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A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as four Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah.Full Story >
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Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors...Full Story >
A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.Full Story >
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The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...Full Story >
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the...Full Story >
A convicted sex offender was arrested after umpiring three games for a little girls' softball league, investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
A parent, who is also a police officer, recognized the suspect, 36-year-old Fred Allen Thomas III, and reported him to Hueytown police officers and the Commissioner of Fast Pitch Softball Charlie Burton.
"He thought he was a convicted sex offender so basically he came to me and asked that we check him and see. I told him we would because he wasn't a regular umpire he was filling in," Burton said.
Hueytown police notified the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Investigations Unit on March 20 and obtained an arrest warrant on March 21 after detectives verified that Thomas was a convicted sex offender.
Thomas was arrested on March 22, posted a $30,000 bond and was released on March 24. He had been previously convicted of second degree sexual abuse involving a six-year-old female.
Burton couldn't believe it.
"I've been here almost 20 years we're always had background checks. We just took it as a rule umpires did too," said Burton.
But Burton quickly learned that wasn't the case. After learning that Thomas was an umpire, Burton notified USSSA, the organization that hires the umpires. But what he was told shocked him.
"Told them that we had an umpire out here we didn't want back out here. Because according to police he was convicted sex offender and they need to check their records, that's when we were notified they don't do background checks," said Burton.
Now Burton's warning other ballparks in the area.
"I'd like to encourage all the other parks have your organization check your umpires. They are dealing with kids just as much as coaches are," said Burton.
We have reached out to USSSA, but have not yet heard back.
Authorities have not said how old the girls were who played in the softball league.
The sheriff's office said the softball association and Hueytown Police Department assisted them in their investigation.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.