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Shocking photo: Mom allegedly overdoses in car with baby in back seat

Police officers have released a graphic and disturbing photo of a mother allegedly passed out in her car from a drug overdose with her 10-month-old son in the back seat.

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Erika Hurt, 25, was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon in her car in Hope, Indiana, along with her crying baby, police say, The Associated Press reported. The photo appears to show Hurt passed out with a syringe in her left hand.

>> Police: Children find 4 women overdosed on heroin in house

According to the AP, officers revived Hurt with Narcan and took her to a nearby hospital. Hurt is in custody on a probation violation, and officials from child welfare came out to the scene, according to Town Marshal Matthew Tallent.

>> Landlord says he found man overdosed with 2-year-old hugging his leg

The baby is reportedly with Hurt’s mother.

Hurt faces charges of child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia.

>> Mom uses heroin in car, passes out with baby in back seat, police say

The disturbing photo comes one month after the release of a viral photo of two parents allegedly overdosing on heroin with a 4-year-old in the back seat of a car. Earlier this month, a Facebook Live video of a Tennessee couple who reportedly passed out on heroin on a sidewalk in broad daylight 

>> GRAPHIC: Police department shows devastating effects of heroin

Heroin use is a growing epidemic in America. Earlier this year, Rare traveled to New HampshireBaltimore and other inner cities and suburbs to talk to families and public figures negatively impacted by the crisis.

>> Watch a video from Rare's "Heroin in America" series

Rare reported:

"The epidemic has touched the lives of student athletes, mothers, fathers and beloved celebrities, with more than 28,000 opioid- and heroin-related overdose deaths reported in 2014, according to the CDC. In response, the Obama administration is treating it as a public health crisis, calling for an allocation of $1.1 billion in new funding to help those seeking treatment."

>> Watch another report from Rare's series here

Chilling video shows crash survivor's message for loved ones when he thought he wouldn't make it

Motorcycle crash victim Kevin Diepenbrock thought his last words to his loved ones would be in the form of three shaky videos as he lay pinned under his motorcycle.

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“Hey, everybody,” begins the first video. “I (expletive) up – that’s all I can really say – at about 10:30 this morning. Been laying here ever since, about 50 feet down in the ravine. I just wanted to say I love you guys. Sorry I was being stupid, but you know that’s what I do.”

The video ends with, “See you soon.”

Diepenbrock, who survived the crash, was riding in Tennessee with his co-worker, Phillip Polito, on Oct. 15 on a stretch known as "The Dragon" when their bikes collided and they were sent 100 feet down a rocky embankment.

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Polito, 29, was killed in the crash, while Diepenbrock, 41, suffered two punctured lungs, 17 breaks in 12 ribs and multiple spinal fractures. Unable to move and with no cellphone signal, Diepenbrock lay in the embankment for 30 hours before he was rescued.

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(h/t Knoxville News Sentinel)

Must-see: NICU babies get adorable Halloween treat – tiny costumes

These tiny trick-or-treaters are warming hearts around the country.

According to ABC News, March of Dimes volunteers teamed up with nurses at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, to help NICU babies and their families celebrate Halloween with handmade costumes and other goodies. 

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“The parents were able to choose their baby’s costumes to match the baby’s personalities,” hospital spokeswoman Michelle Manuel told ABC News. “The idea is to be able to allow parents to have a sense of normalcy."

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Families also received a Halloween card with their costumed cutie's footprints, a Halloween book and candy inside a crocheted pumpkin.

Jennifer Behnke, whose son, William, has been in the NICU since August, called the Halloween treat "amazing."

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"It's very humbling, and we feel very blessed to have so many people on our side and helping us – and making everyday experiences and milestones feel normal while still being in the hospital here," Behnke told WDAF-TV.

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Florida man hid cameras in room rented to students, police say

A man in Miami Beach, Florida, landed in jail Tuesday night after he was accused of hiding cameras in a room he rented out to foreign students. 

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According to Miami Beach police, the students found the room on a Craigslist ad posted by Winston Vargas, 45. 

The day after they moved in, the students found three portable clocks in the bathroom with a hidden camera and video card inside, according to NBC Miami

The students then called police. And once officers showed up, Vargas told the students he would refund their rent money if they did not prosecute him, the police report states.

But when questioned about the cameras by police, Vargas said "a man from England placed them there," NBC Miami reports. 

Vargas remains in Miami-Dade jail on charges of video voyeurism and is being held on a $5,000 bond.

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Serial robber targeting Waffle House customers in Georgia

Waffle House restaurants in Coweta, Fayette and Clayton counties south of Atlanta were targeted by what police are calling a serial robber.

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A man with a gun recently robbed several metro area Waffle House locations, first holding up customers and then demanding cash from the register, according to WSB-TV.

Fayetteville police spokesman Lt. Mike Whitlow said two Coweta locations were hit Monday and Tuesday.

Police told the station they want to catch the suspect before an armed customer is attacked.

“Eventually this is going to escalate, and this is going to get worse,” Whitlow said.

If a customer is robbed, Whitlow said they should, “Do what they tell you. Be a good witness.”

Girl sparks friendship with lonely man at grocery store, helps him heal after losing wife

Norah Wood, 4, just happened to say hello to 82-year-old Dan Petersen in a grocery store one afternoon. The two have been inseparable ever since.

“Something in her recognized something he needed,” mom Tara Wood told Hot Topics. “It’s magical.”

Little Norah was celebrating her fourth birthday on Sept. 28. After preschool, she and her mom stopped in at a grocery store near their Augusta, Georgia home to pick up some cupcakes.

Norah, riding in the shopping cart, spotted an elderly man, and before her mother could stop her, she stood up in the cart.

“She said, ‘Hi old person! It’s my birthday today!'” said Wood.

At first, Wood was embarrassed.

“He wasn’t warm and fuzzy looking at all,” said Wood. “But then, his expression softened. He asked, ‘How old are you today?'”

After chatting for a few seconds, they went their separate ways. Then, Norah suddenly decided she wanted to take a picture with the man.

They found him a few aisles down, and Wood asked for his permission to snap a picture.

“He said, ‘You want to take a photo with me?'” recalled Wood. “His face lit up. He looked like a completely different person.”

After snapping a few photos, Wood learned his named is Dan Petersen.

Norah thanked “Mr. Dan,” and his response brought Wood to tears.

“His little lip was quivering. He said, ‘Miss Norah, you made me the happiest I’ve been in a long time,'” recalled Wood.

That evening, Wood posted a photo of the encounter to her Facebook page.

Soon, a woman who knows Petersen personally reached out to her on social media to thank her for what her daughter did for Petersen.

“She said when his wife died back in March, he sunk into a depression,” said Wood. “She said, 'That’s the first time I’ve seen that man smile since his wife died.'”

Wood was able to get Petersen’s phone number and called him.

When Petersen picked up the phone, Wood said, “He just burst into tears. He said, ‘I haven’t stopped thinking about that little girl. She just inspired me.'”

Wood asked if she and Norah could pick him up for lunch that week.

“He said, ‘That would be wonderful,'” said Wood. “He asked if we could come to his house and see his greenhouse.”

When Wood arrived with Norah at his small ranch house, she almost didn’t recognize him.

“He cleaned up. He got a haircut. He shaved. He had on aftershave,” said Wood. “It was like he had Jennifer Lawrence coming to pick him up!”

Petersen chatted with Norah like they were old friends. He set out crayons and paper for her and asked her to draw him some pictures.

“He had been so lonely,” said Wood. “We covered 30 years of stuff. He was just ping-ponging around. He’s had a fascinating life. He’s had some tragedy in his life. He was just so grateful to have someone listen to him. The whole time, Norah was just curled up in his lap like she’s known him forever.”

Since then, Norah and her mom have been visiting Petersen regularly. Norah helped Petersen celebrate his 82nd birthday last week with balloons, cake and gifts.

“They’re so childlike. They get along so well,” said Petersen.

Sometimes, Norah and her mother will drop by unexpectedly, giving him a call when they’re on their way to his house.

“He’s always waiting at the door for us,” said Wood.

Wood said she’s touched that her daughter has befriended someone who needed love.

“I feel lucky to be the one to watch it happen,” said Wood. “It’s magical.”

Couple with last name Trump say drivers are upset over their license plate

A Tualatin, Oregon, couple never thought their last name on their license plate would make their lives miserable during this year’s election.

KATU reported that Brian Trump ordered a license plate with "Trump" written on it nine years ago;  he thought it’d be easier to be called that, since there a lot of people with the name Ryan and Brian around town. He told KATU that people at work call him Trump.

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Never in his wildest dreams did he think Donald Trump would ever become a presidential candidate years later.

Trump said drivers on the road started doing terrible things to him over a year ago.

"It took me a minute to figure out. I didn’t cut this person off. (I) used my blinker. I’m not like driving crazy," Trump told KATU. "Someone goes, ‘You’re not a Trump supporter are you?’ And I was like, ‘It’s my last name!'"

While some people have liked the license plate, Trump said it’s mostly gotten negative reactions.

"I’ve gotten a couple of thumbs up," Trump said. "But it’s generally the vulgar language, mean looks, flipping you off -- that kind of thing has unfortunately been a lot more common."

"Even if I was a die-hard Trump supporter, why should there be potential threats of violence or vulgar language?" he went on to say. "Try to treat everyone how you would want to be treated. It’s pretty simple. I mean, you might have a difference of opinion with someone, but it doesn’t mean you got to be rude or aggressive."

His wife, who also has a "Trump" plate, said she was approached by men several times.

"You have three grown men yelling at a woman alone in her car, it’s kind of scary, you know?" Trump told KATU. "You don’t want something to happen."

Brian Trump said he and his wife have no intentions on changing their plates or their last name. 

"I'm sticking with it. I'm not going to let someone bully me out of my plate."

Trump said he’s getting a graphic to put in the window to let drivers know that his last name is Trump, and the plates aren’t politically related at all.

School audit finds bus drivers using buses for personal use in Ohio

An internal audit of Dayton Public Schools’ operations department in Dayton, Ohio, revealed that employees are misusing district vehicles and taking inappropriately long lunches.

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Internal Auditor Randall Harper reported Wednesday that seven of 18 bus drivers checked had taken their bus off-route for personal use, three of them 20 times or more in 2015-16.

Harper said once when the transportation director was out, he decided to randomly check and within 30 minutes, found five buses parked at drivers’ homes or other places they weren’t supposed to be.

“Because it is difficult to monitor the vast fleet of DPS vehicles throughout the district with limited supervision resources, it is recommended that GPS units be installed on all DPS vehicles,” Harper said.

Harper also recommended the district hire more bus drivers, so supervisors could handle their regular responsibilities rather than driving buses. And he called for clear communication that personal use of DPS vehicles is prohibited and will lead to disciplinary actions.

Harper said in a five-week period, he did 44 observations at the maintenance division, where work rules call for employees to take a 30-minute lunch. He said in 22 of those 44 cases, employees took lunches of 43 minutes or more, up to a maximum of 87 minutes.

School board President Adil Baguirov said while Harper’s reports reveal unpleasant things, it’s a good thing that the district finds them, addresses them promptly, and is transparent with taxpayer money.

Family carving party goes wrong when girl gets head stuck in pumpkin

What appears to be a family pumpkin-carving session took a bizarre turn when a girl decided to put her head inside the opening of her freshly carved pumpkin.

Rachel Ralphs appears to have just finished removing the innards of her pumpkin when she commented on how large the hole was in her pumpkin:

"Isn't it so cute? I could like fit my head in it."

Her mother, Kristy Ralphs, recorded what happened next, and uploaded it to YouTube.

Near the end of the video, Rachel's father is summoned to the scene and he suggests calling the fire department.

Rachel apparently is freed from the pumpkin in a follow-up video.

Rachel's father can be heard asking why she put her head in the pumpkin, to which she replied, "I just thought it would be funny."

Florida employer asks thousands of workers to vote for Trump

Timeshare mogul and Westgate Resorts founder David Siegel sent an email to all of his 15,000 employees calling this the most important election of our lifetime and saying his employees should vote forDonald Trump for president, according to WFTV.

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Siegel told WFTV that it’s just his "advice" and that his employees should vote for who they think is best for their family and future. Siegel said he wanted his employees to know that he believes Trump will be best for the company and the country.

"George W. won by 537 votes. You know, this could be another close election; maybe my employees can make the difference. I hope so,” Siegel said.

"David Siegel has evolved here. He's learned from his experience from his last letter. He's not making threats now, he's offering advice,” said WFTV political analyst Dr. Rick Foglesong.

Siegel warned employees four years ago that people could lose their jobs if President Obama was re-elected.

There’s nothing to prevent private business owners from offering advice on who to vote for, according to WFTV.

"I'm not coercing anybody. I’m just putting out the facts as I see them. If they have respect for me like I think they do, they'll vote for Trump,” Siegel said.

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