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Tuesday
Jan162018

Charges possible in Las Vegas mass shooting, attorneys say

Obtained by ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- Criminal charges may be filed in connection with the Las Vegas mass shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more, attorneys for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said in court on Tuesday.

The hearing, which took place in a Clark County District Court, was held to determine whether the media should be given access to more search warrant documents involving the shooting.

Police department attorney Nicholas Crosby told Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish that while no one may be indicted for the actual murders, "There are charges being investigated."

The police department has been arguing against the release of the documents due to the ongoing investigation, but lawyers for the media said that because shooter Stephen Paddock is dead, there is no prosecution pending against him, so the documents are no longer sensitive.

While Crosby told Cadish that the LVMPD can't say in open court why it can't release the documents, attorneys for the media argued that any delay in their release is a violation of the First Amendment.

The search warrant documents in question are separate from federal documents that were released last week.

Cadish said she wanted to read through the documents to compare them to information already available to the public before making a decision.

Paddock, 64, opened fire on thousands of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Oct. 1.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

13 siblings held captive 'hopeful that life will get better' after rescue: Official

David Allen Turpin/ Facebook(PERRIS, Calif.) -- Thirteen siblings who were rescued Sunday after they were allegedly tortured, held captive and, in some cases, shackled in their parents' home are "hopeful that life will get better for them," one official said Tuesday.

The investigation began early Sunday morning when a 17-year-old girl allegedly escaped from the Southern California home through a window and called 911, claiming that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive there, the sheriff's office said. Responding officers said the teen was slightly emaciated and "appeared to be only 10 years old."

"They have gone through a very traumatic ordeal, I can tell you they are very friendly, they are very cooperative and I believe they are hopeful that life will get better for them after this event," Mark Uffer, CEO of Corona Regional Medical Center, said Tuesday.

Inside the home in Perris, some of the siblings -- who are ages 2 to 29 -- were allegedly "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," the sheriff's office said. "The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty."

An official said Tuesday the scene inside the home was "horrific," adding several of the victims were “chained to furniture.”

Perris Mayor Michael Vargas said he was devastated by what he described as an act of cruelty.

The 13 victims are all believed to be the biological children of 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, authorities said. The Turpins were arrested on charges of torture and child endangerment, the sheriff's office said, and are being held on $9 million bail each. The couple is expected to be arraigned Thursday.

An official said Tuesday that on Sunday Louise Turpin appeared "perplexed" as to why authorities were at her home.

Law enforcement had no prior contact at that home, officials said.

The siblings were home-schooled, authorities said, adding there is no indication there were any other children at the home, but the investigation is ongoing.

The California Department of Education said in a statement, “We are sickened by this tragedy and relieved the children are now safe and authorities are investigating. Private schools are required to register with the state to record their students’ exemption from compulsory attendance at public schools. Under current California law, the CDE does not approve, monitor, inspect, or oversee private schools."

The family had lived at the home in Perris since about 2014, authorities said, and had previously lived in Marietta, California, and Texas.

Seven of the victims were adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29, the sheriff's office said. The others were children as young as 2. The victims -- who authorities say claimed to be starving on Sunday -- were given food and drinks and interviewed, the sheriff's office said. They were then hospitalized for treatment, the authorities said.

It's unclear how long the victims were held inside the home, authorities said. One official said their conditions indicated it was a prolonged period.

Neighbor Julie Olha told ABC News, "I never met this family, but knowing this was going on in this environment, where you think it's supposed to be safe for your own children and your own families. ... How can two parents even fathom doing that to your children?"

She said she once saw children -- who looked to be around 10 years old -- planting grass around 11 p.m.

And Olha noted that the family's Christmas decorations once stayed up long after Christmas.

"Last Christmas, they had their nativity scene, and it stayed up for months and months, to the point where I wanted to knock on the door and say, ‘Listen, do you need help?' Past Easter, it was up," she said.

Kent Ripley, an Elvis impersonator who performed a vow renewal for David and Louise Turpin at the Elvis chapel in Las Vegas, told ABC affiliate KTNV-TV in Las Vegas, "They sang with me. They had fun. They seemed to be happy -- all of them."

Authorities said Tuesday they are working with Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and medical professionals to get the children the help they need.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Florida man arrested after leaping from 2nd-story balcony

Pasco County Sheriff(PASCO COUNTY, Fla.) -- A Florida man wanted for attempted murder thought he could evade authorities by leaping from his second-story balcony. He was wrong.

When Pasco County sheriff's officers knocked on his door, Rashad Walker allegedly exited through his rear sliding-glass door and jumped to the floor below, where he was greeted by deputies waiting to arrest him.

Walker was apprehended Jan. 12 in New Port Richey, Fla.

Bodycam video released by the sheriff's office shows several officers waiting on the lower level, whispering so as not to tip off their location.

Walker was booked on warrants from another county for second-degree attempted murder and aggravated battery with great bodily harm.

He remains at Pasco County jail. A court date hasn't been set, and the suspect hasn't yet entered a plea to the charges against him.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Thirteen siblings 'held captive' by parents, some shackled, officials say

Riverside County Sheriff's Department(PERRIS, Calif.) -- An investigation is underway in California after 13 siblings ages 2 to 29 were allegedly held captive in a home, some "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks," the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a press release.

Two parents, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, were arrested in the torture and child engagement case in Perris, about 27 miles south of San Bernardino.

The investigation began early Sunday morning when a 17-year-old girl allegedly escaped from the home and called 911, claiming that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive there, the sheriff's office said.

Responding officers said the teen "appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated."

Inside the home was a shocking scene.

Several children were "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," the sheriff's office said. "The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty."

Seven of the victims were adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29, the sheriff's office said. The others were children as young as 2. The victims -- who authorities say claimed to be starving -- were given food and drinks and interviewed, the sheriff's office said. They were then hospitalized for treatment, the authorities said.

The parents were interviewed and later booked on charges of torture and child endangerment, the sheriff's office said. Bail was set at $9 million each.

David Turpin's parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News they are “surprised and shocked” by the allegations against their son and daughter-in-law.

James and Betty Turpin said they hadn't seen their son and daughter-in-law since visiting them in California some four to five years ago. However, they said they have kept in touch with them by phone since. They told ABC News they had not spoken to their grandchildren, saying David Turpin or his wife would often call when they were without the children, who are homeschooled.

The distraught grandparents added that David and Louise Turpin are considered a good Christian family in their community, saying they can't understand “any of this.”

James and Betty Turpin told ABC News "God called on them" to have as many children as they did, in reference to David and Louise.

The arrested couple's parents also said the children were given "very strict homeschooling," and that the children would memorize long passages of the bible. Some of the kids' goal was to memorize it in its entirety, said the couple.

Last time the grandparents visited they noticed the children “looked thin,” they said, but they seemed like a “happy family.”

The sheriff's office said it's believed that all of the victims were their biological children.

It's unclear how long the victims were held inside the home, the authorities said.

Some neighbors said they were shocked to learn the family had as many children in the house as they did, saying they had only recently seen any children outside at all and one adding it was almost as if "they'd never seen the sun."

"Everybody was super skinny, not athletic skinny but malnourished skinny," neighbor Josh Tiedeman told ABC News.

Neighbor Wendy Martinez said the allegedly neglected Turpin family members appeared to be younger than their actual ages.

"They were saying they're older," she said, "but they look very young."

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Mysterious killing of three family members under investigation in California

KABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Authorities in Southern California are searching for a suspect in the mysterious killing of three people over the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, police responded to a home in Palmdale after a family member asked them to check on his family, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said.

Inside the home were the three victims: Richard Gardner II, 78; his wife, Pepper Gardner, 56; and Richard Gardner III, 52, the sheriff's office said. The Los Angeles Times reported the males victims were father and son.

"It appears the victims suffered some trauma to their bodies, but the exact cause of death will be determined by the coroner," the sheriff's office said. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said the sheriff's department has placed a security hold on releasing information from the coroner.

No suspects have not been identified, the sheriff's office said, adding that anyone with information is urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Persons of interest photos released in mysterious case of couple ambushed, 'executed' at gated community

KTRK(HOUSTON) -- Authorities in Houston released surveillance images of two persons of interest Tuesday morning as they hunt for clues in a couple's mysterious double killing in their gated community.

Investigators believe Bao and Jenny Lam, both 61, came home around 8:40 p.m. Thursday "and were ambushed by suspects as they parked their car in the garage," the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

The victims' son, who went to check on his parents Saturday night after not hearing from them since Thursday, called police from the home, the sheriff's office said. When deputies went inside, authorities said they found the Lams bound and shot to death.

"They were executed," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters Tuesday morning.

The sheriff's office said surveillance video from the entry gate at the couple's subdivision shows two suspects arriving at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday in a 2007 to 2014 black Lincoln Navigator. The suspect parked near the gate and then crawled under the gate and into the subdivison, according to the sheriff's office. The suspect in the passenger seat was described by authorities as "unusually tall," possibly 6-foot-4 or taller.

Authorities said the suspects "ambushed the Lams inside their garage and forced them into their residence, where they were bound, robbed, and murdered." Their hands and feet were bound, officials said.

After ambushing the Lams, the suspects allegedly fled in the Lams' car before returning and going into the house a few hours later, authorities said. Over the course of the those few days, the suspects likely went back into the house several times, the sheriff's office said.

The house appeared to be ransacked with firearms and other valuables were missing, the sheriff's office said.

There could be up to four suspects, the sheriff's office added.

At Tuesday morning's news conference, the victims' daughter, Michelle Lam, begged "the public to please help us."

"We miss them so much," she said. "They were just going home from having dinner."

Son Richard Lam, a military officer, called his parents his "personal superheroes."

He said his parents immigrated to the United States in the 1970s and worked several jobs at once.

"They just made sure we had every opportunity to realize our dreams," he said. They later built successful businesses, the sheriff said.

Richard Lam said his father always wanted to be a military officer and often spoke how great the American military is.

"They were truly amazing people. They give their time and money to the community. My dad, if anybody asked him for help, he would not hesitate to give them a hand," he said, while his mother had "sage advice" for "every chapter" in their lives.

"Two men broke into their home last week killed them in cold blood," he continued. "We just need your help."

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Clipper system bringing snow, ice and cold to entire eastern US

ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- An Alberta Clipper -- and cold front associated with it -- continues to move through the eastern U.S. from the Midwest through the South and eventually into the Northeast late Tuesday into Wednesday.

Up to 18 inches of snow fell in parts of Wisconsin Monday while Chicago got up to 2.3 inches, the most snow so far this season in the Windy City.

Numerous accidents were reported as the snow moved through the Dallas-Fort Worth area overnight. Snow fell in Memphis and Nashville on Tuesday morning, where accidents were likely on the slick roads.

Alerts were in place for practically the entire United States east of the Rockies.

Most of the concern Tuesday morning is in the Deep South and the Gulf Coast where numerous winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories have been issued for ice and snow.

Many cities from Texas to Alabama were closed or delayed schools Tuesday.

The snow and ice moves into the Southeast and panhandle of Florida on Tuesday night and will reach all the way up the coast into the Washington, D.C. and Boston area.

Snow will be flying Wednesday late morning from Florida to Maine. A rare winter weather advisory has even been issued for Panama City, Florida.

The heaviest snow will be found in the Northeast over the next 24 to 36 hours, where some areas could see more than a half a foot of snow.

Behind the storm system, cold air spills all the way to the Gulf Coast as wind chills on Wednesday morning will dip into the single-digits as far south as Amarillo, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Four South Carolina officers shot after responding to domestic violence call

WSOC(YORK COUNTY, S.C.) -- Four South Carolina officers were rushed to the hospital Tujesday after being shot while responding to a domestic violence call late-Monday night, authorities said.

The officers responded minutes before 10:30 p.m. to the call from a home on tree-lined Farrier Lane in York County, South Carolina, county sheriff’s office spokesman Trent Faris said Tuesday.

York is about 25 miles southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina.

"We could really use your prayers and we could really use your thoughts right now for those officers," Faris said. "Our main concern is for our guys that are in the hospital right now."

Faris described one officer as being in "very critical" condition.

That officer and two others were either in surgery or awaiting surgery, Faris said this morning, adding that the fourth officer had come out of surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Faris said a dispatcher took a 911 call placed at around 1 a.m., describing a man "actively assaulting a female at the home.”

When the officers arrived, the alleged suspect, later identified as Christian Thomas McCall, 47, fled on foot.

Deputies and K-9 units attempted to track down McCall, who didn't get far while neighbors were told to remain inside their homes, authorities said.

The officers and McCall traded bursts of gunshots in a standoff that lasted several hours, Faris said.

The suspect allegedly shot a York Police Department K-9 unit officer before later allegedly shooting at officers again at around 3:30 a.m., Faris said.

That is when three county sheriff’s deputies, who were members of the SWAT team and wearing "bulletproof vests," were struck, he said.

The injured officers' names have yet to be released.

McCall also sustained gunshot wounds during the alleged encounter with deputies and officers, before being taken into custody.

Like the officers, the suspect is also at the same hospital and undergoing surgery, Faris said.

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Cops take down alleged 80-year-old armed bank robber in Arizona

Tucson Police Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Police in Arizona took down a very wizened bank robber on Sunday.

The Tucson Police Department arrested an 80-year-old man for the armed robbery of the Pyramid Credit Union in the city -- which had about half a million fewer residents when the suspect was born -- over the weekend.

Robert Francis Krebs, 80, has been charged with two counts of armed robbery after allegedly walking into the credit union on Jan. 12, pulling a handgun on the teller and demanding money. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money and was seen "running from the bank" -- so at least he's keeping in good shape.

The octogenarian was caught after he tried to check into a hotel and was recognized by an employee, police said.

The police department's initial assessment of the suspect estimated the man was "in his late 60s."

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Tuesday
Jan162018

Grandparents of shackled children say 'God called on' parents to have so many kids

David Allen Turpin/ Facebook(PERRIS, Calif.) -- The grandparents of 13 children allegedly abused and kept shackled to beds in their Southern California home said the parents had so many kids because "God called on them."

ABC News spoke with the parents of David Turpin, who was arrested along with his wife Louise on Monday for holding their 13 children "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," the Riverside County Sheriff's Department office said in a statement.

James and Betty Turpin, David's parents, live in West Virginia and told ABC News they are "surprised and shocked" by the charges. They said they had not visited their son or children in four or five years, but spoke to David once or twice a month.

On their last visit to Perris, California, about 27 miles south of San Bernardino, the grandparents said the children "looked thin," but seemed like a "happy family."

State records show the children were home schooled. The private school the kids attended, Sandcastle Day School, had the same address as the family home and the six attendees were all their children.

James and Betty Turpin admitted the children were given "very strict home schooling," and they were required to memorize long passages of the Bible.

The grandparents said their son was raised Pentecostal, but the couple did not attend a church in California. The grandparents also said they had no friends or community they were aware of.

David's parents said he worked as a computer engineer and graduated from Virginia Tech.

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