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Wednesday
Jan092013

Body Pulled from NJ Lake Where Teens Fell Through Ice

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Officials pulled a body from the partially frozen New Jersey lake Tuesday afternoon where two teenagers had fallen through the ice less than 24 hours before.

Dive teams relaunched the search of Budd Lake in Mount Olive Township in Morris County Tuesday morning for the two missing teens who fell through the ice Monday night.  Officials said Tuesday morning that the search had became a body-recovery effort instead of a rescue attempt.

The body was pulled from the lake by recovery crews just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, ABC News affiliate WABC-TV reported.  It had yet to be identified.

Police said the two teens fell through the ice at the lake in Morris County.  The search was called off Monday night at 9:30.  Police believe the teenagers fell through the ice at around 6:19 p.m., WABC reported.

The Morris County prosecutor's office on Tuesday morning said New Jersey state police had an airboat with divers on the lake in an effort to facilitate the recovery mission.  

A man sitting on his porch along the shore of Budd Lake Monday evening said he heard calls for help from the partially frozen lake.  He said that he walked toward a light, which might have been a cellphone.  The man said that he heard two people saying they did not want to die, WABC reported.

The voices, and the light, eventually disappeared.

WABC identified one of the missing teens as 15-year-old Clyde Schimanski III.  His father said that, according to witnesses, his son might have died making his own rescue attempt.

"Clyde was out there, and he seen the kid go through the ice," Clyde Schimanski Jr. said.  "And Clyde went to save him on his bicycle.  And then they both went in.  And then people on the shore heard them screaming.  He was a very good child.  I'm going to miss him a lot."

Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum indicated in a post on his Facebook page Monday night that the two teenagers were dead.

"I am sad to report that we likely lost two young adults in Mount Olive this evening.  May God bless their families and help ease their pain," he wrote.

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Tuesday
Jan082013

Search for Teens Who Fell Through Ice Now Recovery Effort

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Dive teams relaunched the search of a partially frozen New Jersey lake Tuesday morning for two missing teenagers who were walking boats across the lake when they fell through the ice Monday night, but officials said the search is now a body-recovery effort instead of a rescue attempt.

Police said the two teens fell through the ice at Budd Lake in Mount Olive Township in Morris County. The search was called off Monday at 9:30 p.m. Police believe the teenagers fell through the ice at around 6:19 p.m., WABC-TV reported.

The Morris County prosecutor's office Tuesday morning said New Jersey state police have an airboat with divers on the lake in an effort to facilitate the recovery mission. A man sitting on his porch along the shore of Budd Lake Monday evening said he heard calls for help from the partially frozen lake. He said that he walked toward a light, which might have been a cellphone. The man said that he heard two people saying they did not want to die, WABC reported.

The voices, and the light, eventually disappeared.

WABC identified one of the missing teens as 15-year-old Clyde Schimanski III. His father said that, according to witnesses, his son might have died making his own rescue attempt.

"Clyde was out there, and he seen the kid go through the ice," Clyde Schimanski Jr. said. "And Clyde went to save him on his bicycle. And then they both went in. And then people on the shore heard them screaming. He was a very good child. I'm going to miss him a lot."

Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum indicated in a post on his Facebook page Monday night that the two teenagers were dead.

"I am sad to report that we likely lost two young adults in Mount Olive this evening. May God bless their families and help ease their pain," he wrote.

The incident at Budd Lake is the latest in a winter that has seen numerous accidents on lakes across the United States.

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Friday
Jan042013

Deer Stranded on Ice Coaxed to Safety

WCBV/ABC News(WALTHAM, Mass.) -- Massachusetts rescue crews braved frozen waters in two separate rescues Friday to bring stranded deer to safety.

The state environmental police, the Waltham fire department and the Animal Rescue League managed to coax the first deer from the slippery ice at Stony Brook Basin in Waltham Friday, ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV reported.

A short while later, rescuers responded to a report that another deer was stranded in the Cambridge Reservoir in Waltham.

As it tried to escape, the deer was captured on video slipping and sliding on the ice as rescuers slowly made their way to the animal using an inflatable raft.

The rescue crews were able to subdue the deer and bring it to safety on land. The doe was taken for a medical evaluation and later had to be euthanized, WCVB reported.

A third deer was found dead Friday on the ice in Waltham.

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Saturday
Dec292012

Dramatic Ice Rescue in California Caught on Tape

Micky Herman(WRIGHTWOOD, Calif.) -- A sledding excursion turned into a rescue operation after a man fell into a frozen lake in Wrightwood, Calif.

The incident was caught on tape as one person after another tried to save the man only to slip on the ice themselves.

A crowd gathered on shore, frantically screaming for help.

After five minutes, nearly a dozen people were in the water while others threw ropes and inner tubes to no avail.

Mickey Herman pulled double duty. You can hear him calling for a rope to help in the rescue efforts all the while capturing the ordeal on camera.

“When the people started going through the ice, it was just total panic. You saw people taking their belts off. It was just total chaos and out of control. We saw that poor guy, the first one to go in, it was obvious he didn’t know how to swim,” he said. “We thought that might be it. We wouldn’t see him again. Fortunately he came back up.”

Nine minutes later, the man who first fell in along with all of his would-be rescuers managed to make it out of the water.

All of them are doing just fine.

 

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Wednesday
Sep052012

Parents Charged in Nationwide Child Pornography Investigation

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SALEM, Ore.) -- A nationwide manhunt for a suspect in a child pornography investigation has resulted in two people arrested in Oregon and two girls rescued from an allegedly sexually abusive home.

Last month, agents from U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) sought public help to identify a "Jane Doe" suspect who had been identified in videos depicting two young girls under the age of 10 who the agents said were sexually victimized.

Michael Serapis Freeman and Michelle Lee Freeman turned themselves in to local police after the campaign resulted in tips identifying Michelle Freeman as the Jane Doe suspect.

An acquaintance of the married couple told Michael Freeman that he or she would turn in him and his wife to law enforcement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said.

On Tuesday, Michael Freeman contacted the local police in Salem, Ore., to tell officers that his wife was sought by federal law enforcement officials.

Last month, ICE agents obtained a criminal complaint and federal warrant from a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., to arrest the woman who was unknown to investigators besides her picture.

ICE agents from Los Angeles had been working on the investigation since June 2011, when they executed a search warrant and seized a computer with images said to depict two girls being abused.

A break in the investigation came in June 2012, when the FBI in Colorado seized a computer that had more than 200 images and two videos of the child victims with the images of the female Jane Doe suspect.

After the initial awareness campaign, ICE agents received tips that the Jane Doe lived or worked in the Pacific Northwest. With this information, ICE conducted a more targeted awareness campaign in Oregon and Washington state.

Both Michael and Michelle Freeman have been charged with the sexual exploitation of children for the production of child pornography.

According to ICE officials, an Oregon state search warrant was obtained Tuesday to search the Freemans' home, where law enforcement seized the couple's computers from their residence in Salem, Ore., according to a criminal complaint.

Michael Freeman allegedly told ICE agents that he was in "a bad place," the complaint said.

"I started it. Somehow she [Michelle Lee Freeman] got involved," Freeman allegedly told ICE agents.

Calls to the federal defender's office in Portland to request comment on behalf of the couple about the charges were not immediately returned.

If convicted of the charges, the couple could face 15 to 30 years in prison.

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Monday
Apr022012

ICE Arrests 3,168 Criminal Aliens in Sweep

Paul Caffrey/ICE(WASHINGTON) -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday it arrested 3,168 criminal aliens and fugitives in a six-day nationwide sweep in every state including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

The operation dubbed “Cross-Check” included more than 2,834 individuals who had prior criminal convictions. ICE officials noted that 50 gang members and 149 convicted sex offenders were nabbed.

Although ICE has run similar operations called “Cross-Check,”  ICE Director John Morton said this was the largest to date.

“The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE’s ongoing commitment and focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and those that game our nation’s immigration system,” Morton said at a press conference in Washington. “These are not people we want roaming our streets.”

ICE officials said that most of the criminal aliens would be deported to their home countries. Among those arrested included 559 illegal re-entrants.

All of the defendants are in ICE custody pending removal proceedings. Among those arrested, 204 individuals have had their cases presented to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution on a variety of charges including illegal-re-entry.

Last year DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a policy shift to focus more on removing criminal illegal immigrants, and repeat immigration law violators instead of conducting enforcement operations against non-violent immigration violators.

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Thursday
Feb162012

ICE Agent Shot Dead at California Federal Building

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent is dead after a workplace dispute erupted into gunfire at the agency’s offices in a California federal building, officials said.

In the incident at the Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building in Long Beach, Calif., an ICE agent allegedly opened fire on a colleague Thursday evening, leaving that colleague hospitalized in stable condition with multiple gunshot wounds, ICE officials told ABC News.

“This situation began with what we can characterize as an incident of workplace violence,” Steven Martinez, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, told reporters late Thursday Pacific Time.

However, a third ICE agent evidently intervened by firing at the initial shooter, Martinez said.

“This resulted in the death of the shooter,” Martinez said.  “At this time, we believe this was an isolated incident and the shooter was acting alone.”

The intervening ICE agent was unharmed, officials said.

Initially, multiple published reports citing Long Beach police described two agents dead and a third wounded, but those reports were mistaken, ICE officials told ABC News.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT inside the ICE offices, according to a written statement by ICE, which added that the victims were with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit.

“One of the agents died at the scene,” the statement said.  “The second agent was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition.  The names of the agents are not being released pending notification of the next of kin.”

The FBI is leading the investigation, with assistance from the Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach Deputy Chief Robert Luna told reporters.

Police learned that shots had been fired at the federal building via a 911 call at approximately 5:54 p.m., Luna said.

“Officers were on scene within two minutes and quickly secured the scene,” Luna added.

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Thursday
Jan192012

Seattle Ice Storm Leaves 1 Dead, 180,000-Plus Without Power

Comstock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Just as Seattle was beginning to recover from the freak snowstorm that hit Wednesday, a treacherous ice storm swept the Pacific Northwest Thursday, coating the already snow-covered area with a layer of ice and contributing to at least one death.

After western Washington was hit hard Wednesday, Seattle almost beat its yearly average of 5.9 inches of snow in one day, with a little more than 5 inches of snow in total.

Other areas experienced even more snow. The state capital of Olympia got more than 12 inches while the Cascades saw several feet of snow.

While digging out, the state was hit a day later with a layer of ice between one-quarter and one-inch thick, according to Accuweather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

“It takes a shallow layer of cold air sitting around the ground to set up a situation for freezing rain,”  Sosnowski said. “On Wednesday, the cold air wasn’t thick enough so you weren’t getting that ice. But then the layer of cold air shallowed and created freezing rain.”

The layer of ice encrusted power lines and trees, causing major outages and downed trees.

Puget Sound Energy reported more than 180,000 homes without power because of the weight of the ice on top of the snow and falling trees.

Seattle-Tacoma Airport was forced to close early Thursday morning because of a sheet of ice that covered the runway. One of the three runways reopened later Thursday but many flights were delayed or canceled.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregorie declared a winter storm emergency, which authorizes the use of the National Guard and, if needed, coordination of state agencies to help local jurisdictions during the storm.

Other areas in the Pacific Northwest also saw severe weather. Oregon is experiencing heavy rain and gusty wind. There have been multiple reports of road washouts and landslides.

The area can expect to continue to see severe weather over the weekend. Several storms are headed for the area but with warmer air, they can expect to see mostly rain.

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Monday
Nov282011

Cyber Monday: Buyer Beware Counterfeit Goods

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As shoppers began to look for deals on holiday gifts on Cyber Monday, federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Justice Department were busy taking down websites that peddle counterfeit goods on the Internet.

Working together, the two federal organizations executed court-authorized seizure orders against 150 websites -- nearly double the number targeted last year -- that were selling known counterfeit items ranging from professional sporting paraphernalia to pirated movies to high-end Louis Vuitton handbags.

"Through this operation we are aggressively targeting those who are selling counterfeit goods for their own personal gain while costing our economy much-needed revenue and jobs," said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement. "Intellectual property crimes harm businesses and consumers, alike, threatening economic opportunity and financial stability."

The websites were seized as part of Operation In Our Sites, which has targeted websites that sell counterfeit goods since June 2010. Last year on Cyber Monday, ICE and the Justice Department seized 82 websites that were selling pirated goods.

"For most, the holidays represent a season of goodwill and giving, but for these criminals, it's the season to lure in unsuspecting holiday shoppers," said ICE Director John Morton in a statement. "More and more Americans are doing their holiday shopping online, and they may not realize that purchasing counterfeit goods results in American jobs lost, American business profits stolen and American consumers receiving substandard products. And the ramifications can be even greater because the illicit profits made from these types of illegal ventures often fuel other kinds of organized crime."

A Justice Department report on intellectual property released in June 2010 noted that "annually, copyright piracy affecting the U.S. motion pictures, sound recordings, business software and entertainment software/video game industries cost the U.S. Economy $58 billion in total output, 373,375 jobs, $16.3 billion in earnings, and $2.6 billion in Federal/state/local tax revenue."

"Most of the counterfeit items are from overseas," Morton said in a conference call with reporters Monday, noting that many of the websites are linked to entities in China.

The websites seized include jerseygreatdeal.com, nfljerseysworlds.com, uggbootsclearanceoutletstores.com, and pumaoutlets.net. Visitors to the websites will now find Justice Department and ICE logos with text noting, "This domain name has been seized by ICE- Homeland Security Investigations."

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Wednesday
Sep282011

ICE Nabs 2,900 Criminal Immigrants in US Sweep

ICE(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement has announced the arrests over the past week of 2,901 convicted criminal aliens who will now be removed from the United States.

Although the numbers from the week-long enforcement operation, dubbed “Cross Check,” seem to be robust, ICE Director John Morton acknowledged that there are an estimated 1 million criminal offenders in the U.S. who could be deported under U.S. law.

“These are not people who are making a positive contribution to their communities. They are not the kind of people we want walking our streets,” Morton said at press conference Wednesday in Washington.

“For many years there have been far more people in the country than ICE can remove,” Morton said. “The best place to start is with criminal offenders.”

Last month DHS Secretary Napolitano announced a policy shift to focus more on removing criminal illegal immigrants and repeat immigration law violators instead of conducting enforcement operations against non-violent immigration violators.

“There are a large number of criminal offenders…The estimates vary but between, somewhere around a million people with criminal convictions who are subject to removal under the law.”  Morton said.

The enforcement operation took place in all 50 states and targeted illegal immigrants with extensive criminal records and fugitives. Among the 2,901 individuals who were arrested ICE officials said that over 1,200 had multiple criminal convictions and 1,600  has serious felony convictions including manslaughter, attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and sexual crimes against children.

According to ICE of the individuals arrested 151 were convicted sex offenders and 42 were gang members.

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