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A Michigan man was sentenced to triple the amount of recommended prison time on Tuesday for brutally stabbing a dog he adopted from a shelter.

Alexander Gerth, 23, was hit with three to six years in prison for killing Sterling, a 2-year-old pit bull mix from the Michigan Humane Society who was found dead in a park in Utica in January after he was stabbed and left to die.

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The sentencing guidelines for Gerth, on the charge of killing and torturing an animal, were two to 21 months. But Macomb County Judge Richard Caretti said he could not “in good conscience” abide by that agreement, and subsequently handed Gerth the tougher sentence.

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“In my almost 17 years on the bench your case is by far the worst, most deplorable example of animal cruelty I’ve ever seen,” Caretti told Gerth, according to Fox station WJBK. “Words are inadequate to express the depth and breadth of your cruelty.”

Alexander Gerth, 23, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday for brutally stabbing a dog and leaving it to die in a Michigan park in January.

Alexander Gerth, 23, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday for brutally stabbing a dog and leaving it to die in a Michigan park in January. (Macomb County Sheriff’s Office)

The judge continued, “Statistics show [famous] killers … started down their path to infamy by abusing and killing animals. Let’s hope my sentence discourages you from such behavior. … But in your case [with the old animal cruelty sentencing legislation] – it may not be enough.”

Around 40 animal lovers in the courtroom burst into applause at the sentence on Tuesday.

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The 23-year-old told the judge that “looking back I realize there were better ways of handling this situation.”

“Respectfully, I want people to know and understand that I did not do this with some kind of sick, twisted, premeditated motive, as which was said before,” he continued. “If I could go back and do this differently I would.”

When Gerth first aplied to adopt Sterling from the Michigan Humane Society, he was denied because of his living situation, WJBK reported. He convinced his former roommate to try to adopt Sterling, who then moved into Gerth’s apartment.

The former roommate told investigators that Gerth once bragged to him about how badly he beat the dog to the point it urinated and defecated “all over the place.”

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The Michigan Humane Society said in a statement in court that Gerth’s actions were “senseless, calculated and malicious” and “did not affect just one person or one animal. His brutal actions impact our community, and the animal welfare community as a whole.”

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a news release that Gerth had a criminal record prior to the death of Sterling, which included a bank robbery in Illinois.

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A squirrel was recently caught red-handed as he tried to steal a snack from a home in New Jersey.

The rodent was spotted in prime view of a Ring camera dangling by its feet with a biscuit in its mouth earlier this month at a home in Mays Landing, a city roughly 20 miles east of Atlantic City.

Seemingly contemplating what move to make next, the squirrel hung around for a bit before jumping to a red chair nearby — with his biscuit included.

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The incident was just the most recent in a string of unusual circumstances recorded by the front door technology.

Months before the squirrel was captured making his getaway, a boy in Michigan used his family’s home Ring surveillance camera to ask his dad a question about how to change the television channel at their house.

The boy’s father wasn’t home at the time but checked on the security camera to see who was at the doorbell.

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An Arizona mother was arrested for allegedly assaulting her son for not keeping a “good enough” lookout as his grandmother shoplifted.

Rebecca Gonzales, 27, was taken into custody after police officers in Phoenix claimed to have witnessed her beating her 7-year-old son, according to court documents published by AZFamily.com.

Rebecca Gonzales, 27, was arrested for allegedly assaulting her son for not being a "good enough" lookout for his shoplifting grandmother.

Rebecca Gonzales, 27, was arrested for allegedly assaulting her son for not being a “good enough” lookout for his shoplifting grandmother. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

Gonzales on Friday walked out of a Walmart parking lot when police officers spotted her “spanking” the boy, “then slapping him and finally punching him in the face.”

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The boy allegedly told investigators that he was hit because “he didn’t watch out for his grandma good enough” as she was shoplifting inside the Walmart, the documents alleged.

Gonzales was charged with aggravated assault, and is reportedly scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 30.

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Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday reportedly threatened to “declare war” against Canada within the next week if the country fails to remove tons of garbage that was previously shipped to Manila.

Duterte, in remarks aired by state media and reported by The Canadian Press, said he will “give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that thing out or I will set sail.”

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“I will declare war against them. I will advise Canada that your garbage is on the way. Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to,” he said. “Your garbage is coming home.”

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The garbage reportedly consists of electronic and household waste.

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Between 2013 and 2014, Canada shipped tons of waste in 103 containers to the Philippines and ,in the years since, has been pushing the Southeastern Asia country to dispose of it.

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Manila in 2015, he said that a “Canadian solution” was being developed and said the situation would not occur again, according to the news outlet.

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A former professional hockey player and a mother of two were found dead over the weekend in the athlete’s home in California, officials said.

Wendi Miller, 48, and Darren Partch, 38, were discovered at Partch’s condominium in Newport Beach, according to online records from the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

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Around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Newport Beach Police Department received a call to the home, where the two were found.

In a news release on Monday, authorities said that the situation is being investigated as a homicide, but did not reveal further information about how they were killed or what their relationship was.

Wendi Miller, 48, and Darren Partch, 38, were found dead in his home in Newport Beach, California, on Sunday, officials said.

Wendi Miller, 48, and Darren Partch, 38, were found dead in his home in Newport Beach, California, on Sunday, officials said. (YouTube/Facebook)

Partch spent years playing professional hockey as a forward for teams including the Waterloo Black Hawks and San Diego Gulls, according to Hockeydb.com.

Miller was the CEO of Wings for Justice, a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of children in the criminal justice system. Her online bio states she spent her life devoting “herself to the healing and edification of children, adults, and families,” and spent more than 12 years working as a licensed psychologist in California and Michigan.

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Luke Carpenter, identified by The Mercury News as Miller’s son, wrote on Facebook that his mother was fatally shot. He added, “It was told to us that she did not suffer. The police are still investigating all the details.”

“I have no doubt in my mind that she was loved on earth and I’m happy that she gets to be loved even better in heaven. I love you mom,” Miller’s son said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Newport Beach Detective Rick Henry at 949-644-3797.

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A Tennessee attorney who was charged with stealing more than $1.36 million from the trust funds of clients including a slain state trooper’s daughter was sentenced Monday to over seven years behind bars.

Jackie Garton, 54, had pleaded guilty to wire fraud, tax fraud and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced to 92 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee said in a news release.

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As a practicing attorney, Garton served as a trustee for several different trust fund accounts. One of the accounts he oversaw was for the daughter of Tennessee State Trooper Todd Larkin, who died in 2005 after he was hit by a tractor-trailer.

Tennessee State Trooper Todd Larkin was killed in 2005. Attorney Jackie Garton, who was sentenced to 92 months in prison on Monday, oversaw his daughter's trust fund account. 

Tennessee State Trooper Todd Larkin was killed in 2005. Attorney Jackie Garton, who was sentenced to 92 months in prison on Monday, oversaw his daughter’s trust fund account.  (Tennessee Highway Patrol)

Prosecutors said that in 2009, “Garton began withdrawing funds under false pretenses from her account and others, without the clients’ knowledge.”

Garton “converted the funds into cashier’s checks and used the money to enrich his lifestyle, including purchasing luxury items including a Jaguar automobile, a boat and a house.”

In 2017, Larkin’s daughter was 24 years old and said she wanted to open a bookshop. That’s when she learned of the withdrawals from her trust fund, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Garton said he stole around $1.2 million dollars from Larkin’s daughter — most of the $1.36 million taken from accounts he oversaw.

Additionally, Garton underreported his income — which included the stolen funds — to the IRS in 2016, failed to report that money from 2009 to 2016 “and intended to defraud the IRS of more than $350,000,” prosecutors said.

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The woman allegedly caught on camera dumping a bag of puppies next to a recycling bin in Coachella, California, was arrested Monday.

Deborah Sue Culwell, 55, was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m. on suspicion of felony animal cruelty, Riverside County Animal Services told Fox News.

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Security cameras seemingly caught Culwell on Thursday afternoon driving up behind a store and getting out with a plastic bag.

The woman then was seen walking toward the bin and dropping the clear, plastic bag nearby before driving away.

Around an hour later, a man named John who was rummaging through the trash discovered puppies still alive, officials said.

Culwell allegedly dumped seven puppies. All were 3 days old and believed to be terrier mixes. Officials said had it not been for John’s actions, the puppies may not have survived much longer since temperatures in Coachella on Thursday were in the mid-90s.

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John Welsh, of Riverside County Animal Services, told Fox News that around 30 dogs were found at Culwell’s home on Monday.

The seven puppies Culwell was accused of dumping were doing well in the care of a foster volunteer, Welsh said.

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Two California police officers were injured on Saturday after seemingly aiming and firing at a suspect but instead hitting themselves, officials said.

The officers with the Elk Grove Police Department responded to a call regarding a suspicious person after 11 p.m. south of Sacramento. It was reported that he was trying to break into a trailer and may have had a firearm, according to a news release from the department.

One of the police officers arrived and asked that a male and female standing near the trailer sit down, to which they both complied. When the second officer arrived, “the male stood up and ran.”

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The first officer ran after the suspect, while the second officer chased after him in his vehicle, police said. When the two confronted the suspect, they “were on each side of the [him], facing each other.”

When the suspect “moved toward the second officer with his hands near his midsection area,” both officers “using their duty weapons, fired at the suspect hitting him,” the news release stated.

But, during the encounter, the officers apparently were hit by each other’s gunfire, Public Information Officer Jason Jimenez told Fox News. One of the officers was hit in the lower leg and another suffered a deep grazing wound on his lower leg.

Jimenez said that at this point in the department’s investigation, officials did not believe the suspect fired his weapon, which police said was loaded.

The officers and the suspect were taken to the hospital for treatment.

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The suspect was identified as a 41-year-old man from Sacramento. Investigators said that the person who reported him to police was an acquaintance and that the suspect often used the trailer, despite the caller’s claim he apparently was trying to break into it.

Upon release from the hospital, the suspect will be booked on several charges, including possessing a firearm by a felon, possessing a loaded firearm and obstructing arrest, police said.

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Climate-change activists took over the Universal Studios globe in California on Monday, claiming they were gluing themselves to the iconic sphere and demanding action from NBCUniversal.

Two protesters with Extinction Rebellion Los Angeles waved green flags with the organization’s symbol from atop the globe on it as visitors to the tourist spot watched.

A spokesperson for Universal Studios told Fox News on Monday that “Earth Day demonstrators came to the property unannounced and we are working with law enforcement to have them peacefully removed.”

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Extinction Rebellion LA stated on Facebook Monday afternoon — in addition to noting that one demonstrator was arrested as a result of the protest — that they had “taken the globe at universal studios.”

The group reportedly sent NBCUniversal a list of demands asked that they declare that the world is “indeed in a Climate and Ecological Emergency – that the extinction of the natural world is happening, that we are facing the collapse of civilization.”

In the list, obtained by Fox 11 Los Angeles, was comprised of four different points — including asking the company to “tell the whole truth about our climate and ecological emergency, including the failure of the US Government to respond with appropriate action/preparedness planning until now.”

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Another point demanded: “That NBC reject all advertising from fossil fuel corporations, agrees to be zero-carbon by 2025, and publish a public, annual eco-audit of all NBC/Universal operations, including summary of key ecological and carbon data.”

The fourth point requested that NBCUniversal “only permit think-tank spokespersons or lobbyists on the air to discuss the climate and ecological emergency whose funding is made fully transparent to your viewers in each and every case.”

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Extinction Rebellion was also behind a similar protest last week at New York City’s City Hall in Lower Manhattan. Of the close to 150 protesters at the event, the New York Post reported that more than 60 were arrested.

London’s Metropolitan Police stated in a news release on Monday that they were aware of an Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square to take place Tuesday, and have put a “robust policing plan” into place.

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A small plane crashed at a California state correctional facility on Monday, officials said.

The Northrop N-9M crash-landed in the prison yard of the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, Allen Kenitzer, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Fox News on Monday.

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Citing local authorities, the FAA said that only a pilot was onboard the single-engine aircraft. The condition of the pilot was not immediately clear.

It also was not immediately clear if any prisoners were in the yard at the time.

A plane crashed at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, California, on Monday, officials said.

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The plane, however, “sustained substantial damage,” according to Kenitzer.

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The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, which did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment, will investigate the crash.

The medium-security prison facility is located roughly 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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