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  • Police arrested a 12-year-old Alabama girl over the weekend after authorities said she set her younger brother on fire, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news Dothan police told WTVY that family members took the girl’s 10-year-old brother to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center on Friday night with serious burns on his body. Police investigator James Harvey told the news station that investigators believe both siblings were at their family’s house when the 12-year-old girl “sprayed or poured hair spritz on her brother’s back and ignited the substance.” Harvey told AL.com that another person was home when the incident occurred, but he could not elaborate. “The girl was arrested and charged with first-degree assault,” Harvey told the Dothan Eagle. “At this time, due to her age, she has been released into her parents’ custody ... with mandatory guidelines and rules that must be followed by the Alabama Department of Human Resources. At a later date she will go before the Houston County Juvenile Courts.” Because of the ages of the children, police declined to identify them. Harvey declined to speculate on a motive behind the attack, although he told WTVY that it involved “foul play.” The boy is expected to recover, AL.com reported.
  • Three teenagers are facing charges after a fight during a pep rally at Ribault High School. Action News Jax first reported on video of that fight on Friday . A 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy have already been arrested and Duval County Public Schools said a 17-year-old girl's arrest will happen soon. The school district is also increasing security at Ribault this week because of that fight. DCPS says two males, 17yo female arrested for involvement in incident. Increased school police presence this week. #actionnewsjax — Michael Yoshida (@MichaelANjax) October 23, 2017 17yo not yet arrested but expected to be. https://t.co/p9pNSBVUKE — Michael Yoshida (@MichaelANjax) October 23, 2017 The assistant principal shown in the video was not at work Monday as he's recovering from his injuries. School leaders say they're taking swift action following the fight on campus on Friday. The fight happened at the end of the homecoming pep rally. School leaders say the assistant principal was trying to stop a disruption and that's when three students ended up fighting and throwing him down the bleachers. Two 14-year-old boys have been arrested and a 17-year-old girl is expected to be arrested as well. Superintendent Dr. Patricia Willis spoke Monday about the incident and their investigation. 'We want to make sure the message is clear this is not business as usual in Duval County Public Schools,' Willis said. '...this is not representative of entire student body...' #actionnewsjax — Michael Yoshida (@MichaelANjax) October 23, 2017 '... certainly will not tolerate a student putting his or her hands on an adult...' #actionnewsjax — Michael Yoshida (@MichaelANjax) October 23, 2017 The school said the three students involved and others could face discipline, per the student code of conduct.  Tonight on FOX30 Action News Jax at 10, Michael Yoshida will report on the other actions the school is taking and how this fight could potentially impact the upcoming rivalry football game with Raines High School.
  • Less than a day after the body of 3-year-old Amari Harley was found in an underground water holding tank in Bruce Park, JSO is asking you to come forward if you were at the park, because you may have “pertinent information”. JSO says they have tried to contact everyone who was at the Arlington park at the time the boy went missing, but there were multiple events going on, so they believe there are people they haven’t yet had contact with who could help detectives. If you were at Bruce Park from noon to 5PM Sunday and haven’t been in contact with JSO, you’re asked to contact 904-630-0500. A Florida Missing Child Alert was issued for Amari, after his family could not locate him at the park, where many of them were gathered. JSO conducted a large-scale search and ultimately located the boy’s remains in an underground water holding tank.  WOKV asked the City of Jacksonville if they’re reviewing safety around these tanks at public parks. “We are incredibly saddened by this tragedy. As JSO conducts its investigation, the City is assisting them by providing any information that will lead to a thorough and full review. The safety and security of visitors to City parks are paramount. The City will also be inspecting how this tragedy occurred, to ensure that all City parks are safe and secure,” says a statement from Director of Public Affairs Marsha Oliver.
  • Jacksonville officials say the septic tank where 3-year-old Amari Harley's body was found passed the latest inspection by the city. Officials said the septic or lift station for restroom sewage was last inspected on Sept. 12. It met all standards, according to city officials, but a CARE issue was filed in Jan. 2017.  City officials said the CARE issue was filed using the 630-CITY customer service software system. Action News Jax is working to learn more about the complaint.  Officials said Bruce Park is one of 76 parks with septic or lift stations for restroom sewage. There are more than 120 systems throughout the city.  Officials said there are several types of lid coverings for the systems ranging from metal and fiberglass to concrete. They are attached with bolts, screws or latches. The Bruce Park system has a bolt covering, city officials said.  Full statement:  “We are so incredibly saddened by this tragedy. As JSO conducts its investigation, the City is assisting them by providing any information that will lead to a thorough and full review. The City is also inspecting and analyzing how this tragedy may have occurred, to ensure that all City parks are safe and secure. The safety and security of visitors to City parks are paramount. The mayor has spoken with the family and shared his deepest sympathies.  Bruce Park is one of 76 parks that have septic or lift stations for restroom sewage. There are more than 120 of the systems throughout the city (multiple can be at one location). They are inspected every month.  There are several types of lid coverings for the systems ranging from metal, fiberglass, and concrete, which are attached with bolts, screws, or latches. The Bruce Park system has a bolt covering that is affixed to its dosing tank.  Based on our review, the Bruce Park septic tank system has received inspections every month, with its last conducted on September 12th. (October report will be available after the month has concluded). All operations were noted as OK, meaning that it met all inspection standards. In February, the Bruce Park lid was re-secured, following an inspection on February 13th.  On January 30, 2017, a CARE issue was made regarding the lid covering.” Amari's loved ones came to Bruce Park Monday and left stuffed animals, balloons and flowers at a makeshift memorial.  Many joined in prayer and told Action News Jax that they are tortured by one question: How could this happen in the middle of a packed park?  “I questioned myself all last night,” Amari's cousin Kamilla Jenkins said. “How did he slip away? What could we have done different?”  Amari’s aunt Felicia White said she wonders the same thing  “There was no negligence,” White said. “It was like he was here one second, gone the next. We were all here watching him. He just disappeared.”  Family says Amari will be remembered as a loving child who wasn’t afraid to mix it up with the older kids.  His sport of choice was football.  “He thought he was one of the bigger kids,” Jenkins said. “He liked to hang out with the bigger boys.”  Amari’s daycare, On Our Way Learning Center, has started a GoFundMe page to help his family with funeral expenses.  “We’re just going through so much,” Amari’s great-aunt Janice Douglas said. “It just hurts so bad. I’m just lost for words because he’s just a 3-year-old baby. How do you explain that?”
  • Two men are accused of pouring insecticide in the children's toy department of a Tennessee Walmart over the weekend, according to authorities. >> Read more trending news Millington police said the incident happened Sunday.  The men were seen on video 'vandalizing property and intentionally spilling insecticide chemicals in the children's toy department,' according to a news release. Officers said the men left the scene in a white pick-up truck that had two stripes down the center. Both men were identified Monday afternoon, police said. ?The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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