aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(AMARILLO, Texas) — Police in Texas have issued a warrant for the missing driver of an armored truck and arrested his father.

Police were searching Monday night for the driver of an armored car that was found empty, with the engine running, in an alley in Amarillo.

A warrant Tuesday charged missing driver Trent Michael Cook, 24, of Amarillo, with first-degree felony theft of over $200,000. Officers arrested Cook’s father, Brian Keith Hodge, 43, on Monday evening for tampering with or fabricating evidence in connection with the case.

“Investigators have developed credible evidence Cook has access to a rifle and handguns, and could be considered dangerous due to this information,” Amarillo police said in a statement.

Police found the Rochester Armored Car Co. vehicle at around 7:50 a.m. on Monday, after receiving a call that it was standing unoccupied.

“There was no sign of a struggle or forced entry into the vehicle,” police said, adding that “investigators have information that the suspect had discussed how a theft like this would be committed.”

Cook, who was not an armed employee, is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds, and has blond hair and hazel eyes, police said. He was last seen wearing a company uniform.

Investigators have not released details on the missing contents of the truck.

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Montgomery County District Atty(PENNSBURG, Pa.) — The death of Pennsylvania killing spree suspect Bradley William Stone has been deemed a suicide by poisoning, authorities said Tuesday.

The body of Stone, 33, who the district attorney said killed six of his relatives, was found in a wooded area outside of Pennsburg, near Philadelphia, on Dec. 16 after a manhunt. Police found two knives, a machete and a double-bladed axe near his body, which had multiple self-inflicted wounds, authorities said.

But after an autopsy, the coroner determined that the cause of death was due to a “combined drug intoxication” resulting from a cocktail of drugs — Trazodone, Risperidone and mCPP — and that the manner of death was suicide, authorities said.

The killing spree had prompted local and federal authorities to launch a manhunt in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

The motives for the murders remains uncertain, but legal documents indicate that Stone and his ex-wife, one of his alleged victims, had been having custody issues over the control of their 5- and 8-year-old daughters.

Stone and Nicole Hill divorced in March 2009, and Montgomery County court documents show that they reached a shared custody agreement in April 2010, but there were some disputes over the arrangement in the years since.

The details from the documents are not publicly available, but earlier this month, Stone filed an emergency motion seeking custody. There was a resolution in the case on Dec. 9, but the specifics of that agreement were not available.

The district attorney said that the court documents indicate that the couple had a “contentious, protracted” custody battle and the recent decision ruled in favor of his ex.

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Montgomery County District Atty(PENNSBURG, Pa.) — The death of Pennsylvania killing spree suspect Bradley William Stone has been deemed a suicide by poisoning, authorities said Tuesday.

The body of Stone, 33, who the district attorney said killed six of his relatives, was found in a wooded area outside of Pennsburg, near Philadelphia, on Dec. 16 after a manhunt. Police found two knives, a machete and a double-bladed axe near his body, which had multiple self-inflicted wounds, authorities said.

But after an autopsy, the coroner determined that the cause of death was due to a “combined drug intoxication” resulting from a cocktail of drugs — Trazodone, Risperidone and mCPP — and that the manner of death was suicide, authorities said.

The killing spree had prompted local and federal authorities to launch a manhunt in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

The motives for the murders remains uncertain, but legal documents indicate that Stone and his ex-wife, one of his alleged victims, had been having custody issues over the control of their 5- and 8-year-old daughters.

Stone and Nicole Hill divorced in March 2009, and Montgomery County court documents show that they reached a shared custody agreement in April 2010, but there were some disputes over the arrangement in the years since.

The details from the documents are not publicly available, but earlier this month, Stone filed an emergency motion seeking custody. There was a resolution in the case on Dec. 9, but the specifics of that agreement were not available.

The district attorney said that the court documents indicate that the couple had a “contentious, protracted” custody battle and the recent decision ruled in favor of his ex.

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aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(AMARILLO, Texas) — Police in Texas have issued a warrant for the missing driver of an armored truck and arrested his father.

Police were searching Monday night for the driver of an armored car that was found empty, with the engine running, in an alley in Amarillo.

A warrant Tuesday charged missing driver Trent Michael Cook, 24, of Amarillo, with first-degree felony theft of over $200,000. Officers arrested Cook’s father, Brian Keith Hodge, 43, on Monday evening for tampering with or fabricating evidence in connection with the case.

“Investigators have developed credible evidence Cook has access to a rifle and handguns, and could be considered dangerous due to this information,” Amarillo police said in a statement.

Police found the Rochester Armored Car Co. vehicle at around 7:50 a.m. on Monday, after receiving a call that it was standing unoccupied.

“There was no sign of a struggle or forced entry into the vehicle,” police said, adding that “investigators have information that the suspect had discussed how a theft like this would be committed.”

Cook, who was not an armed employee, is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds, and has blond hair and hazel eyes, police said. He was last seen wearing a company uniform.

Investigators have not released details on the missing contents of the truck.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Following this past Saturday’s shooting that left two New York police officers dead, New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton wrote a touching letter where he called the slain cops “loving fathers, husbands, and sons — points of great pride for their communities.”

Officers Wenjian Liu and Raphael Ramos were sitting in their vehicle in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday when a man approached the car on the passenger side and opened fire, killing them both.

The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself after having posted anti-cop messages on social media.

Bratton also wrote that the deaths “cast a dark cloud on the rest of our holiday season.”

This is Bratton’s complete letter, which was posted Tuesday on the department’s website:

Over the past weeks, many in this city and across the nation have been attempting to define the New York City Police Department in their own terms.

They are attempting to answer for themselves questions about who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

But the men and women of this Department know exactly who we are: we are Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. They were loving fathers, husbands, and sons — points of great pride for their communities. They were also part of our NYPD family, bonded by the experiences, triumphs, and challenges we face so that others won’t have to. They dedicated their lives to the defense of others, and understood what that commitment could ultimately mean. They were people of faith, of conviction, and of principle. They answered the call to service, and did so each and every day they wore the uniform. They were devoted to the protection of this city and the safety of its people.

They didn’t do this work to be thanked, congratulated, or admired. They did it because it must be done, because we all have the basic right to live free from fear. And with all of us, they stood tall to guard those who cannot guard themselves, to shield the frightened, the weak, and the vulnerable. We are their memory. We are their legacy. And we still stand.

These deaths cast a dark cloud on the rest of our holiday season and the flags will remain at half-staff past Christmas. But as we mourn their sacrifice, we also honor them through the work we do every day. May God grant Officer Wenjian Liu and Officer Rafael Ramos rest. And may God bless the New York City Police Department.

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USS Carl Vinson(NEW YORK) — The crew of the USS Carl Vinson released a heartwarming holiday video promising friends and family that this time next year, they’ll be celebrating at home.

“I know it’s not eternity, just a little more time at sea, but next year I’ll be home for the holidays,” the crew sings in the video they made, posted on YouTube this week.

The ship operates in the Arabian Sea and is currently docked in Dubai, which is “a well-deserved break” for the sailors and a chance for them to call home and wish their families a Merry Christmas, according to USS Carl Vinson’s Facebook page.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY) — The Green Bay Packers are determined to beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday for the NFC North crown.

Green Bay is 7-0 at home this year and would like to have a first round bye when the playoff start.

“Byes are valuable,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday. “That’s why you fight like crazy to be a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed.”

If the Packers lose, they’ll be playing on the road in the Wild-Card round; if they win, they’ll have a first round bye and a home playoff game in the divisional round.

“Anytime you have a chance to get that week off, I think it’s important,” McCarthy continued. “I know some people believe in ‘keep playing.’ We’ve done both. I think byes are very beneficial. It gives you a better chance to get your team ready. At the end of the day, the best preparation leads to better performance.”

The Lions are 4-3 on the road this year and 5-0 against the NFC North.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — The Dallas Cowboys locked up the NFC East this past weekend, but still would like to finish the season out strong on Sunday against the Redskins.

Dallas is one of fives teams in the NFC that have an 11-4 record and head coach Jason Garrett said on Monday that he wants his players to be as ready as they can for the postseason.

“Our plan is to practice as well as we can practice and go play our best football game with the guys who are available to us,” Garrett said when asked of if he’d rest certain players. “We’re excited about that opportunity. That’s what we do here.”

The Cowboys can still get a bye in the first round of the playoffs and possibly move up to the No. 2 spot with losses by the Cardinals and Seahawks.

“We play the early game up there, so all the scenarios everybody is talking about, no one will know what those are,” Garrett said. “So we’ve got to go play our best football. The way to do that is focus on cleaning up this game when the players come in tomorrow and getting ready for the next challenge. That’s what we’re going to do.”

Dallas has some players still recovering from injuries, but Garrett wants his team to be prepared for anything against Washington.

“I think you play. You play guys. You get 16 opportunities and you go play and go try and play your best football,” Garrett said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — A grand jury in Houston has decided not to indict a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 26-year-old black man in January.

Officer Juventino Castro was working at an extra job at a shopping center when he shot and killed Jordan Baker, according to ABC News station KTRK-TV.

This is the third grand jury decision in the last month where “no bill” was issued in incidents that involved police officers and the deaths of black civilians. The two other cases — that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York — resulted in national protests against police brutality.

The officer said that Baker matched the description of a robbery suspect and began charging at him when he fired one shot.

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Ryan Roche(LEHI, Utah) — A Utah man was rushed to the hospital after he chugged a quart of eggnog in 12 seconds during a contest at an office holiday party, he said.

“Everyone knows I’m pretty competitive,” Ryan Roche of Lehi, Utah, told ABC News Tuesday, explaining how his colleagues talked him into participating just as he was leaving the party with his family earlier this month.

“I just decided I was going to win. So I pretty much just opened it up and poured it down my throat,” he said.

Roche, 33, said he shaved 10 seconds off the previous best time of 22 seconds that day, earning him bragging rights and a $50 gift certificate to Ruth’s Chris Steak House. But the glory was short-lived: Later, at home, he started to feel sick.

“Two hours later I was laying on the couch, shaking uncontrollably, nauseous, having fevers and panting,” said Roche, who works in sales.

His friend took him to the hospital while his wife stayed home with their three children.

In Roche’s case, the eggnog may have literally gone down the wrong pipe, Dr. Robert Schilz of University Hospitals in Cleveland explained. The eggnog, which was booze-free, may have crept into Roche’s windpipe, triggering pneumonia.

Roche spent a full day in the ICU and two more days recovering at the hospital.

“It was not fun,” Roche said. “It took me a full week of recovery to be 100 percent.”

Nearly two weeks later, he says the jokes won’t stop at work.

“People are emailing me pictures of eggnog…it never gets old,” he said. “I’m pretty competitive but, unfortunately, in this situation it got the best of me. But it’s become quite the story.”

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