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Thursday
Dec132018

Murder investigation underway after remains of dad who vanished in 1961 found in family's basement

D-Keine/iStock(LAKE GROVE, N.Y.) -- A murder investigation is underway after the remains of a man who vanished in 1961 were found in his family's Long Island home, police said.

George Carroll's remains were found by his son, Michael Carroll, and grandsons while they were excavating the basement of the Lake Grove home on Halloween, the Suffolk County Police Department said.

The skeleton was sent to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner to be examined by an anthropologist, and on Wednesday police confirmed that the remains belong to George Carroll.

Michael Carroll, 57, now owns the house, police said.

As a child he lived there with his parents, George and Dorothy Carroll, and his siblings before George Carroll disappeared in 1961, police said.

How his father ended up beneath the basement is still unclear.

Michael Carroll, who could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday, told ABC New York station WABC in October that his father vanished when he was a baby, but the possibility that his father was buried in the basement was always a family rumor.

"It's something that's been talked about for years," he told WABC. "We heard multiple stories."

Michael Carroll's mother died in the 1990s, police said.

Police on Wednesday said the death is being investigated as a homicide, but the department declined to release the cause of death.

"Previously, we said the skull was fractured due to blunt force trauma, however, that was not concluded as the cause at this point," a Suffolk County police spokesperson told ABC News via email on Thursday.

The department also declined to discuss any potential suspects.

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Thursday
Dec132018

Severe storms to move east with flooding possible in Southeast

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The storm that dumped over a foot of snow from Washington to Colorado over the past two days is continuing to push east on Thursday.

Numerous states from the east to west are under flood, snow and high wind alerts.

The storm system will move into the Southern Plains on Thursday, bringing heavy rain and storms ahead of it, from the Gulf Coast into the mid-Mississippi Valley.

A few of the storms could become severe with damaging winds, hail and even an isolated tornado. Flash flooding is also possible.

The storm system will not move much on Friday, but the rain ahead of it will spread into the Southeast -- the areas that just got hit with heavy snow and ice last weekend.

Damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes -- as well as flooding from heavy rain -- are possible from Florida to the Carolinas.

The heavy rain moves up the East Coast into the Mid-Atlantic on Friday night into Saturday morning and into the Northeast by Saturday afternoon.

Some flash flooding is possible from the heavy rain.

Some areas from northern Florida to the Carolinas could see more than 4 inches of rain as the storm moves through the eastern U.S.

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Thursday
Dec132018

Middle school gunman exchanges fire with officers, kills himself: Police

ChiccoDodiFC/iStock(RICHMOND, Ind.) -- A teenage suspect is dead after a shooting outside an Indiana middle school Thursday morning, police said.

The single shooter exchanged gunfire with police before killing himself, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling.

No other students were injured in the incident at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond, police said.

Bowling credited an unknown individual who warned police.

"Someone knew something and said something," he said. "The school was able to follow procedure to help protect students."

The students are being evacuated from the intermediate school, Richmond Community Schools said, while other schools in the district are resuming classes.

"You wouldn't think a small town like Richmond this would happen," one grandmother who raced to the scene told ABC Indianapolis affiliate WRTV. "I don't know what's wrong with this new generation."

"My heart is aching for all these parents," she added.

The investigation is ongoing, Bowling said.

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Thursday
Dec132018

Indiana police officer killed in high-speed chase

Benjamin Eads, of Freedom, Ind., is pictured in this mugshot. Credit: Indiana State Police(CHARLESTOWN, Ind.) -- A police officer in southeastern Indiana was killed in a high-speed chase Wednesday night, authorities said.

The pursuit began in Clark County when Sgt. Benton Bertram of the Charlestown Police Department attempted to pull over a teal colored 1998 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation on Indiana State Road 3. The driver sped off and fled into neighboring Scott County.

As Bertram chased the car and approached the intersection with Indiana State Road 56 east of Scottsburg, the officer lost control of his vehicle, driving off the roadway and hitting a tree in the front yard of a nearby residence. Bertram, 35, died at the scene of the crash, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police.

He was a nine-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Department.

"Charlestown suffered a great loss last evening of one its police officers in the line duty," Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall said in a statement on Facebook early Thursday morning. "We have a small close knit department and it is like losing one of our family."

Authorities later located the driver of the car that Bertram was pursuing, identified as 35-year-old Benjamin Eads of Freedom, Indiana. He was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and auto theft. He was being held at the Scott County Jail, police said.

Indiana State Road 56 remained closed until 4:30 a.m. local time Thursday as investigators remained on scene, trying to reconstruct the crash.

"At this time, the crash and pursuit are still under investigation," Sgt. Carey Huls of the Indiana State Police said in a press release Thursday.

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Thursday
Dec132018

Texas man arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap 15-year-old jogger

gaspr13/iStock(ALVIN, Texas) -- Authorities are saying a teen girl out for a jog "did everything right" as she managed to escape an alleged kidnapper.

The 15-year-old was out for a run in Alvin, Texas, an idyllic suburb south of Houston on the Gulf Coast, at 9:20 p.m. on Dec. 2 when a man repeatedly drove his truck past the teen, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office. The man eventually pulled over and approached the girl and wrapped his arms around her.

"The victim reports that she began to scream for help and was able to fight the suspect off when they fell to the ground," according to the sheriff's office.

Three days after the attempted abduction, sheriff's investigators were in the area conducting interviews when they found a Chevrolet truck matching the description given by the girl, authorities said. The driver fled before being cut off by the sheriffs.

Steven Salazar, 22, was identified as the driver and arrested on a charge of reckless driving.

"Salazar fit the description given of the attempted abductor, however, he denied having any contact with the victim or any involvement with the incident," the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

He was booked on the reckless driving charge on Dec. 6, but was released from custody.

After Salazar "gave several inconsistent stories about the incident," he was arrested for attempted kidnapping on Tuesday. Salazar has also been charged with evading arrest, according to jail records.

He is being held on $45,000 bond for the two charges.

"She did everything right to survive this," Brazoria County Sheriff's Lt. Varon Snelgrove told Houston ABC station KTRK.

The Brazoria County Sheriff's Office is still asking anyone who may have been approached in a similar manner to contact them at 1-800-460-2222.

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Thursday
Dec132018

Survivors detail 'life-changing experience' trapped in abandoned coal mine

ABC News(CLEAR CREEK, W.Va.) -- After being trapped in an abandoned West Virginia coal mine for days, a pair of young explorers said they learned the biggest lesson of their lives.

"Everyone who was involved in searching for us, I just wanna thank you, with everything inside of me -- this is the biggest lesson I've ever learned in my life," Cody Beverly, 21, told ABC News on Wednesday. "This is a life-changing experience for me."

Beverly and two friends -- Kayla Williams, 25, Erica Treadway, 31 -- were discovered and rescued from the Rock House Powellton mine in Clear Creek, about 30 miles southeast of Charleston, West Virginia, on Wednesday night. They entered the inactive coal mine around 3 a.m. on Saturday looking for copper, officials said.

"All the effort that everybody put in to get us out, we really appreciate it, and we thank God," Williams told ABC News on Wednesday. "We have great families. We knew they was going to find us."

Beverly and Williams spoke with reporters outside of Charleston General Hospital, where they were taken for an evaluation after being rescued.

All three were released from the hospital early Thursday. Treadway declined to comment.

"I'm just glad to be home with my family, my friends, my brothers, that I see around me right now, my family," Beverly said.

When asked how they managed to survive, Beverly said, "We drank mine water."

"We had no food," he said. "We just found a stream in the mine and started drinking it and hoping and praying to God it wasn't contaminated."

Williams said they "panicked sometimes," but the pair said prayer, determination and God is what got them though.

"We just want to thank God, that's the main person we're thanking," Beverly said. "We stayed together and we prayed to God. ... We pulled together as much as we could."

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Thursday
Dec132018

Family friend of missing Colorado mom pleads for help in search

Woodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) -- It's been nearly three weeks since Kelsey Berreth, a young mother from Colorado, went missing, but her family and friends said they refuse to give up hope.

"There's gotta be somebody that saw something go on there, and if they would get in contact with the police department, so they can get to the bottom ... that would be the greatest thing," Jim Morgan, a close friend of the Berreth family, told ABC News' Good Morning America on Thursday. "God is powerful and he answers prayers, and I'm just encouraging everybody to lift the family up, lift Kelsey up in prayer."

Berreth, a 29-year-old pilot, was last seen entering a Safeway near her home in Woodland Park, Colorado, on Nov. 22, according to surveillance footage from the store, but her fiancé, Patrick Frazee, said he saw her later that day.

Berreth's mother reported her missing on Dec. 2, police said. The FBI confirmed on Tuesday it's assisting local authorities in the search.

"Three weeks is a long time to be missing," Morgan said. "We still have hope that she'll be back and God will bring her back to us, but we certainly can't guarantee that."

Morgan said he's known the Berreth family for almost two decades.

"In this world, good things don't always happen, miracles don't always happen, but fortunately God is with us through it anyway," he added.

Morgan described Berreth as a loving, caring, kind woman -- someone who would do anything for her loved ones.

"She was my son's first babysitter, and he really liked her. That speaks highly to her character," Morgan added. "Her dad is one of my best friends at this point, and we are talking regular trying to help him through a really tough time."

Neighbors and friends are scheduled to hold a candlelight vigil at Memorial Park in Woodland Park Thursday night, according to the Woodland Park Police Department.

The footage of Berreth at the Safeway, released by police Tuesday night, showed her entering with her baby in a car seat and getting a shopping cart. It's the last confirmed sighting of her.

There were no leads or suspects as of early Thursday.

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Thursday
Dec132018

Pilot rescued after 1950s-era fighter plane crashes in waters off Honolulu

Manakin/iStock(HONOLULU) -- A pilot flying a 1950s-era fighter jet as part of a military exercise has been rescued in the waters off of Honolulu after his aircraft crashed into the ocean Wednesday.

The airplane's crash and the pilot's rescue were captured on photos and videos posted on social media.

"Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is confirming a Hawker-Hunter aircraft operated by a civilian contractor has crashed into the ocean five miles south of Sand Island at approximately 2:28 p.m., today," said a statement from the military base located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

"The contractor ejected safely, and was initially rescued by a private sailboat then transferred to a U.S. Coast Guard vessel," said the statement.

"Federal Fire responded and City and County EMS was dispatched to Sand Island to treat and transport the patient to a hospital," it continued. "Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam does not have further details of the pilot's condition at this time."

Sand Island is located east of the Honolulu airport and west of downtown Honolulu.

The pilot was flying the 1950s-era British-made fighter jet as part of the Sentry Aloha exercises being hosted by the Hawaii Air National Guard at the base.

That exercise has been temporarily suspended in the wake of the accident.

Images posted on social media show the pilot parachuting from the aircraft at a low altitude before it crashed into the water.

The Hawker Hunter aircraft was likely participating in the exercise as an enemy aircraft in simulated fighter exercises.

That role used to be handled by military pilots, but increasingly the U.S. military is contracting out that role to private companies that operate dated military aircraft.

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Thursday
Dec132018

US Navy: Three nuclear-powered attack submarines 'not certified to dive today'

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffrey M. Richardson/Released(WASHINGTON) -- Three nuclear-powered attack submarines are currently not operational, according to U.S. Navy officials, proving the service is still working to reduce its backlog of submarines that require maintenance.

The spotlight has been on the USS Boise, which has now been out of service for four years. Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran told senators during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday that the Boise would enter a private shipyard in January, but two other submarines "are not certified to dive today."

The Navy has been working for years to get more submarines into dry dock for maintenance, which now includes the use of private sector shipyards in addition to public ones. As many as 15 subs awaited maintenance in Oct. 2017, keeping a significant chunk of the service's 71-submarine fleet potentially out of service.

"We want no more Boise's," Moran told senators, adding that the other two submarines will enter dry dock in February and late spring.

"The numbers are coming down significantly. The standing in line has come down significantly," he added. "We still have a ways to go. We're not out of the woods yet, but I think as capacity opens up in the private yards, and we do a better job in the public yards, getting our carriers out on time, we'll be there."

During the hearing, Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, told the military officials that Americans need to understand the seriousness of this problem, especially if the government were to come under mandatory budget cuts, called sequestration, which last occurred in 2013.

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer urged patience, saying that the money Congress allocated to optimize the Navy's shipyards is at least a two-year project and "to kill it now with any sort of sequestration would be a crime."

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Wednesday
Dec122018

Authorities rescue three trapped in a West Virginia coal mine since Saturday

andresr/iStock(CLEAR CREEK, W.V.) -- Three people who were trapped in an abandoned coal mine in West Virginia since Saturday have been found, according to the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training.

After getting all three people out of the mine safely, they were brought to their family and friends. After the reunion they were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

"It's a Christmas blessing, that's all there is to it," West Virginia Governor Jim Justice told reporters.

The first person was found at around 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to a representative from the Office of Miners Health Safety and Training. About 30 minutes later, the other two were rescued about 1,000 ft. away from the first, officials said.

"We go into these events not to recover, we go to rescue," said Eugene White, director for the Office of Miners Health Safety and Training.

White said his concern now is for the rescue team who found the three stuck in the mine. "I'd love to be up there hugging them," he said.

A total of four people were reported missing Saturday after their abandoned ATV was found near the entrance to the Rock House Powelltown coal mine, in Clear Creek, according to West Virginia governor Jim Justice.

The fourth person from the group -- Eddie Williams, 43 -- was able to escape from the mine on Monday evening. Williams told authorities Kayla Williams, 25, Erica Treadway, 31, and Cody Beverly, 21, were still inside, according to a statement from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office.

Rescue teams from the Office of Miners' Health and Safety and numerous other state and local agencies had been searching for the missing trio since the weekend.

On Tuesday evening, MHS&T and other authorities were able to enter through the Rock Creek portal of the mine and add large fans to move fresh air, and to install water pumps to help clear the standing water in the cave.

Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office Lt. M.A. McCray told ABC News that the individuals did not enter at the main entrance, but rather used what’s called a “punch out hole” – a small shaft either accidentally punched out of the side of a mountain or created for ventilation.

Officials have said that the group went into the cave in search of copper wire -- a lucrative commodity in a financially-depressed region of the state.

No coal has been extracted from the mine for two years, officials said.

The rescue teams were unable to locate the three people on Monday and expanded their search on Tuesday, progressing more than 4,000 ft. into the mine before locating the missing three on Wednesday evening, officials said.

There is a pending criminal investigation into the group's activities upon entering the mine, officials said.

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