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Air freshener leads police to 160 pounds of marijuana at Nashville airport

Two men were arrested Wednesday at Nashville International Airport after police found nearly 160 pounds of marijuana in four checked bags with “a strong odor of air freshener,” WKRN reported.

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Trung Tieu, 40, and Tihn Van Tran, 56, were detained by police Tuesday night, then charged Wednesday morning with felony drug offenses, WZTV reported.

According to police, the luggage was discovered from a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland, California, and the suspects’ names were on luggage tags, WKRN reported. Police used K-9s, and the animals found “a strong odor of air freshener coming from them and clear food saver-style vacuum sealed bags,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by WKRN.

When police opened the luggage they found 159½ pounds of marijuana in several of the clear bags, the television station reported.

Tieu and Tran, who were traveling to Jacksonville, Florida, instead were arrested and booked into the Davidson County Jail, with bond set at $50,000 for each man, WZTV reported.

Police: Man uses dolly to steal food from McDonald's

A thief stole a cash register and boxes of food from a freezer at a McDonald’s restaurant in Mississippi, while using a dolly to take the items, WLBT reported.

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The burglary occurred at the fast-food restaurant at 3:56 a.m. Wednesday, Jackson police Cpl. Colendula Green told the television station.

A McDonald’s employee told WLBT that she and her boss arrived at the restaurant for work when they saw a man run out of the office and out the back door of the business.

The man was pushing a dolly with boxes of food down the street, the employee told the television station. When the man saw the employees, he left the dolly and food on the street, got into a nearby car and left the area, police said.

 

Wells Fargo ATM damaged by thieves using blow torch, police say

A Houston-area ATM went up in flames early Wednesday when the machine caught fire as thieves attempted to use a blow torch, KHOU reported.

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The incident took place outside a Wells Fargo bank in Spring around 3 a.m., KTRK reported.

Harris County deputies responded to a call of a robbery in progress at the bank, KHOU reported. When deputies arrived, the ATM was on fire and the thieves were gone, the television station reported.

It is unknown whether any cash was taken from the machine, KHOU reported.

New Jersey councilwoman accused of hitting husband with broomstick

A councilwoman in New Jersey is accused of hitting her husband over the head with a broomstick and a cookbook, NJ.com reported.

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Susan Welkovits, 57, a member of the Highland Park borough council since January 2012, was charged Friday with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes. She also was charged with simple assault on suspicion of biting her husband on his forearm, the website reported.

Welkovits appeared before a judge and was released, NJ.com reported. It is unclear when she will be back in court.

Welkovits’ husband refused treatment for his injuries, police said. Welkovits refused comment, NJ.com reported. Police said children were present during the incident, the website reported. According to her biography on the Highland Park website, Welkovits is the mother of twins.

While investigating the incident, police said they found text messages allegedly written by Welkovits’ husband to co-workers, claiming his wife had abused him, NJ.com reported.

Tennessee man arrested after shooting arrow at deputy, officials say

A Tennessee man was arrested Sunday after shooting an arrow at a Franklin County deputy, WTVF reported.

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James Micheal Ferguson, 39, of Winchester, is charged with domestic assault, two counts of felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, failure to obey a police officer, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and on a warrant revoking his bond on previous charges, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. He is being held without bond in the Franklin County jail..

According to officials, Ferguson allegedly failed to obey traffic commands while traveling through the scene of an accident, WTVF reported, citing a release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Ferguson approached the crash scene and told a deputy, “‘That's my car there in that wreck.' And the deputy said, 'Let me see your ID,' and then he put it in reverse and down the road they go," Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Chris Guess told the Times Free Press.

Deputies said they did not immediately pursue Ferguson because of road conditions but knew where he lived, the newspaper reported.

When Deputy Patrick Stefanski arrived at Ferguson’s home and exited his vehicle, he saw a man holding a compound bow, WTVF reported. Stefanski moved behind his patrol car, and Ferguson then allegedly shot an arrow that became embedded in the rear driver's side door of the patrol car, the television station reported.

"It would have gone all the way through a human being," Guess told the Times Free Press. No one was injured.

After a brief chase on foot, Stefanski and two other deputies were able to catch Ferguson and take him to the Franklin County Jail, the Times Free Press reported. No one was injured, authorities said.

Authorities later learned that earlier Sunday, Ferguson allegedly vandalized the house he shares with his mother, Guess said.

Ferguson will appear in court March 7WTVF reported.

'Baby Doe' cold case: Police seek public's help to ID toddler found dead in 2004

Police in California are hoping the public can help them identify a toddler found dead nearly 15 years ago.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's "Help ID Me" page, hikers discovered the remains of the boy, known as "Baby Doe," in May 2004 near the Rancho Bernardo Community Park in San Diego.

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"The remains were found by two hikers who noticed a green padded winter-type coat lying over a green and white duffel bag," read the Facebook post shared Tuesday. "When they removed the coat and looked in the bag, they saw a human skull and bones."

The 2 1/2- to 3 1/2-year-old boy likely died at least a year before he was discovered, authorities said. He had been "wearing red warm-up pants, gray-tan socks, a blue vest and two sweatshirts," the Facebook post said.

Investigators also released sketches of what the child may have looked like.

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Forensic tests showed that the boy's mother "likely spent time in the Southeast while pregnant and may have lived in Texas shortly after the child was born before ultimately moving to the southern California area," the post said.

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If you have information about the case, please call 1-800-THE-LOST.

3 dead in possible murder-suicide in Washington state, deputies say

Three people are dead in Washington state in what investigators are calling a possible murder-suicide.

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According to Seattle's KIRO-TV, two men and a woman were found dead from gunshot wounds in a Sammamish home during a welfare check Tuesday. The King County Sheriff's Office described the woman and one of the men as "elderly," while the other man appeared to be in his 30s.

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Authorities do not believe there are any suspects outstanding. 

The house is located in the 23900 block of SE 42nd Place. 

– Visit KIRO7.com for the latest on this developing story.

Fugitive leaves 'I'm not here' note on mattress, gets caught hiding in dresser, deputies say

A Florida fugitive wrote a note on a mattress for Flagler County deputies, stating that he was aware of the warrant out for his arrest, a news release said.

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Deputies said there was an active warrant for Jesse Pack, 40, of Bunnell, out of Volusia County on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

>> On WFTV.com: Good Samaritan's truck stolen as he stopped to help in fiery Florida crash, officials say

Deputies arrived at the Bunnell home on County Road 200 Sunday night and found a mattress with writing on it placed by the front door, the Sheriff’s Office said

The note reportedly stated: “I know my warrant is active. I’m not here. I am finishing a job and turning myself in to Volusia Branch Jail!! - Jesse Pack.” 

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A woman told deputies Pack was not home and she granted them permission to search the house, authorities said.

Deputies said they found Pack curled up into the fetal position inside a small wooden dresser with a pillow. Pack had a pack of cigarettes and a glass pipe with burnt residue, deputies said.

Pack told deputies he hid in the dresser when he heard dogs barking, believing he was going to be arrested, a news release said.

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“Ready or not, here we come!” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This guy clearly thought he could hide from our deputies, but this is not the first ‘cat and mouse’ game a fugitive has tried to play.”

Pack was taken into custody. In addition to the Volusia County charges, he has been charged with resisting arrest without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia by Flagler County deputies, officials said.

Pack was taken to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility, where he was being held on $1,000 bail for the Flagler County charges. He’s awaiting extradition for the Volusia County charges.

Good Samaritan's truck stolen as he stopped to help in fiery Florida crash, officials say

You know the phrase, “No good deed goes unpunished?” In this case, it was true.

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A good Samaritan stopped to help when he witnessed a fiery crash Monday night on I-95 in Volusia County, Florida.

To his surprise, one of the crashed drivers stole the good Samaritan’s truck and drove away, authorities said.

>> On WFTV.com: Fugitive reportedly leaves 'I'm not here' message on mattress for Florida deputies

A sheriff’s deputy at the scene issued a countywide alert for the stolen truck and its driver, and it wasn’t long before the suspected thief, Zachary Searls, 27, was found, authorities said.

Deputies ran the crashed vehicle’s tag and found an address in Daytona Beach registered to the car, investigators said. When they arrived, deputies saw the stolen truck parked in the driveway, authorities said.

Searls exited the house and walked toward the truck, but upon seeing the deputies, he turned around and went into the house, investigators said. Searls was taken into custody.

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The victim was brought to the home, where he identified Searls, authorities said. Deputies said they also spoke with Searls’ roommate, who said he had allowed Searls to borrow his father’s car.

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Searls was taken to the Volusia County Jail where he remains on $6,000 bail. He is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, not having a valid driver’s license and resisting an officer without violence.

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the crash. Officials said the other driver involved in the crash was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach with injuries considered non-life-threatening. 

Ex-MLB pitcher John Wetteland arrested on child sexual abuse charge

Former major-league pitcher John Wetteland was arrested on a child sex abuse charge Monday in Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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Wetteland, 52, who spent 12 years pitching in the majors for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records

Wetteland, who lives in Trophy Club, Texas, was booked and released from jail after posting a $25,000 bond, WFAA reported.

Wetteland spent most of his baseball career as a closer, earning 330 saves and compiling a 2.93 ERA. He was the closer for the Yankees’ 1996 World Series champions and was named the series’ most valuable player. He had an American League-leading 43 saves in 1996.

Wetteland is a member of the Rangers' Hall of Fame, the Morning News reported.

The case was being investigated by police in Bartonville, according to the newspaper.

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