Man Gets Jail, Probation In Fatal Dog Attack On Detroit Boy

DETROIT (AP) — The mother of a 4-year-old Detroit boy who was mauled to death by pit bulls described the lingering emotional effects of the attack that only ended when police shot the animals, as the dog's owner was sentenced Thursday to jail time and probation.

Before Geneke Lyons was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter in the brutal attack, Lucille Strickland — with torrents of tears tumbling down her cheeks — told the Wayne County Circuit Court that she wakes each morning and kisses a picture of her son, Xavier.

“I think about him every day, because that's a part of me that was taken that I cannot get back,” she said. “It's taken a lot out of me to just move on. If I could just have him, I would be OK, but I know that's never going to happen.”

Xavier and his mother were walking through a west side Detroit neighborhood on Dec. 2, 2015, when they were attacked by three dogs. The boy was dragged beneath a gate into a yard where a fourth dog joined the attack.

Police had to shoot the animals to free the boy's body.

Lyons wasn't home at the time, but prosecutors said he should be held responsible because the dogs weren't under control. Evidence included security video of the fatal mauling, which left some jurors in tears.

Strickland said Lyons “does not know how it feels to bury a child … does not know how it feels to be attacked by them animals.”

Lyons, 42, said he couldn't imagine the mother's pain.

“I'm really, really sorry … very, very sorry of Xavier losing his life,” he told her. “And I wish I could have made it back in time to save, or to stop or to put the dogs down.”

Strickland said she was willing to forgive him.

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CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill To Host Late-Night Talk Show For VH1

CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill is bringing his punditry to late night, courtesy of VH1, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Ivy League educated pundit will anchor the weekly series “VH1 Live,” which will deliver pop culture spin on entertainment news and gossip.

Hill will infuse his opinions with a “raw street savvy ” approach to the week's topics, the network states. The audience and social media will also play a role in the conversation, with Hill poised to be joined by some of VH1's biggest stars to get exclusive, behind-the-scenes buzz on the cable network's top-rated shows.

The series, produced by Embassy Row (“Watch What Happens Live,” “Talking Dead”), debuts Sunday, July 17 at 10 p.m.

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Superintendent makes Strategic Plan public, welcomes community feedback

Culminating over a year of research, discussion, and review of feedback from the community, Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang has presented the BPS Strategic Implementation Plan to the Boston School Committee. ...read more

City of Boston will host event to offer free legal service to communities affected by U.S. Supreme Court ruling on DAPA and Expanded DACA

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a free immigration legal consultation event will be held on July 23, 2016 at Madison Park High School in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the preliminary injunction that continues to prevent the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive actions on immigration, announced in November 2014. ...read more

Have You Seen Shanika Minor? She Is The Only Black Woman On The FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitive List

There are a lot of lists for a young Black woman to aspire to. The Dean's list. The Best Dressed List. But most don't end up where Shanika Minor is now – the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List. In another dubious honor, Minor is the first fugitive from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to make the list. And the reason why – she shot and killed another woman after an argument over loud music.

TMJ4.com reports:

In March, Minor was visiting her mother's home near 30th and Auer when she began arguing with her mother's pregnant neighbor, Tamecca Perry, over loud music. Perry was just a week from her due date.

Perry was shot in front of her two young children. She and her unborn baaby both died. The vigil outside Perry's home remains.

“I think there is an instability in her judgment there, that coupled with a possession of a firearm makes her inherently dangerous,” said Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn.

“It was just absolutely incredible that she would jump to that conclusion that she needed to take somebody's life over, you know, a less than a week old argument,” said Milwaukee police Cpt. Aaron Raap.

TODAY'S TMJ4 spoke with Perry's teary-eyed cousin, who didn't want to go on camera, but does want people to know the family is grateful for the FBI's actions.

One woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, pleaded for Minor to turn herself in.

“We love you no matter what it is. We will always love you. Just turn yourself in. That's all we ask.”

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to Minor's arrest. She should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

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4 Siblings In Miami Shot In Separate Incidents In June

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 16-year-old male shot dead in a car was the fourth member of a Miami family to be shot this month.

Miami Gardens Police Maj. Ralph Suarez tells The Miami Herald that Jemelle Raymond's death early Tuesday appeared “like a gang retaliation shooting.”

Also killed was an 18-year-old man, and a 20-year-old man was injured. No arrests have been made.

The Herald reports that Jemelle's 18-year-old brother was fatally shot June 2 as he fled his attackers into the family's home in Miami's Liberty City. Their 11-year-old sister and a 13-year-old brother were wounded in that shooting.

At the time, the father, Tremelle Raymond Sr., said he wanted to leave the neighborhood because of its violence. Miami police officials tell the Herald that Raymond has moved and they couldn't reach him.

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Quincy landscaping company to pay more than $57,000 over claims it failed to pay proper overtime to employees

A Quincy landscaping company has agreed to pay more than $57,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to pay proper overtime to employees, Attorney General Maura Healey announced. The AG's Office has cited five other landscaping companies for wage and hour violations this year totaling more than $11,000. ...read more

State calls out 5 Boston schools for disparate & excessive suspensions

Five Boston schools are among those cited for inappropriate and excessive use of long-term suspensions. In the fall they will have to work with the state and other schools to identify reform efforts. ...read more