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Patriots' Rob Gronkowski's home burglarized during Super Bowl, police say

Update 11:33 a.m. EST Feb. 7: Police in Massachusetts are investigating after authorities said burglars broke into the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski while he was in Minneapolis playing in Super Bowl LII.

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According to a heavily redacted police report, the break-in happened at 8:50 p.m., just five minutes after Gronkowski scored his first of two touchdowns at the Super Bowl on Sunday.

“This is Rob Gronkowski calling,” the football player can be heard saying in a recording of the 911 call he made about the incident. “While I was gone, my whole house got robbed – while on the Super Bowl trip, and I just got back.”

According to the police report, burglars were not able to get into Gronkowski's bedroom -- it was found locked and secured. However, items were taken from the his housemates’ bedrooms, and other valuables were stolen from common areas of the home.

Original report: In exclusive video obtained by Boston 25 News, police can be seen responding Monday to Gronkowski’s home in Foxborough, a few miles from Gillette Stadium. In the video, Massachusetts State Police vehicles can be seen parked outside Gronkowski’s home until about 11 p.m.

Gronkowski briefly appeared at the door of his home, but he did not say anything about the investigation.

Boston 25 News obtained a police audio recording of the responding officer talking about the break-in. In it, the officer says that “the homeowner… reports while he was on his trip, his house was broken into.”

>> On Boston25News.com: Foxborough police provide update on break-in at Gronk's house

The officer also mentions that “multiple safes” and “possible guns” were reported missing after the break-in.

Foxborough police Chief William Baker spoke with reporters outside the police station Tuesday morning and confirmed that Gronkowski’s home was burglarized while he was away in Minnesota.

“I think it’s kind of a tough combination,” he said. “You know, to have suffered this unfortunate loss and then to get home and be a victim of this kind of crime.”

A neighbor spoke with Boston 25 News early Tuesday and said he noticed something unusual Sunday at Gronkowski’s home.

“We went past the house on Sunday, about 12:30-1 p.m., and I happened to notice the gate was ajar, which is very unusual," Tom Savino said. "You never see that gate ajar. So, as a joke, my son and I said, ‘Gee, maybe we should just call the police or something.' Now I’m sort of sorry I didn't."

>> Rob Gronkowski noncommital on return to Patriots after loss

Gronkowski and the rest of the New England Patriots left for the Super Bowl in Minneapolis on Jan. 29, and didn’t return home until around 5 p.m. Monday.

Police declined to release additional information on the burglary as they continue their investigation.

“Whether you’re Rob Gronkowski or Bill Baker, being the victim of a residential property crime like that is unpleasant,” Baker said. “So, out of respect for Mr. Gronkowski’s privacy, and because this is an active and dynamic criminal investigation we are not going to release any information right now about what was stolen or whether any suspects exist.”

8-year-old dies after mom accidentally hits him with car, police say

A San Antonio boy died Sunday night after his mother accidentally struck him with a car outside their apartment building, police officials said. 

Jayden Raul Herrera, 8, was playing on the sidewalk with his younger brother around 6 p.m. Sunday when the crash occurred. Carlos Ortiz, a San Antonio Police Department spokesman, told KSAT 12 that the boy’s mother was pulling into a parking spot near the boys when she accidentally hit the accelerator and struck her son. 

Jayden was taken to University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, the news station reported

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The boy’s mother, identified on a fundraising page for the family as Angela Farbin, did not show signs of being impaired in any way, the San Antonio Express-News reported. She will not face criminal charges in the accident, police officials said. 

Farbin on Tuesday posted a photo on Facebook of herself with her son, a smiling boy with glasses and a head full of curly hair like his mother’s. The frame around the photo read, “My heart.”

Jayden’s uncle, Frankie Lee Sauceda, said that the boy was now the family’s “little curly-haired angel.”

“He’s flying high watching over all of us now, but he’s with us in spirit and heart,” Sauceda wrote. “Love you, nephew. Fly high, baby boy.”

Jayden was a third-grader at San Antonio’s Northwood Elementary School, where the PTA has set up a page asking for help for the family, from monetary donations for Jayden’s funeral to gift cards, snacks and participation in a food chain. 

“This is such a tragedy, and anything to help this family will go a very long way,” the donation page read. “We do have the greatest community and support system here at Northwood. Let’s open up our hearts and come together to help this family through this horrific tragedy.”

As of Tuesday, dozens of volunteers had signed up to help feed the family as its members prepare to say goodbye to Jayden. In addition, a YouCaring page set up to collect donations toward his funeral expenses had raised more than $1,100 of its $5,000 goal.  

Mother was following ritual when she stabbed 2 sons to death, DA says

Officials with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office say a Brockton, Massachusetts, mother was following a ritual when she stabbed her two sons to death Monday. 

Attorneys in a Tuesday court hearing for Latarsha Sanders, 43, said she told police she killed her 5- and 8-year-old boys in a ritual incident. It is not clear what the ritual was.

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According to prosecutors, the 8-year-old boy was stabbed 50 times. Police say Sanders stabbed her two sons before putting them in separate beds and covering them with sheets. 

Court documents show police asked her why she stabbed her sons, and she responded, “It was because of the voodoo stuff.”

She allegedly told police she mopped up the floor and put the knife in the kitchen sink. 

According to court records, Sanders didn’t mention her sons to police or EMS when she was taken from the home in an ambulance.

When asked for details about the alleged ritual she was following, officials with the district attorney’s office simply said they are still looking into it, but she had supposedly mentioned rituals to her family in the past. 

Investigators said Monday that the killings took place within the past few days and they are trying to figure out a motive.

Sanders was ordered held without bail after her arraignment on the two charges of murder. 

Kentucky troopers apologize for Super Bowl-related prison rape joke

Officials with the Kentucky State Police have apologized for a prison rape joke posted on the agency’s Twitter account Sunday night.

The message was apparently tweeted as an anti-drunken driving PSA tied to the Super Bowl. 

“Enjoy Watching Rob Gronkowski (TE) play, but if you drink & drive … your tight end may end up in jail!” the tweet read. 

Attached to the tweet was a GIF of a bar of soap falling to the ground in slow motion. Historically, the phrase, “Don’t drop the soap,” has alluded to an inmate who drops a bar of soap in the shower becoming an easy target for sexual assault. 

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the tweet was deleted a short time after a reporter from the newspaper called seeking a comment. The troopers’ apology came soon afterward. 

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“The Kentucky State Police apologizes for the inappropriate tweet that appeared on our Twitter feed earlier tonight,” the statement read. “Making light of sexual assault is never acceptable, and we apologize for the distress this tweet caused, particularly to the victims of these heinous crimes. KSP is committed to protecting against sexual assault and fighting for justice for victims. This tweet -- made by an individual employee -- does not represent KSP or our mission.”

The initial tweet was not deleted in time to avoid people taking screenshots of it, and several people, including Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, spoke out against it.

“Rape & sexual assault are not joking matters,” Grimes wrote on Twitter. “Citizens expect & deserve better of law enforcement. An apology to victims everywhere from @kystatepolice is needed.”

Grimes later thanked state police officials for the apology.

Another person wrote that he regularly tries to defend police officers to friends who don’t trust law enforcement, but that the offensive tweet “doesn’t help.” 

“If you drink and drive, KSP will see to it that you are imprisoned and sexually assaulted,” the tweet read. “This is not a good message. Sexual assault is not a joke.”

The troopers’ statement did not indicate if the employee who tweeted the joke was being disciplined. Bernis Napier, a spokesman with the Kentucky State Police, told the Courier-Journal that he had no comment. 

Police: Woman ran over officer's foot in attempt to prevent car towing

An Iowa woman went to extreme measures while trying to stop her car from being towed.

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Police say Shyla Chilous, 22, ran over the foot of Debbie Garza, a parking enforcement officer, on Thursday. Garza was waiting on a towing company to come remove the car, due to outstanding tickets Chilous had incurred, KCCI reported. When Chilous appeared and realized her car was about to be towed, she got in and tried to take off. As she backed up, she ran over Garza's foot. Garza screamed and told Chilous to move the car off her foot, but Chilous ran instead, KCCI reported.

Chilous led police on a foot chase and officers were required to use force to arrest her, KCCI reported. She faces charges of interference with official acts and leaving the scene of an injury accident, police told KCCI.

Garza suffered bruising but was not seriously injured, police said.

Police say suspect fell through ceiling while warrant being served

Police in Oklahoma seized ecstasy pills, marijuana and guns after serving a warrant on a man wanted for burglary.

Muskogee police assisted the U.S. Marshal's Office in serving the warrant for Tevan Adams. He was wanted for possessing a firearm after a previous conviction, FOX23 reported.

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When the warrant was served at a house in Muskogee, police said they saw the drugs, weapons and paraphernalia in plain sight.

Adams was hiding in the attic and fell through the ceiling, according to police.

Laquinta Anderson and Antonio Gardent Jr. were also arrested on harboring and possession charges, FOX23 reported.

Police: Thieves target movie theater's concession stand

Police are searching for two men who reportedly held up a dollar movie theater's concession stand in Oklahoma Sunday night.

Sergeant Shane Tuell of the Tulsa Police Department told FOX23 two men between the ages of 17 and 20 demanded "the bread" from the Searchlight Cinema's concession stand in Tulsa at gunpoint.

"We're just fortunate they didn't decide to go into one of the theater rooms and hold up each moviegoer one at a time," Tuell said.

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The two men closed their hooded sweatshirts as tight as they could to cover their faces and walked in at 7:45 p.m., FOX23 reported.

"This is a very rare robbery," Tuell said, "but you'll also find that because of the type of place it is, these guys didn't make off with a lot of cash, but because of the way they carried out the theft, they could face a lot of time behind bars if they are caught."

No one was injured.

Police said a hooded sweatshirt with an OU logo on it, employees’ good witness descriptions of the men and multiple security camera angles are helpful as they continue the investigation.

"When you break into a business like this, and you're caught on multiple cameras and seen by multiple witnesses, it's only a matter of time before we figure out who you are," Tuell said.

 

1 killed, officer injured in shooting in Louisville

One person was killed and a police officer injured Thursday in a shooting reported in Louisville, according to multiple reports.

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Police call shooting at Los Angeles middle school that injured five ‘accidental’

Los Angeles police are calling a shooting at a middle school Thursday morning that left five people injured “accidental,” according to news reports. A 12-year-old girl was first taken into custody, but after questioning, police determined the shooting at Salvador Castro Middle School was an accident. The victims ranged in age from 11 to 30, and at least one person was critically injured.

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Sisters charged with murder in beating death of 3-year-old who ate cupcake

Two sisters accused of beating a 3-year-old child to death have been indicted on felony murder charges, officials with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Tuesday evening. 

Lashirley Morris and Glenndria Morris remain in the Fulton County jail months after Kejuan Mason was found beaten to death Oct. 21 inside an Atlanta home. 

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The indictment alleges Lashirley Morris used a bat to beat Kejuan repeatedly in the head, stomach, legs and arms, while legal guardian Glenndria Morris spanked him after he sneaked and ate a cupcake, according to Fulton County district attorney spokesman Dexter Bond. 

The sisters were granted bond in the case Monday after the Fulton County district attorney failed to indict the women within 90 days. By law, Georgia courts must grant bond if the suspect hasn’t been indicted within 90 days of an arrest.

Officials have not said if bond was revoked following the indictment. 

The sisters face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

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