(De QUEEN, Ark.) — A group of inmates is tending to 200 roosters at an Arkansas sheriff’s office pending their use as evidence against 137 people arrested at a cockfight.
Sheriff Robert Gentry said the birds would be held at his office until a court decides what to do with them.
The Texarkana Gazette reported several agencies raided a cockfight near De Queen March 17, tracking down an operation that moved every weekend. The sheriff said 34 people face felony counts of unlawful animal fighting and 86 face misdemeanors. Others arrested were spectators.
Gentry said the suspects are from Arkansas, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas.
Administrator assistant Terry Hernandez said Friday jail trustys were watching the birds — not anyone accused of staging cockfights. Workers at a neighboring business said the birds were noisy.
(GULFPORT, Miss.) — Even Father Jesus isn’t above the law of man.
A Mississippi city has denied a proposal for a church by a man named Father Jesus, saying he failed to have a professional engineer draw up the plans.
Jesus said the church he’s calling “Saints of the Most High” wouldn’t be very big — just 12-feet by 24-feet (27 sq. meters), and he’d begin with just three members.
The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports that area residents questioned what Jesus stands for during a Gulfport Planning Commission meeting on Thursday.
Jesus reportedly said he’s been diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic, and changed his name to Father Jesus after a revelation that he embodies the spirit of Jesus.
Commissioners were more concerned about building code compliance.
(MAIDUGURI, Nigeria) — Islamic extremists who abducted 111 girls last month in Nigeria’s northern village of Dapchi are releasing one more girl, Nigeria’s police chief said Saturday.
Leah Sharibu, 15, was held back on Wednesday when 105 of her classmates were freed by Boko Haram extremists after negotiations. She remained a prisoner because she is Christian and refused to convert to Islam, her mother said.
Five other girls kidnapped at the same time are unaccounted for and are presumed to have died in a stampede when the girls tried to run away from their captors.
Police Inspector General Muhammed Abubakar said Saturday that he canceled a trip to Dapchi to avoid interfering with the girl’s release. He said too much security presence could sabotage the efforts.
It wasn’t clear when she would be released.
The girl’s father, Nathan Sharibu, confirmed to The Associated Press he heard she was on her way to Dapchi. The head of a group set up for the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls, Bashir Manzo, also confirmed her release.
“We got the news that she was on her way,” he said.
Many residents in Dapchi remained indoors and closed their businesses, fearing Boko Haram gunmen.
“We have all been indoors since morning and no one has opened their shop because we can’t trust these Boko Haram people,” said trader Muhammed Musa.
Boko Haram extremists stormed Dapchi village on Feb. 19, abducting the schoolgirls.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who welcomed the released schoolgirls to his residence Friday, had promised his government would beef up security around vulnerable schools. He also vowed to work for the release of others abducted by the extremists.
The Nigerian government denies that it paid a ransom or made a prisoner swap in exchange for the Dapchi girls’ freedom.
The Dapchi school kidnappings are thought to have been carried out by a Boko Haram splinter group aligned with the Islamic State group.
The mass abduction caused a fresh round of outrage in Nigeria, and evoked painful memories of Boko Haram’s kidnapping of 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok in 2014.
Naomi Wadler took the stage at a March For Our Lives events Saturday bringing attention to female African American victims of gun violence.
“I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper. These stories don’t lead on the evening news,” Wadler said at the Washington D.C. March for Our Lives rally.
“I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics, instead of vibrant, beautiful girls, full of potential.”
Wadler, 11, also helped organize a walkout at her school, George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. where she honored the 17 victims who died in the Parkland, Fla. school shooting and Courtlin Arrington, an African American teenager who was shot and killed in her Alabama high school after the Parkland shooting, by walking out for 18 minutes.
“For far too long, these names, these black girls and women, have been just numbers. I’m here to say ‘Never again,’ for those girls too. I’m here to say that everyone should value those girls too,” Wadler said in her speech.
“People have said that I am too young to have these thoughts on my own. People have said that I am a tool of some nameless adult. It’s not true.”
(OPELIKA, Ala.) — Police found the bones of a little girl six years ago in an Alabama trailer park right next to a long-sleeve pink shirt with heart buttons and a ruffled neckline.
The unidentified girl in the unsolved homicide case has been dubbed Baby Jane Doe. The Lee County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an involved person’s conviction.
Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes says authorities can begin holding perpetrators accountable once the child is identified.
Opelika Detective Sgt. Alfred White says they have the child’s DNA, but nothing to compare it to. The Opelika-Auburn News reports that police suspect the girl suffered abuse and malnutrition. Police Chief John McEachern says the girl could have easily spent her entire life in captivity.