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Teen Charged with Murder of His Father Claims He was Performing Baptism to Exorcise Demons; Louisiana Couple Discovers $50 Billion in Their Bank Account; Scarlett Johansson to Launch her Own Beauty Brand; Massive Industrial Fire in Morris Involves 100 Tons of Lithium Batteries; Chicago Uber Driver Survived Armed Carjacking


Teen Charged with Murder of His Father Claims He was Performing Baptism to Exorcise Demons

Jack Callahan, 19, was arrested Monday hours after his mother called Duxbury police at 2 a.m. to report that he had returned home and said that his father, Scott Callahan, 57, was missing, according to Police.

The younger Callahan, dressed in damp clothes, informed his mother, Wendy, that he was unaware of his father’s whereabouts despite riding in an Uber together from Boston to Duxbury.

According to the Police, Jack said he blacked out after being struck multiple times by his father at Crooker Memorial Park, where Scott Callahan’s body was discovered in Island Creek Pond.

The prosecutor said that the autopsy revealed that Scott had water in his lungs and an abrasion on the back of his head.

“He believed he was baptizing his father,” Plymouth County District Attorney Shanan Buckingham said in court Tuesday. “He was holding his father in the pond on his back like a baby and that he continually dunked his head under the water about four to eight times.”

“When Scott choked and resisted, his son reportedly struck him and slammed “his head back down” into the water,” Buckingham said.

Jack allegedly told the Police he was exorcising a demon called “Dirty Dan” and offered his father the option of joining him in heaven.

“I believe he chose hell,” Callahan allegedly told cops.

Buckingham stated that Jack tracked his father, who had left a treatment center for alcoholism, to a Boston pub, but his mother advised him not to bring her ex-husband to her home.

Jack’s attorney said that a psychologist had determined that he was a threat to himself and requested that the judge order a competency evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.

“He’s a very nice young man,” attorney Kevin Reddington said, adding that Callahan had no prior criminal record.

“He comes from a wonderful family … My client had a concern for his father, knowing that he would be drinking and knowing that he shouldn’t be drinking.”

The judge denied the request and ordered Jack detained without bail on the murder charge.


Louisiana Couple Is Astounded to Discover $50 Billion in Their Bank Account

A Louisiana husband and wife were astonished when they realized $50 billion had been inadvertently put into their family bank account last week.

Darren James, 47, a father of two, said he returned home from work in Baton Rouge on June 12 and saw on his wife’s smartphone what looked to be a deposit for an enormous sum of money.

“I’m like, ‘Where did that come from?'” James told FOX Television Stations on Sunday. “And all we were thinking was who’s going to be knocking on our door… because we don’t know anybody with that type of money, to begin with.”

The couple immediately contacted Chase Bank to clarify the mistake.

James, who formerly worked for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety as a law enforcement officer, stated that he never considered keeping the money.

“We knew it wasn’t ours. We didn’t earn it, so we couldn’t do anything with it,” James noted.

Chase eventually rectified the incident four days later.

“We had a technical glitch over a week ago impacting a limited number of accounts,” a company spokesperson told FOX Television Stations in a statement Monday. “The issue has been resolved, and those accounts are now showing accurate balances.”

However, James asserted that the bank has yet to explain how the error occurred. Additionally, the father is concerned that his wife’s account may have been compromised, he stated.

“I want to know why it happened,” he added. “That makes you think about the security of the account.”

Following the error, James, who is now a real estate agent, recounted what it was like to be a billionaire — although for a brief while.

“It was a great feeling while it was there to see that many zeroes in your account,” he said. “It was pretty neat to see what it looked like.”

James believes that his activities serve as an example for others to follow suit. “I love being able to bless people,” he said. “I love being able to do the right thing.”


Scarlett Johansson is Set to Launch her Own Beauty Brand

The Black Widow star, Scarlett Johansson, is partnering up with the Najafi Companies, a business entity that will invest between $5 and $10 million in an exciting label that is yet to be revealed.

Little information is available about the endeavor, including whether the products will be cosmetics, skin treatments, or a combination of the two. In either case, this will be the star’s first venture into entrepreneurship.

Johansson has worked as a brand spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris and a celebrity model for Dolce & Gabbana’s The One fragrance line. In this new endeavor, though, she will serve as the company’s founder and chairman.

“Several years ago, I took a step back from my beauty deals with the goal of creating something true to me. The result is a clean, accessible approach to beauty,” Johansson said in a statement, according to the report in Women’s Wear Daily.

According to the article, Johansson’s brand will debut early next year.

Johansson invited a former Juicy Couture executive, Kate Foster, to be the chief executive, based on Foster’s LinkedIn profile which says “Co-founder and CEO of new beauty company coming soon.”

“We are passionate about supporting ambitious and thoughtful founders and management teams who lead with integrity and vision,” the chief executive of Phoenix, Arizona-based Najafi Companies, Jahm Najafi, told WWD. “Scarlett and Kate fit squarely in the type of leaders with whom we love to partner for the long term.”

Johansson joins a long list of celebrities who have their own cosmetics brand or beauty-related business ventures. These celebrities include Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Millie Bobbie Brown, Jessica Alba, and Drew Barrymore, to name a few.

Najafi, who has a minority stake in the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, recently partnered with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to launch a blank check company.

The corporation, which also owns beauty brands Moon and Florence by Mills, as well as the bodybuilding brand BodyFit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Massive Industrial Fire in Morris Involves Nearly 100 Tons of Lithium Batteries

Around 130 fire and emergency services personnel responded to a huge commercial building fire in Morris, along with Hazmat crews and a foam task force. The fire broke out in the 900 block of East Benton Street at a structure that houses electrical lithium batteries for cell phones and other gadgets.

According to officials, the storage building where the fire started is located on the site of an old paper factory that closed in 1980. Although a portion of the structure was demolished, the vast business complex retained many smaller facilities for storage.

“We’re dealing with between 80 to 100 tons of lithium batteries,” said Tracey Steffes, Deputy Chief at Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District. “So around 180,000 pounds to 200,000 pounds of lithium batteries. These batteries range in size from your cellphone to a little bigger than a car battery. And as these batteries get wet, they short out and ignite and explode, and that’s the problem we’re having.”

“We started our initial attack with water, and then we learned very quickly that that was not going to be a good avenue for extinguishment in this fire,” Steffes added.

Watering down lithium flame is not an option, officials stated. The US Environmental Protection Agency has also urged Morris Emergency Responders to prevent the use of foam repellants, noting the fact that any type of liquid will further exacerbate the blaze.

Steffes adds that authorities have considered suffocating the smoke plumes with road salt. As a result of the incident, thousands of residents have been evacuated from Armstrong Street to the river and from Route 47 to Washington Street, as the burning facility continues to release harmful chemical haze and debris into the air.

Residents will be housed in the Grundy County Administration Building on Union Street and the VFW Building on Route 47. Officials are concerned that the fire will burn for several hours but do not believe it to burn as long as the recent chemical fire in Rockton.

There have been no reported injuries.


‘I Was Lucky:’ Chicago Uber Driver Recounts Surviving Armed Carjacking

Brian La Fountain, an Uber driver in Chicago, was waiting at a stoplight on the city’s Near West Side when three young guys armed with firearms suddenly leapt in front of his SUV, he told NBC 5.

“I already knew what was happening and just said, listen, Brian, do what they ask you to do,” La Fountain said, recounting Thursday morning’s incident.

Fearful of the worse, he immediately complied. The trio then rushed away in his pickup, leaving the Uber driver with nothing.

“It’s sad. It’s sad it had to happen,” he said. “This is my only form of employment right now; it’s how I make my money.”

According to Chicago Police, the three suspects exited a black SUV, perhaps a Kia Soul, before approaching La Fountain’s vehicle. Then, according to reports, a fourth individual drove the car away from the scene of the incident.

A similar crime occurred less than a half-hour earlier in River North, authorities said. A 29-year-old male was carjacked at roughly 1:44 a.m. The victim was seated inside his black 2020 Range Rover when four male suspects approached with weapons drawn. According to police, they ordered him to get out of the vehicle before driving away with the SUV.

“People are getting shot; people are dying. I was lucky. I was lucky,” said La Fountain, the victim of a carjacking early Thursday. “Nothing happened to me physically, right.”

Police have not yet located La Fountain’s SUV, but they have located his iPhone, which the suspects appear to have discarded on the Eisenhower Expressway.

La Fountain is now left to figure out what comes next and to recover from the emotional trauma.

“Yesterday when I drove over there, and every time I was at a stoplight, I was looking in my rearview mirror, getting nervous, this guy is pulling up, is it going to happen again? Someone has to do something,” he said.

Since the start of the year, 744 carjackings have been reported in Chicago, according to police data. By comparison, between January 1 and June 13, 2020, 416 carjackings were reported.