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"Wild Wild West" star Robert Conrad dead at 84

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Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) — Robert Conrad, the star of such TV series as Wild Wild West, Hawaiian Eye and Baa Baa Black Sheep, has died. He was 84.

A family spokesperson told ABC News, “He lived a wonderfully long life and while the family is saddened by his passing, he will live forever in their hearts.”

Born in Chicago, Conrad began his career singing in nightclubs but eventually moved to L.A. and landed a role on the TV show Hawaiian Eye in 1959.  He then took on his best-known role: secret agent James T. West in The Wild Wild West, which aired from 1965 to 1969. 

The show, set in the 1800s, followed West and his sidekick Artemus Gordon, played by Ross Martin, as they foiled villains during the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant.  The series was made into a movie starring Will Smith in 1999.

Conrad also starred in the miniseries Centennial and the World War II-set action series Baa Baa Black Sheep, which in syndication was known as Black Sheep Squadron.

In the ’70s, Conrad was probably best known for the TV commercials he did for Eveready batteries, in which he’d put a battery on his shoulder and say some variation of the phrase “I dare ya!”   ’80s kids may know him as the guy who played the sheriff in the video for Richard Marx’s hit “Hazard.”

Later in his career, Conrad moved into TV production, creating, producing and/or occasionally starring in shows like High Mountain Rangers and Search & Rescue.  He appeared in a variety of TV shows, movies and the occasional film, such as the 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger film Jingle All the Way.

Conrad’s last appearance was in the 2002 movie Dead Above Ground.

Conrad, who is survived by 18 grandchildren and eight children, was a supporter of many causes and charities, including the Wounded Warriors Project.

A private memorial service will take place March 1, which would have been Conrad’s 85th birthday.

 
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16-year-old boy allegedly murdered in parking lot near home by a bully: Police

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georgeclerk/iStock(ARLINGTON, TX) — An Arlington, Texas, teenager was shot and killed in a parking near his home, allegedly by another teen, police said.

Days before Sam Reynolds was killed, he broke up a fight between the alleged killer and another young man, authorities said. Afterward, that was when Reynolds “started having trouble with the suspect,” Arlington Police Lt. Christopher Cook told reporters on Friday.

The deadly Feb. 6 shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. and was captured on surveillance video, Cook said.

Reynolds appeared to be ambushed by his alleged killer.

“Within a matter of probably a couple of seconds, he pulls out a handgun from the rear part of his pants he was wearing, points it at the victim and fires one round,” Cook added.

The Arlington High School student was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was 16.

Reynolds, an only child, who was raised ” … to be the most respectful, kind heated person you’ve ever meet,” according to an online fundraiser launched by his cousin on behalf of his mother to raise money for the funeral. “This is an absolute tragedy.”

A few hours later police captured the suspect, whose name is not being released because of his age.

Cook said the alleged killer is between 13 and 15 years old.

“Anytime you have guns involved with kids, it begs the question, How did he even get the gun?” Cook added.

The murder weapon has not been recovered, and it’s not yet known whether the suspect will be charged as a juvenile or as an adult.

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6 children and their mother die in a fire that destroys home

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MattGush/iStock(CLINTON, Miss.) — Seven members of a Clinton, Mississippi, family died early Saturday morning in a house fire, fire officials said.

The mother and her six children perished in the blaze that occurred around 12:30 a.m. near the corner of Old Vicksburg and Hobby Farms Roads, Deputy Fire Chief John Alman told ABC News.

Officials released the names of the victims on Saturday afternoon as: Brittney Presley, 33; Landon Brookshire, 15; Lane Presley, 13; Lawson Presley, 12; Grayson Presley, 6; Malcom Presley, 4; and Felicity Presley, 1.

The father of the family escaped the flames and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for burns, smoke inhalation and cuts.

The fire took approximately 45 minutes to get under control, Alman said.

Officials have not determined a preliminary cause of the fire that left the detached home charred.

“Fire Marshals are conducting an investigation. While we do not know a cause of the fire, we do not suspect any foul play,” the City of Clinton posted from its Facebook account.

 The identities of the victims and the surviving member of the family are not being released at this time.

A couple of pets were also in the home and only one survived, Alman said.

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4-year-old Wisconsin boy shot and killed inside his home

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MicroStockHub/iStock(MILWAUKEE) — A 4-year-old boy was killed early Saturday morning when shots rang out inside a Milwaukee apartment, police said.

Police responded to a call in the Mayfair Apartments of the 5300 block of N. Lovers Lane Road around 1:17 a.m., where the child suffered a “serious gunshot wound,” police said.

Officials from the Milwaukee Police and Wauwautosa Fire Departments immediately tended to the child with CPR and other life-saving maneuvers, police said.

The child, whose name has not been released, died.

Two people were taken into custody, but have not been charged.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Police are still looking into who fired the gun and ask anyone with information to call the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7360 or contact the Milwaukee Crime Stoppers.

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Principal who said it was 'karma' that Kobe Bryant died resigns

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tomeng/iStock(CAMAS, Washington) — A high school principal who suggested Kobe Bryant deserved to die by posting it was “karma” after the NBA legend’s fatal helicopter crash has resigned.

“Not gonna lie. Seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today,” Liza Sejkora, now-former principal of Camas High School in Camas, Washington, posted on Facebook the day the former Los Angeles Laker died.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others were killed when their helicopter went down in Southern California on Jan. 26 while they were on their way to a basketball game.

Sejkora apologized after the incident, saying she regretted writing the post.

“I have some personal experience that generated the visceral reaction,” Sejkora told ABC Portland station KATU on Tuesday. “This was a situation where I didn’t think before I posted, and I’m terribly regretful about that.”

She resigned on Friday.

“Students and staff deserve to have a learning environment free of disruptions,” Sejkora said in a statement.

Camas Schools superintendent Jeff Snell said Sejkora’s comments did not meet the standards set by the district.

“This has been a tumultuous week; however, I’ve been impressed with the level of professionalism our staff members have displayed as well as the caring and compassion from our families,” Snell said in a statement, according to KATU.

Sejkora’s initial post was in reference to a 2003 case involving Bryant and a woman in Colorado. Bryant was accused of sexual assault by an employee of a hotel, but the case was dismissed after the victim didn’t want to testify. Bryant said the encounter was consensual, but the two settled in civil court.

The public memorial for Bryant is set for Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was at that arena that Bryant’s career flourished.

He played his entire 2-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships, one MVP and two finals MVPs.

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