Toni Anderson: Footage shows traffic stop before drowning

Just hours before Toni Anderson vanished, a police officer stopped her for driving the wrong way on a two-way street — then let her drive off, dashcam video just released by police in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, shows.

The footage, from about 4:25 a.m. CT on Jan. 15, is among the last known records of Anderson, 20, before her car, with her body in it, was pulled March 10 from the Missouri River. The tape has raised questions about the officer’s decision to let Anderson simply drive away in a case that set off a weekslong search for her across Missouri, her native Kansas and on social media.

Anderson died from accidental drowning, with “ethanol, cocaine and amphetamine intoxication” described as contributing factors, the Jackson County, Missouri, Medical Examiner’s Office announced last week.

‘I don’t feel good’

The dashcam video, released by police, includes an audio exchange in which Anderson tells the North Kansas City, Missouri, officer she doesn’t “feel good.” Anderson giggles when the officer, a 10-year veteran of the force whom the department declined to name, tells her she was on the wrong side of the road.

“Have you been drinking,” he asks, according to the video. “Are you taking any medications or anything?”

“No, I am just really sick,” Anderson responds. “I don’t feel good.”

The officer asks for Anderson’s license and registration, which she appears to provide. He walks back to his squad car while she stays in her black 2014 Ford Focus.

He quickly returns and tells Anderson to “pull into that parking lot” across the street, pointing to a QuikTrip service station.

“Sit there for a while and gather yourself,” he says.

After the five-minute exchange, the dashcam video shows the officer follow Anderson in his squad car as she drives across the road and pulls up to a gas pump. The squad-car camera stays trained on Anderson’s car for about seven more minutes until the officer drives off.

‘Officer’s actions were reasonable’

The video was just released by the North Kansas City Police Department because the Kansas City Police Department has closed its investigation. The Kansas City Police Department was investigating because a missing person report on Anderson was filed with the department.

“Based on this review, we believe that the officer’s actions were reasonable,” North Kansas City police said in a statement.

Anderson was headed home from her job at a local club when police stopped her, her boyfriend, Pete Sanchez, told CNN. She left work at 4:11 a.m., and was adamant about going to a gas station, he said.

During the time the dashcam video shows Anderson’s car at the gas pump, she reportedly sent a text to her friend, Roxanne Townsend.

“It was exactly 4:42 when she texted me and said, ‘I just got pulled over again.’ She said ‘again’ because she gets pulled over all the time,” Townsend told CNN affiliate KDAF.

Anderson’s parents think she got disoriented after the traffic stop and inadvertently drove onto an icy boat launch, they told CNN affiliate KCTV. When her car was pulled from the river, a window was down and her seat belt was off, the medical examiner’s report states.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the location of the officer’s traffic stop and also misidentified the police department that has since closed an investigation of the incident. The article has been updated to reflect that the officer was inside his own jurisdiction when he stopped Toni Anderson and that it was the Kansas City Police Department that closed its investigation.

Charges: Alligator forced to drink beer

Two South Carolina men each face a harassment charge after pictures surfaced on social media showing them pouring beer down the throat of an alligator, authorities said.

Joseph Andrew Floyd Jr., 20, and Zachary Lloyd Brown, 21, both of Ridgeland, are accused of harassing wildlife, the state’s Department of Natural Resources said in a news release.

The incident took place on Wednesday in Jasper County, located in the coastal region in the southernmost part of the state.

The men admitted to investigators that they picked up the juvenile alligator after they saw it crossing a road, forced beer down its throat and watched it swim away in a nearby pond, according to the release.

Pictures posted on social media alerted officials the next day.

“We started receiving a lot of e-mails and phone calls about this. People had taken screen shots from Snapchat accounts,” the agency’s spokeswoman Kyndel McConchie told CNN.

In one of the six photos obtained by CNN from authorities, the alligator’s neck is being squeezed and a beer can is pressed against its snout. The text on the photo says “Gator Shotgun.”

Other photos show beer being dripped into its mouth while its neck is held tightly. Another picture shows smoke being blown onto the face of the gator.

Besides the state misdemeanor charge of harassing wildlife, Floyd and Brown also face a maximum fine of $300.

There is federal protection in place to ensure alligators are legally harvested for international trade. But for a case like this, no federal protection applies, the Department of Natural Resources said.

“Alligators are protected under state law and even federal law where they are still listed as threatened solely due to their similarity of appearance to other endangered crocodilians worldwide,” SCDNR Alligator Program Coordinator Jay Butfiloski added.

Manchester Bomber May Have Been Groomed By UK Intelligence

The alleged perpetrator of last week’s bombing in Manchester has been linked to a Libyan terror group that has been aided in the past by British intelligence authorities – a fact that has been conveniently ignored by mainstream media, despite their intense coverage of the attack.

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Miami detectives investigate fatal shooting in Allapattah

Detectives were investigating a fatal shooting on Saturday in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood.

Miami police officers said there was a shooting at El Nuevo Patio Restaurant & Lounge at 1861 NW 22 St.

Leonardo Perera, 34, ran for about a block and collapsed in front of a two-story apartment building, where his bloody clothing remained. 

Miami Fire Rescue rushed Perera to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where doctors pronounced him dead. 

Detectives closed off an industrial warehouse and a residential area at Northwest 19th Avenue from Northwest 23rd to 22nd Street near the Juan Pablo Duarte Park.  

Residents in the area told police officers that they heard the shots fired, but didn’t see the shooter. 

Detectives were asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Local 10 News’ Melissa Alvarez, Elsa Bolton and Landon McRaynolds contributed to this story. 

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