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  • A man opened fire on two police officers who were 15 feet away from him on Thursday morning, striking them with bullets that would have hit their chests if not for their bulletproof vests, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The vests might have saved the officers’ lives, KTVI reported. The pair was conscious and speaking Thursday after the shooting in Bellefontaine Neighbors, according to the news station. They were released from a hospital on Thursday afternoon after getting treatment for their injuries, St. Louis County police said. Bellefontaine Neighbors Mayor Bob Doerr told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the injured officers were a 44-year-old male sergeant who has worked in law enforcement for “half his life” and a 25-year-old female police officer who was hired in 2014. 'They were wearing their bulletproof vests, so thank God,' Doerr old the Post-Dispatch The officers were injured around 7:30 a.m. after being called Thursday morning to a home in north St. Louis County where a man was suspected of having fired multiple shots on Wednesday night, KTVI reported. Police left the home Wednesday after finding no evidence to continue an investigation, St. Louis County police Sgt. Shawn McGuire told KMOV. He told the news station that a neighbor called authorities Thursday morning after spotting the man who was suspected of firing the shots. Officers said they found the person walking in the area and tried to talk to him, but St. Louis County police said they were unsuccessful. “Officers tried to take the suspect into custody, at which time the suspect resisted arrest,” police said. “One of the officers attempted to use a Taser to control the suspect, but was unsuccessful.” Authorities said the man then pulled out a gun and fired shots at the officers’ chests. One of the officers returned fire, but it was not immediately clear if the man was hit. He ran into a home, where he barricaded himself for hours before police officers were able to take him into custody Thursday afternoon. Witness Steve Jones told KMOV he spotted police officers Thursday morning in the front yard of a home on Bellefontaine Road. “All of a sudden, I (see) ... Bellefontaine officers trying to take this man to the ground, and the next thing I know, this man jumps up off the ground and I see pepper spray being deployed from the officers,” Jones told KMOV. “This man backs up about 15 feet and starts shooting.” He said he heard several gunshots and saw the officers fall to the ground. He told KMOV he called 911. Police did not immediately identify the man accused of firing shots at police or either of the injured officers.
  • One of the biggest U.S. chicken producers blames the recent NFL player-protest controversy for slower sales of chicken wings, often considered a game-time favorite of fans. Sanderson Farms Inc. reports that spot prices slumped in each of the last three months and are now 14 percent lower than a year earlier, according to Bloomberg.  That’s after wing prices had a banner year for much of 2017, boosting profits at Sanderson. “The only thing puzzling me right now is wings,” said Sanderson CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr.  “We’ve been talking to our wing customers and they’re the ones that are telling us that they’re seeing less traffic in their stores.  They attribute that to the NFL.” A graphic posted by Bloomberg shows the spot price of chicken wings sinking 28 percent since the peak in September.Last month, Papa John’s Pizza apologized for CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
  • Central Florida’s law enforcement agencies are making sure children in their districts are feeling the holiday spirit this month. Patrol officers with Mount Dora Police are riding around with comfort bears to hand out to children during certain emergency calls. (Picture of comfort bears) On Thursday morning, the Orlando Police Department had their “Shop with a Super Cop” even.  Children are chosen from Orlando school and paired with an officer for a shopping spree.  Each child (about 50 in total) was given a $50 gift card donated by Walmart. (OPD Facebook post) On Dec. 9, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received their first set of “We Care Bears” bags.  The project was started by a 14 year-old student: the oranization provides new stuffed animals to First Responders who then hand them out to children who have been involved in a traumatic experience. (OCSO Facebook post) On Dec. 10, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Kissimmee Festival of Lights Parade helping to spread Christmas cheer. (Facebook post) Over the last weekend, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in the south region participated in the Sanlando United Methodist Church’s annual parade.  Deputies and volunteers welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus and distributed gifts to the under-served children of the Mobile Manor Community. (SCSO Facebook post)
  • A man opened fire on two police officers who were 15 feet away from him on Thursday morning, striking them with bullets that would have hit their chests if not for their bulletproof vests, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The vests might have saved the officers’ lives, KTVI reported. The pair was conscious and speaking Thursday after the shooting in Bellefontaine Neighbors, according to the news station. They were released from a hospital on Thursday afternoon after getting treatment for their injuries, St. Louis County police said. Bellefontaine Neighbors Mayor Bob Doerr told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the injured officers were a 44-year-old male sergeant who has worked in law enforcement for “half his life” and a 25-year-old female police officer who was hired in 2014. 'They were wearing their bulletproof vests, so thank God,' Doerr old the Post-Dispatch The officers were injured around 7:30 a.m. after being called Thursday morning to a home in north St. Louis County where a man was suspected of having fired multiple shots on Wednesday night, KTVI reported. Police left the home Wednesday after finding no evidence to continue an investigation, St. Louis County police Sgt. Shawn McGuire told KMOV. He told the news station that a neighbor called authorities Thursday morning after spotting the man who was suspected of firing the shots. Officers said they found the person walking in the area and tried to talk to him, but St. Louis County police said they were unsuccessful. “Officers tried to take the suspect into custody, at which time the suspect resisted arrest,” police said. “One of the officers attempted to use a Taser to control the suspect, but was unsuccessful.” Authorities said the man then pulled out a gun and fired shots at the officers’ chests. One of the officers returned fire, but it was not immediately clear if the man was hit. He ran into a home, where he barricaded himself for hours before police officers were able to take him into custody Thursday afternoon. Witness Steve Jones told KMOV he spotted police officers Thursday morning in the front yard of a home on Bellefontaine Road. “All of a sudden, I (see) ... Bellefontaine officers trying to take this man to the ground, and the next thing I know, this man jumps up off the ground and I see pepper spray being deployed from the officers,” Jones told KMOV. “This man backs up about 15 feet and starts shooting.” He said he heard several gunshots and saw the officers fall to the ground. He told KMOV he called 911. Police did not immediately identify the man accused of firing shots at police or either of the injured officers.
  • A witness to an alleged drunken driving crash in which an off-duty Dallas firefighter killed a pregnant 18-year-old girl and her unborn son told investigators the man’s sports car exceeded 100 mph moments before the fatal collision. The firefighter, identified by police as Horace Shaw III, 45, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of Alyssa Pimentel, of Midlothian. Shaw was driving a Mercedes-Benz sports car around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday in Cedar Hill when he rear-ended the Mazda SUV Pimentel was driving. Pimentel and her boyfriend, Isaiah Perez, were both ejected from the vehicle. Pimentel died at the scene, according to investigators.  Perez, 21, suffered a broken neck and broken leg, according to the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate.  Perez spoke to the news station about losing his girlfriend and son. “I sure do miss her. I’d give my life to her just to bring her and my son back,” Perez said.  He said that, although he does not remember the crash, he recalls waking up afterward and seeing Pimentel on the ground, dying.  “I ended up crawling to her,” Perez said. “The next thing you know, she said, ‘I love you,’” and just keep your head up. I was promising her nothing would happen.” Pimentel was conscious and talking for a few minutes, but died as paramedics arrived. The couple were taken to separate hospitals. Perez later learned that doctors delivered their son, but the baby lived just a few minutes, the news station reported. The couple planned to name him Josiah Adrian Perez.  An arrest affidavit in the case, obtained by the news station, states that a witness told Cedar Hill police investigators that he was driving south on U.S. Highway 67 when he was passed by a white Mercedes sports car, which authorities determined Shaw was driving.  “The witness stated that the defendant’s vehicle passed him at what appeared to be between 100 to 110 mph,” the affidavit read. “When the defendant’s vehicle crested a hill on the highway, the witness saw sparks and could also see two vehicles, one being the defendant’s vehicle, slide onto the grassy shoulder between the highway and the southbound service road.” The witness stopped at the crash scene to offer aid and encountered Shaw, the document said.  “When the witness stopped and approached the vehicles, the defendant got out of his vehicle, walked to where the driver of the second vehicle was laying on the ground, told the witness he was a paramedic, then laid on the ground,” the affidavit said.  Shaw avoided talking with police officers on the scene, the court document said. The officers found an empty metal flask, which smelled of alcohol, in Shaw’s car. >> Read more trending news A second witness told investigators that Shaw also passed her at a high rate of speed about 30 seconds before she came upon the crash scene. She said when she got there, Pimentel was lying on the entrance ramp to the highway, appearing unconscious.  “The witness stated that the defendant appeared to be intoxicated and explained how she observed the defendant was unable to walk straight when he exited his vehicle,” the affidavit said.  Investigators said Shaw’s passenger told them that the pair had been coming from a restaurant in Dallas where they had been drinking. He admitted that Shaw was “speeding a little bit” when the crash occurred. When asked if Shaw was “showing off,” the man said he was, the affidavit said.  The man became uncooperative when asked further about their drinking, but the officers said they smelled the strong odor of alcohol on the man’s breath. They also smelled alcohol on Shaw, who refused to answer questions and asked for an attorney, the affidavit said.  Pimentel’s parents, Joe and Jayne Pimentel, released a statement Wednesday afternoon in which they asked for prayers and privacy. “We are currently shaken and saddened by the tragic events that occurred today. Alyssa was our one and only daughter carrying our grandson, with their whole lives ahead of them,” the statement posted to Facebook read. “We are very disappointed with the fact that an individual who is tasked with saving lives is responsible for taking the lives of our family members.  “As you can imagine, our grief right now is immeasurable. We are aware that there is an investigation into the accident and we trust that the authorities will be diligent in seeking justice for Alyssa and Baby Josiah.” Shaw was released on $45,000 bail Wednesday from the Dallas County Jail. Investigators said he could face additional charges.