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  • A construction crew in Chattanooga put in some overtime Wednesday morning, rescuing a basset hound from the Tennessee River, WTVC reported. The dog, named Buddy, was trapped in some brush along the banks of the river, the television station reported. The Hamilton County Special Tactics and Rescue Services team shared two videos on its Facebook page showing Buddy’s rescue. “Buddy, you’re a lucky dog today,” one worker can be heard saying in the video. It is unclear how the dog got stuck in the brush by the river, WTVC reported.
  • A court ruled that Florida cannot bar felons who served their time from voting, even if they haven’t paid their fines or court fees. Amendment 4, approved by voters in 2018, allowed nonviolent felons who served their time to regain the right to vote. Lawmakers passed a bill in 2019 that required some of those felons to pay off court fees, fines and restitution before they were able to vote. That law is now being argued in court. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the original ruling by a Tallahassee federal judge that requiring paying all fines and fees first is an unfair poll tax. Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state will immediately ask the entire 11th Circuit to reconsider the ruling. It was not immediately clear whether felons with unpaid fees would be able to vote by the upcoming primaries.
  • Contigo, which produces and markets water bottles for children, is recalling replacement lids for its products because of a choking hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday. The recall involves Contigo Kids Cleanable water bottles and replacement lids that were given to consumers as part of the company’s original recall of the product in August 2019, the CPSC said. Contigo received 427 reports of the spout detaching, including 27 spouts found in children’s mouths, the CPSC said in its release. About 5.7 million bottles sold in the United States, plus 157,000 in Canada and 28,000 in Mexico, were part of the original recall, according to the CPSC. The bottles have a black base and cover over the clear spout and come in three sizes -- 13-ounce, 14-ounce and 20-ounce. Only bottles with the black base and cover are affected. “Contigo identified that the water bottle’s clear silicone spout in some cases may detach from the lid posing a potential choking hazard,” the Chicago-based company said on its website Wednesday. The bottles were available through Costco, Walmart, Target and other stores nationwide and online from April 2018 through Feb. 7, 2020, the CPSC reported. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles and the replacement lids provided in the previous recall, the CPSC said. The bottles should be taken away from children, and consumers should contact Contigo for a free water bottle, the agency said in its release. Consumers who received replacement lids in the August 2019 recall should contact Contigo for the new water bottle. For more information, call Contigo at 888-262-0622 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or click here.
  • Authorities in Missouri have arrested three relatives after an 11-year-old girl gave birth last week in a bathtub at a home in the St. Louis suburbs, according to multiple reports. An adult man and an adult woman have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in connection to the case. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested on charges of incest, statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a child younger than 12 years old, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Associated Press. The birth was discovered after a man brought the newborn to a hospital, claiming the child had been left on his front porch, KSDK reported. Charging documents obtained by the news station showed the infant had a body temperature of 90 degrees and still had an umbilical cord and placenta attached after being brought to the hospital. The man later admitted that he was related to the baby and told authorities he was unaware the 11-year-old girl was pregnant until she gave birth to the child, according to the AP. The man was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, KSDK reported. A judge ordered him held in lieu of a $10,000 cash-only bond. Charging documents said he came to the country illegally and had previously been deported, according to the AP. In a probable cause statement obtained by the Post-Dispatch, authorities said a 17-year-old boy related to the 11-year-old girl admitted to having sexually assaulted the girl about 100 times. After his arrest last week, a judge ordered him held in lieu of a $25,000 bond, according to the newspaper. Authorities made a third arrest in the case Tuesday, charging an adult woman with failing to provide the 11-year-old with medical care as she was giving birth. She was ordered held in lieu of a $10,000 bond, according to the AP.
  • Surveillance video captured an Ohio inmate, who was attempting to escape a jail waiting area through the ceiling last month. Jessica Boomershine, 42, was in the Montgomery County Jail after she and another man were accused of breaking into a house and assaulting an 85-year-old man in Miamisburg, WHIO-TV reported. In the video, Boomershine is seen using a chair to attempt to climb into the ceiling in the jail waiting area. She was awaiting a court appearance Jan. 21. Boomershine comes crashing to the floor, bringing part of the ceiling with her, when several deputies come in to grab her, the video shows. She now faces additional charges of escape and destruction of property, WHIO reported.
  • A man who escaped from a Texas jail Tuesday night was found 40 minutes later at a Dairy Queen restaurant, authorities said. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the inmate was found with a cellphone shortly before he escaped, KTRK reported. The man was captured at the Dairy Queen within an hour of his escape, the television station reported. The Sheriff’s Office tweeted a photo of deputies leading the man to a squad car, according to KTRK.