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Police K-9 shows off lifesaving skills, dog demonstrates CPR on handler

A police dog in Spain showed he’s ready to save lives at a moment’s notice.

His name is Poncho and during a demonstration session, he showed how he can perform a dog version of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 

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During the demonstration, Poncho’s handler pretended to have a medical emergency and collapsed. Poncho, sporting a vest with a blue emergency light strapped on it, literally jumped into action, . 

The dog ran over and started jumping on the officer’s chest. He then put his head on the officer’s neck -- a move that looked as if Pancho could be checking for a pulse.

The video of the demonstration was posted to Instagram by the Madrid Police Department.

Bliss and Goodfellow: Which military bases will build camps to hold immigrants? 

The Pentagon announced on Monday that two bases in Texas will be building temporary housing for immigrants illegally crossing the country’s southern border.

Goodfellow Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Bliss were chosen by the Department of Defense to house immigrants. According to the Pentagon, one base will house unaccompanied children while the other will host families.

Defense Secretary James Mattis told The Associated Press Sunday that the Pentagon is preparing to build temporary housing for migrants at two U.S. military bases. Mattis said that plans for the housing were already in the works, but he would not name which two bases would be hosting temporary camps for immigrants.

The Pentagon said last week that officials at HHS requested housing for children at military installations “for occupancy as early as July through December 31, 2018.” A spokesman for the DOD said the department would make available space on military bases for as many as 20,000 migrant children.

The call for housing comes amid a backlash over the Trump Administration policy of “zero tolerance” for those coming into the country illegally. Under the zero-tolerance policy, any adult “believed to have committed any crime, including illegal entry,” is referred to the Justice Department for prosecution. Any child accompanying an adult entering the country illegally would be sent to a detention center, separated from the parent or guardian who would be sent to jail. 

Video footage of separated children along with an audiotape of children crying for their parents sparked outrage over the policy.

Last week, Trump signed an executive order that said that from that point on, migrant families would be housed together, and reiterated the call for military bases to find space for facilities to house families.

Trump’s executive order called for the Department of Defense to “take all legally available measures” to provide the Department of Homeland Security with “any existing facilities available for the housing and care of alien families,” according to The Washington Post.

The Pentagon was also tasked with the construction of facilities “if necessary and consistent with law.”

HHS, the department that takes custody of “unattended” immigrant children, has toured facilities on four military bases to assess whether they would meet their needs for housing children. The bases are Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, and Dyess Air Force Base, Goodfellow Air Force Base and Fort Bliss in Texas.

Time magazine is reporting that the U.S. Navy is ready to construct detention centers that would house more than 100,000 immigrants.

The centers – said to be tent cities and described as “temporary and austere” – are being considered for air fields in Alabama, Arizona and California that are no longer in regular use by the Navy. 

According to the internal draft memo obtained by TIME, the centers will be designed to last between six months and a year. They would be built at Navy Outlying Field Wolf in Orange Beach, Alabama, and nearby Navy Outlying Field Silverhill in Silverhill, Alabama, as well as at Naval Weapons Station Concord, near San Francisco, and Camp Pendleton in Southern California. Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (Arizona), is also being considered, according to the memo.

The memo said that the Navy would spend about $233 million to construct and operate each facility for 25,000 people for a six-month time period. 

Here is a look at the two bases:

Goodfellow Air Force Base

  • Goodfellow Air Force Base is located in San Angelo, Texas, which is in Tom Green County in central Texas, four hours northwest of San Antonio.
  • It is the home of the 17th Training Wing.
  • Air Education and Training Command was established and activated there in January 1942, making it the second-oldest major command in the Air Force.
  • Goodfellow hosts cryptologic and intelligence training for all branches of the military.
  • In addition, military firefighters are trained at Goodfellow as part of the 312th Training Squadron. 
  • The 217th Training Squadron of the Texas Air National Guard is hosted at the base, as is the Army’s 344th Military Intelligence Batallion.
  • The base sits on 1,235 acres. It has a population of about 5,500, half of whom are students.

Fort Bliss

  • Fort Bliss is a United States Army post that takes in land in both New Mexico and Texas.
  • It has an area of about 1,700 square miles and is the largest installation in the United States Army Forces Command.
  • Fort Bliss has the largest contiguous tract -- 1,500 square miles -- of restricted airspace in the continental United States.
  • The base is used for missile and artillery training and testing.
  • Fort Bliss is home to the 1st Armored Division and is supported by the 15th Sustainment Brigade. The installation is also home to the 32nd Army Air & Missile Defense Command, the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, the 212th Fires Brigade and the 402nd Field Artillery Brigade.
  • The post is also the headquarters for the El Paso Intelligence Center, a federal tactical operational intelligence center.

Cop fired for detaining daughter and her black boyfriend, ignoring real call for help

An Ohio police officer has been fired for abusing his authority by detaining his daughter and her black boyfriend, all while a legitimate call for help went unanswered, police officials said. 

John Kovach Jr., who is white, was fired May 11 after an internal investigation determined he had violated multiple sections of the Lorain Police Department’s standards of conduct, as well as the department’s policy and procedures, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reported. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will is also reviewing the case to determine if Kovach will face criminal charges. 

“These actions are not acceptable for members of our police department and we felt it warranted immediate dismissal,” Dan Given, safety-service director for the city of Lorain, told the newspaper

Lorain, a city of just under 65,000 people, is located about 30 miles west of Cleveland on Lake Erie. 

Dashboard camera footage shows the April 16 traffic stop that Kovach conducted on Makai Coleman, the 18-year-old dating Kovach’s daughter, Katlyn Kovach. She is also 18 years old, the Chronicle-Telegram reported

Kovach, a 26-year veteran officer, tells Coleman to get out of the car because he’s “going to jail,” according to the video, which was obtained by the Chronicle-Telegram

Coleman asks the police officer why he is being arrested. 

“Have a seat in my car,” Kovach responds. “We’ll make (expletive) up as we go.”

See the dashboard camera recording from Kovach’s patrol car below. Warning: The video contains some graphic language. 

Once Coleman is in the police cruiser, one of the passengers gets out of the stopped vehicle. 

“Did I tell you to get out of the car?” Kovach asks. 

Off camera, but while still being recorded, Kovach approaches a woman who lives nearby, who the Chronicle-Telegram identified as Gloria Morales. Morales’ children are two of the passengers in Coleman’s car. 

Unbeknownst to Kovach, his daughter is the third passenger. 

“My daughter in there?” Kovach is heard asking Morales, who tells him the girl isn’t in her home. “Why is her computer there?”

Morales offers to let him check inside the house for his daughter. 

Kovach doesn’t believe her. 

“If I check and you’re lying to me, you’re going to jail,” Kovach tells Morales

As he and Morales argue, Kovach tells her “that boy” was harboring his daughter, who he heard was suicidal. He then tells Morales her daughter will get a $300 ticket for failure to wear a seat belt. 

Morales tells Kovach to come back with a search warrant if he wants to enter her home. 

“That’s fine. I will,” he responds. 

After a brief silence, he is heard off camera telling Morales’ daughter she is getting a ticket.

“I had my seat belt on,” the girl says. 

“No, you didn’t,” he says. “You can go to court, then.”

Morales steps into the camera frame, telling Kovach that she and her children will tell the judge about his behavior when they fight the ticket. 

Kovach accuses her of being disorderly. 

“How am I being disorderly?” Morales asks. “You’re making this personal. You want to ticket my daughter because you think your daughter is in my house.”

As the argument continues, Morales accuses Kovach of using department time and resources to look for his daughter. She tells Kovach she is calling 911 to report him. 

“Call 911, you’re going to jail,” Kovach tells her

The angry officer tells Morales’ children to go inside with their mother. It is at that point that he spots his own daughter sitting in the back seat of Coleman’s car. 

“I didn’t even see you. Get out of the car. Get in my car,” he tells his daughter. 

He opens the rear door of the patrol car.

“Goodbye,” he tells Coleman repeatedly as he orders his daughter into the cruiser.

“You can’t take me. I’m 18,” Katlyn Kovach tells her father. 

Coleman tells the girl she can get back in his car with him, but John Kovach tells her, “No, you are not.”

“Why are you taking me?” an increasingly panicked-sounding Katlyn Kovach asks her father. “Why are you taking me? You have to give me a reason, by law.”

She begins screaming and crying as her father pushes her into the back seat of the patrol car.  

Coleman, who initially walked back to his car, returns and asks John Kovach why he is taking his daughter. 

“Why are you putting her in the car?” Coleman asks. 

“She was suicidal yesterday,” the officer responds. 

“I was not,” Katlyn Kovach responds. “You weren’t even with me yesterday.”

The argument continues for a few moments, at which point John Kovach says his daughter is going to the hospital. The camera footage eventually shows the patrol car driving away, Katlyn Kovach still in the back seat.

While the argument with his daughter was going on, a call came in for a road rage incident elsewhere in the city. The dashboard footage shows that Kovach, who was nearby, ignored the call. 

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The Chronicle-Telegram reported that documents from the internal investigation indicate Kovach lied multiple times to the detectives conducting the internal investigation, which was prompted after Morales called 911. 

Kovach told internal investigators that he pulled Coleman’s car over after spotting him driving at a high rate of speed. He also claimed the car almost struck his patrol vehicle, the newspaper reported.

The dashboard footage shows Coleman driving at a normal rate of speed into the Morales family’s neighborhood. It also shows that Kovach did not inform dispatchers before initiating the traffic stop. 

The Chronicle-Telegram reported that Kovach, when questioned about the missed road rage call, told investigators that he called the officer at that scene after receiving the dispatch information and learned he was not needed. Lt. Ed Super, one of the men conducting the internal investigation, pointed out that the dashcam footage does not substantiate Kovach’s claim. 

Lt. Dan Smith wrote in a complaint against Kovach that he talked to both Coleman and Coleman’s mother about the incident. According to the documents, the teen told the lieutenant that Kovach called him the week before the traffic stop and threatened to take out warrants against him.

Kovach also threatened to go to Coleman’s U.S. Army recruiter and stop the teen’s enlistment, Coleman told Smith. According to his Facebook page, Coleman started basic training in May.

Smith wrote that Kovach told him he didn’t think Coleman was a good person because he had previously been arrested on a marijuana charge, the newspaper reported. The officer said his daughter was staying with Coleman against her parents’ wishes.

Kovach also claimed that his ex-wife told him she had seen a Facebook post on Coleman’s page in which the teen said he was going to pimp out their daughter to make money. The ex-wife later told investigators she had no idea what Kovach was talking about. 

The girl’s mother did say, however, that she believed Kovach was trying to be a good father. She did “not want him to lose everything,” and said that she and her ex-husband did have concerns about their daughter’s relationship, the documents said

Kovach was placed on leave less than four hours after the traffic stop, the Chronicle-Telegram reported. He was ultimately disciplined for initiating the traffic stop without cause, for threatening to arrest Morales and for placing Coleman in custody and saying he would make up charges against him.

Kovach was also disciplined for failing to back up the other officer at the road rage incident, the newspaper reported. 

He is appealing his firing. Kyle Gelenius, president of the Lorain Fraternal Order of Police, said in a statement Friday that Kovach is appealing through the grievance process. 

Gelenius said that the appeal is based not on claims that Kovach’s behavior was appropriate, but on violations of the union’s standing contract that allegedly took place during the disciplinary process. He said union officials are “just as disturbed as anyone else” by what Kovach did. 

“Clearly, he acted outside of the purview of his duties as an officer of the law, which our city administration recognized and felt warranted termination,” Gelenius said in the statement. “We are equally concerned about the rights of our citizens to whom we are sworn to serve and protect. We do not condone nor praise John Kovach’s actions in this matter.”

It is still the union’s job to offer Kovach fair and neutral representation through the disciplinary and appeals process, Gelenius said.

“That is why we stated HE is looking forward to presenting his side to a neutral arbitrator,” Gelenius said. 

The arbitration hearing is scheduled for September, the Chronicle-Telegram reported

Boy, 7, put in bathtub filled with hot water during Texas home invasion, police say

A 7-year-old boy was burned in a bathtub filled with hot water during a home invasion in suburban Houston as an inducement to get valuables from the family, KHOU reported.

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The child was one of four victims in the overnight attack, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said. Three masked men broke into the home through the front door, where two adults and two children lived, department spokesman Bob Haenel said.

The boy’s father was hit with a gun during the burglary, The Houston Chronicle reported. 

The suspects held the family captive for an hour as they robbed the home, taking jewelry, money and cellphones, KHOU reported.

The suspects used the children to provoke the family into giving them items from the home and allegedly put the 7-year-old in a bathtub filled with hot water, deputies told KHOU

“This is the worst kind of crime against a family,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said on the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. “Three crooks forcing their way into a home in the middle of the night is appalling. To make matters worse, they accosted a 7-year-old child. They’re cowards, to say the least.

Two people were taken to a hospital, the television station reported. Their conditions were not released.

Man uses paddleboard to make commute to Manhattan

A man who didn’t want to pay tolls to make a morning meeting in Manhattan grabbed his briefcase and crossed the Hudson River on his paddleboard. 

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Struggling comedian Scott Holt managed to stay dry in his suit and dress shoes and was early to his meeting Thursday after paddling through strong winds and choppy water for about 30 minutes, according to the New York Post

“I was trying to meet a manager to represent me to be a comedian, but that meeting didn’t go as well as the commute,” Holt told the Post. “So I’m still on the market for a manager.”

Holt is not ruling out future commutes across the Hudson by paddleboard.

“I made it there dry,” he said.

Trump slams restaurant that kicked out Sarah Huckabee Sanders

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to slam the Virginia restaurant that kicked out his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, over the weekend.

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Trump wrote that The Red Hen in Lexington “should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders.” 

>> Sarah Huckabee Sanders kicked out of Red Hen restaurant in Virginia on ‘moral’ grounds

“I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!” the president wrote.

The Associated Press noted that online images of the restaurant did not appear to show evidence of “serious disrepair.”

Huckabee Sanders confirmed Saturday on Twitter that she was asked to leave The Red Hen “because I work for @POTUS.”

Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of The Red Hen, told The Washington Post that she personally asked Sanders to leave the restaurant after speaking with some of her employees, who felt uncomfortable about serving Sanders.

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“I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” she told the newspaper. “I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.”

>> Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen taunted by protesters as she eats at Mexican restaurant

The incident happened days after protesters confronted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she was eating at a Washington-area Mexican restaurant amid criticism of the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump ended the policy with an executive order last week.

5 Seconds of Summer edges Beyoncé-Jay-Z collaboration, tops Billboard charts 

Australian pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States that will be released this week, edging the collaborative LP of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and a push by fans of the late rapper XXXTentacion, Billboard reported.

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“Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer, sold 142,000 total copies in the week following its June 15 release, Rolling Stone reported. Of that number, 117,000 were in traditional album sales, Billboard reported.

It is the group’s third album and the third to top the U.S. charts, following its self-titled debut album in 2014 and “Sounds Good Feels Good” the following year.

“You are every reason why we feel like the luckiest people alive," the band wrote on Instagram on Monday.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on traditional album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums. The entire chart will be posted by Billboard on Tuesday.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z were at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with “Everything is Love,” which the pair released as the Carters, Rolling Stone reported. The album sold 123,000 total copies.

>> Arrest made in death of rapper XXXTentacion

According to Billboard, a late social media push by the band propelled “Youngblood” past “Everything Is Love” for the top spot on the charts.

Two albums by XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on June 18, cracked the top 10: “?,” which debuted at No. 1 on March 31, jumped from 24th to the third spot. His “17” album from 2017 jumped from No. 60 to No. 7, Billboard reported.

Firefighter killed, 2 injured in shooting after fire at California retirement home

A shooting at a senior housing community in Long Beach claimed the life of a firefighter and left two other people injured Monday morning, according, according to authorities.

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Update 12:25 p.m. EDT June 25: Firefighters released a photo of Long Beach Fire Capt. David Rosa, 45, who died Monday after he was shot while responding to a fire at Long Beach’s Covenant Manor.

Update 12 p.m. EDT June 25: Officials identified the firefighter killed Monday in the line-of-duty as Capt. David Rosa, 45, of the Long Beach Fire Department.

Fire Chief Mike Duree said Rosa joined the department 17 years ago. He was made a captain six and a half years ago, the fire chief said.

“This is a tough day,” Duree said Monday in an emotional moment at a news conference.

Rosa is survived by a wife and two children.

“We’ve lost a family member,” Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna said.

A second firefighter was in stable condition and expected to recover after the shooting, according to officials. Luna said a third person, identified only as a civilian, was also shot. The civilian was in critical condition Monday.

Authorities recovered a weapon after the attack, which took place while firefighters were responding to a report of a fire at Covenant Manor.

“That’s the environment that we work in today as law enforcement and firefighters,” Luna said. “You go to these scenes and you never know what’s on the other side of those doors. And these brave firefighters, they went through those doors and they were unfortunately met with gunfire.”

Luna said authorities had a person of interest in custody after the shooting.

Update 11:30 a.m. EDT June 25: A firefighter who suffered critical injuries Monday morning in a shooting in Long Beach has died, KTTV reported.

One other firefighter was in stable condition after the attack, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin said earlier Monday. A civilian was also shot.

Authorities continue to investigate.

Update 10:45 a.m. EDT June 25: Firefighters found sprinklers going off at Covenant Major after they were called just before 4 a.m. local time to a report of a fire at the retirement home, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin said. 

Officials had also gotten reports of an explosion in the building and found multiple windows had been blown out, although authorities couldn’t immediately confirm that an explosion had taken place, Heflin said.

Firefighters put out a small fire at the scene. It was while officials were checking to make sure all the fire had been put out that two firefighters were shot, Heflin said. Long Beach police Sgt. Brad Johnson said one civilian was also shot.

One firefighter suffered critical injuries. The second was in stable condition with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

“Firefighters, they do a tremendous job and they deal with fire -- they don’t deal with bullets,” Johnson said Monday morning at a news conference. “It’s a sad time in Long Beach’s history today if you have firefighters injured responding to just doing their job.”

Johnson said a resident of the senior living home, who was not injured, was in custody after the shooting.

Authorities continue to investigate.

Update 10:07 a.m. EDT June 25: Two firefighters who were injured Monday morning at Long Beach’s Covenant Manor suffered gunshot wounds, fire officials confirmed.

One firefighter was in critical condition after the shooting, KNBC reported. The other firefighter suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, according to the news station.

Officials told KTLA that a civilian was also injured. 

Update 9:35 a.m. EDT June 25:  Fire officials told KTLA that two firefighters and a civilian were injured Monday morning at a California retirement home where shots were heard early Monday.

The extent and cause of their injuries were not immediately known.

Update 9:20 a.m. EDT June 25: Long Beach police confirmed to KCBS-TV that officers were responding to reports of a shooting Monday morning at Covenant Manor on E. 4th Street.

“All I can confirm at this time is that there has been a shooting,” Long Beach police Sgt. Brad Johnson told KCBS-TV. “(It’s) not an active shooter situation. (The) investigation is ongoing.”

Update 8:55 a.m. EDT June 25: Authorities continued Monday morning to search the retirement home, identified by KCBS-TV as Covenant Manor. 

The news station reported authorities were called just after 4 a.m. to a report of an explosion and shooting at the building, however, officials did not immediately confirm the report.

Two people told KTLA they heard what sounded like gunshots in the area early Monday.

Update 8:05 a.m. EDT June 25: According to KCBS-TV producer Mike Rogers, an “active shooter and 3rd alarm fire” were reported early Monday in Long Beach. 

KTLA’s Alberto Mendez reported that the incident occurred “at a retirement home near the area of 4th and Atlantic.”

“Suspect is still possibly in the building,” he added.

One woman told KTLA that she heard gunshots.

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Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker: 'I love my son, but these allegations are serious'

The U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating allegations that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's son groped a woman on a flight, the governor said Monday morning. 

At a brief news conference from his office, Baker addressed the news that his son, A.J., was accused of sexual assault aboard a flight from D.C. to Boston. 

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"Look, I love my son, but obviously these allegations are serious," Baker said. "He will comply with the U.S. Attorney's Office."

Baker declined to answer many questions and said he wouldn't comment further because it is "a personal matter for (his) family."

Reports surfaced Friday that A.J. Baker was involved in an incident on June 20 aboard a JetBlue flight. 

Sources told Boston 25 News a female passenger accused the governor's son of groping her breast on the flight. 

When a reporter compared the situation to that of former Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband, Baker was quick to respond that an independent investigation is underway -- which he called for in Rosenberg's case.

Toys R Us will close its doors for good on Friday

Toys R Us will be no more after this week.

The toy retailer, which started liquidating in March, said that all Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations will close by Friday, June 29, according to posts on the company’s social media pages.

Locations that are still open are offering discounts of 60 to 90 percent. (Deals vary, and inventory is limited.) Many stores are also selling the fixtures, NJ.com reported.

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There had been hope that some of the 735 stores in the U.S. could remain open after Isaac Larian, MGA Entertainment CEO and the creator of Bratz dolls, offered $675 million to buy some of the U.S. locations, in addition to $215 million for some Canadian stores, but Toys R Us said no, claiming the offer “was well below the liquidation value of the assets he was seeking,” NJ.com reported.

It’s not just North American shoppers who are losing the toy store. It was announced this week that the Toys R Us Australian locations will close. There were 44 stores that some had hoped were going to survive, but now are expected to close over the next few weeks, ABC in Australia reported.

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