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Friday
Oct192018

Two members of far right group arrested after New York City brawl

zocik/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two members of the far-right group the Proud Boys have been arrested after allegedly brawling after a political event in Manhattan last week.

New York Police Department officials confirmed the arrests of Geoffrey Young and Jay Kinsman in connection to a clash that took place near an event involving the Proud Boys.

The leader of the Proud Boys, a far right group that call themselves "western chauvinists," but deny that they are racists or white nationalists, gave a speech at the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan on Oct. 12.

Police said that an altercation occurred between protesters who were dressed in all black and members of the Proud Boys group.

Police held a news conference on Monday about the then-ongoing investigation, calling for the public's help in identifying suspects who were caught on camera.

Young, 38, was arrested Thursday and is charged with riot and attempted assault. He has not yet entered a plea.

The second arrest came Friday, when Kinsman, 39, was taken into custody. He is facing charges of attempted gang assault, attempted assault, riot, and criminal possession of a weapon. He has not yet entered a plea.

Police officials said that Gavin McInnes, the head of the Proud Boys, who gave the speech at the Metropolitan Club, told police that he would facilitate the surrender of at least two others.

In a video posted to the group's website McInnes -- who was one of the co-founders of Vice Media before leaving the organization years ago -- the Proud Boys are a "multi-racial group made up of straight guys -- there're some homos in there, there are plenty of Jews."

"The only prerequisite is that you're a dude -- born a dude -- and you accept the West as the best," he said in the video.

The group has gained national attention in the past for their involvement in violent clashes. There are videos online that purport to show members of the Proud Boys punching members of the left-wing antifa, or anti-fascist groups, at various protests in the past year.

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Friday
Oct192018

More remains discovered at Detroit funeral home where bodies of 11 infants were found, police say

carlballou/iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Authorities have discovered additional human remains in a Detroit funeral home where the bodies of 11 infants were discovered in the ceiling last week.

The additional remains were found in boxes in the basement, ABC Detroit station WXYZ reported. The new owner of the building, Naveed Syed, told WXYZ that they were found in boxes in the basement by an electrical worker.

"It's very disturbing," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said in a press conference Friday.

On Oct. 12, the Detroit Police Department announced that nine of the 11 of the deceased infants were found in a cardboard box at the Cantrell funeral home.

Others were stuffed in a small coffin, authorities said.

The infants were found after an anonymous letter describing their location was sent to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which licenses funeral homes.

Cadaver dogs were sent to the funeral home after the infants' bodies were found, but the dogs are not trained to detect ashes -- only remains, Craig said.

It is unclear how long the cremated remains have been there, but the police chief was told that at least one body had been there since 2009, he said. Investigators are looking to identify the remains.

Authorities are also investigating the Perry Funeral Home – another in Detroit – for the alleged improper disposal of fetuses, the police chief said, but emphasized that there was no connection between the two investigations.

Authorities widened the investigation after people saw the news about Cantrell Funeral and came forward, Craig said.

"Our phone was ringing off the hook," Craig said.

Cantrell Funeral was shut down in April due to violations, including bodies that weren't stored properly and "deplorable, unsanitary conditions," WXYZ reported.

Syed purchased the building with plans to turn it into a community center, he told WXYZ.

Authorities are conducting a criminal investigation, Craig said.

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Friday
Oct192018

'A lot of yelling' in 911 call when 13-year-old Jayme Closs was abducted, police say

ABCNews.com(BARRON, Wisc.) -- The morning Denise and James Closs were shot dead in their Wisconsin home, someone dialed 911 from Denise Closs' cellphone.

A 911 dispatcher heard "a lot of yelling" in the call, which came in just before 1 a.m. Monday, according to sheriff's department records.

The dispatcher called back but was unable to leave a voicemail. More attempts were made. The phone went unanswered. Officials also tried to reach the home's landline but it was disconnected, according to Barorn County Sheriff's Department records obtained by ABC News Friday.

When authorities responded to the home in Barron, they found the door kicked in, records showed.

Denise Closs' husband, James Closs, had answered the door.

Multiple rounds were fired and the couple was found shot dead.

Their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs, was believed to be home at the time of the killings but had been abducted by the time police arrived minutes later, according to authorities.

Friday marks the fifth day of the desperate search for the girl who authorities say is in danger.

Since Monday authorities have received over 1,000 tips and conducted hundreds of interviews in the search for Jayme, Fitzgerald said Friday.

The sheriff also said he's encouraging people to recall if their friends or family changed behavior earlier in the week, saying, "People may act differently shortly after committing a violent act."

Fitzgerald said the public should be mindful of someone who missed work suddenly; missed scheduled appointments; suddenly left town without a reasonable explanation; changed appearance; is acting anxious, nervous, or irritable; or is paying an unusual amount of interest -- either too much or too little -- to the progress of the Closs investigation.

It's unclear if the attack was random or targeted, the sheriff said.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Jayme. Anyone with information is asked to the tip line at 855-744-3879.

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Friday
Oct192018

Two women hospitalized for fox attacks, police advise Massachusetts residents to remain alert 

David O'Brien/iStock/Thinkstock(SCITUATE, Mass.) -- Police in one eastern Massachusetts town are advising residents to remain vigilant after a fox attacked two women on Thursday.

The attacks took place in the town of Scituate, a coastal town about an hour southeast of Boston. Both victims were treated for bite wounds.

“Please be advised that over the past 12 hours, there have been two separate fox attacks reported to the Scituate Police Department,” police said in a statement posted to Facebook.

Police said they are still investigating the two incidents, and that they have not received any other reports of fox attacks.

After receiving several calls from residents on Thursday, police located a dead fox on Old Oaken Bucket Road, an area near where the attacks occurred.

“While there is no way to positively identify this fox as the animal involved in the earlier incidents, Scituate Animal Control will have the animal tested for rabies,” police said.

For the time being, officials advised residents to be mindful of their children and pets, and to call the Scituate Police Department at (781) 545-1212 if there are "any possible sightings."

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Friday
Oct192018

Anti-hazing law named after Penn State fraternity pledge to go into effect in Pennsylvania 

Google Map Street View(HARRISBURG, Penn.) -- An anti-hazing law named in honor of a Penn State fraternity pledge who died following a hazing ritual will soon go into effect in Pennsylvania.

The bill, to be signed into law Friday by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, will enforce stricter criminal penalties for hazing.

The law comes after Tim Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore from New Jersey, died after his first night pledging Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity in 2017.

Piazza's parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, who have become anti-hazing advocates in the wake of their son's death, will attend the signing.

Courtesy Piazza FamilyThe Piazzas "are grateful for the unanimous passage of the Timothy J Piazza Anti Hazing law which, they believe, will serve a national model for anti-hazing legislation," the family's attorney, Tom Kline, told ABC News.

Kline called Friday's signing a "significant step forward in deterring and eradicating the scourge of hazing on university campuses throughout the nation."

The law will require schools to help prevent hazing, provide law enforcement tools to address hazing and hold abusers accountable, Wolf said, calling it "one of the nation’s strongest anti-hazing laws."

"Hazing cut Timothy’s life tragically short, but the reforms in this bill will help protect other students," the governor said Thursday on Facebook.

According to The Associated Press, among the changes enacted by Friday's law are: severe forms of hazing will be considered a felony; fraternity houses can be confiscated if hazing took place there; schools must have policies to fight hazing; and under certain circumstances people would be protected from prosecution if they sought help for someone being hazed.

The legislation stems from Tim Piazza's death after he took part in an alcohol-fueled hazing ritual known as the "Gauntlet" at his fraternity house on Feb. 2, 2017.

That night, during his first day of pledging, a heavily intoxicated Piazza was heard falling down the stairs, and later found lying face down at the bottom.

What happened next is described in horrific detail in a grand jury report citing evidence including surveillance video, witness testimony and phone records.

Fraternity members carried Piazza up the steps and put him on the couch. They dumped water on his face and slapped him in an apparent attempt to wake him, to no avail, the report shows. When one pledge tried to intervene, insisting they get Piazza some help, he was shoved into a wall and told the brothers had it under control, the report shows.

As the night went on Piazza tried over and over to stand on his own, falling each time and eventually going still, the report shows. By the morning of Feb. 3, he was breathing heavily, with blood on his face. When a fraternity member finally called 911 for help, the 19-year-old's skin had turned gray, the report shows.

Tim Piazza died a day later of traumatic brain injuries.

Beta Theta Pi was then barred from Penn State and the university announced a string of new reforms for Greek Life.

Many former fraternity brothers faced charges following Piazza's death. One former member has pleaded guilty and will serve a year of probation. The most serious charges were dismissed but several other members are set to stand trial.

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Friday
Oct192018

Teacher fired after video shows her kicking student

Courtesy Goose Creek Police Department (GOOSE CREEK, S.C.) -- A South Carolina elementary school teacher was fired after video showed her kicking one of her students on school surveillance video earlier this month.

Students told authorities that Tierra Walker dumped the 11-year-old boy out of his chair and onto the floor for being disruptive during class on Oct. 4. Students said Walker then dragged the boy across the floor in front of them and left him in the doorway.

The video shows Walker throwing the boy's backpack in the hallway and kicking his body so she could close the classroom door, newly released police video shows. The boy attempted to re-enter the class but Walker had locked the door, the video shows.

Walker has since been fired, according to Berkeley County School District spokesperson Katie Tanner.

The boy's mother, Taneisha Johnson, told police that she wanted to press charges against Walker for assaulting her son. Maj. John Grainger of the Goose Creek Police Department said the assault took place because the boy reportedly refused to leave the room after getting in trouble for not listening and making animal noises.

Last week, a Kentucky teacher dragged a boy with autism through the hallway at school leaving him bruised and traumatized.

In April, a 7-year-old boy suffered a concussion after a teacher dragged him by his feet off a school bus.

Johnson and Goose Creek Elementary did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Thursday
Oct182018

Sheriff calls for volunteers to look for evidence as search for Jayme Closs, 13, continues

ABC News(MILWAUKEE) -- As Wisconsin authorities desperately search for missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs, they asked for volunteers Thursday to help look for more evidence.

An Amber Alert was issued for Jayme after the bodies of her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found shot dead early Monday at their home in rural Barron.

Jayme was believed to be home at the time of the shootings, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said. She was then taken from her home by an unknown person, authorities said.

The sheriff's office on Thursday asked for 100 able-bodied volunteers to come forward Thursday afternoon to help search for more evidence.

Volunteers would need proper footwear and must be able to walk on uneven terrain, authorities said.

Authorities did not release additional details about what the search would involve.

"We believe she is still in danger," Fitzgerald said Wednesday.

Authorities have received over 800 tips, the sheriff said Thursday.

Many questions remain in the mysterious case.

Police had responded to the Closs home after a 911 call was made from a cell phone there, the sheriff said, though no one spoke to the dispatcher.

"There's some noise, maybe a commotion in the background," Fitzgerald told ABC News of the call.

"We believe Jayme was home based on the evidence in our case -- some of it from that 911 call, and some of it is still part of the active investigation and we're not able to comment on why we believe that," he said at Wednesday's news conference.

Police responded to the home about 4 minutes after that call to 911 ended, Fitzgerald said.

By the time authorities arrived, Jayme was gone.

No gun was found at the scene, the sheriff said.

It's unclear if the attack was random or targeted, he added.

"We will bring Jayme home," the sheriff vowed. "Tips need to continue. If anybody has information, we ask you to call our tip line at 855-744-3879."

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Thursday
Oct182018

Hurricane Michael halts surgery for Cincinnati woman waiting 10 years for donor kidney

Courtesy Angel Goss(CINCINNATI) -- A Cincinnati woman who thought her nearly 10-year wait for a donor kidney had finally come to an end received crushing news when Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida last week.

As she lay in the hospital waiting for her surgery to begin, Angel Goss, 38, was told by doctors that the donor kidney she was due to receive was stuck on a plane in South Carolina because of the storm and would no longer be usable.

"It just hit me like a ton of bricks,” Goss told ABC News. “I had a mix of emotions...I was sad. I was angry...I felt hopeless."

Goss said she'd been sick for a while, going back and forth to the emergency room for various debilitating ailments before she learned the day after her 29th birthday that she not only had lupus but was also suffering from kidney failure.

For the last decade Goss has been on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant. This is complicated by the fact that she needs a living organ and only 2 percent of the population are a blood type match.

Goss, the mother of three children ages 12, 17 and 18, works part time, attends college and goes to dialysis three days a week.

"I have my ups and downs. I try to stay more up than down," she said. "It's been a lot."

On Oct. 8, doctors told Goss that they had found a donor kidney match for her.

"I was very excited. I was overjoyed," she said. "I was ready for my life to get back to normal, so to speak."

At the time, Goss didn’t know the donor kidney was in South Carolina.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found the donor, according to ABC Cincinnati affiliate WCPO-TV.

The next day, Goss posted to Facebook, telling people that she finally had a donor and was on her way to Columbus, Ohio, for surgery.

"It's been 10 long years this month," she wrote on Facebook. "Thank you, Jesus."

Three days later, as she prepared for her surgery on Oct. 11, Goss learned that she was being discharged from the hospital and that the flight carrying her long-awaited kidney had been canceled.

Goss updated friends and family with the disappointing news that the transplant would not be happening.

"Due to Hurricane Michael the flight has been cancelled,” she wrote on Facebook. “By the kidney just sitting on ice for a prolonged period of time it’s no good to anyone. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. God has other plans for me. Thanks for all the love, prayers, and support. It’s a minor setback for a major come up. Keep praying I love you all."

Goss said she remains at the top of the transplant list. While she has some anger about the lost kidney, her faith and family, especially her mother, have helped her stay positive.

"I feel like God was prepping me for the bigger gift that's coming," she said. "My children need me. That's what keeps me going...I have to be around for them."

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Thursday
Oct182018

UFO seen flying over New Jersey was actually a drone, police say

iStock/Thinkstock(UNION, N.J.) -- It wasn't a UFO -- or bird, or plane -- stalking the skies over northern New Jersey Tuesday night.

The unidentified flying object was actually a police drone being used to search for two suspects who robbed a Home Depot, according to the Township of Union Police Department.

Police received a 911 call around 5:49 p.m. Tuesday and reported that the suspects fled with stolen merchandise after one of them pulled a knife on a store loss prevention employee, the department wrote on Facebook.

The Home Depot employee observed the suspects get into a Lexus and try to flee the scene.

The suspects attempted to allude a marked police car that followed it and abandoned the vehicle after striking the curb twice near the entrance to the Garden State Parkway, according to authorities.

Union Police Sgt. Dan Hanselmann was able to tackle the driver and took him into the custody, but the passenger jumped over a guardrail and headed toward the Kawameeh Swamp, prompting a large-scale search for him, police said.

The man was not found after a search that lasted several hours in the heavily wooded area, police said.

A video posted to Twitter Tuesday around 8 p.m. showed a device with blinking lights hovering over the Garden State Parkway.

People were calling into the News12 New Jersey newsroom to report the possible UFO sighting, the station tweeted.

The driver of the Lexus, identified as 45-year-old Rashon Plant, told Hanselmann that the other suspect was armed with a gun or knife and carjacked him, police said. Investigators determined that the driver was part of the shoplifting plan after reviewing the surveillance video from The Home Depot, police said.

Police found about $2,000 worth of various tools in the truck, police said.

Plant was charged with robbery, eluding police and "various drug charges" for possession of heroin and cocaine, police said.

Investigators are still trying to identify the suspect who got away.

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Thursday
Oct182018

Witches to 'hex' Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh; exorcists pray in response

iStock/Thinkstock(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) -- A group of witches says they plan on placing a hex on newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh this weekend.

The witches will gather at Catland Books, a "metaphysical boutique and occult bookshop" in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, according to the event’s Facebook page.

The hex is in response to Kavanaugh's controversial confirmation in the wake of allegations from California professor Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her decades ago when they were in high school in suburban Maryland. Kavanaugh denied the claim and subsequent allegations which arose in the weeks leading up to his confirmation.

According to its Facebook page, the event is not only aimed Kavanaugh but also at people who the bookstore owners say have committed sexual assault or perpetuate patriarchy.

"Basically, it's all about causing suffering," Dakota Bracciale, co-owner of the bookstore told Newsweek in a recent interview. "And we intend to make Kavanaugh suffer."

First reported by The Guardian, tickets to the event cost $10 and have reportedly already sold out. Half of the event’s proceeds will go to women and LGBT charities. The other half of proceeds will be evenly distributed to the Ali Forney Center and Planned Parenthood the bookstore said on its Facebook page.

There will also be a second ritual after the initial hex called “The Rites of the Scorned One,” a ritual which “seeks to validate, affirm, uphold and support those of us who have been wronged and who refuse to be silent any longer."

A group of Catholics and exorcists has responded to the bookstore's hex plans with plans of their own to “pray and fast, not just for the protection of Kavanaugh, but for those who wish him harm.”

According to the National Catholic Register, a manager at a Catholic apostolate was “inspired” to pray and fast the Rosary for three days straight to “grant spiritual protection” for Kavanaugh and that God have “mercy” on those involved in hexing him and others.

Trump apologizes 'on behalf of the nation' to Kavanaugh during swearing-in, claims he was 'proven innocent'

Father Gary Thomas, the exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose, California, is offering a mass for Kavanaugh on Thursday and Saturday. The Supreme Court Justice is Catholic.

“Conjuring up personified evil does not fall under free speech,” Thomas told the National Catholic Register blog.

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