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Coachella Woman Sentenced for Dumping Puppies in Trash

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  • Deborah Sue Culwell, who was arrested for tossing a bag of seven puppies into a dumpster in April, has now pled guilty to seven counts of animal cruelty and seven counts of misdemeanor animal abandonment.
  • She was sentenced to 365 days in jail, 90 of which will be served on work release, and was also ordered to complete a formal probation period of seven years.
  • During her probation, she will not be allowed to own animals.

Culwell Pleads Guilty

A Coachella woman who made national headlines in April for tossing a bag of seven puppies into a dumpster will serve time behind bars after pleading guilty to 14 charges on Wednesday.

Deborah Sue Culwell initially pled not guilty to seven counts of animal cruelty and seven misdemeanor counts of animal abandonment when security footage of her committing the act went viral.

According to Riverside County Superior Court records obtained by Rogue Rocket, Culwell will now serve 365 days in jail, 90 of which will be on work release. Culwell was also sentenced to complete a formal probation period of seven years.

Other terms of her probation include not being allowed to own non-prescribed controlled substances, being subject to property searches and drug testing, and not being allowed to own animals during the seven-year period. 

Culwell’s Case

Culwell’s case drew in widespread attention and created national outrage earlier this year. On the day she abandoned the puppies in a dumpster, it was reportedly over 90 degrees in Coachella, California. The dogs were just three days old.

A man discovered them soon after and brought them into an air-conditioned store where others were able to call animal services. One of the puppies died a few days later. The surviving dogs were taken into foster care. 

When officers arrested Culwell, they found 38 dogs at her residence. She was forced to give up her ownership of them. They were transferred to Riverside County Animal Services and put up for adoption. RCAS said the animals were living in “crammed conditions,” appeared “nervous,” and were not “used to being handled with love.” 

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Orlando Officer Fired After Arresting 6 and 8-Year-Olds

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  • A school resource officer in Orlando, Florida arrested two students in one day, an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old.
  • The youngest child had a tantrum as a result of her sleep apnea and kicked someone.
  • She and was arrested, charged with battery, and taken to a juvenile detention center but not processed.
  • Officer Dennis Turner broke department policy by arresting the two, as he needed approval from a superior to arrest minors under 12 and did not obtain it.
  • The Orlando Police Department released a statement Monday saying Turner has been fired.

Students Arrested

An Orlando officer has been fired after arresting a 6-year-old and 8-year-old at school on the same day.

The Orlando Police Department put out a statement on Monday apologizing to the children and their families.

The two students were arrested by Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy’s school Resource Officer Dennis Turner on Thursday. The 8-year-old was sent to a juvenile center on misdemeanor charges before being released to their parents. 

The 6-year-old was arrested and charged with battery. Authorities have not identified the children, but a report from WKMG identified the youngest of the two as Kaia Rolle. Rolle had been sent to the school’s office after acting out in class. While at the office, someone tried to grab her wrists and she kicked them back.

Her grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland, spoke to the outlet about the incident. She said that Rolle has sleep apnea and as a result, did not get enough sleep the night before. Kirkland said that her granddaughter was handcuffed, taken in the back of a police car, fingerprinted and had a mugshot taken. She was taken to a juvenile center but was not processed. 

Kirkland claimed that when Turner learned of Rolle’s medical situation, he was not sympathetic. When she told him she had sleep apnea, she claims he responded, “Well I have sleep apnea and I don’t behave like that.” 

Story Sparks Outrage

Over the weekend, the story made national headlines and sparked outrage. Many took to Twitter to call for Turner to be fired. 

Politicians also spoke about the incident. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) said, “We need to stop criminalizing children.”

Florida State Rep. Carlos G. Smith said he was “completely speechless.”

Turner Under Investigation

Turner was fired following a reported investigation into the two arrests. It is department policy to receive approval from a superior before arresting children under the age of 12. Turner did not receive such permission.

Turner retired as an Orlando Police Officer in 2018 after serving in the department for 23 years. He is currently part of the Officer Reserve Program, which consists of retired officers. According to the Orlando Sentinel, in 2015 he was given a written reprimand for using excessive force after continuing to tase a suspect who was on the floor and not resisting. 

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Football Fan Raises Over $1 Million for Children’s Hospital With Viral Beer Money Sign

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  • Carson King picked up national attention when he was seen on ESPN’s “College GameDay” holding a sign that asked for beer money. 
  • The football fan was surprised when floods of donations began to pour in, and he later announced plans to donate the money to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. 
  • Busch Beer and Venmo promised to match his donation. By Sunday, funds from King and the two companies had collectively reached over $1 million.

King on “College GameDay” 

A college football fan who held up a sign asking for beer money on television has now raised more than $1 million that he plans to donate to a children’s hospital. 

On September 14, ESPN broadcasted “College GameDay” from Ames, Iowa during the game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones. Carson King appeared in the crowd behind the sports analysts holding a sign that said “Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished,” along with his Venmo username.

Source: Good Morning America

His phone was then swarmed with notifications from the money transferring app. King told CNN that within 30 mins he had raised $400. “I thought it would just be a joke,” King told Good Morning America on Friday. “I didn’t think anyone would actually see it.”

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Plans to Donate 

His sign picked up even more attention as people discussed it and shared photos of it online. After talking it over with his family, King realized he had a chance to do something special with this attention. He soon tweeted that he would be donating “all but enough for a case of Busch Light,” to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. 

“There’s a better purpose for it,” King said of the money in an interview with The Washington Post “The kids deserve everything they can get. If I can give it to them, I’m going to give it to them.”

Support 

When word of his plans to donate the funds spread, Busch Beer and Venmo promised to match his contribution.

People liked the cans so much that over 26,000 signed a petition asking the company to stock them in stores throughout Iowa. 

$1 Million Raised

By Sunday morning, the contributions — including Busch Beer and Venmo’s matches — had reached over $1 million. 

King plans to keep his Venmo account open for donations until the end of the month. Once collecting the total amount, he will write a check and present it to the hospital in person. King told GMA that when he donates the money, he will also go on a tour of the hospital facilities and get to meet some of the kids who will benefit from the funds. 

Stead Family Children’s Hospital responded to King’s tweet about the size of his donation, saying “We can’t think– our minds are blown by all of this!”

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How Safe Injections Sites in the U.S. Are Fighting Back Against The Opioid Crisis & Do They Work?

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America has been hit with a historical opioid crisis. In 2018, more than 31,000 people died from opioid overdoses, which is more than any previous year recorded in American history. Healthcare professionals and public health experts are offering alternatives to the status quo treatments, which leads us to today’s topic: supervised injection facilities (SIF). 

Also known as overdose prevention sites and medically supervised injection centers, SIF’s have been proposed as a solution to combat America’s opioid problem. In these centers, no drugs are supplied to the users—they bring their own and are given clean syringes to prevent bloodborne diseases. Advocates or these sites are saying that they would stop countless fatal overdoses because there would be medical staff on site. Countries like Switzerland, Canada, and Australia have implemented versions of these facilities and so far there has not been any reported fatal overdoses at a SIF in the world. 

While cities like Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, and Philadelphia have all proposed plans to make sites, they have been met with heavy opposition. The federal government opposed these sites because they claim it breaks federal laws and some residents in these cities are against them due to concerns over attracting more crime. In this video, we’ll be focusing on Philadelphia, as it might become the first U.S. city to legally open a supervised injection facility, along with the court case between the non-profit who is trying to establish the SIF and the federal government.

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