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Jun242017

Massachusetts jogger slaying suspect indicted for murder

iStock/Thinkstock(WORCESTER, Mass.) -- A suspect has been indicted for murder in the death of a 27-year-old woman who was killed last summer while jogging in broad daylight in Massachusetts.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, of Worcester, Massachusetts, was indicted Friday by a Worcester County grand jury in the murder of Vanessa Marcotte, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

Colon-Ortiz, who will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court at a later date, is being held by authorities on $10 million bail, Early said.

He was arrested two months ago in connection with Marcotte's slaying after his DNA matched samples found on her hands.

He was arraigned in Leominster District Court on April 18 after being charged with aggravated assault and battery, and assault with attempt to rape. At the time, Early said a murder charge was also expected to be added.

Marcotte disappeared after going for a jog on Aug. 7, 2016, near her mother's home in the town of Princeton, about 60 miles west of Boston.

Her body was found that night in a wooded area about a half-mile from her mother’s house.

An account manager at Google in New York City, Marcotte frequently visited family in Massachusetts and was planning to return to New York on the day of her death, according to Early.

A Google representative described Marcotte in a statement to ABC News as "a much-loved member of the Google team" who was "known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work and love of Boston sports. We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends."

Police have said she was likely attacked between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. local time. Investigators said previously that she may have struggled with her attacker, and that whoever killed her suffered scratches, scrapes and bruises during the struggle.

Police sources have told ABC News there were signs Marcotte was sexually assaulted and that there were burns on parts of her body.

Marcotte was murdered just five days after another female jogger was killed in the New York City borough of Queens. Police said Karina Vetrano, 30, was strangled to death on Aug. 2, 2016, while out for a jog along a path she often ran with her father.

Investigators in New York and Massachusetts do not believe the murders of the two young women are related, but authorities in both states have been working together to solve the mysteries surrounding their deaths.

Early has said they "haven't ruled anything out" regarding the similarities in the two cases.

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Saturday
Jun242017

Police: Victims of San Francisco UPS shooting appear to have been targeted

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The three people who were shot and killed at a San Francisco UPS facility last week appeared to have been targeted, police announced Friday.

The shooter, identified as 38-year-old UPS employee Jimmy Lam, gave no warning before he began firing, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Witness statements and video surveillance of the incident show Lam passing other people to get to his victims, indicating that the victims were targeted, police said.

Police Cmdr. Greg McEachern said the video showed Lam passing employees without "any interaction," which led police to believe that specific individuals were targeted.

The shootings of the victims were not captured on any kind of video, police said.

Lam was carrying two guns at the time of the June 14 incident, but he only used one of the weapons, which San Francisco police described as an "assault-type" pistol with an extended magazine.

Both guns were apparently stolen -- one from nearby Napa and the other from Utah, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Lam also had a bag with one box of ammunition, police said.

After firing inside the facility building, police said Lam calmly walked outside the building and fired multiple rounds at another victim, killing him. He then walked back inside the building as police arrived and shot himself in the head as he was confronted by officers.

"The officers observed that Mr. Lam was armed with a firearm, and he had it pointed at his head," McEachern said. "The officers instructed Mr. Lam to put the gun down in an attempt to take him into custody, but Mr. Lam shot himself."

A total of 20 rounds were fired throughout the ordeal, police said.

Investigators are reviewing a journal and computer found at Lam's home, but a motive for the shooting has still not been established, police said.

The facility is a package-sorting hub and delivery center, UPS said last week.

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Friday
Jun232017

Mistrial declared again for ex-cop Ray Tensing, accused in shooting of unarmed black man

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- Another mistrial was declared Friday for a former Ohio police officer who went on trial twice in connection with a deadly traffic stop shooting two years ago.

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, who is white, fatally shot 43-year-old Sam DuBose, an unarmed black man, after Tensing pulled DuBose's car over near the University of Cincinnati in July 2015. Tensing's body camera video shows him shooting DuBose.

Tensing, now 27, lost his job after the shooting and was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter. A mistrial was declared at his first trial in 2016.

Friday morning, jurors told the judge they were deadlocked, and the judge sent them back to continue deliberations, said ABC affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. After five days of deliberations, the mistrial was declared Friday afternoon.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said he will not comment until next week, according to WCPO-TV. ABC News has reached out to Mathews for comment.

According to WCPO-TV, DuBose's family said in a statement through an attorney, "We are outraged that a second jury has now failed to convict Ray Tensing for the murder of our beloved Sam DuBose." The family is demanding another retrial, the statement said.


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Friday
Jun232017

Mystery surrounds death of 14-year-old girl found in Texas landfill

Bedford Police Department/Facebook(BEDFORD, Texas) -- The death of a 14-year-old girl is shrouded in mystery after her body was found in a landfill in northern Texas this week.

Kaytlynn Cargill was last seen walking her dog not far from her house in Bedford on Monday around 6:20 p.m. local time. When Cargill didn't return home after about 30 minutes, her parents began looking for her. The teen was reported as a missing child to the Bedford Police Department later that night.

Cargill's family told police the teen may have gone to a friend's residence. Officers went to the apartment complex in Bedford where that friend lived Monday night but were unable to locate Cargill. Investigators searched the apartment complex again for additional clues early Tuesday. It's unclear whether Cargill was ever at the apartment complex.

At that time, there was still no reason to believe she was in any danger or to suspect foul play in her disappearance, Bedford Police Chief Jeff Gibson said at a news conference Friday morning.

The Bedford Police Department issued an alert to the community later Tuesday, asking for the public's help in locating Cargill. There was no issuance of an Amber Alert because the circumstances of the girl's disappearance did not meet the strict criteria required by state and federal law, Gibson noted.

On Wednesday, investigators continued canvassing the apartment complex in Bedford and searched the surrounding area for Cargill.

That afternoon, the Bedford Police Department received a call from authorities in Arlington that a body had been found in a landfill there, and the deceased person matched the characteristics of the missing teen, according to Gibson.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and positively identified the body as Cargill on Thursday. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

At the press conference Friday, Gibson said the body showed no signs of trauma, and it's unclear whether Cargill was killed by somebody. However, her death is now a criminal investigation, Gibson added.

The girl's family has requested privacy, which Gibson asked the media to respect.

"This is a terrible loss to the family, a great loss to her friends, classmates as well as to our community," Gibson told reporters. "We are working diligently and tirelessly on a resolution to this senseless loss."

Cargill was a seventh-grader at Central Junior High School in Euless. Friends and classmates described Cargill as a vibrant young teen who loved band, according to ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.

Investigators are working with the garbage and recycling service that operates the Arlington landfill to determine the origin of the trash dump in which Cargill was discovered.

No arrests have been made and there are no outstanding warrants related to the death investigation at this time. There is no suspect or person of interest, according to Gibson.

The Bedford Police Department has partnered with the Arlington Police Department, federal agencies and a local school district in an effort to solve the death mystery.

"Our No. 1 priority as we move forward in the Bedford Police Department is meeting the needs of a grieving family," Gibson told reporters Friday. "We will continue to use all of our resources internally and externally to find the answers that this family and this community deserves."

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Friday
Jun232017

Fighter jet involved in accident at Dayton International Airport

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(DAYTON, Ohio) -- An F-16 Thunderbird was involved in an accident on Friday at the Dayton International Airport, an airport spokesperson told ABC News.

There were no fatalities in the accident, the spokesperson said.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds said in a statement that the plane was conducting a familiarization flight and that there was a "mishap" upon landing at 12:20 p.m. local time.

 

 

The pilot and the passenger -- a tactical aircraft maintainer -- are receiving medical care at a local hospital but are in good condition, the Air Force said. The plane sustained damage, the extent of which is unclear.

 

 

The accident is under investigation, the Air Force said in a statement.

"Our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety," said Lt. Col. Jason Heard, Thunderbirds commander and leader.

The Dayton Air Show is scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday. Whether the performance will still take place is to be determined, the Air Force said.

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Friday
Jun232017

Video shows moment humpback whale breaches next to boat near New Jersey

Paul Ziolkowski(NEW YORK) -- These guys had a "whale" of a time when a humpback decided to give them a boat-side show in the New York harbor.

On Thursday, New Jersey native Paul Ziolkowski was boating near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in between New York and New Jersey when something "over-whale-ming" happened.

As seen in the video, a humpback whale breached directly next to their boat.

The men cursed in disbelief as their boat bobbed up and down in the aftermath.

"This definitely was one of the craziest experiences in my life, and I've had many," Ziolkowski wrote on his Facebook post.

At their feet in their boat they found a fish brought in from the wave that was generated from the whale's leap.

"I know it sounds like a fish story ... but these #NewJersey waters are serious," Ziolkowski joked in his Facebook post.

As the video shows, right after the whale swam away, a nearby boat started cheering at what they’d just seen.

"I got that on film too," Ziolkowski yelled to a nearby boat.

In the video, the other boat occupants were so amazed by the experience they witnessed, they asked for him to text them the video he took.

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Friday
Jun232017

Dancing gorilla channels his inner 'Maniac' in kiddie pool

ABCNews.com(DALLAS) -- This dancing gorilla channeling his inner “Maniac” in his kiddie pool at the Dallas Zoo is captivating the hearts of the internet.

Zola, a 14-year-old Western lowland gorilla, showed off his awesome moves, spinning around in his pool flailing his arms to splash the water, and it’s basically encompassing how everyone feels about it being Friday.

“This is Zola 100 percent,” Ashely Orr, the primate supervisor who recorded the hilarious video, wrote to ABC News. “He is probably one of the goofiest and fun-loving gorillas in our troop at the Dallas Zoo.”

The zoo’s YouTube video of Zola’s next-level moves, which has nearly 200,000 views, has sparked social media users to come up with their own renditions of the video, adding music over his antics to make it even funnier.

“We knew Zola had a knack for dancing, but had no idea he’d show off his moves that day,” Orr said. “We were cleaning the building and heard the splashing, so we ran over to see him in all his excitement. It’s always rewarding to see our animals really enjoy the enrichment items we put out for them to explore.”

She said Zola’s kiddie pool was “a treat” for him because he doesn’t always get to have one, “but when he does he thoroughly enjoys it.”

“For enrichment to be effective it has to be different -- and this certainly sparked his interest and dance moves that day,” said Orr.

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Friday
Jun232017

Stuffed cow saves boy in fall from second-floor window

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Many children have a favorite stuffed toy they keep close, and for a 2-year-old boy in Massachusetts, that devotion paid off.

Eduardo Jose Luis Gomez was clutching his large, stuffed cow when he fell 16 feet out a second-floor window to the concrete below.

“It’s a good distance and luckily for him, you know, the stuffed animal did absorb most of the impact,” Chelsea Deputy Fire Chief John Quatieri told the ABC affiliate in Boston, WCVB-TV.

Conscious and alert after the fall, Gomez was held at Massachusetts General Hospital for observation and is expected to be OK.

A toy story with a happy ending.

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Friday
Jun232017

Hospital officials: Attack left Flint airport cop with 12-inch gash on his neck

Jeff Neville/Facebook(FLINT, Mich.) -- The man who stabbed a police officer at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, left the officer with an approximately 12-inch long laceration from his Adam's apple to the back of his neck, a hospital official said Friday morning.

Lt. Jeff Neville was assaulted outside the airport's Transportation Security Administration screening area on Wednesday morning, allegedly by a Canadian man, in an attack that is being investigated as an act of terrorism, officials said. Neville is in stable condition and expected to fully recover, according to hospital officials.

Neville was able to stop the assault within a minute and "never stopped fighting" until the attacker was in handcuffs, according to airport officials.

An airport maintenance worker also jumped in and helped restrain the attacker, according to Airport Director Craig Williams.

"I believe he saved Jeff’s life," Williams said.

Hospital officials said that Neville was calm after the attack and appeared to understand the situation he was in.

The 12-inch knife used in the attack had an 8-inch serrated blade.

It sliced through the muscles in the officer's neck but likely avoided further damage by "a matter of millimeters," said Dr. Donald Scholten, a trauma surgeon at Hurley Medical Center.

The knife "was probably very, very close to severing his major artery and nerve," Scholten said Friday, adding that it could have also severed "his windpipe and digestive system."

"This was a significant force," Scholten said. "This was not a shaving nick."

Neville underwent surgery shortly after the assault, officials said, and he received at least 50 stitches.

Officials said Friday that Neville is making progress and expected to be discharged within a few days.

Neville has been an airport employee since 2001, Williams said, adding that he is "well-loved by everybody here just for his personality, his professionalism. He treats everybody with respect."

During Wednesday's attack, the suspect, Amor Ftouhi, allegedly yelled "Allahu Akbar," (God is great), according to David Gelios of the FBI.

Gelios said Ftouhi "continued to exclaim 'Allah' and he made a statement to the effect of, 'You killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan' and 'We're all going to die.'"

After Ftouhi was taken into custody and interviewed by authorities, officials said it appeared he had "a hatred for the United States and a variety of other things that motivated him ... to conduct this act of violence."

A criminal complaint was filed against Ftouhi on Wednesday for "violence at an international airport," but officials noted that there could be more charges in the future.

Ftouhi made an initial appearance in court Wednesday evening and ordered temporarily detained without bond, prosecutors said. His public defender did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

The ongoing investigation into the incident is part of a joint operation between the U.S. and Canada, officials said.

Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. in Lake Champlain, New York, on June 16, and later traveled to Flint, Gelios said.

No one else appears to have been involved and there is no information to suggest a wider plot, officials said.

The airport, which was evacuated and shut down Wednesday, later reopened. No passengers were harmed in the attack, officials said.

Ftouhi's next hearing is set for June 28.

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Friday
Jun232017

Michael Brown's family wins $1.5 million settlement

Courtesy Brown Family(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The family of Michael Brown, an African American teen whose fatal shooting by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked large-scale protests, has settled their lawsuit against the city for $1.5 million, said Apollo Carey, the city attorney for Ferguson.

The settlement amount was paid by the city's insurance company "on behalf of multiple defendants," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber's order approving the settlement didn't mention the amount, but he said the split of the amount between Brown's parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, is "fair and reasonable" and "provides for a reasonable amount" for attorney fees and expenses, the Post-Dispatch reported.

The judge ordered the settlement agreement sealed, writing that its disclosure "could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators," the newspaper reported.

Brown's family filed suit in 2015 against the city, former Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed the 18-year-old on Aug. 9, 2014.

A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson, and the U.S. Justice Department declined to prosecute him, citing evidence and witnesses supporting Wilson’s claims that Brown attacked him, the Post-Dispatch reported.

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