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Saturday
Mar182017

Person detained after hopping bike-rack barrier along White House fence

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) – A man arrested after driving up to a Secret Service checkpoint near the White House on Saturday night has been identified by police as Sean Patrick Keoughan, 29, of Roanoke, Virginia.

Keoughan was driving a car that had been reported stolen out of Roanoke, according to an incident report from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.

The suspect allegedly late Saturday night pulled up to a vehicle-entry post near the White House in a 2017 Chevrolet Impala with an Indiana registration, according to the police report.

When he got out of the car, he told an officer, "There's a bomb in the trunk," the police report said. As the man was taken to the ground by an officer, he said, "This is a test."

No bomb or other hazard was found in the car, authorities said Sunday.

The suspect was arrested for alleged false bomb threats and unauthorized use of a vehicle, the police report said.

The Secret Service in its earlier statement said, "On March 18, 2017 at approximately 11:05 pm, an individual drove a vehicle up to a Secret Service checkpoint located at 15th Street and E Street NW."

"Upon contact with the individual, U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division Officers detained the individual and declared his vehicle suspicious," the statement said. "In accordance with proper protocols, Secret Service personnel increased their posture of readiness."

It was the second security-related incident near the White House on Saturday.
President Trump was not in the White House at the time of the incident. He and his family are at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

Earlier in the day, a man was detained after hopping over a bike-rack barrier along the north fence of the White House, sources familiar with the incident told ABC News.

The person did not make it over the White House fence, sources said. Sources said he wanted to deliver a letter to someone in the Trump administration.

The man was identified Sunday by police as William Bryant Rawlinson, 58, of Silver Spring, Maryland.

And on March 10, an intruder scaled a White House fence. The Secret Service said Friday that last week's intruder was on the grounds for approximately 16 minutes before he was arrested.

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Saturday
Mar182017

Authorities hunting for former teacher accused of kidnapping 15-year-old student

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(CULLEOKA, Tenn.) -- Tennessee authorities are asking for the public's help in their hunt for a former teacher who allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old student, state officials said.

Tad Cummins, 50, is accused of kidnapping teenager Elizabeth Thomas on Monday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a press release. Cummins was a teacher at Elizabeth's school in Culleoka, Tennessee, until he was fired Tuesday, authorities said.

Cummins is believed to have two handguns, and Elizabeth is considered to be "in imminent danger," the state investigative bureau said.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Elizabeth, and Cummins has been added to the state's "Top 10 Most Wanted" list, authorities said.

The state Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that Cummins "may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom" the teen for some time, "in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her."

Cummins' wife, Jill Cummins, made an emotional plea to her husband at a news conference Friday, urging him to turn himself in.

"I had no idea my husband was involved with anything that has led to all this. My heart breaks for the family of Beth Thomas,” Jill Cummins said. “Tad, this is not you. This is not who you are. We can help you get through this ... Your family wants their poppy back. Please do the right thing and turn yourself into the police and bring Beth home.”

Tad Cummins, of Columbia, Tennessee, is wanted on allegations of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor, authorities said.

As of Friday, Tennessee authorities said they had received 175 tips but none had produced a credible sighting of Tad Cummins and his alleged victim.

Cummins is described as a white man with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He may be driving a 2015 silver Nissan Rogue with a Tennessee license plate number 976-ZPT.

Elizabeth is described as a white girl with blonde hair, hazel eyes. She is 5-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing leggings and a flannel shirt.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information call 1-800-TBI-FIND and that anyone who sees a car with Tennessee license plate 976-ZPT call 911. A $1,000 reward is available for information leading to Tad Cummins' arrest.

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Friday
Mar172017

Secret Service laptop with Trump Tower floor plans, details on Clinton email probe stolen

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A laptop computer containing floor plans for Trump Tower and other national security information was stolen from a Secret Service agent's vehicle in New York City on Thursday, a law enforcement official told ABC News.

The agency confirmed that an agency-issued laptop was stolen, but it did not offer details on its contents. The Secret Service did say the stolen laptop itself could not have contained classified material but could have been used to access such material on a server.

In addition to the laptop, the thief made off with official Secret Service lapel pins, according to law enforcement sources with knowledge of the matter.

"The U.S. Secret Service can confirm that an employee was the victim of a criminal act in which our Agency issued laptop computer was stolen," the agency said in a statement on Friday.

"Secret Service-issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information," the statement continued.

The agency said an investigation is ongoing and that it would withhold further comment "until the facts are gathered."

Authorities are still searching for the laptop, according to law enforcement sources. Police expect to quickly identify the suspect from video evidence, the sources said.

The computer is encrypted and authorities are able to wipe the hard drive remotely if needed.

The device, which belonged to a female Secret Service agent, was stolen during a break-in in Brooklyn, New York, law enforcement sources said. The burglary happened Thursday morning at 8:40 a.m. in the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn.

Police are still working to identify the perpetrator.

Editor's note: This story originally stated that the stolen laptop contained details of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, per law enforcement officials. A law enforcement official has since told ABC News that the Secret Service did not investigate Clinton's emails and there would have been no reason for such information to be on a Secret Service laptop. This story has been updated accordingly.

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Friday
Mar172017

Police search home on property where slain Indiana teens were found

Lindsey Jacobson, ABC News.(DELPHI, Ind.) -- Authorities investigating the murder of two Indiana teen girls served a search warrant today at the home of the man who owns the property where the girls' bodies were found, state and local officials told ABC News.

As of yet, no arrests have been made in the double murder case that shook the rural small town of Delphi, Indiana. State police told ABC News today that property owner Ron Logan is not a suspect "at this time."

Logan’s attorney, Andrew Achey, said in a statement, “Mr. Logan had no involvement in this heinous crime.”

"I would like to caution the public to avoid jumping to conclusions before law enforcement has completed the ongoing investigation," Achey added. "Not only does Mr. Logan maintain his innocence but he also encourages anyone with information to call the tip line."

It was Feb. 13 when eighth-graders Abby Williams, 13, and Libby German, 14, disappeared while on a hiking trail near their hometown of Delphi. Their bodies were found on Logan's property the next day.

The only clues that have been released to the public are this photo of a man who police say is the prime suspect in the investigation and a chilling recording found on Libby's phone with just three audible words: "down the hill."

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby told ABC News today the search warrant is "part of the continuing investigative process" and he said he cannot go into any specifics about what authorities are looking for. This is not the first search warrant served in this case.

Meanwhile, as Logan's property is searched, Logan himself today is in the local jail on an unrelated charge, Leazenby said. Logan was arrested March 11, picked up on an arrest warrant for a probation violation, Leazenby said. A probation office spokesperson told ABC News the office cannot comment on pending cases.

Leazenby stressed, "Speculation and assumptions can quickly develop from something like this."

"Just because a search warrant is issued" on someone’s property, Leazenby said, does not mean an arrest follows.

State police said today authorities are still combing through the thousands of tips they've received in the double murder case.

The residents of Delphi, a tight-knit community of nearly 3,000 people dubbed by the local sheriff as "small-town USA," were shaken by the crime.

Greg Briles, the superintendent of schools at the Delphi Community School Corporation, told ABC News earlier this week, "We're still very concerned about the individual or individuals who have not been caught ... they're still out there."

Leazenby told ABC News earlier this week there is not necessarily increased security in town, but he said community members appear to be more vigilant.

"People look at people different ways now, I think," Leazenby said. "I think complacency has been at least eliminated at this stage, and it's more of a mindful, watchful, vigilant attitude. I don't want paranoia, and I don't think we've had that, but people literally looking over their shoulder is not necessarily a bad thing in today's society."

At Delphi Community Middle School, where Abby and Libby were eighth-graders looking forward to high school, grieving friends are now painting a "tree of life" on the cafeteria wall with different messages, Briles said.

Briles said teachers and students are "still coping with the situation of losing two students. I don't think it's something that is gonna go away in a month's period of time. I think it's something that's going to have a lasting effect."

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Friday
Mar172017

DNA links suspected Detroit cop shooter to November murder of university officer, chief says

@detroitpolice/Twitter(DETROIT) -- A DNA match has linked a man accused of shooting and injuring two Detroit police officers this week to the November murder of a university officer, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Friday.

The suspect, Raymond Durham, was taken into custody Wednesday night after he allegedly "aggressively" opened fire on two officers, "unprovoked," Craig said Thursday.

After allegedly shooting the two officers, the suspect "continued to make an attempt to engage them as they were trying to gain some concealment and cover," Craig said.

The suspect then fled a few blocks away, Craig said. As other officers approached him there, "he, in a second attempt, tried to attack these officers. Fortunately, he was taken into custody without incident,” Craig said.

Durham is now "considered a prime suspect in the [November] murder" of Wayne State University Sgt. Collin Rose, as well as the suspect in the attempted murders of the two Detroit officers, Craig said at a news conference Friday. Craig did not provide details about the DNA match.

The two officers injured this week are in nonlife-threatening condition, police said. One is a 20-year veteran of the police force, and his partner is a four-year veteran, police said. One of the officers was wearing body armor that stopped two bullets toward his chest, police said. He suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle. The other officer was shot in the neck, Craig said.

The suspect was also wounded in the exchange of fire with the two officers. His injury is also not life-threatening, police said.

As of Thursday, police said the suspect had not yet been charged in connection with either incident. Police did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Friday.

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Friday
Mar172017

FDNY mourns loss of Yadira Arroyo, mother and EMT veteran

FDNY(NEW YORK) — The New York City Fire Department is mourning the loss of an emergency medical technician and mother of five who died Thursday night after she was run over by her own ambulance.

Yadira Arroyo, an EMT and 14-year veteran of the FDNY, was driving an ambulance with her partner in the Bronx on Thursday night when they were flagged down by a pedestrian. Arroyo and her partner pulled the vehicle over and both got out to help, according to a press release from the New York City Police Department.

At this time, a man entered the driver's side of the ambulance. Arroyo and her partner tried to prevent the individual from driving away but the man put the ambulance in reverse, knocking Arroyo to the ground and driving over her with the vehicle. The man continued driving in reverse, striking two occupied cars and a parked, unoccupied vehicle, police said.

The man then drove the ambulance forward, subsequently dragging Arroyo into the middle of the intersection. While trying to turn left, the ambulance crashed into two more parked vehicles before coming to a stop near a corner. The man attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by an on-duty officer with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority who was on patrol, according to police.

Police officers responding to the incident found Arroyo lying in the roadway unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to her body. She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, where was pronounced dead, police said.

 

 

Arroyo, 44, is the eighth member of the FDNY EMS to die in the line of duty. She was a mother to five children, the fire department said.

Arroyo's EMT partner, a 30-year-old woman, was transported to the hospital for injuries to her neck and shoulder. She is in stable condition, according to police.

No one in the occupied vehicles that were struck during the incident were injured, police said.

 

 

 

 

During a press conference Thursday night, officials struggled to make sense of the tragedy.

"An emergency medical technician lost in the line of duty bravely doing her job and encountering the kind of danger that our EMTs should not have to confront," New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said. "We lost a good woman."

New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro added, "No matter how many times we do this, it doesn’t make it any easier."

Police have identified the suspect as Jose Gonzalez, a 25-year-old Bronx resident. Gonzalez was charged with murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. He is expected to be in court on Friday.

Police confirmed to ABC station WABC that Gonzalez is an emotionally disturbed person who has had several previous interactions with law enforcement. He has two dozen prior arrests, including criminal mischief, assault as well as marijuana possession and sale.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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Friday
Mar172017

Teen boy finds 7.44-carat 'Superman's Diamond' at an Arkansas state park

Crater of Diamonds State Park(MURFREESBORO, Ark.) -- Who needs kryptonite when you can have diamonds?

A lucky teen named Kalel Langford just found a 7.44-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.

Kalel, 14, named it “Superman’s Diamond” since the Superman character’s real name is also Kal-El. It’s the seventh-largest diamond ever found in the park.

“He was really excited. The funny part is he had just played in a baseball tournament so he was pretty tired, but I think it took a day or two once he had gotten some sleep for it to fully sink in,” Kalel’s mom, Michelle Langford, of Centerton, Arkansas, told ABC News of her son’s impressive discovery on March 11.

“At first he thought it might be a diamond but wasn’t convinced," Michelle said.

When the family showed the find to the staff at the park, they said, “‘I’m not really sure what it is.' My son Kalel thought he had stumped everybody and found something that no one had ever found, but come to find out it was actually a brown diamond.”

The diamond is coffee-colored and the size of a pinto bean. Kalel found it within his first 20 minutes at the park without even looking that hard, his mother said.

“He kept begging us to go [to the park], so we had one hour to be there because his tournament was just 15 minutes out of the way, and he found it within the first 15 to 20 minutes of being there. We were just surface searching. We didn’t have gloves on or anything,” Michelle said

“A lot of people down there were really shocked too because it was a really cloudy day the day he found it, and to find a brown diamond in the mud on a cloudy day isn’t the easiest to do,” she said.

The overjoyed Kalel plans to keep the diamond as a special souvenir, but will possibly spend it wisely in the future.

“For now he plans on keeping it until he has a chance to let it all sink in, and over time we’ll plan to make a decision,” said his mother. “He told us, ‘That’s what I’ll plan to use for college if I don’t get enough scholarships. And if I get enough scholarships then it can be a down payment for a house.’

“He’s a very good kid,” she added. “He is very much into science. He loves rocks and loves minerals.”

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Friday
Mar172017

Grieving families speak out as police hunt for killer of two Colorado teens

Courtesy of the families(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- As authorities in Colorado hunt for the killer of two teenagers who were found dead on the side of a road, their families are left grieving.

Derek Benjamin Greer, 15, and Natalie Partida, 16, were found dead Sunday morning, their bodies lying on the shoulder of a road 15 miles from their high school in Colorado Springs, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.

Natalie's cousin, Hannah Ortega, told ABC News' Good Morning America that Natalie and Derek "went everywhere together."

"They loved each other," Ortega said. Derek was Natalie's "truest friend," she said.

"They had a whole life to live," she continued. "They don't get to have kids, they don't get to graduate high school, they don't get to work their dream jobs, they don't get to live anymore. Nobody deserves to get their life taken."

Natalie's grandmother, Margaret Partida, told GMA that "[Natalie] meant the world to us. Natalie was a girl full of just joy and happiness. She always had a smile on her face."

Partida, overcome with emotion, recalled the last words her granddaughter said to her.

"She had a couple of tears in her eyes, and she said, 'Grandma, I want to tell you how much I love you,'" Partida said. "I never dreamed that would be the last I would see of my granddaughter."

Partida said she has no idea who committed the crime.

"It ended so quickly," Partida said. "They were just beginning life."

Derek's mother, Heather Ferguson, told GMA she wanted to speak out because "he wasn't just somebody's garbage. He deserves to be remembered and deserves to have justice."

She described Derek as "so loving."

"He was my best friend and loved me so much," she said.

Derek's stepfather, Jeff Ferguson, said Derek was always talking and usually the center of attention.

"He made an impression on people," he said.

He added, "We just hope that at some point the person or persons who did this realize how many lives they destroyed."

"A part of you is gone, forever," Heather Ferguson said. "Our home will never be the same."

While the sheriff's office ruled the deaths as homicides, authorities have not released how the teens were killed, saying they are waiting until the toxicology reports come back.

As police look for the killer, Jacqueline Kirby, spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, said authorities are "aggressively pursuing all leads."

The sheriff's office asks anyone who "sees anything out of the ordinary for their area" to call the sheriff's office at 719-390-5555.

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Friday
Mar172017

New York City prepares for 256th Saint Patrick's Day Parade

(Photo by Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio marches in the 2016 Saint Patrick's Day Parade.(NEW YORK) -- New York City will hold its 256th Saint Patrick's Day Parade on Friday morning and the city is working hard to prepare.

Following this week's snowstorm, sanitation crews spent Thursday moving huge piles of snow and ice into a melting machine, hoping to clear intersections and swaths of Fifth Avenue.

The city expects 150,000 marchers on Friday, and as many as two million spectators.

Security is expected to be on alert Friday, in similar fashion to the levels it was for the Thanksgiving Day Parade and for New Year's Eve in Times Square. Sand trucks and other vehicles will be placed at intersections to prevent rogue vehicles from entering the parade route.

Mayor Bill de Blasio will march in the parade, which he had boycotted until last year, when gay and lesbian groups were allowed to participate. The honorary grand marshal will be Michael Dowling, CEO of Northwell Health.

In a first, the parade will march past the home of the sitting president -- Trump Tower. Spectators will not be allowed to watch from the sidewalk across from the building, and 57th Street will be closed until the parade passes.

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Thursday
Mar162017

Airport security officer hailed a hero for thwarting man's apparent suicide attempt

Starflamedia/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) --  A security officer at Los Angeles International Airport is being hailed a hero for stopping an apparently suicidal man from jumping off a pedestrian bridge inside the airport's international terminal.

The incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Los Angeles airport police told ABC News.

John Solis, a 40-year old security officer, was walking across the pedestrian bridge leading from the international terminal's screening area to the grand hall when he saw a 25-year-old man throw his leg over the bridge railing "with the intent to fall, [60] feet to the ground below," airport police said in a press release.

"Solis quickly grabbed the distraught man, pulled him from the railing, and away from the edge," the release continues. "The man laid on the ground and refused to speak while Solis tried to console him. Suddenly the young man leapt to his feet, threw his leg over the railing again, and tried to jump. Security Officer Solis grabbed him, wrestling him to the ground as help arrived."

Chief of Airport Police David Maggard praised Solis' quick thinking, crediting him with saving the man's life.

“Security Officer Solis, like our other employees, is constantly prepared for situations involving people who are distraught,” Maggard said in a statement. “I am proud of him, and all of my officers for their ability to balance compassion and respect as part of their response.”

The man, who has been put on a mental hold, is alive and doing well, airport police said.

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