Arrest made in drive-by shooting that killed Weldon toddler

— A week after a 1-year-old boy died after being shot in the head at his Weldon home in a drive-by shooting, authorities made an arrest in the case Thursday.

Malcolm Lukei Artis, 22, of Halifax, was apprehended in Lithia Springs, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, shortly before 10 a.m., Weldon Police Chief James Avens Jr. said at an afternoon news conference.

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The home at 711 Elm St. was sprayed with gunfire on Dec. 7, and Jaxson Ryder Clay was hit by a bullet inside the house.

Jaxson, who would have turned 2 on Dec. 23, was eating pizza with his family after they came home from the Weldon Christmas parade when he was shot, Avens said.

Jaxson’s parents, great-grandfather and baby sister also were in the house but were unharmed, the police chief said.

He declined to discuss a motive for the shooting, other than to say it wasn’t “a random event.”

Authorities told the boy’s parents of the arrest shortly before Jaxson’s funeral Thursday afternoon, Avens said.

“They did a lot of work investigating, and I’d like to thank them,” said Jaxson’s father, Gene Clay. “I hope we get justice for Jaxson. He deserves

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Drunk uncle arrested after making 11-year-old nephew drive to avoid a DUI, Port Hueneme police say – KABC

An Oxnard man was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and other charges for making his 11-year-old nephew drive a car because he was too drunk in Port Hueneme, according to police.

A Port Hueneme patrol officer noticed a car driving northbound on Surfside Drive around 2:45 p.m. Sunday. The driver was attempting to make a right turn onto Hueneme Road and the officer noticed the driver appeared to be a child between 8 and 10 years old.

After watching the child make several traffic violations, the officer conducted a traffic stop. The child driver yielded partially off the roadway. During the stop, dispatch began receiving calls about a child driving a car with a male passenger slumped in the front seat.

The driver of the car was determined to be an 11-year-old boy and the passenger in the car was the boy’s uncle, who was intoxicated, authorities said.

Authorities identified the passenger as 29-year-old Genoro Lopez. He was in possession of an open container of alcohol and displayed signs of intoxication, authorities said.

The young boy was asked why he was driving and at first he told police his uncle was teaching him how to drive, but later said his uncle was too drunk

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Man arrested after 9-year-old boy shot in head during drive-by shooting in Kearns

KEARNS, Utah — One day after a 9-year-old child was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting in Kearns, police have made an arrest and the victim remains in critical condition.

The Unified Police Department confirmed around 3:40 p.m. Thursday that 19-year-old Oscar Bermejo-Zaragoza was arrested for his role in the shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon. 

The victim was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital Wednesday, where he underwent emergency surgery.

As doctors monitor the boy, police are investigating and believe they have some leads. They were out all night gathering evidence, and Thursday they say they called four people in for questioning.

“What we have is we have four individuals detained in Ogden,” said Detective Ken Hansen with the Unified Police Department.

Ogden police worked with UPD to question the four individuals. That resulted in the arrest of Bermejo-Zaragoza on three counts of aggravated assault. The other three people who were questioned have been released.

Police believe the incident may be gang related, and they say the man arrested Thursday is believed to have either been the driver or the passenger in the BMW suspected in the drive-by shooting.

“…based on the address, based on the type of crime that it was–you know, being a drive

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‘Grinch’ arrested for shoplifting while police hold toy drive

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) – A shoplifting suspect didn’t get far Saturday after trying to steal items from a Target while police officers were holding a toy drive outside.

“Probably not the wisest decision,” said Dartmouth Police Detective Kyle Costa about the alleged Christmas crook’s timing.

The Dartmouth Police Department was holding its annual Christmas toy drive outside the store all day and filled two buses with donated toys. But at some point Saturday, while the event was underway, Target employees alerted police to a man they believed had shoplifted from the store.

“He had several different items that valued about $120,” said Costa. “He just didn’t choose the right day to do it.”

Police arrested the man, 42 year-old Patrick Machado of Acushnet, and charged him with shoplifting by concealing merchandise. And that’s not all — Costa said the arresting officer was decked out for the holidays.

“The shoplifter happened to be taken into custody by one of our guys who was wearing a Santa Claus hat with his uniform,” said Costa. “In keeping in the spirit of the holiday he kept his hat on throughout the entire process.

“Santa just placed someone on the naughty list,” the department wrote on its Facebook page.


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