May 11, 2018

Woman convicted of murder for running over her cheating husband in 2002 released from prison

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Texas dentist who was notoriously convicted of running over her cheating husband has been released from prison after 15 years. On July 24, 2002, Clara Harris, 60, killed her husband, 44-year-old orthodontist David Harris, after she found him with his alleged mistress..
May 11, 2018

Police stumble on three men making off with mailbox

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Perhaps they should have stuck to email. New York police stumbled on a trio of men trying to make off with a mailbox early Friday morning. It was just after 3 a.m. when officers said they noticed three men carrying the mailbox toward a minivan and cramming it into the back of the car. Two of the men fled on foot, police said. One, 30, was arrested on the spot. Charges are pending. Mail theft is an ongoing concern for the U.S. Postal Service and local police departments. This week, police in Yonkers, New York, issued an alert about theft from mailboxes. Three men were arrested after police said they tried to pry open the doors of the mailbox and pull the mail out through the deposit slot. “Mail theft is a serious crime because of the potential for financial loss, identity theft, and the inherent privacy violations,” Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
May 11, 2018

Ohio sheriff’s employee overdoses on the job, assaults first responder

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- An Ohio sheriff's department employee overdosed while on the job several weeks ago and grappled with first responders after they had revived him, police said. This week, the Brooklyn Police Department provided ABC affiliate WEWS with footage from police body cameras showing the March 23 incident. Police found 54-year-old Paul Grivas slumped over and unresponsive at the wheel of his car in the parking lot of an IHOP in the Cleveland suburb of Brooklyn on March 23, according to the incident report. Grivas, who works as a process server for the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, was revived after several doses of naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdoses. But as firefighters and medics were examining him, Grivas began to struggle and had to be physically restrained. He managed to break free at one point and struck a fireman in the head with his knee, "hard enough for him to 'see stars,'" according to the incident report. "He was flailing his arms, kicking his legs," Brooklyn Police Officer Joe Bugaj said in a recent interview with WEWS. "You never know what could happen, whether or not they're going to be upset, because we are basically taking that high away from them." The fireman was taken to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a mild concussion. Police found a sheriff's department badge and a process server ID in Grivas' car, according to the incident report. Police also discovered several subpoenas in the backseat that Grivas was in the process of serving, WEWS reported. "It was definitely a different situation dealing with somebody that's in the same line of work we are," Bugaj told WEWS. Grivas, who lives in Lakewood, Ohio, has been charged with assaulting a peace officer and obstructing official business. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas on May 21, according to court records. It was unclear whether Grivas has entered any pleas or has obtained a lawyer. ABC News' email to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, requesting comment and an update on Grivas' status, was not immediately returned Friday. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
May 11, 2018

Officer fired over video of him allegedly choking former NFL player Desmond Marrow during arrest

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Georgia police officer has been fired after an investigation into the use of force on former NFL Football player Desmond Marrow during his arrest. On Dec. 2, police were called to a shopping center parking lot in McDonough, Georgia in response to an alleged road-rage incident involving Marrow. The incident, caught on camera, shows Henry County Police Officer David Rose choking Marrow while he was in handcuffs. When the video surfaced, Henry County police Chief Mark Amerman said, "We promised to find the truth for Desmond Marrow, where ever it took us. He and all people deserve the truth, and being open and transparent is important to us at the Henry County Police Department." On Thursday, the internal investigation was completed and Chief Amerman announced that unnecessary force was used by Officer Rose. "Officer Rose was administratively charged with maltreatment or unnecessary force, and conduct violations, both through departmental policy and county policy" and his employment with the department was terminated, according to a statement from the Henry County Police Department. Furthermore, Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo dismissed the felony charge against Marrow. "We have reviewed the police reports, witness statements, 911 calls, audio and videos, as well as interviewed witnesses, and determined there is insufficient evidence to present any felony charges to a grand jury,” Pattillo added. Although Marrow will now be facing misdemeanor charges, his attorneys said they were pleased on the outcome of the investigation. They are now working to get those charges dismissed, as well. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.