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Monday
Jun182018

Gunshot victim covered with sheet starts breathing again

WLS(CHICAGO) -- First responders had already draped a sheet over a 17-year-old who was shot in the head and left for dead.

But after a few minutes went by, the unidentified teen restarted breathing.

They quickly lifted the sheet and worked to revive him by performing chest compressions, police said. He was then rushed to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in very critical condition.

"I do understand that paramedics looked at him, believed him to be deceased, covered him with that sheet and moved on to another individual who was nearby who was also shot. They saw motion, movement underneath the sheet," Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio told reporters, according to ABC station WLS. Officers who were present notified paramedics, this man is still alive."

"That individual has a catastrophic injury," Riccio added. "He was shot in the head, and the prognosis is not good."

The 17-year-old was one of five victims from a drive-by shooting early Monday in Chicago.

A 23-year-old woman shot in the chest, left arm, head and ear a block away from where the boy was found was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.WLSEveryone shot was attacked as a house party on South Loomis Street near west 13th Street started clearing out around 4:45 a.m. Then, police said, a pair of cars were spotted roaming around the party and somebody drew a weapon and started firing off gunshots.

The other gunshot victims were four men in their 20s, all of whom are expected to survive, police said.

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Monday
Jun182018

Pharmacy tech arrested for 2nd time in 3 weeks for allegedly stealing pills

ABC News(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- A pharmacy technician in Florida was arrested for the second time in three weeks for allegedly stealing bottles of prescription pills after store surveillance video appeared to show her stuffing bottles down her shirt, police said.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Katie Jean Williams, 28, of Daytona Beach, had been working at the Pierson Community Pharmacy for about a month when authorities said she stole more than a dozen bottles of prescription drugs out of the pharmacy's safe. Surveillance video appeared to show Williams putting bottles underneath her clothes and into a bag, police said.

Williams was arrested Friday on charges of trafficking in Oxycodone, four counts of drug possession and grand theft. The sheriff's office said Williams was first arrested May 25 on charges of grand theft and trafficking in Oxycodone.

At the time of that first arrest, the pharmacy's owner reported that hundreds of Oxycodone and amphetamine pills had gone missing, deputies said. A follow-up audit found there were more bottles missing than previously thought and more surveillance video that allegedly showed Williams stealing pills.

According to court documents, Williams spent five days in jail for her first arrest and was released on bond. She is currently being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail and is scheduled to appear in court on June 21.

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Monday
Jun182018

What we know about the immigrant children being detained separately from their parents

U.S. Customs and Border Protection(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) -- The debate over separating immigrant children from their parents is raging at the southern border and across the country, as images from the centers housing the kids have shown them, in some cases, inside structures made of chain-link fencing.

In other instances, buildings that used to house Walmart stores have been converted into facilities that look like large schools. But the children aren’t there by choice.

Here’s a roundup of the key information at the heart of the ongoing firestorm.

What is it like in the detention centers?

U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionABC News chief national affairs reporter Tom Llamas visited the Casa Padre detention center in Brownsville, Texas, with other reporters last week.

They were not allowed to film inside the facility, but the government contractor managing the facility shared video footage from their tour.

The Casa Padre facility was once a Walmart superstore but now houses nearly 1,500 boys between the ages of 10 and 17.

During the press tour, Llamas found the Casa Padre shelter to be clean, well-staffed, with several activities to keep the kids busy, also though the scheduled media visit had been announced.

The capacity is 1,497 people and on the night of Llamas' visit, 1,469 children were sleeping there, meaning the facility was at 98 percent capacity. They needed an extra bed in each room, so now there are five beds inside a 240-square-foot space, according to the government contractor.

The children are given three meals a day, along with two snacks. They have access to video games, pool tables, civics and English as a second language classes.

Only two hours are spent outside -- one hour in the morning and later in the afternoon -- and there are soccer fields and basketball courts for the kids to use.

That said, most of their day is spent inside the converted big-box store. Each child is assigned a clinician to help with any separation trauma or mental health issues.

There are no fenced-in structures at the Casa Padre detention center like those that have been reported at other facilities.

Who are the children inside the centers?

The detention facilities house unaccompanied minors who arrive at the border, as well as children who are separated from their parents by government officials at the border.

The system, which includes the separation of parents and children, stems from a "zero tolerance" policy U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued in early April.

That policy stipulates that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refer all cases of illegal entry to be criminally prosecuted.

As a result, the parents are detained and because the children are not charged with a crime, they are not detained with the parents.

How many children are being detained?

U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionABC News has been unable to determine the exact number of children being held by DHS, but The Associated Press last week obtained details on the number of children who have been separated from accompanying adults in the past two months as part of the administration’s policy.

There were 1,995 minors separated from adults in a six-week stretch this spring, from April 19 to May 31, the AP reported.

There were also other minors separated at ports of entry, with 64 such cases in March, 55 in April and 38 in May through June 6, according to the AP.

How the government views the centers

The minors “are very well taken care of,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said during a speech in New Orleans Monday morning.

“We operate in some of the highest standards in the country. We provide food, medical, education, all needs that the child requests,” she said.

The DHS oversees both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which are the two agencies that handle adults who arrive at the border, whether illegally or legally by seeking asylum at a port of entry.

Where are the children held before the detention centers?

U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBefore entering the detention centers, which the Department of Health and Human Services calls shelters, the children and adults go through processing centers.

ABC News national correspondent Marcus Moore Sunday went into the Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing center in McAllen, Texas, which is run by Customs and Border Protection.

Inside, hundreds of men, women and children were divided among various holding cells. Some of the cells are made using gate-like materials, making them look like large cages.

In another part of the facility, a group of young children had gathered a central holding cell. The appeared to be resting on sleeping bags.

In other images from that facility, children are seen lying on mats with blankets that appeared to be made with tin foil, which could be similar to the foil wrap-type blankets used by runners after long races to retain body heat.

Who runs the detention facilities?

U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionThe facilities are run by private contractors hired by the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS is the agency responsible for the care of unaccompanied children (both who arrive unaccompanied and those who are separated from their parents and therefore become unaccompanied).

The Casa Padre center in Brownsville is run by a private nonprofit called Southwest Key Programs. Ii also operates 26 other facilities, telling ABC News all its facilities are nearing capacity.

How many detention centers are there?

HHS told ABC News last week it operates a network of more than 100 shelters, which is the term they use for the detention centers like the one in Brownsville.

That was before another temporary shelter was created last week to meet growing demand.

Those shelters are located in about 17 states, a HHS spokesperson said.

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Monday
Jun182018

Wisconsin sisters arrested after stabbing each other, police say

Google Maps(MADISON, Wis.) --Police arrested two sisters in Wisconsin on Sunday after they allegedly stabbed each other while fighting in front of five young children.

Authorities arrived to their home in Madison, Wisconsin, about 80 miles west of Milwaukee, at around noon after one of the siblings called to report that she’d been injured, city officials said.

The sisters, ages 23 and 24, sustained stab wounds to the arm and were “uncooperative” with police, according to the city, which described their injuries as non-life-threatening.

A preliminary investigation indicated that both females had “engaged in mutual combat,” the city said in a statement. They were arrested on charges of domestic reckless endangering safety, according to the statement.

Police are looking for a third suspect, a 30-year-old male, who they said may have “initiated the disturbance.”

The city did not release the names or ages of the children, but it said Child Protective Services had been "plugged in to assist” with the case.

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Monday
Jun182018

Record flooding in the Midwest as East Coast continues to heat up

ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A stationary front produced torrential rainfall in the Great Lakes and Midwest over the weekend with up to 7 inches of rain falling Sunday in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Flood and flash flood watches continue from Wisconsin to Montana Monday with more rainfall to come.

The heaviest rainfall over the next few days will be from southern Wisconsin to Montana, where, in some areas, an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain is possible. The hard-hit Upper Peninsula of Michigan will see a break, though.

The biggest threat for severe weather Monday is in New England as the same storm system that brought all the flooding and severe weather to the Midwest and the Great Lakes moves east.

The biggest threat in the Northeast Monday will be damaging winds of more than 60 mph, some hail and flash flooding.

Heat up moves East

There are 18 states from Kansas to Maine under heat advisory or warnings on Monday.

Several cities in the Midwest broke record highs Sunday, including Waukegan, Illinois, at 93 degrees and La Crosse, Wisconsin, at 98 degrees.

The heat expands into the Northeast and East Coast with temperatures approaching possible record highs in major cities. The forecast will be for close-to-record highs Monday in Boston at 92 degrees (record: 94), Hartford at 92 (record: 95), New York City at 92 (record: 95) and Philadelphia at 92 (record: 96).

With the humidity, it will feel like nearly 100 degrees from Kansas City to Chicago to New York City.

But there is some good news, as Monday will be the last really hot day from Chicago to New York City. Temperatures will cool down by Tuesday with even cooler readings on Wednesday. Highs will be in the 70s in Chicago and near 80 in New York City on Wednesday.

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Monday
Jun182018

Armed bystander shoots, kills suspected carjacker in Washington state

KOMO(TUMWATER, Wash.) -- A bystander in Washington fatally shot a carjacking suspect on Sunday after the carjacker allegedly shot a man who refused to give up control of his vehicle, according to police.

Police said they received several calls on Sunday reporting a man who allegedly opened fire inside a Walmart in Tumwater, Washington, and attempted to carjack a vehicle in the parking lot there, according to Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO.

Police said the suspect shot a display case inside the Walmart before exiting and attempting the carjacking. No one inside was injured.

The suspect, whose identity was withheld, allegedly shot the driver after he refused to cooperate. He was attempting to carjack a second vehicle in the parking lot when the armed bystander intervened.

The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene.

Witnesses told KOMO that a total of three bystanders pulled guns on the suspect and at least one of them fired. The driver in the first attempted carjacking was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, about 60 miles north of Tumwater. His condition was not disclosed.

Police say the suspect may have been connected to an earlier attempted carjacking in Tumwater where a man opened fire at an intersection and injured a 16-year-old girl.

Authorities said her injuries were not life-threatening, but they did not disclose the nature of her condition.

Police are investigating both incidents.

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Monday
Jun182018

Roller coaster passenger who survived 34-foot fall was 'praying it was over'

ABC News (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- Amanda Bostic remembers the harrowing moments when she was tossed more than 30 feet from a roller coaster that had just derailed.

"I remember falling through the air and I remember hitting the ground," she said during an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America."

The 34-year-old mother of two sons said she was "knocked out" from the fall. But when she she woke up, she heard cries for help and saw the roller coaster hanging off the rails.

"I will never forget that in my life," she said. "People on the ride were screaming; one [car] was dangling."

Bostic, of Knott County, Kentucky, was one of 10 people aboard the Sandblaster Thursday night in Daytona Beach's boardwalk amusement park. She and her friend -- who were in the first car -- were pitched 34 feet to the ground when the roller coaster lost control.

They were considered "trauma alerts" and rushed to the hospital.

Nine other passengers were transported to hospitals, officials said.

Bostic -- whose boys are 11 and 13 years old -- was visiting Daytona Beach with co-workers. Their holiday trip came to an end Thursday evening when she and her friend hopped on the Sandblaster, its first car detailed in red with hot, yellow flames.

She said nothing seemed out of sorts: There were seat belts that clicked, and she said a worker "pulled on them" before the train took off.

Yet Bostic said the ride didn't feel right.

"It seemed to be going a lot faster than I felt comfortable with," she said. "As we went around the turn it felt like it wasn't completely attached to the tracks. ... The car was leaning to the side and into the curve.

"I was scared and I was praying it was over."

Those fears were compounded when the train suddenly slipped off its tracks sending Bostic and her friend out of the car.

All she can recall are the sounds and flashes of the plunge.

"I remember hearing a lot of screeching. A lot of metal. A lot of sounds that just weren't right," Bostic said. "I closed my eyes and held on."

Daytona Beach Fire Department officials confirmed that 911 calls started flooding their dispatchers at around 10 p.m. on Thursday. Once arrived, responders found that eight passengers were still trapped on the derailed Sandblaster roller coaster and had to be rescued.

Upon arriving at the chaotic scene, firefighters found the first car of the Sandblaster -- where Bostic and her friend were seated in before ejecting -- "completely off the track and dangling front end towards the ground."

She says she suffered a concussion, deep bruises "from head-to-toe" and several cuts.

Still, she saw the dangling car positioned over her friend.

That's when she crawled over to try to help her friend.

"I was afraid it was going to fall on her," she said.

Bostic learned later from her co-workers stuck on cars hovering over her and her friend that she "bounced from support beam to support beam like a pinball."

Miraculously, she limped out with the aid of a walker from the Halifax Medical Center on Friday night -- one full day after her and other roller coaster riders' brush with death -- to mend from bruises all over her body and broken teeth.

Bostic's friend remains in the hospital with numerous fractured bones.

The investigation into the derailment is still under investigation.

Maintenance records logged by the Florida Department of Agriculture reviewed by ABC News verify the Sandblaster was tended to and that "deficiencies were corrected." The roller coaster's record is rife with records of numerous repairs going back to 2016.

The Sandblaster was serviced for "excessive corrosion," "bracing cracked" and "track cracked," according to the agency's event report dated May 17.

Since the derailment, the roller coaster has been halted pending an investigation, the most recent report confirmed.

Upon learning the roller coaster was serviced the same day of the derailment, Bostic is concerned the effort was incomplete.

"Something had to be missed," she said.

As she recovers from the visible and internal pain after an agonizing ride, she is swearing off roller coasters for good.

"I will never be on a roller coaster," she vowed. "My family will never be on a roller coaster."

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Monday
Jun182018

Train derailment causes explosion, prompts evacuations

iStock/Thinkstock(PRINCETON, Ind.) -- A freight train derailment in Indiana on Sunday caused a loud explosion and calls for mandatory evacuations in the area.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office and emergency service personnel issued a mandatory resident evacuation within a one mile radius in Princeton, Indiana, on Sunday evening following the train derailment and explosion.

According to the Gibson County Sheriff, at approximately 7:19 p.m. local time Gibson County Central Dispatch received numerous 911 calls regarding a train derailment and explosion in the area of Old US 41 and Caniff Trailer Court.

No one was injured in the derailment, but a large fire sent thick, black smoke high into the sky.

Emergency responders conducted door-to-door evacuation announcements.

CSX Corporation, which operated the train, said the train had two locomotives, 89 loaded railcars and nine empty railcars. The loaded cars were carrying propane, CSX said.

"CSX is working closely with local firefighters and other first responders to assess the situation, and the safety of the community and everyone on site is our top priority as we develop a recovery plan," CSX said in a statement.

Residents displaced by the explosion were directed to seek shelter at the Gibson County Fairgrounds Toyota Events Center.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police said it will release more information as it is available.

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Sunday
Jun172018

Doctor suspended for berating basketball player suffering from anxiety attack

ABC News(LOS GATOS, Calif.) -- A Northern California emergency room doctor was suspended for her alleged gruff bedside manner after she was caught on a viral cell phone video allegedly mocking, ridiculing and cursing a patient rushed to her Silicon Valley hospital suffering from an apparent severe anxiety attack.

Samuel Bardwell, 20, a newly enrolled student at West Valley College in Saratoga was rushed to El Camino Hospital in nearby Los Gatos when he suffered what doctors say was a severe anxiety attack and passed out following the school's first summer basketball workout on June 11.

His father caught what the Bardwells say was abusive treatment by Dr. Beth Keegstra, 57, all on cell phone video and posted it on Facebook.

As of Sunday, the viral video has gotten more than 4 million views.

Bardwell said he had to wait for three hours in the emergency room before Keegstra examined him.

"Sit up, sit up, sit up! I'm having you sit up!" Keegstra tells Bardwell in the video, pulling on his arms.

When the 6-foot-9 Bardwell told Keegstra he couldn't get up, the doctor responded.

"I'm sorry, sir, you were the least sick of all the people who are here, who are dying," the physician is heard in the video telling Bardwell, who apparently lifted his head to acknowledge the doctor. "There, so you picked your head up. Now don’t try to tell me you can't move. C'mon, sit up."

When Bardwell told Keegstra that he couldn't inhale and felt pain and numbness, the doctor said.

"He can't inhale!" Keegstra said. "Wow! He must be dead. Are you dead, sir? I don't understand, you are breathing just fine."

As the tension in the ER escalated, Keegstra accused Bardwell of changing his story about why he was seeking treatment.

"You're full of s---!" she told Bardwell.

Dan Wood, the chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital, issued a statement saying Dr. Keegstra, who has been a practicing physician for 31 years, has been suspended from all facilities associated with the hospital.

Wood said the doctor's "demeanor was unprofessional and not the standard we require of all who provide care through El Camino Hospital."

"We have expressed our sincere apologies and are working directly with the patient on this matter," Wood said. "Please know that we take this matter very seriously and the contracted physician involved has been removed from the work schedule, pending further investigation."

Efforts by ABC News to reach Keegsta for comment were not immediately successful.

"In my mind, I don't think she should be practicing medicine at all," Bardwell's father, Donald Bardwell, told ABC News' Good Morning America.

Donald Bardwell said his son has a history of anxiety attacks and takes Klonopin, a sedative that treats panic disorder. He said his son had stopped taking his medication several days before he was hospitalized because his prescription had run out and he hadn't had time to refill it.

Samuel Bardwell said he asked his father to videotape the confrontation after he saw Keegstra speaking to a security guard in the emergency room and eyeing him suspiciously.

"I knew from when she said something to the security guard ... I already knew from that point ... I said, 'Please, dad, can you please take out your phone? ... I need you to take out your phone now cause I have a feeling something is gonna happen,'" Samuel Bardwell told GMA.

Bardwell said he has contacted a lawyer and is considering taking legal action against the hospital.

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Sunday
Jun172018

Five undocumented immigrants killed in Texas car crash while being chased by border patrol agents: Officials

iStock/Thinkstock(BIG WELLS, Texas) -- Five undocumented immigrants in a speeding sport utility vehicle were killed Sunday when it crashed while being chased by border patrol agents and a sheriff's deputy in a Texas town about 50 miles from the border with Mexico, officials said.

The fatal crash occurred around noon local time near Big Wells, which is about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters at the scene.

Boyd said a total of 14 people were inside the SUV and several were ejected out of the vehicle when it rolled onto Highway 85.

"Border patrol was pursuing a vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, and one of my deputies assisted and took over the pursuit just west of Big Wells," Boyd said. "The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour and from what we could tell the vehicle ran off the road, caught gravel, then tried to recorrect and that caused the vehicle to turn over several times."

He said four people died at the scene, and several were flown by emergency helicopter to a hospital in San Antonio. One person died upon arriving at the hospital, he said.

The sheriff said it was just the latest in a series of police chases involving human and drug smugglers in the Big Wells area.

"This is not unusual, absolutely not," Boyd said. "We've seen this many many times, not only in this county but in other counties along the border. It's a problem. This is, I think, a perfect example of why our borders need to be secure. It endangers American lives as well as those people from Mexico and other countries coming here for whatever reasons they are coming."

In Sunday's crash, Boyd said the driver of the SUV survived and was taken into custody.

"The driver was not ejected. The deputy found him sitting upright in the seat. He was able to get him out of the vehicle and the driver was actually walking," Boyd said. "The deputy actually took him into custody."

Boyd said the driver and one of the passengers were the only U.S. citizens in the vehicle.

He said the driver, whose name was not immediately released, is known to police as a human smuggler.

"The driver of this vehicle, we have handled before. We dealt with him last week," Boyd said.

The U.S. Border patrol said in a statement that the SUV was one of three vehicles spotted about 11 a.m. near Carrizo Springs, about 20 miles southwest of Big Wells.

A Border Patrol agent "observed three vehicles traveling in tandem pass his location on a rural highway and believed a smuggling event was taking place," according to the statement.

The agent stopped one of the vehicles and radioed in a description of the other two and another border patrol agent stopped another vehicle that was part of the suspicious convoy, according to the statement. Multiple arrests were made in the two traffic stops, officials said.

An agent tried to pull over the third vehicle, but the driver refused to stop, according to the statement.

"The driver did not stop and the attempt to stop the vehicle was taken over by a Dimmit County Sheriff's Office deputy. The vehicle rolled over a short distance later on Highway 85 near Big Wells, resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities," the statement reads.

Boyd said law enforcement encounters with human and drug smugglers traversing the area have become a "major problem."

"Every day my deputies are getting into pursuits, every single day. It's very rare that a day goes by where we don't get into a chase," he said. "Most of it is smuggling traffic. It's extremely busy."

He added: "We need assets down here. We have a problem. I think we need more boots on the ground. We need more patrol. I think we need a wall, in my opinion. If it can be built, it needs to be built."

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