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Rapper Kodak Black released from Florida jail

Rapper Kodak Black was released from a Florida jail early Saturday morning, WPLG reported.

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The 21-year-old rapper from Pompano Beach, born Dieuson Octave, but now legally known as Bill K. Kapri, was released from the Broward County Jail after serving seven months in jail for two probation violations.

He was arrested in January and charged with child neglect, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and marijuana possession, WPLG reported.

According to authorities, Black was arrested after an Instagram video showing marijuana near his son was published.

In February, prosecutors dropped two charges -- child neglect and grand theft of a firearm, WPLG reported. The rapper pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and marijuana possession. He has a pending sexual assault case in South Carolina, the television station reported. 

Nanny cam catches floor contractor going through woman's underwear drawer

A California woman was horrified to discover a man she hired to install flooring at her home was looking through her underwear drawer, KNSD reported.

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Ashley Harrell of San Marcos caught the contractor as she viewed footage on her phone from the nanny camera installed in her home, the television station reported.

Harrell and her husband hired Abraham Avila and his brother to install new flooring in the downstairs area of their home. The workers were given explicit instructions not to go upstairs, Harrell told KNSD, but the nanny cam showed a man the San Diego Sheriff’s Department identified as Avila searching her master bedroom. 

“It was an immediate understanding that my worst fears had been realized,” Harrell told KNSD.

According to Harrell, Avila started going through her dresser drawer.

“Then he opens the second drawer, happens to rifle through things, which unfortunately is my undergarments,” Harrell told KNSD. “Then proceeds to pick up my perfume, smell it, put it down. That was creepy, to say the least.”

Avila returned to the room later during the floor installation and went through Harrell’s nightstand, she told the television station.

“(He) makes his way around the room sweeping, sweeping, sweeping, starts going through these drawers one by one,” she said.

Harrell called 911. Deputies arrested Avila and charged him with burglary and petty theft, KNSD reported. The company that hired Avila covered the cost of her installation, Harrell said.

“If I didn’t have the video, I wouldn’t have known he was here,” Harrell told KNSD.

Florida airport shooter sentenced to five life terms plus 120 years in prison

An Alaska man who opened fire at a Florida airport in January 2017 was sentenced to five life terms plus 120 years in prison on Friday, WTVJ reported.

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Esteban Santiago, 28, pleaded guilty in May to the shooting in the baggage area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that left five people dead and six injured, the television station reported. 

> Family of Marietta woman killed in Florida airport shooting sues Delta 

Santiago’s guilty plea to 11 charges in May was accepted in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty, WPLG reported.

Santiago, an Iraq War veteran from Anchorage, Alaska, admitted he opened fire after surrendering to authorities, WTVJ reported. It was the deadliest airport shooting in U.S. history. 

The shooting spree was “85 seconds of evil,” U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom told Santiago at his sentencing. “It is difficult, if not impossible, for this court to separate the evil in your acts from the evil in the man.”

Several victims and family members of the murdered victims spoke at the hearing.

“Gone in a second from a bullet, you do not get a chance to say goodbye,” said Melissa Beauchamp, whose mother, 69-year-old Mary Louise Amzibel, was one the five people killed. “We did not get a chance to say ‘We love you.’ … Nothing is the same as before.”

Kansas postal worker finds large red-tailed boa on mailbox

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, according to the old post office adage.

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Snakes are another matter, however. Especially big ones.

On Friday, the Overland Park Police Department reported that a postal worker found an 8-foot, red-tailed boa constrictor on a residential mailbox, KCTV reported. 

The postal worker called animal control and officials took the snake away, the television station reported.

Because of the reptile, the mail was not delivered to that customer, KCTV reported.

"He did not want to deliver the mail because he was concerned about having a woman come out (of) the house," Overland resident David Shepherd told WDAF.

Shepherd, who has lived in Overland for 40 years, said finding a snake wrapped around a mailbox was a first.

"I’ve seen snakes here -- but not one like that," he told WDAF.

Man wins $875K slot machine jackpot at Detroit casino

A 50-year-old man turned a $20 investment into six figures Wednesday, winning $875,527 in a slot machine at a Detroit casino, WXYZ reported.

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The man, who requested anonymity, won after putting $20 into the Wheel of Fortune Double Diamond slot machine at the Greektown Casino-Hotel, the television station reported.

The man was so shocked he was unable to move, the casino said in a news release.

The patro, a frequent visitor to the casino, said he plans to take his family on a trip, WJBK reported.

In 2015, a guest won $2 million while playing the Wheel of Fortune slot machine, The Detroit Free Press reported. In 2004, another guest won $1.77 million playing the game, WXYZ reported. 

Handcuffed DUI suspect dies after jumping off Seattle bridge

A handcuffed man jumped off a bridge after being pulled over for a suspected DUI. But the incident raises the question: What happens when someone crosses over from being a private citizen to being in police custody?

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The Kirkland, Washington, man suspected of DUI died Friday morning after he jumped, while handcuffed, from the 520 bridge east of Seattle.

The short answer is the trooper or the arresting officer is responsible. But as happened on the 520 bridge early that morning, even a routine arrest can go horribly wrong.

It was dark and just past 1:30 a.m. Friday. 

A Washington State trooper pulled over a 31-year-old Kirkland man suspected of driving under the influence on Highway 520 near the west high rise. But WSP says when the trooper arrested the man and placed him in handcuffs, he ran and jumped off the bridge and into Lake Washington.

"Placing a person into custody for a DUI is very different from placing a person into custody for a high level felony," said Dr. David Makin, Washington State University criminology professor, "meaning when you have a reason to believe there's a flight risk. "

He was asked whether putting handcuffs on a suspect changes their relationship.

"When you place a person into custody," said Makin, "you take on the responsibility to take reasonable steps to protect them from -- and here's the really important thing -- foreseeable risk."

He says with a DUI arrest, the trooper might reasonably not foresee the suspect would try to flee.

"However if you look online you can see hundreds of videos of suspects fleeing police while in handcuffs," said Makin. "Unfortunately you can do everything within policy and these unfortunate outcomes occur."

A state patrol spokesman said the trooper tried to grab the man but stopped short of jumping into Lake Washington to go after him.

"It's not as if troopers won't go into the water to make rescues," said WSP Capt. Ron Mead. "Listen this is a 65-75 foot drop. We train our troopers for water rescues. But we also train them to know when it's appropriate."

WSP's regulation manual cautions troopers: "The time between the arrest and incarceration is very critical for officer safety. Facing the loss of freedom," the manual says, may cause a suspect to "become extremely desperate and dangerous. Therefore, the transporting officer must be on guard for any eventuality." 

Makin says even if an arresting officer fears the suspect might flee, he or she will have to weigh the risks of using great force to prevent the suspect from getting away.

"Finding the balance is really critical," said Makin. "I'm empathetic to the family of the man and the Washington state trooper involved in this incident."

"Why," he was asked.

"Because this is a very unfortunate, traumatic event," he said. "And I think this is something often that maybe we minimize in terms of officers' fate. That officer tried to do their very best and sometimes you can do everything within policy and you can have an unfortunate outcome."

That was borne out by Capt. Ron Mead regarding the incident on the 520 bridge.

"The trooper involved, as you can imagine, is devastated," he said.

The man suspected of jumping off the 520 bridge has not been identified. 

Because this incident involves a Washington state trooper, the investigation has been turned over to Seattle police. 

Police: Two shot during high school football game in Florida

Two people were shot at a practice football game in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday night, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

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“Deputies have arrived on scene and are currently gathering more information. We do not believe this is an active shooter incident,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera told the Palm Beach Post.

“Suspect information and motive of the altercation is unknown at this time,” she told the newspaper.

Spectators and students fled the bleachers following the incident.

A helicopter later landed on the field where a man was being treated, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The victims have been taken to area hospitals, according to police.

Read more on the Palm Beach Post here.

Avoid low-carb diets if you want to live longer, study suggests

Previous studies have shown how a low-carb diet can help with weight loss, but cutting such foods might also shorten your life, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston recently conducted a study, published in the Lancet, to determine the long-term effects of restricting carbohydrates. 

To do so, they examined more than 15,000 people ages 45 to 64. The participants completed surveys about the types of food and drink they consumed and their portion sizes. The analysts then calculated their average caloric intake from carbohydrates, proteins and fats and followed up after about 25 years.

After analyzing the information, they found that those who got 50 to 55 percent of their energy from carbohydrates, which they considered moderate, had a lower risk of death, compared to the low- and high-carb groups.

“Low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with protein or fat are gaining widespread popularity as a health and weight loss strategy,” Sara Seidelmann said in a statement. “However, our data suggests that animal-based low carbohydrate diets, which are prevalent in North America and Europe, might be associated with shorter overall life span and should be discouraged.”

Upon further investigation, they discovered low-carb diets full of plant-based proteins and fats, such as nuts and legumes, were particularly linked to a lower risk of death, compared to those rich in animal proteins and fats, such as beef, lamb, pork, chicken and cheese.

The authors believe Western diets with few carbs result in people eating eat less fruits, vegetables and grains and more animal fats and proteins.

“If one chooses to follow a low carbohydrate diet, then exchanging carbohydrates for more plant-based fats and proteins might actually promote healthy aging in the long term,” Seidelmann explained.

Their findings also revealed the average life expectancy after age 50 was an additional 33 years for those who ate carbs moderately. That’s four years longer than those with very low carb consumption and one year longer than those with high carb consumption.

The scientists did note their study was observational and does not prove cause and effect. They also acknowledged limitations. The data they reviewed was self-reported, and they said dietary patterns could have changed over time. 

Nevertheless, coauthor Scott Solomon said, “This work provides the most comprehensive study of carbohydrate intake that has been done to date, and helps us better understand the relationship between the specific components of diet and long term health.”

ESPN will not air national anthem before Monday Night Football

ESPN will not air the national anthem before Monday Night Football games, network officials said Friday. 

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"We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year,” network president Jimmy Pitaro told Axios. “Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem."

The network aired the national anthem three times last season, a moment of silence after the Houston hurricane and the Las Vegas shooting as well as at the Dallas vs. Arizona game, Axios reported

The national anthem has intertwined sports with politics after Colin Kaepernick started kneeling two years ago to protest racial inequalities in the United States during performances of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Numerous other athletes in the NFL as well as other sports have also taken up the practice since then. Creating further political hay of the issue, President Donald Trump has tweeted multiple times about it.

Restaurant receives backlash for hanging pride flag on storefront

A restaurant owner in Dorchester, Massachusetts, received a one-star review on Yelp for having a pride flag hanging outside his establishment.

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Born in Italy, Nino Barbalace's American dream was to obtain U.S. citizenship and open up his own restaurant. 

Barbalace eventually achieved both dreams, and now calls Zia Gianna on Dorchester Avenue his home. Having put his heart and soul into the restaurant, Barbalace offers up food made with love and a welcoming environment for all, an inclusive place open for anyone. 

However, a Yelp post with a one-start review of Zia Gianna caught his eye one day.

"I saw one star and I said, 'wow, what happened?'" said Barbalace. 

In the review, the person said, in part, "well, that flag says all when you delve deeper and see the real customer base here."

The post went on to say "it's clearly geared and catered only to those who rally behind the rainbow flag."

"It was personal," said Barbalace. "If you go to a place and you’re not happy with the food or the service, I understand that if I made a mistake because we all make mistakes. This is a restaurant, not politics."

Upset by what was written, customers rallied around Barbalace.

"We thought we were beyond that at this point," said Tiffany Andrade, a customer.

Andrade specifically came to the cafe Friday to show her support.

"Luckily we live in the land of the free and people are entitled to their own opinion, but I do think it’s something to understand that we are an open community and there are people who come from all different countries and all different backgrounds and we should be welcoming of everyone," said Andrade. 

Barbalace responded by sharing a post on the restaurant's Facebook page, saying:

"All are welcome at Zia Gianna, even this gentleman. We'd love to show him some kindness from the LGBTQ community because love always wins."

The Yelp post has since been taken down, but the flag will remain on the establishment’s front window. 

Barbalace says they don't always have to agree, but his doors are always open if that person wants to give him a second chance.

"I'm here to serve the food. If he is hungry, he is welcome to come here," said Barbalace

Vultures a swooping menace at university in Virginia

A flock of unwanted guests have joined the student body at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, and the unruly bunch are causing a lot of damage.

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Unfortunately for university officials, the troublemakers can't be expelled. A university office building has become home to a group of vultures. "They're big, they're scary, we want them to leave," CNU External Relations Director Tom Kramer told WAVY.

The birds arrived about a month ago, Kramer said, and they've started to attack cars. The vultures seem to like the rubber and foam strips that can be found on windshield wipers, WAVY reported. Some school employees have had to file insurance claims because of the damage the birds have done to their vehicles.

While no attacks on humans has been reported yet, some university staff have reported the birds swooping close to their heads.

Getting rid of the vultures won't be easy, because the birds are protected by law, WAVY reported. The university has hired a wildlife control expert and is getting creative in ways to encourage the birds to find a new home. In addition to owl decoys and spinners, time might be the best solution of all. Vultures migrate like many other birds, and university officials are hopeful that they will leave the campus soon.

Aldi to sell wine, cheese Advent calendars this fall

Aldi is selling an adult version of the popular holiday Advent calendar featuring a mini bottle of wine for every day of December leading up to Christmas.

The Germany-based grocery store chain will sell a cheese version, too.

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Aldi will start selling the wine Advent calendar in the United States on Nov. 7, officials told Food & Wine magazine.

The wine calendar will contain 24 miniature bottles of red, white and bubbly -- including pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, merlot, malbec and other blends.

Last year’s wine Advent calendar, sold only in Europe, contained the equivalent of six bottles of wine.

The cheese Advent calendar promises to pair perfectly, containing 24 different cheese samples leading up to Christmas Day on Dec. 25.

Both speciality Advent calendars will only be available for a limited time, an Aldi official told Food & Wine

The wine calendar is expected to sell for $69.99 and the cheese version is expected to retail for $12.99.

Pizza delivery leads to discovery of woman’s decomposing body

Police in New Hampshire are investigating the death of an elderly woman whose body was discovered when the woman’s adult son had a pizza delivered to their home.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reported that the woman, identified by neighbors as Florence Cotter, of Salem, was found dead around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Her son, Gary Cotter, had to be removed from the home through a hole that first responders busted through an exterior wall. 

Salem police Capt. Joel Dolan told the Union Leader that a pizza delivery man called police for a welfare check after he attempted to deliver a pizza and Gary Cotter asked him to slide the pizza in through a window instead of approaching the door. Dolan told the newspaper that the delivery man could see hoarding conditions inside the home -- and Florence Cotter’s body lying on the floor.

The odor of decay could also be detected near the home Wednesday, the Union Leader said

A neighbor, Pam Avallone, told the newspaper her daughter had been home when police arrived and had watched as officers with a megaphone tried for two hours to get Gary Cotter to leave the house. 

First responders ultimately busted through the wall below a window.

“They had a really hard time getting him out,” Avallone told the newspaper

Avallone said she had not seen Florence Cotter for a couple of years. Other neighbors told the Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Massachusetts, that they has seen her outside the home earlier this year.

“We thought we saw her earlier this summer on our way to the beach,” Tony Difruscia told the Eagle-Tribune. “It was a hot day and we remember questioning why an older woman like that was outside weeding.”

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Another neighbor, Joe Bolis, told the Union Leader that he had been delivering the Cotters’ mail and mowing their lawn for a while. He said he had also been bringing groceries to Gary Cotter through a window for about a year because Cotter had an infection in his legs. 

“He’s been sick for a while,” Bolis, 80, said.

He said Florence Cotter, who was in her 80s, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. 

The death investigation is being conducted by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with the state police’s Major Crime Unit and the Salem Police Department, a statement on the attorney general’s website said.

Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be four-day event

A day after the death of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, details are emerging about official plans to celebrate her life.

The musician died at age 76 in her home in Detroit. She had been battling pancreatic cancer.

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WDIV reported that the funeral for Franklin will be a four-day event. Her body will lie in repose at Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History in Detroit for a viewing open to the public Aug. 28 and 29.

Related: Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies: A look back at her legacy

The Detroit News reported that publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said Franklin will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum.

A private funeral for close family and friends will be Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple, according to WDIV. Her body is being held at Swanson Funeral Home, which is also handling funeral arrangements, according to Detroit Free Press.

Related: ‘Thank you, Aretha’: Fans, friends remember the ‘Queen of Soul

Organizers are also working to decide on a venue for a musical tribute to Franklin with major musicians.

Franklin will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, where her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett are entombed.

Police arrest ‘Hellcat’ driver caught on Facebook driving nearly 200 mph

A 22-year-old North Carolina driver has been charged with street racing and reckless driving after authorities say he reached speeds of 198 mph.

William Jefferson was speeding on U.S. 1 near the Triangle Expressway in Wake County last month, WTVD reported.

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According to the Highway Patrol, somebody sent a seven-minute YouTube clip shared on Facebook as part of a complaint, The News & Observer reported.

“It’s one reason why I don't want my kids on the roads late at night,” Maryanne McAdams told WTVD. “I don't have a driver yet -- we're about a year away, but it's that kind of stuff that makes me really nervous.”

The video shows Jefferson in his Dodge Challenger “Hellcat,” allegedly driving nearly 130 mph over the speed limit on U.S. 1, WTVD found. The video also shows Jefferson take the car over 100 mph in a 40 mph zone, police said.

“I don't think that road is particularly dangerous but anybody going 198 mph and it's going to be particularly dangerous," McAdams told WTVD. “It's really a miracle that nobody was hurt or killed in that.”

Prosecutors have asked for permission to examine Jefferson’s cellphone. A search warrant was returned to the Wake County clerk’s office Wednesday, The News & Observer reported.

Jefferson is expected back in court in September.

Drunken dad goes to wrong school for son, police say

An intoxicated parent went to two different schools attempting to pick up his son, prompting lockdown drills on the second day of school, police said. 

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The man was turned away at Grandview Middle School, then drove to Sagewood Elementary but was turned away by the principal in the parking lot, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said, KETV reported

“He blew a .320, which is four times over the legal limit,” Capt. Wayne Hudson told KETV.

The man, who has not been identified, was charged with aggravated DUI, KETV reported

Dwyane Wade checks Jimmy Butler for comment under Gabrielle Union's Instagram post

Dwyane Wade had to shut down a fellow NBA player after he left a comment under one of his wife’s photos.

Gabrielle Union posted a poolside photo on Instagram from her trip in Italy, where she is with Wade and their family.

Wearing a short-sleeve crop top that bares her stomach and studded bikini bottom, the actress poses as she looks to the right.

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USA Today reported that Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler commented, “WELL DAMN!!” on the post.

It did not go unnoticed by Wade, who was once teammates with Butler when they were with the Chicago Bulls.

USA Today reported that he went to Butler’s Instagram page and commented under most recent post, saying, “Put well damn in caps on my wife photo again and you're gonna see what the good, the bad and the ugly is like.”

Butler’s post was a video of him working out on the beach with the caption, “The good, the bad, and the ugly.” He tagged Columbia University basketball player Mike Smith in his post.

Butler backed down, replying, “Well that escalated quickly. Point noted.. I’m still coming to the BBQ tho.”

The comment is in reference to a caption on a 2016 video of Butler sitting next to Wade while speaking with someone across the court and pointing to his teammate. The caption on the video was “When Your Trying To Hook Up Your Boy With Girls At The Club.”

Union seemed to jokingly respond on Twitter with three pairs of emoji eyes and “Crosses Jimmy off the BBQ list.”

In actuality, Butler said, he was talking about the game

Currently, Wade is still deciding if he’s playing basketball next season.

“If I’m playing the game of basketball this year, it’ll be in a Miami uniform,” he told ESPN. “If I don't, I'll be living in Miami and somewhere else probably.”

Health officials reveal what caused over 650 Chipotle customers to get sick

At least 647 people that fell ill after eating at an Ohio Chipotle last month now have answers -- their illnesses were caused by a foodborne disease resulting from food being stored at unsafe temperatures.

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After local lab tests on food and stool samples came back negative for any potential pathogens, the Delaware County Health District sent more samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be tested.

While the food samples tested negative for C. perfringens bacteria, the stool samples revealed the toxin that C. perfringens forms in the gastrointestinal tract. C. perfringens occurs when foods aren’t kept at the correct temperatures.

>>Related: Chipotle illnesses reach more than 700, draw additional lawsuits

The CDC will continue to test the samples to narrow down the results to a specific food item that may have caused the illnesses.

In a health inspection July 31, the Chipotle restaurant corrected one critical and one noncritical violation related to pinto beans and lettuce not being kept at correct temperatures. The restaurant threw all of its food away as well before reopening, said Traci Whittaker, spokeswoman for the Delaware County Health District.

There haven’t been any issues reported since the corrections, but more than 700 inquiries were made to the Delaware County Health District about illnesses, and the district then identified 647 people who self-reported gastrointestinal symptoms after consuming food from the Chipotle on Sawmill Parkway between July 26 and July 30.

“This investigation included countless hours of phone calls and interviews along with multiple inspections. We are also appreciative of our community for being very cooperative during this investigation and for understanding our work in protecting the public’s health,” said Delaware County health commissioner Shelia Hiddleson.

Chipotle field leadership also is retraining all restaurant employees nationwide, said Brian Niccol, CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill.

5 indicted on arson charges after posting video on social media, prosecutors say

Five metro Atlanta men who prosecutors say got drunk, set a fire at a vacant home and posted a video of their exploits have been indicted on arson charges.

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The April 19 fire burned the Sharpsburg home to the ground and posed a threat to the surrounding woods, a Coweta County fire official said. Prosecutors accused the men of walking away as the flames grew.

A Coweta County grand jury recently charged all five — Collin Landon Gwinn, 20, Bryan Thomas Libourel, 18, Stone Lloyd Matheson, 19, and Brandon Andrew Nino, 20, all of Newnan, and Lanier Daniel Brooking, 19, of Sharpsburg — with first-degree arson, first-degree arson of lands and second-degree criminal damage to property.

They are now preparing for trial. Libourel, Matheson and Nino remain in the county jail, while Brooking and Gwinn were released on bond.

All five were arrested later the same day after investigators with the Coweta County fire department were tipped off to a cellphone video circulating on social media. 

In the video, the men can be seen inside the home in the 500 block of McIntosh Trail, damaging windows with a chair, smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol before setting a couch on fire in the living room, according to an incident report previously obtained by

>> On Cops: 5 men got drunk, set home on fire, posted it on social media

Deputies said the men can be heard cheering as the flames grew to an estimated 15 feet. Then, according to the report, they left the scene. 

A fire break was necessary to prevent the blaze from spreading and damaging nearby homes, deputies said. 

The grand jury charged in the indictments that Gwinn, Libourel, Matheson, Nino and Brooking acted “under such circumstances that it was reasonably foreseeable that human life was endangered.”

A developer owned the home and no one was living there at the time, WSBTV reported.

Bodies of 2 missing Colorado girls recovered as father appears in court

Bodies believed to be those of Christopher Watts’ two young daughters were recovered late Thursday in Colorado, bringing to a tragic close a missing persons’ case that captured the nation’s attention.

Watts, 33, of Frederick, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with physical evidence in the deaths of his wife and children, Weld County Jail records show. He is being held without bail. 

Frederick police officials announced Thursday night that they believed they had found the bodies of Bella Watts, 4, and Celeste Watts, 3, though they declined to say where the bodies were found. 

High-ranking law enforcement sources told ABC7 in Denver that the little girls’ bodies were found inside oil and gas tanks on the property of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the oil and natural gas exploration company for which Chris Watts worked. 

The sources told ABC7 that investigators theorize the girls were placed inside the nearly full tanks to mask the smell of decomposition.

“While we will not disclose the location as to where these bodies were located, police can say that they were found in close proximity to the other body whom officers strongly believe is (their mother) Shanann’s,” officials said on Facebook. 

The body of Watts’ wife, Shanann Watts, was recovered earlier Thursday. John Camper, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said during a media briefing Thursday afternoon that investigators were “quite certain” the body was that of the 34-year-old woman, who was about 15 weeks pregnant when she and her daughters were reported missing Monday. 

Chris Watts made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon, 9News in Denver reported. Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke told the court that the slayings took place in the family’s Frederick home. 

Camper said Thursday that Shanann Watts’ remains were found on Anadarko property. 9News reported that Anadarko has multiple properties within 15 miles of Frederick.

>> Related story: Colorado man who pleaded for return of missing wife, daughters arrested in deaths

Anadarko released a statement in which a spokesperson said Watts was fired Wednesday, the day of his arrest, 9News reported

“We are heartbroken by this, and our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones and friends of the Watts family,” the statement read. “We will continue to support law enforcement in its investigation.”

Law enforcement officials also expressed sorrow over the homicides. 

“This is absolutely the worst possible outcome that any of us could imagine,” Camper said Thursday. “I think our hearts are broken for the town of Fredrick as much as anybody’s.”

Fredrick police officials said they received a call just before 2 p.m. Monday reporting Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts missing. The report was made by a friend who went to the family’s home in the Wyndham Hill subdivision and found no sign of Shanann or the girls. 

Chris Watts said in an interview Tuesday with 9News that he saw the woman at the front door, via the home’s doorbell camera, and realized his family was missing. 

“I said, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ And she said, ‘I can’t get ahold of Shanann,’” Watts said. “That’s when I was just, like, ‘OK, something’s not right.’”

He said he, too, had been unable to reach his wife via phone or text message. 

See Chris Watts’ entire interview with 9News below.

Shanann Watts’ vehicle, as well as her purse and medication for the children, were all still at the house, authorities said. Police on Tuesday upgraded the missing persons report to an “Endangered Missing Alert” because of the potential medical concerns with the children. 

>> Related story: Report: Man with NC ties confesses to killing wife, 2 daughters in Colorado

Investigators conducted multiple interviews and officers canvassed the family’s neighborhood for witnesses and clues. News of the missing mother and daughters soon went national, and Watts did his interview with 9News on Tuesday, in which he described his family’s disappearance as “earth-shattering.” 

“I don’t feel like this is even real right now. It’s like a nightmare that I just can’t wake up from,” Watts told a reporter.

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Watts spoke in loving terms of his daughters. 

“Celeste, she’s just a bottle of energy,” he said. “I call her ‘Rampage’ because she's got two speeds: go, or she’s sleeping. She’s always the troublemaker, she’s always the one, like, jumping off things. Bella, she’s the more calm, cautious, mothering type, and she’s more like me -- she’s more calm. Celeste has definitely got her mom’s personality, where she’s all gung-ho, ready to go.”

The young father also addressed those who might think he had a hand in his family’s disappearance.

“Everybody’s going to have their own opinion on anything like this,” Watts said. “I just want people to know that I want my family back. I want them safe and I want them here. This house is not the same.”

Less than 24 hours later, Watts was in custody. A law enforcement source told 9News that Watts confessed to killing his wife and children. 

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