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Sep212019

Chicago police officer shot, search underway for 'armed and dangerous' suspect

ABC News(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago police officer was shot Saturday morning, and police are now searching for the suspected gunman, officials said.

The officer was rushed to a local hospital for surgery and is in stable condition following the shooting in West Englewood in the city’s South Side, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Police identified the suspect as 45-year-old Michael Blackman.

Blackman fled the scene and is on the run. He is considered armed and dangerous, according to Guglielmi.

He is also the alleged suspect from a different shooting on Wednesday that left a woman injured by gunfire in the 200 block of N. Milwaukee Ave, police said.

Saturday's incident began around 8:40 a.m. in the 1900 block of West 65th Street. It was not immediately clear what unfolded before shots were fired.

The officer, who has not yet been identified, was shot twice in the groin area, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford, according to ABC Chicago station WLS. Calls to Langford by ABC News were not immediately returned.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she is aware of the situation and monitoring for updates.

"I ask all Chicagoans to join me in praying for the officer shot earlier today and his family, and for the continued safety of our first responders and law enforcement who work day and night to protect our residents," Lightfoot wrote in a tweet.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were at the scene searching for the suspected gunman.

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Saturday
Sep212019

Detour leads Massachusetts man, Peter Levesque, to a $10 million lottery win

Masslottery.com(TAUNTON, Mass.) -- A minor detour led to major winnings for one Massachusetts man.

Peter Levesque was driving back to his Taunton home from lunch when he came across road closures and was forced to take a different route, through the nearby town of Raynham, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery.

Along the way, Levesque stopped at a Stop N Go Express gas station and decided to purchase a $10,000,000 Big Money scratch ticket, the lottery said Tuesday.

The ticket ended up being a $10 million winner.

Levesque hopes to use his winnings to either build or buy a new home, according to the lottery.

He could not be reached for comment.

The lucky winner chose to receive his prize with a one-time payment of $6,500,000, before taxes, according to the lottery.

The gas station will receive a $50,000 bonus for its sale of the ticket.

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Saturday
Sep212019

Flash floods threaten Central U.S. as tropical systems develop in Atlantic and Pacific

ABC News(KANSAS CITY) -- Flash flooding and severe storms are possible across the Central United States today, as a strong cold front sweeps across much of the region.

Moisture that was once associated with the remnants of Imelda will interact with a strong cold front developing across the Central U.S. this weekend. Storms are already moving through parts of the Northern Plains, and will continue to move eastward through the day.

There have been numerous reports of large hail, some the size of baseballs, in parts of the Dakotas overnight. Additionally, there have been reports of flash flooding near Bismarck and Grand Forks, North Dakota, and there has been a preliminary report of at least 8 inches of rain near Sheridan and Burleigh counties in North Dakota.

A flash flood watch has been issued from Eastern Kansas to Western Illinois, including the Kansas City area. This is due to the threat of significant flooding this weekend from storms that move through the region.

Later on Saturday, numerous strong storms will develop across the Central U.S. and move into parts of the Northern and Central Plains, with some storms even getting into parts of Chicago and Milwaukee. There is a slight risk of severe weather in parts of Northern Minnesota Saturday afternoon, including the risk of strong winds and brief tornadoes.

The action will then fire up further south in parts of the Southern and Central Plains, and across parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. Trailing thunderstorms are likely to bring heavy rainfall, with rates approaching 2" per hour, which could cause dangerous flash flooding at night.

Additionally, there is a slight risk of severe weather from Wichita to Des Moines. including the possibility of damaging winds, large hail, and brief tornadoes.

Then on Sunday night, storms will fire along the cold front as it moves eastward with numerous strong storms, perhaps with locally heavy downpours from Arkansas to Michigan including Paducah and Indianapolis. Localized flash flooding will be possible.

In the Atlantic basin, Jerry has transitioned to a tropical storm this morning with 65 mph winds. The storm is moving northwestward over the Western Atlantic and will still bring heavy rainfall to parts of the Northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. On the forecast track, it remains possible that Jerry will be near Bermuda later in the coming week, but it remains to early to determine what, if any, impact the storm will have on the Island nation.

Meanwhile in the rest of the Caribbean, two different tropical waves are being monitored. A tropical wave east of the Windward Islands will begin to move westward this weekend and possibly become a tropical depression later this weekend. A Hurricane Hunter Aircraft will investigate this tropical wave later on Saturday. Currently there is a medium chance of development over the next 2-5 days.

There is also a disorganized tropical wave located in the Western Caribbean near Haiti. This system only has a low chance of development over the next 5 days. Regardless of the development of these two tropical waves, heavy rainfall is expected over parts of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Hispanola, Jamaica and Cuba. Tropical rainfall could cause flash flooding and mudslides in some of these Caribbean Islands.

Lastly, a new tropical wave is moving off the western coast of the African continent this weekend. Environmental conditions look favorable for development immediately as the system moves into the warm Atlantic water. As a result, a tropical depression or storm is likely to form early in the upcoming week.

In the eastern Pacific, there are three different tropical disturbances that are being tracked. Two of them pose a concern to Mexico and perhaps the Southwest U.S. Hurricane Lorena is currently moving parallel and east of the Baja California peninsula.

Mario, located well south of Cabo San Lucas, will move parallel on the western side of the Baja California peninsula.

Both of these storms look to fall apart as a distinct entity within the next 2-4 days, and therefore do not pose a true tropical threat to the U.S. However, both storms will push moisture into the Southwest U.S. Some of this moisture will get caught up in the semi-permanent low in Southern California, and a cold front that is stalling out in the desert. The result is an increasing possibility of heavy rainfall in the desert Southwest, including Phoenix and Tucson early next week.

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Saturday
Sep212019

String of shootings at high school football games continues with 2 teens injured in Philadelphia

WALA(PHILADELPHIA) -- For at least the fifth week in a row, a shooting has taken place during a high school football game.

Two teens injured in Philadelphia are the latest victims in a string of shootings that have taken place at or near high school football games across the country.

A 15-year-old and a 14-year-old were shot Friday night during a football game at Philadelphia's Simon Gratz High School, according to Philadelphia ABC affiliate WPVI.

The sound of the gunshots sent people running across the field as the P.A. announcer called on spectators to evacuate.

"Security, could you please clear the stadium," the announcer said as spectators sprinted across the field. "Everybody out."

It was not immediately clear if the shots rang out inside or outside the stadium, but police said multiple shell casings were found outside, according to reports. The shooting halted the game in the second quarter.

Police said no arrests have been made, and a weapon has not been recovered.

"People at the stadium, both the security the police officers and those that were present, are all trying to be helpful, but I think it was just such mayhem when the shooting rang out that nobody saw anyone with a gun," acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter told WPVI.

The incident comes a week after two people were shot when gunfire erupted during a youth football game in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 14.

After some parents at the game got into a dispute, the shooter opened fire from a small hill overlooking the field, police said.

A woman was struck in the leg and a girl was grazed in the back.

Police arrested Chanita Holly, 39, for making a terroristic threat after witnesses reported hearing her say, "We're gonna spray this [expletive]" during the argument. Police said they believed Holly placed a call to her son, who later came to the scene to carry out the shooting.

The day before the Texas shooting, three teenagers were shot Sept. 13 after a high school football game in Newport News, Virginia.

The shooting occurred at the end of a game at John B. Todd Stadium, police said.

A 14-year-old victim was found shot in the stadium's parking lot, and two 19-year-olds were found on a street near the stadium. The victims were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

"I thought it had to do with the two rival schools," a fan at the game told TV station WTKR.

Authorities said that an investigation was underway and that they would beef up patrols at future games at the stadium.

One week before that, a man was fatally shot Sept. 6 during a high school football game near Pittsburgh.

Dameian Williams, 48, of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, was shot during a verbal altercation outside Jeannette High School's McKee Stadium.

The field and the stadium were evacuated with four minutes left in the game, Jeannette's athletic director told Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE.

Williams was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.

A suspect identified as 40-year-old Greg Harper, of Jeannette, told police that Williams struck him twice in the head, which knocked him to the ground, and he then shot Williams once in the torso. Harper was arrested on homicide and reckless endangerment charges, according to WTAE.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Jeannette City School District Superintendent Matthew Jones called for increased police presence at the school, WTAE reported.

Another shooting incident took place on the same night at a high school football game across the state.

Police said shots were fired after a football game at Morrisville High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Authorities told WPVI that a shooter in a car after the game fired three shots into another car.

A girl suffered what was described as a "scratch" to her leg in the incident, according to reports. No suspects were identified and no arrests were made in the aftermath of the incident.

A week prior, on Aug. 31, police said 10 people were shot following a high school football game in Mobile, Alabama.

The victims in the shooting ranged in age from 15 to 18. They were rushed to area hospitals, officials said.

Deangelo Parnell, 17, was arrested and charged with nine counts of attempted murder, Mobile Police Department spokesman Laderrick Dubose told ABC News.

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste admonished young people for "bringing their beefs that they have with each other in their neighborhoods" into public settings and "putting people in harm's way."

The incident "may have been a directed threat at one or two individuals and other people just happened to fall prey to their carelessness," Battiste said.

A week before that, on Aug. 24, police responded to reports of a gunshot during a football game at Parkway North High School near St. Louis. Missouri.

Authorities said they believed the gunshot was fired when a series of fights broke out outside the school. Witnesses said a panic started after someone yelled "he has a gun," according to TV station KMOV.

"Somebody pulled out their gun and then everybody started running because everybody got scared and didn't know what to do," one student told the station.

The game, part of a multi-school jamboree, was canceled following the incident.

The school superintendent announced that counseling would be providing to students on the Monday following the shooting.

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Friday
Sep202019

Whitey Bulger's family filing wrongful death suit against DOJ

MivPiv/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The family of James "Whitey" Bulger signaled its intent Friday to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Justice Department, nearly a year after the Boston gangster was beaten to death in federal prison.

Bulger, who was 89 when he died last October, had been moved into the general population of the federal penitentiary in Hazelton, West Virginia, where he was attacked within hours.

"We believe that James Bulger was deliberately placed in harm's way," the family said in a statement provided to ABC News by their attorney Hank Brennan. "There is simply no other explanation for the transfer of someone in his condition and inmate status to be placed in the general population of one of the country's most violent federal penitentiaries."

According to Bulger's family, he had anticipated being moved from U.S. Penitentiary Coleman in Florida to a medical facility better equipped to manage his failing health.

 "Instead, he was transported to USP Hazelton, where he was murdered within hours of arrival," the family's statement said.

The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

 The FBI has been investigating Bulger's death, but has yet to bring any charges. The family said its notice of claim is meant to get answers.

The lawsuit is seeking $200,000 in damages, but the family noted that they expect no financial benefit since any award to Bulger's estate is subject to forfeiture orders.

Bulger, an FBI informant, had been serving a life sentence for crimes committed while head of the Winter Hill gang.

He had been linked to 11 murders.

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Friday
Sep202019

Teen activist Greta Thunberg says Global Climate Strike mission is 'much bigger' than skipping school

We-Ge/iStock(NEW YORK) --  Thousands of young activists filled the streets by New York City Hall Friday for the Global Climate Strike.

Participants joined together to strike ahead of next week's UN Climate Summit and NYC Climate Week, urging lawmakers to act on climate issues.

More than 1,000 communities across the United States participated in the event, and New York City schools allowed students to attend the march.

Sixteen-year-old activist, Greta Thunberg, spoke with "Good Morning America" about her plan for the Climate Strike and the message she wants to send to others about climate change.

GMA: What is your plan for Friday's Climate Strike?

Greta: Today I'm going to join the Climate Strike in New York, which will start on Foley Square and end up on Battery Park, and then I'm planning to go home and look at all the pictures from around the world from all of the strikes.

I look forward to doing that and to seeing all the numbers from strikes.

GMA: What do you expect from today?

Greta: From today, I hope there will be lots and lots of people all around the world who are standing together and are striking for the climate, striking for schools, striking from work. People of all ages joining each other in this fight, and I hope that will lead to action, to real action, because this is building up to the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday and for the UN Week when world leaders are gathering in New York. I just hope that they will take something out this that there are so many [who desperately] want action, who demand action.

GMA: We heard that over 150 countries are participating in this Friday, how does that make you feel?

Greta: The numbers from all these cities around the world. There are tens of thousands and just small towns, and it's just incredible to see. I think it's just a joyful day.

GMA: What's your next step?

Greta: After today, I am going to stay in New York for a while for the UN Week and join several events, and then for the big strike on the 27th of September in one week, I am going up to Montreal to join that climate strike, and then I'm going to try to get to Santiago.

This movement we are planning on continuing. [For] some of us, it's every Friday and some of us, it's whenever we can and many of us on the big global strikes.

GMA: You recently mentioned that news organizations and Congress need to do more than just cover you like a piece of news. Tell us more about that.

Greta: Right now we are focusing very much on me as the individual, and not the climate crisis itself, so I think we need to see more the big picture and the media need to cover this whole crisis for what it actually is.

I'm so public and so many people are listening to me, then I'm trying to use that positioning to making a change.

GMA: Tell us about a time during your tour when you spoke to someone who opposes your beliefs.

Greta: Of course, I have met many people who don't understand or accept the science, and I just don't try to convince them otherwise, because I don't want to normalize their view, because, I mean, it's just science. This is not my beliefs or opinions. I'm just trying to communicate the science.

GMA: Do you feel like when you talk to people in America, it's different than anywhere else you've traveled to.

Greta: Of course, every country's different. Here, it feels like we are still stuck in the conversation of whether the climate crisis is real or not. People always say, "I believe in climate change," and it's just we need to move past that.

GMA: What don't people understand about your mission?

Greta: About me and our mission, this movement's mission, we are not just some kids who are skipping school, but this actually something much bigger. This is a movement and all we're saying is, "Listen to science," and we are so much more than just young children. This is, I think, this is something very big that is growing and it will not stop. I think we are only seeing the beginning.

GMA: What would you want to happen in 50 years?

Greta: I would want [the world] to have taken the responsibility and listen to the science, and together with experts and scientists, developed a plan and how to take the measures required to safeguard the conditions for future and present generations.

GMA: Do you have a message for the leader of the United States, President Donald Trump?

Greta: My message is the same to everyone, just [unite behind] science, and, I mean, it doesn't feel like it's very easy to change his mindset, so I'm not even gonna try to do that.

GMA: What do you think the best way is to get people to agree or talk about climate issues?

Greta: I think just raise awareness and start treating this crisis as the crisis it is, because otherwise, people won't be able to understand the urgency, and if they don't understand of the situation, they can't be able to put pressure on people in power, so I think it's a very essential part of this.

GMA: What has surprised you the most about your American tour?

Greta: I don't know, just so many cultural differences. It's very fun to travel to different countries and see how the debate is going there and how much people seem to be aware, and how climate activists work, because they work so different in different parts of the world.

Everything is just so much bigger and so much more than where I come from.



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Friday
Sep202019

At least 4 dead, others critically hurt in Utah tour bus crash: Officials 

Michael Warren/iStock(BRYCE CANYON, UT) -- At least four people are dead after a tour bus rolled over on a Utah road, ejecting some passengers, authorities said.

Thirty people, including the driver, were on board when the bus rolled over near Bryce Canyon National Park on SR-12, Garfield County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Denise Dastrup said.

At least four people are dead after a tour bus rolled over on a Utah road, ejecting some passengers, authorities said.

Thirty people, including the driver, were on board when the bus rolled over near Bryce Canyon National Park on SR-12, Garfield County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Denise Dastrup said.

There appeared to be "no obvious explanation for the rollover," Garfield County Sheriff James Perkins told ABC News. He said the crash was on "part of the road that had a slight gradual turn," but "not much of a turn."

The Utah Highway Patrol said the bus was carrying Chinese speaking tourists into Bryce Canyon. Following the crash, the Chinese Embassy said it's monitoring the situation.

"We are saddened to hear about the accident in Utah involving a bus carrying Chinese tourists," the Embassy said in a statement. "The Embassy has initiated its emergency protocols, sent personnel to the area, and will assist the victims as needed."

SR-12 is now closed in both directions, about 3.5 miles west of the park. The national park remains open.

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Friday
Sep202019

School bus driver arrested on alleged DUI after child calls 911 to report her 'drunk'

manonallard/iStock(LONGVIEW, Wash.) -- A Washington state bus driver school bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence after a student got home and called 911 to report her.

On Sept. 12 around 3:58 p.m., officers were tasked with locating a driver suspected of being under the influence, Longview police said in a statement.

A person had called 911 to report that a woman was driving a Longview School Bus District bus and "appeared to be intoxicated," police said.

In the 911 call, a child tells the dispatcher that he's making the call instead of his mother because she does not speak English.

"Ummm, yea, hello. ... We just got off the bus -- me and my friend. And on bus 8 … the bus driver, Catherine, she was drunk," a child can be heard telling the 911 dispatcher in audio released to ABC News. "She passed three red lights and she got on the side road by the 76. And there's still kids on there. And I was telling my friend to get off with me -- and his sister -- but the bus driver wouldn't let him."

The child tells the dispatcher that the bus driver was "wobbling."

"Her eyes, you can tell, she was drunk," he says.

Police said the 911 call center reached the school district's transportation office and got the school bus driver to stop on Nichols Boulevard. The driver was identified as 48-year-old Catherine L. Maccarone by police.

"Officers smelled an obvious odor of intoxicants coming from Maccarone," the police statement said.

 Maccarone was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. There were no children on the bus at the time of the arrest, police said, but she had completed two afternoon bus routes. Police said they were trying to identify the passengers on that bus.

The Longview School District said Friday that Maccarone had been working as a bus driver for one year and that, to its knowledge, she had not been reported or investigated for similar alleged incidents in the past.

Rick Parrish, the district's communications coordinator, told ABC News Friday that up to 90 children may have been on the bus that day with Maccarone. He said that he had spoken to the student who made the 911 call as well as the student's parents.

Parrish said Maccarone was on paid leave while an investigation is underway.

"Depending on how any given investigation unfolds, the pay status could change," Parrish said.

Maccarone was booked into the Cowlitz County jail on a DUI and reckless endangerment. She paid bond and was due back in court on Oct. 15, jail officials said. ABC News' attempts to reach Maccarone's public defender were not successful.

Police said that additional charges were possible as they continued their investigation and that the district was working with the police.

"At Longview Public Schools safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority," Parrish said in a statement Friday. "The district will complete an investigation into the incident very soon and notify the public of the outcome. In the meantime, an initial review of transportation processes and procedures has taken place and resulted in changes to the bus key check out process. Additionally, the district has invited a state Department of Education transportation manager to review our transportation processes and provide feedback from improvement."


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Friday
Sep202019

Reward for missing 5-year-old girl Dulce Maria Alavez up to $35,000

New Jersey State Police(BRIDGETON, N.J.) --  The search for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez entered its fifth day Friday with no significant leads or suspects, as authorities increased the reward for any information on the missing New Jersey girl to $35,000.

"I'm hopeful that we'll find Dulce alive because we have no physical evidence," Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McCrae said at a press conference Friday afternoon.

Bridgeton Chief of Police Michael Gaimari said at the same press conference there are no "strong suspects" at this time.

 Dulce was last seen Monday afternoon near City Park in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The FBI, state police, missing persons unit, helicopters and the downtown ship dive crew have been part of the search effort.

Dulce's mother reported to authorities that she saw her daughter playing on the swings with her 3-year-old brother, about 30 yards away, while she remained in her car with an 8-year-old relative. The mother said the toddler returned to her car without his sister and she was unable to find her, according to a statement from the Bridgetown Police Department.

Gaimari said that authorities expanded the search area about a mile and a half in each direction around the park on Friday, to make sure that they had covered their tracks. He would not say what, if anything, was recovered.

Gaimari also addressed rumors that Dulce's mother had been arrested, calling them "erroneous."

The New Jersey State Police issued an Amber Alert for Dulce early Wednesday after investigators interviewed people who were in the area at the time she vanished. Based on those interviews, detectives believe Dulce was taken by an unidentified man, who was light-skinned and possibly Hispanic, wearing a black shirt and red pants with orange sneakers. He was described as being around 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and having a thin build, acne and no facial hair.

Webb-McCrae said the investigation has led them to a place where "we just want to talk to the man described." They are looking into the possibility that the person who took Dulce could be in the state or somewhere else in the country.

She said the public should be aware of any behavioral changes they observe in those close to them, including any sudden changes in appearances, plans, or vehicles.

Webb-McCrae emphasized that state police, her office and the FBI were not concerned with anyone's immigration status if they did come forward with information.

On Friday, local authorities announced that the reward money for any information had been increased from $25,000.

The FBI, the prosecutor's office, and the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association are each contributing $5,000. Two local businesses, Tortilleria El Paisano and Newfield National Bank, are each offering $10,000.

Dulce's grandmother addressed the public on Thursday, begging anyone with information to come forward.

"Please, if you have any information help us find my granddaughter, do not be afraid of the police," she said in Spanish at a press conference. "We have not been able to eat or sleep. You can't imagine what we are going through. We are very sad."

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Friday
Sep202019

Car crashes into mall near Chicago, suspect in custody: Officials

WLS-TV(CHICAGO) -- A suspect is in custody after allegedly crashing a car into a mall in a Chicago suburb on Friday, officials said.

Only minor injuries were reported in the incident at the Woodfield Mall, according to officials with the Village of Schaumburg, Illinois, which is 30 miles outside of Chicago.

Photos show the door to Sears shattered. The mall has been evacuated, officials said.

Lauren Potts Carney had just parked at the mall when she heard the crash and was shocked to see shoppers fleeing from the building.

Carney told ABC Chicago station WLS she's now overcome with relief that no one seems to be hurt.

FBI Chicago officials said there's no threat to public safety.



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