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A New York City police officer has been charged in the death of his own 8-year-old son, Thomas Valva.

According to Newsday, the little boy passed away after being forced to sleep in a freezing garage at his father’s Center Moriches home.

The 41-year-old police officer’s attorney states that he has worked for the force for 15 years; he resigned from the department on Wednesday. Before he left, he was suspended from the NYPD without pay. He was arrested back in January and made an appearance in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead on Wednesday.

“He voluntarily resigned today,” said Valva’s attorney John LoTurco during a brief status conference. “He executed paperwork in that regard today, which protects his benefits and his pension. There’s no admission of any wrongdoing. It allows him to forgo any disciplinary hearing, and in exchange, he will no longer receive any salary or any future benefits.”

The boy reportedly died on Jan. 17; Michael Valva, 41, and his fiancee Angela Pollina, 42, have pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and child endangerment. Thomas was a third-grader at East Moriches Elementary School who was on the autism spectrum. The boy ended up dying from hypothermia after police said Valva and Pollina made him sleep in an unheated garage as temperatures dropped to 19 degrees. Newsday reports that Pollina’s attorney waived her court appearance Wednesday.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Valva performing what appeared to be CPR on the boy in the basement. Valva told police that Thomas had fallen in the driveway while waiting for the school bus and knocked himself out unconscious. Prosecutors say Valva said he’s “been through more stressful things than this” after Thomas was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Suffolk Supreme Court Justice William Condon on Wednesday set a Dec. 16 hearing date to determine the admissibility at trial of statements that authorities allege Michael Valva made to police regarding his son’s death, Newsday’s Nicole Fuller writes. Thomas’ birth mother, Justyna Zubko-Valva, attended Wednesday’s conference and said while Valva’s attorney tries to get statements Michael made to police thrown out, there is other evidence in the case that points to Valva and Pollina’s negligence. She mentioned Thomas’ 76.1 body temperature when he was brought to the hospital.

“His attorney’s going to try to challenge the statements made by Michael to the police ….,” said Zubko-Valva, speaking outside the Riverhead courthouse. “The first original statement he made in regards to Thomas’ death was Tommy fell in the driveway and hit his head . . . then he changed his statement.” Pollina and Valva’s attorneys now have until Nov. 18 to file motions in the case after Condon granted a two-week extension request from LoTurco and Pollina’s attorney Matthew Tuohy to present defense motions in the case.

 

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California Man Tries To Bury His Wife Alive On Coronado Beach

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Cops arrested a man who attempted to bury his wife alive during a violent attack at a California beach Thursday night.

According to The New York Post, cops responded to a 911 call from the woman just before 9 p.m. She told the police that her husband had just tried to kill her on Coronado Beach.

Twenty-three-year-old Jose Luis Mares III was arrested for attacking his wife after the couple got into an argument that quickly escalated to violence while they were at the beach.

Cops told KSWB that Mares III originally tried to throw his wife out into the surf before bringing her to a lifeguard tower, where he tried burying her alive in the sand.

“She said there was a hole in the ground, and the hole had previously been there from probably kids digging it during the day,” Detective Ryan Brennan of the Coronado Police Department told the news outlet. “But during the struggle, she said he threw her in that hole when he began putting sand on top of her.”

The suspect kicked his wife repeatedly and then suddenly stopped and fled. That’s when the courageous woman ran toward Ocean Boulevard, where a passerby found her on the sidewalk and alerted authorities.




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O-T Fagbenle To Play Barack Obama In Reoccurring role on Showtimes

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In the upcoming Showtime anthology series “The First Lady,” O-T Fagbenle has been cast as President Barack Obama, in a recurring role.

Fagbenle will be starring alongside Viola Davis, who’s going to be playing First Lady Michelle Obama. The show is characterized as a re-framing of American leadership, told at the heart of the White House through the lens of women. Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, and Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford will all star in the first season.

Obama served as the United States’ first African American and 44th president from 2009 to 2017. Barack, a member of the Democratic Party, married Michelle Robinson in 1992 before becoming a senator for the state of Illinois in 2005.

Most recently, Fagenle starred as Luke Bankole in The Handmaid’s Tale, the critically acclaimed Hulu film. He will be seen in the Marvel movieBlack Widow” opposite Scarlett Johansson. He has a long television background, and he created, wrote, directed, composed, executive produced and starred in the original series “Maxxx” for Channel 4 and Hulu in April 2020. “The Five,” “The Interceptor,” “Looking,” “As If,” and “Doctor Who” are among his other credits.




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Fans Get First Look At New HBO Documentary ‘Tina’ Based On Iconic Singer’s Life And Career

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Fans are receiving the first look at HBO‘s documentary centered around the life and music career of iconic singer Tina Turner.

On Tuesday, HBO dropped the official trailer for the documentary “Tina.” According to People, the documentary will start at the beginning of her childhood. “My mother used to sit in the window of the kitchen when she was making dinner on Sundays. I used to just watch her. She was just so pretty,” the 81-year-old says in the trailer. “One day, she wasn’t in that window. She was never in it again,” said Tina referring to the moment her mother left her family to get away from the abusive relationship she had with Turner’s father.

“I wanted her to come for me. I waited, and she never did. And it’s alright — you know why?” she adds. “I’m a girl from a cotton field that pulled myself above the destruction and the mistakes. And I’m here for you.”

The documentary was directed by Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin, and Lightbox. In the description, the doc is described as a “revealing and intimate look at the life and career.” “Tina” will include interviews with Tina in her hometown of Zurich, Switzerland, along with new footage, audiotapes, and personal photos of the songstress.

Hollywood greats like Oprah Winfrey and Tina Turner – who played her in the hit film “What’s Love Got to Do with It” – will also be featured in the documentary. The doc will hit HBO on March 27.




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