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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The new Glen Campbell collection Amazing Grace: 14 Hymns and Gospel Favorites will be released February 23 as part of the Gaither Gospel Series.

Brett Eldredge‘s “I Wanna Be That Song,” Dustin Lynch‘s “Small Town Boy,” LANCO‘s “Greatest Love Story,” Midland‘s “Drinkin’ Problem,” and Russell Dickerson‘s “Yours” have all recently been certified platinum by the RIAA.

Lee Ann Womack, Randy Rogers Band and Jackie Lee will play “An Evening of Acoustic Country Music Benefiting Music People in Need” April 24 at AJ’s Good Time Bar in Nashville. Proceeds will go to MusiCares, the charitable arm of The Recording Academy, which hands out the Grammys.

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Brett Eldredge reveals why he's glad success took "The Long Way"

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ABC/Image Group LA This week, “The Long Way” becomes the seventh top-10 hit of Brett Eldredge‘s career. To mark the occasion, Brett took a group of journalists “The Long Way” around his favorite Music City haunts.

Stops included the spot on the Warner building where Brett typically relieved himself during crazy nights out — now immortalized by his record label with a plaque. He also visited his former Nashville apartment, though the current resident didn’t come to the door when Brett knocked.

“It brought back a lot of memories, because I haven’t gone back to the original place I stayed when I first got to town,” Brett reflected. “And that’s a very infant stage of your career, where everything’s so magical and new and shiny, Disney-feel, you know? You don’t know what you’re about to get yourself into at that moment, so there’s such fond memories of that place.”

Brett even confessed he’s glad success took “The Long Way” at the start of his career.

“My first two songs… ‘Raymond’ got to like #22 or 23, which was a great start for me,” he recalled. “I was hoping it would be a big #1, but at the same time, I’m so glad it didn’t… Because it would’ve changed my career completely, and I wouldn’t have been ready.”

“My second single didn’t even really chart,” he continued. “I’m totally fine with that as well. And then, I really kind of got a grasp of what I wanted to go for. That’s when ‘Don’t Ya’ and ‘Beat of the Music’ and ‘Mean to Me’ — I really started writing all those songs, like over a six to twelve month period, and it just kinda started lining up.”

The Illinois native capped his “Long Way” tour with a laid-back performance at Rudy’s Jazz Room.

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Three Milwaukee jail officials charged in inmate's death from dehydration

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iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) — Three Milwaukee County Jail officials, including the former commander, were charged Monday with felonies related to the 2016 death of 38-year-old inmate Terrill Thomas.

Thomas’ death was ruled a homicide by a medical examiner who said he had died from “profound dehydration.” Prosecutors say his water supply had been shut off for seven days.

Criminal complaints filed Monday allege that Lt. Kashka Meadors ordered corrections officer James Ramsey-Guy to shut off the water to Thomas’ cell. The complaint also alleges Maj. Nancy Evans, who served as the top official in the jail, failed to preserve surveillance video showing the water turned off and then lied, saying she hadn’t seen the video.

Evans faces two counts of obstructing an officer and one count of misconduct in office. Ramsey-Guy and Meadors both face felony charges of abuse and neglect of an inmate. If convicted, each face more than three years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm spoke about the charges at a Monday news conference, saying, “We made the determination that these three individuals were responsible for the actions surrounding Mr. Thomas’ death.”

Sheriff’s officials said previously that Thomas’ water was shut off after he stuffed a mattress in a toilet to flood his previous cell.

Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt, who was not sheriff at the time of the incident, said it’s a heartbreaking situation, “this family is going through a horrific ordeal. I don’t wish this on anyone.”

In May 2017, after hearing testimony for more than a week, an inquest jury concluded criminal charges should be filed against seven jail staffers, but on Monday only three are facing charges.

Chisholm said they are still reviewing issues related to the medical care Thomas received and if there could be any additional charges.

Thomas was being held at the jail in connection to a shooting at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

All three charged in the case were expected to appear in court Monday afternoon.

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Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested with over 44 pounds of cocaine

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Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Two-time MLB All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested last week after San Diego County sheriffs allegedly caught him with half a million dollars in cocaine.

Loaiza, who pitched in the majors for 14 years, most prominently with the Chicago White Sox, was pulled over for a minor traffic violation while under surveillance for an ongoing narcotics investigation on Feb. 9, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

A search of Loaiza’s vehicle revealed “a sophisticated aftermarket compartment used to conceal contraband,” the sheriff’s department said. No drugs were actually found in the car, but the search led detectives to to investigate his home near San Diego.

A search warrant was issued for Loaiza’s home in Imperial Beach, California, where investigators found over 44 pounds of cocaine. Authorities estimated the drugs had a street value of about $500,000.

San Diego Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jason Vickery told ABC News the drugs were found in Loaiza’s garage hidden in duffel bags and were packaged in a way that they appeared to have been transported from Mexico to the U.S. for distribution throughout the country.

He has been booked on possession of over 20 kilograms of cocaine, possession of cocaine for sale and transportation of cocaine. Bail was set at $200,000.

Loaiza, 47, pitched for eight teams in his lengthy MLB career and finished with a record of 126-114. He went to the All-Star Game in 2003 and 2004 with the White Sox and finished second in Cy Young Award voting in 2003.

The pitcher made over $43 million in his career, according to Baseball Reference.

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Undocumented dad can stay in US after taking refuge in church to avoid deportation, ICE says

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Courtesy Sonia Berrones(PHOENIX) — A 30-year-old father who took refuge in a Phoenix church to avoid deportation is allowed to come home.

Jesus Berrones, who has been in the U.S. nearly all his life and has five American-born children, initially turned to a church in his hometown on Thursday after his request to immigration authorities extend his stay in the U.S. — where he has lived for 28 years — was denied, according to his lawyer.

Now, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have granted Berrones a one-year stay, the agency said Monday.

“In an exercise of discretion, ICE has granted Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas a one-year stay of removal on humanitarian grounds,” ICE public affairs officer Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe said in a statement. “ICE issued a previous one-year stay in June 2016. Berrones-Balderas, who has received a final order of removal, remains enrolled in the agency’s Alternatives to Detention program, which requires him to regularly check in with the local ICE office.”

Berrones’ lawyer confirmed that he will be able to return home this evening without ICE interference.

But before ICE granted the stay, his family was terrified he’d been deported.

Berrones’ 5-year-old son, who is battling leukemia, initially went with his father to the church, refusing to leave, said Berrones’ wife, Sonia Berrones.

“My children are scared, they’re terrified that their dad is going to be taken away,” Sonia Berrones said earlier Monday.

Jesus Berrones stayed in the church Monday rather than attend a scheduled meeting on Monday with ICE for his deportation, according to him and his lawyer.

“I have to stay here for my family and help my son with his chemo treatment,” Jesus Berrones told ABC News earlier on Monday. “I want to have a chance to be here legally, so I can fix my papers, and be with my family. They need me.”

Jesus Berrones, who works in furniture reupholstery and air conditioner installation, was brought to the U.S. illegally in 1989 when he was about a year old from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, his lawyer, Garrett Wilkes, said.

Wilkes said Jesus Berrones was deported twice in the past, once after he was taken into custody in 2006 when got caught driving without a driver’s license, and another time in 2010 involving a traffic citation. Both times, he illegally re-entered the United States to rejoin his family.

In 2016, Jesus Berrones was granted a stay of removal for a full year. He then checked back in with ICE in the summer of 2017 and was told he was no longer a deportation priority and that it was unnecessary for him to refile for his extensions.

But in December, a month after the election of President Donald Trump, Jesus Berrones was told by authorities that he was going to get deported, with no reasons specified, Wilkes said.

The lawyer immediately refiled for an extension, but it was denied Feb. 8. Jesus Berrones then sought refuge at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ.

“He’s very quiet, seems very gentle and he loves his family,” the church’s senior minister, Rev. Ken Heintzelman, told ABC News earlier Monday.

Opening the church’s doors to Berrones is in keeping with the church’s mission “to keep families together and keep people safe,” Heintzelman said.

Shadow Rock has given refuge to six other immigrants prior to Berrones, the minister said.

Sonia Berrones said Monday that although her family had received overwhelming support, she had also seen some negative comments online criticizing her husband’s actions and their choice to have multiple children.

These people “don’t know what’s going on in our lives, they don’t know what it’s like when someone’s taken from their country, their home,” she said tearfully.

Jesus Berrones’ family visited him at the church every day since Friday.

“They are good neighbors, good people,” Heintzelman said earlier on Monday. “But honestly I hope they’re not here for long. He’s the main breadwinner and he needs to go back to work; he wants to work.”

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