our kids have to deal with on any given day," Reed wrote on Facebook. "It's a very scary and disturbing society we now live in, and it's heartbreaking."

Reed's post — made one week before the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and injured 14 others — appears to have struck a nerve online. 

Reed told The Hill she did not expect her post to go viral and was not trying to make a statement about gun control, the News Journal reported.

"That's not what this is about," Reed said. "It was just about our children feeling safe in school."

DNA from facial tissue, fingerprints lead to murder charge in Kansas City

A Kansas City man is accused of second-degree murder and armed criminal action after DNA evidence and fingerprints linked to a fatal shooting outside a convenience store, the The Kansas City Star reported.

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Timothy R. Fernandez, 42, was charged in the shooting death of 40-year-old Michael Bryan on Feb. 5, KCTV reported. According to a release from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, Fernandez is not in custody, the television station reported.

Surveillance video at the convenience store showed Bryan talking to a man, according to the release. When Bryan walked away, the suspect drew a gun and shot him in the back.

The video also showed the suspect using a tissue to blow his nose and throw it to the ground. Police recovered the tissue for DNA testing, and two days later located a backpack and leather jacket near the site of the shooting, according to the release

DNA testing and fingerprints from a Q-Tips box located inside the backpack were linked to Fernandez, prosecutors said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Texas girl, 14, sentenced to 25 years in stabbing death of friend

A 14-year-old girl found guilty in the stabbing death of her best friend was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Nylah Lightfoot, 14, died May 29 from stab wounds to her neck and chest after a fight during a sleepover in May 2018, WFAA reported

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The girl who stabbed her is not being identified because she is a minor. She was convicted by a Tarrant County jury Thursday, the Star-Telegram reported.

The teen testified that Lightfoot "was like a sister," but that the two had been fighting when she grabbed a knife, pushed another friend aside and began stabbing Lightfoot, the newspaper reported.

The girl will be incarcerated in a Texas Juvenile Justice Department facility, according to Judge Alex Kim, who presided over the case, the Star-Telegram reported. On or before her 19th birthday, the court will determine whether to transfer her to an adult prison, the newspaper reported.

Lightfoot’s mother, Anntoinette Carter, addressed the defendant during her sentencing Friday, WFAA reported.

“(Nylah) treated you like a sister that she did not have,” Carter said. “You took my child, my only girl, leaving me with a hole in my heart.”

Pope Francis defrocks former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick over sex abuse charges

Pope Francis defrocked former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick on Saturday after Vatican officials found him guilty of sexually abusing minors and adults over several decades, several media outlets reported.

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McCarrick, 88, was the former cardinal and archbishop of Washington, D.C. It is believed to be the first time that a cardinal or bishop in the United States has been expelled from the Roman Catholic Church, The New York Times reported.

Defrocking, or laicizing, means that McCarrick won’t be allowed to celebrate Mass or other sacraments, the newspaper reported.

The Vatican has laicized hundreds of priests for sexual abuse of minors, but few of the church higher-ranking priests have faced such severe punishment, according to the Times.

“Now you will see that bishops are also treated like their priests,” Kurt Martens, a professor of canon law at the Catholic University of America, told the newspaper in a telephone interview. “Bishops and former cardinals are no longer immune to punishment. The reverence that was shown in the past to bishops no longer applies.”

According to the Vatican’s press office, the Congregation of the Doctrine of Holy Faith found McCarrick guilty of “solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.”

McCarrick appealed the penalty, but officials rejected it, the newspaper reported. He was notified of the decision on Friday. The pontiff accepted McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals in July and suspended him from all priestly duties. In June, a church panel confirmed a claim that McCarrick had abused an altar boy nearly 50 years ago, the Times reported.

Police: North Carolina man steals car with 6-year-old boy inside

A man stole a car in North Carolina with a 6-year-old inside the vehicle Friday night, WMBF reported.

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Deputies in Robeson County said the boy, Rahmir Brown, was playing outside his home when he was taken, the television station reported.

The boy’s mother, Laterra Francis, of Lumberton, North Carolina, told deputies her car was stolen as she was taking groceries from her car into her home, WMBF reported.

Francis said she saw her car being driven away by a friend with her son in her black, four-door 2013 Chevrolet Spark, the television station reported.

Deputies identified the man driving the car as Sammie Leonard Smith, 46, of Lumberton, WMBF reported. The vehicle has a North Carolina plate, FFY9149.

Rahmir is 3 feet tall and weighs 50 pounds, deputies said. He was wearing a red, short-sleeved polo shirt with blue jeans, the television station reported.

Smith is described as being 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 220. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

North Dakota lawmakers buy car for parking attendant

Lawmakers in North Dakota pitched in and donated a car to a parking attendant who is a recovering addict, KX Net reported.

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Members of the North Dakota House of Representatives bought a car for Mark Johnstone, who had been homeless for more than 30 years, the website reported.

Johnstone’s car broke down earlier this week, and he said he was having trouble getting the vehicle to work, KX Net reported.

It is Johnstone’s second legislative session as a parking attendant. Rep. Jon Nelson was responsible for raising the money to buy Johnstone the car.

"I met Mark, I think it was three sessions ago. He came here. He was struggling in life, he was a recovering addict. He was homeless when he first got a job here. And he just became part of the family,” Nelson told KX Net. “He was a good friend. He's been helping people since I've known him."

Federal drug bust at California port nets more than 220 pounds of cocaine

Federal authorities seized more than 220 pounds of cocaine on two ships docked at a California port, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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It was the largest drug bust in 25 years at the Port of Hueneme, located on California’s central coast, the Ventura County Star reported. The cocaine was hidden aboard two cargo ships carrying produce from Central and South America, the newspaper reported.

The first load of drugs, weighing 204.2 pounds, was found Jan. 22 by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers who boarded a ship that had arrived from Ecuador, the Times reported. There were 80 bundles of the drug wrapped and hidden under the floorboards of the refrigerated ship, the newspaper reported.

On Jan. 28, a produce vessel from Guatemala contained 17.5 pounds of cocaine in its floorboards, the Star reported.

The Port of Hueneme is the largest deepwater port between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the newspaper reported.

Police: Student, 13, passed out marijuana gummy bears to classmates

A 13-year-old girl in New Jersey is accused of giving her classmates marijuana-laced gummy bears during school hours, causing one student to become sick and requiring a trip to the hospital, NJ.com reported.

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A 48-year-old man was also charged in connection with the case, WABC reported.

The incident occurred Feb. 8 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Bergen County, the television station reported. A 14-year-old girl from Fair Lawn began vomiting at 4:30 p.m. and was taken to a hospital.

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The victim and the girl accused in the case are juveniles, so their names have not been released, NJ.com reported. The girl accused in the case and the victim were juveniles and their names were not released, the website reported.

The victim told police a 13-year-old classmate gave her a gummy bear that would “stop her from stressing out,” Sgt. Brian Metzler told NJ.com.

“The gummy bear was determined to be a marijuana edible after the victim was tested at the hospital,” Metzler said.

The 13-year-old was charged as a juvenile in Family Court, NJ.com reported.

The investigation also led to the arrest of Jeffrey Klein, 48, of Fair Lawn, the website reported. He was was charged with possession of less than 5 grams of hashish and later released pending a court hearing.

Michigan weightlifter uses muscle to help rescue man injured in SUV

A Michigan weightlifter used his power to move a two-ton SUV to help paramedics reach a man trapped inside the vehicle, MLIve reported.

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Ryan Belcher, 29, of Belleview, heard a “big smash” Thursday while he was in Ypsilanti and went outside to investigate, the website reported.

He discovered a black Jeep Cherokee on its roof in melting snow, with a 36-year-old man trapped inside the vehicle. The man was lying out of the driver’s side window, but could not move and was blocked in the SUV by a sign pole, MLive reported.

“He was talking about his legs, how he couldn’t feel his legs,” Belcher said.

The 350-pounder sprang into action. In competition, Belcher excelled as a weightlifter, squatting 950 pounds, bench-pressing 500 pounds and dead-lifting 800 pounds. He had never moved two tons of weight, however.

“From there, I just kind of got tunnel vision," Belcher told MLive. “And then I grabbed the back, where the window was smashed out and lifted up and started pushing.”

Belcher was able to move the SUV about three feet, allowing paramedics to reach the injured man. He was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition, the website reported.

“If I could describe it in one word, It would be humbled,” Belcher told MLive. said about his feelings a day after the rescue. "This could have been anybody, it could have been me. And just getting home to my children after that is all I thought about.

‘I’d hope if it was me in there, somebody would help me the way I did them.”

Massachusetts police officer helps protect seal pup found in middle of road

A Massachusetts police officer was forced to protect a different kind of mammal when a seal pup ended up in the middle of a road in Salisbury.

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The Seacoast Marine Mammal Rescue Team posted on Facebook that the seal, "likely newly weaned from mom and trying to figure out things on his own," followed the beach access path that many use to access the beach.

The seal ended up in the middle of the street Wednesday, and homeowners in the area and a Salisbury police officer kept the animal safe, closing down the road until the Seacoast Marine Mammal Rescue Team arrived.

"We got the call while we were up in the science center, and it was actually a neighborhood resident who called it in," Ashley Stokes, rescue manager at the Seacoast Science Center, said. 

Police borrowed cones from a nearby Verizon worker, then an officer and a homeowner waited for Stokes' team. 

"We immediately collected the seal so we could move it off the side of the road," Stokes said. 

The seal traveled an estimated 200 yards before it settled in its spot in the middle of the road.

"It's not a lot for you or I, but when you don't have legs and you are just relying on your front flippers to scoot you along, it's a long way," Stokes said. "It could have been very dangerous. Just beside us is a main road.”

The pup is estimated to be one to two months old, and was given a full health assessment. The team said the seal was skinny, slightly dehydrated and had a slightly cloudy right eye, but "was very feisty when handled; as a gray seal should be!"

The team administered fluids to the seal pup and tagged him on his hind flipper, and he was then relocated to a quiet spot before returning to the water.

"Thank you to the residents, police officer, and the Verizon worker, for closing down the street and keeping the animal safe until we arrived!" the team said.

Stoeks said it's very important for people in coastal areas to steer clear of seals and call animal rescue groups or police if one is in trouble.

"They all want to get that perfect photo, and it's just not safe for them," Stokes said. "It's extremely stressful for the animal."

A spokesman with the New England Aquarium said the gray seals are wanderers, and said it's not uncommon to see them on roads or in parking lots.

Pro golfer Matt Kuchar apologizes after caddie-tipping furor

PGA Tour pro Matt Kuchar, criticized by golf fans for not paying his fill-in caddie an industry-standard 10 percent after winning a tournament in November, apologized Friday and said he wanted to make amends, Golf.com reported.

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After play was suspended in the second round at the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club, Kuchar said in an official statement Friday that his earlier comments in a Golf.com interview were “out of touch” and “insensitive.” Kuchar apologized and said he plans to immediately resolve his issue with the caddie, ESPN reported.

Earlier this week, Kuchar defended the $5,000 he paid David Giral Ortiz after winning $1,296,000 at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico. After Kuchar won the event, Ortiz had requested $50,000, ESPN reported. By industry standards, Ortiz could have expected to be paid approximately $130,000.

In an interview with Golf.com on Wednesday, Kuchar, 40, a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, said he thought “Someone got in (Ortiz’s) ear.”

“I was very clear and very upfront on Tuesday (of the tournament week in Mexico),” Kuchar told the website. “And he said, ‘OK.’ He had the ability, with bonuses, to make up to $4,000.”

Kuchar confirmed reports he told Ortiz he would pay him $1,000 if he missed the cut, $2,000 if he made the cut, $3,000 if he had a top-20 finish and $4,000 if he finished in the top 10, ESPN reported. 

“The extra $1,000 was, ‘Thank you — it was a great week.’ Those were the terms. He was in agreement with those terms,” Kuchar told Golf.com. “That’s where I struggle. I don’t know what happened. Someone must have said, ‘You need much more.’”

Kuchar struck a much more conciliatory tone in his Friday statement.

“I plan to call David tonight, something that is long overdue, to apologize for the situation he has been put in, and I have made sure he has received the full total that he has requested,” Kuchar said. “My entire Tour career, I have tried to show respect and positivity,” he continued. “In this situation, I have not lived up to those values or the expectations I’ve set for myself.”

Ortiz, 40, is a regular caddie at the Mayakoba Resort near Cancun, ESPN reported.

"Matt is a good person and a great player,'' Ortiz told Golf.com through a translator. "He treated me very well. I am only disappointed by how it all finished.''

5 generations: 105-year-old matriarch meets great-great-granddaughter

Annie Berry turned 105 on Jan. 18, and Thursday she got to experience the thrill of holding her great-great-granddaughter, WUSA reported.

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Five generations of Berry’s family gathered at the Genesis Larkin Chase Center in Bowie, Maryland, to watch their matriarch hold 1-week-old Olivia, the television station reported.

“I think she’s cute like Grandmama,” Berry told WUSA, winking and laughing as the baby cried.

Berry was born in Meridian Mississippi in 1914 and recalled picking cotton, shucking corn and milking cows.

“She said before I leave this earth we will see a black president,” Berry’s granddaughter, Annie Sewell, told the television station. “I didn’t think it, but it came to pass.”

Berry migrated to North Carolina where she worked as a caretaker. She got married and worked as an administrator for a school system before retiring and moving to the Washington, D.C., area to live with family members, WUSA reported.

Berry told the television station that her longevity is due to "obedience to the Lord.”

Florida motorcyclist dies after falling 100 feet off interstate in hit-and-run

A Florida man was killed Friday when the motorcycle he was driving on an interstate highway clipped a motorcycle in front of him, sending him over a concrete barrier and 100 feet to his death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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The FHP is calling the incident a hit-and-run accident, according to several media outlets.

According to state troopers, the two motorcycles were headed east on I-4 in Tampa about 3:30 p.m. when they collided. After impact, the motorcycle driven by Eric Lee Jordan, 35, hit the south shoulder barrier wall on an overpass, WTSP reported. The impact ejected Jordan from his motorcycle and over the wall, and he fell to the road beneath the interstate, the television station reported.

The other motorcyclist and his passenger, Amy Jones, 30, of Dover, were in front of Jordan and stopped, WFLA reported. However, state troopers said the driver fled, leaving Jones at the scene, WTVT reported.

Jordan was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries, WFLA reported.

The driver who left Jones is described as a white male and possibly named “A.J.," WTSP reported. He was driving a black motorcycle, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FHP at 813-558-1800 or by dialing *347.

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