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Accused police impersonator turns out to be federal officer

Aside from the blue light mounted in his unmarked SUV and the weapon on his hip, a man recorded during a traffic stop didn’t look like a police officer at all.

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But looks can be deceiving, Georgia authorities learned Tuesday morning.

Hours after officials with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office  asked the public to help identify a “suspected police impersonator,” they issued a retraction and said that the man was, in fact, an officer with a federal agency.

“We have positively identified him as a certified law enforcement officer in an off-duty capacity at the time of this incident,” sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Marianne Kelley said in a statement. 

The name and agency of the officer were not released.

The mix-up began about 4 p.m. Monday, when the officer pulled over a citizen in Ball Ground, Georgia.

“The citizen who was stopped felt concerned over what he described as an irregular contact,” the sheriff’s office said in the statement. 

The officer never identified himself or the agency he represented, according to the sheriff’s office. He even backed off once he realized the citizen was recording the encounter.

“He was wearing his agency-issued badge,” Kelley said, “but did not have on any other identifying credentials or documentation.”

Law enforcement officers generally are “in uniform or will identify themselves to you and advise you of the agency where they work,” she said.

The sheriff’s office notified the officer’s immediate supervisor of the traffic stop.

“I don’t know what their protocol is,” Kelley said. “It would not be appropriate for one of our own officers to pull someone over and then not identify what agency they work for.” 

Groom ditches bride during photo shoot, but it was to save the life of a young boy

A groom left his bride alone on her wedding day, but before the internet gets into an uproar over it, it was for a good reason. He was saving the life of a boy who fell into the water.

Darren Hatt is a photographer who was taking photos of a bride at Victoria Park in Kitchener, Canada, CTV reported.

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He said that the bride, Brittany Ross Cook, yelled to her husband when she saw what was going on, and before the photographer realized what happened, groom Clayton Cook was already soaked, pulling the boy from the water.

The unidentified boy was reunited with his sister shortly after the ordeal, CTV reported.

Hatt posted the photos of the dripping-wet groom on his Facebook page, telling Clayton Cook, “Well Done sir!”

Are Puerto Ricans American citizens? Yes, they are

 On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that he would visit the hurricane-devastated island of Puerto Rico next week. The announcement came after criticism mounted that the administration was not moving quickly enough to provide resources to the American territory.

Hurricane Maria’s damage was widespread, and authorities say it may take months to repair infrastructure and rebuild homes and businesses.

Many know the island as a tourist destination, but only about half who took part in a poll earlier this year knew that Puerto Rico is an American territory and that its residents are American citizens.

Here are some facts about the island and its relationship to the United States.Is Puerto Rico part of the United States?

The commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. It became a territory of the U.S. in 1898 after the Spanish-American War.What does unincorporated territory mean?

It means that as a U.S. territory, the Constitution of the United States applies to certain areas of life in Puerto Rico – such as interstate trade, immigration, commerce and foreign relations, among other areas. The government of Puerto Rico, like that of a U.S. state/U.S. federal government relationship –, controls internal issues,though how it handles them must not conflict with U.S. law.

Who is in charge of running the Puerto Rican government?

The head of the Puerto Rican government is the governor. He or she governs with the help of a cabinet and serves a four-year term. The island has a Senate and a House of Representatives. The Senate has 27 members, and the House has 51 members. There are seven justices on Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court.

As a U.S. territory, are Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens?

Yes, Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. A child born in Puerto Rico to Puerto Rican parents is automatically an American citizen.

Do they have the same rights as U.S. citizens who live in a U.S. state?

Mostly. They cannot cast a vote for president, however. They participate in Republican and Democratic party primaries and conventions, though. They also do not have voting representation in the U.S. House or Senate.

Do they pay U.S. income tax?

Puerto Ricans file U.S. income tax returns only if they work for the federal government. Otherwise, they do not pay federal income taxes. They do pay payroll taxes, including Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes.

Will Puerto Rico become a state? Do the people there want the island to be a U.S. state?

Not in the near future. Puerto Ricans voted for U.S. statehood in 2012 and earlier this year. The vote does not have to be considered by the U.S. Congress.

How is Puerto Rico already like a state?

Puerto Ricans serve in the U.S. military.They use the U.S. Postal Service to send and receive mail.They use the U.S. dollar as their form of currency.

Other facts about Puerto Rico:

The capital is San Juan.Christopher Columbus named the island San Juan Bautista. It later became known as Puerto Rico, or “rich port.”The population is 3.411 million.The official languages are Spanish and English.Ninety-one percent of all people living in U.S. territories live in Puerto Rico 

 

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Kylie Jenner still hasn't confirmed pregnancy, but report says sex of baby is known

News of Kylie Jenner’s rumored pregnancy rocked the entertainment world last week, and now, rumor has it that the reality star is about to welcome another girl into the famous family.

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Jenner is reportedly expecting her first child with boyfriend Travis Scott, and TMZ reports the couple will welcome a baby girl. 

Citing unnamed “sources directly connected with the couple” and “family sources,” the report says Scott has been privately telling friends about the baby and its sex, and the tabloid reports that Jenner is about five months along.

Jenner’s half-sister, Kim Kardashian West, and her husband, Kanye West, are expecting their third child, a girl, via surrogate in January.

Related: Rumored mom-to-be Kylie Jenner shares first pictures since pregnancy gossip intensified

As previously reported by Rare.us, sources say the pair are shelling out quite a sum for the surrogacy: “The couple have reportedly agreed to pay $45,000 in 10 installments of $4,500, according to a previous TMZ report. They have also agreed to pay $5,000 per additional child in the case of multiples. The couple has already paid a $68,850 deposit to the agency.”

If the rumored timelines are true, Jenner’s baby would be due around the same time.

Man trying to ‘scare’ neighborhood kids uses stun gun on 7-year-old, police say

A Louisiana man is charged with battery and cruelty to a juvenile after police say he used a stun gun on a 7-year-old as he chased several children around his neighborhood.

Kevin Alexis, 19, of Kenner, admitted to grabbing the stun gun from the kitchen windowsill of his home and “playing around” with several children, but he denied touching any of them with the weapon, according to a Kenner Police Department news release. He did admit that he turned the stun gun on to scare the children, police said.

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The incident came to light Friday night when the mother of the 7-year-old boy saw blisters and burns on her son’s back, the news release said. The boy told his mother that that Alexis had chased him and the other children.

The boy said Alexis turned the weapon on and touched the electrical current flowing between its metal prongs to his back, police officials said.

According to security website ASecureLife.com, most Taser brand stun guns deliver 50,000 volts of electricity. Others are much more powerful, including the Vipertek VTS-989, which delivers 53 million volts, the website said. 

It was not immediately clear how powerful Alexis’ stun gun was. 

Alexis was booked into the Jefferson Parish Detention Center, where he remained on Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bail.  

Baby left on road with $5,500 stuffed in car seat rescued by church group

A baby abandoned on the shoulder of an Oklahoma City freeway is now in state custody and the infant’s mother has been admitted to a local hospital for evaluation.

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A church group on their way back from an amusement park spotted the baby in a car seat on the shoulder of I-40 in the scorching heat Saturday, according to KOCO News.

Police said $5,500 in cash, a birth certificate and a Social Security card were found stuffed into the car seat with the baby.

Members of the Abba’s House of Worship Center in Ada, Oklahoma, rescued the baby, and Pastor Ken Angel said it was an act of divine intervention.

The church van driver said when he first saw the car seat, he thought it contained a doll, but when he stopped to make sure he saw "two little feet" kicking, KOCO News reported

The 1-month old baby, who looked well-cared for, was sleeping when he was found, and dressed in a onesie with a pacifier, but there was no note or any indication why he was there.

“I couldn't believe people were that evil. It was 90 degrees outside," a member of the church group, who wanted to remain anonymous, told KOCO News.

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Emergency workers estimated the child had been left in the 91-degree heat about 30 minutes before he was rescued.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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