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ABC News Exclusive: Mother of Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Speaks

ABC News Exclusive: Mother of Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Speaks

Debra Berry(DALLAS) -- The mother of a nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient at a Texas hospital says her daughter is focused on recovery, but remains weak since being diagnosed with the deadly virus last week.“She is doing OK, just trying to get stronger,” Debra Berry said of her daughter, Amber Vinson, to ABC News. “We talk to her when she’s not trying to sleep or avoid phone calls.”Vinson, 29, is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. She was diagnosed with Ebola Oct. 15, self-reporting to the hospital after registering a fever. Berry says it has been difficult for her to comprehend her daughter’s situation.“I can’t put it into words really, how it feels to have the knowledge that she’s sick and I can’t get to her,” she said.Nina Pham and Vinson were diagnosed with Ebola after providing care to Thomas Eric Duncan -- a Liberian national who later died -- at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Authorities still aren’t sure how the breach occurred. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for Ebola treatment Monday, promoting head-to-toe protection.Berry wishes the stricter guidelines were established sooner.“It is concerning. I guess more than anything, I’m so relieved that it’s in place now,” Berry said. “It should help ensure that no one has to endure what Amber and what Ms. Pham have had to go through these weeks, and their families.”Berry remains quarantined after her daughter’s diagnosis, but she says she isn’t worried about contracting Ebola because her daughter was especially careful. Vinson contacted health officials after Pham was diagnosed with Ebola, asking whether precautionary arrangements could be made for her return to Dallas, her family said. She had been in Ohio planning for her wedding.After landing in Dallas, Vinson reported a temperature of 100.3 degrees and admitted herself to the hospital.“She wasn’t sick [at the time], and knowing she would never expose me or anyone else to something that would be harmful; I’m just doing what I’m being told to do,” Berry said.

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UN Officials Criticize City of Detroit for Water Shutoffs

UN Officials Criticize City of Detroit for Water Shutoffs

Tomjac80/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- United Nations human rights officials on Monday criticized the city of Detroit for shutting off water to customers behind on their bills, saying that the shutoffs discriminate against minorities. Officials spent the weekend in Detroit "to learn more about the impact of water disconnections on the living conditions of individuals and households and on their human rights to water, sanitation and housing." "Without water," the U.N. statement read, "people cannot live a life with dignity." Further, "when people are genuinely unable to pay the bill, it is the State's obligation to provide urgent measures, including financial assistance, a specially low tariff or subsidies, to ensure access to essential water and sanitation for all."The city's water policy allows for water to be shut off to customers more than 60 days behind on their bills. This year alone, 27,000 households have had their water shut off in Detroit. U.N. officials said that the city had raised water rates by 8.7 percent, passing on the expense of leakages in aging infrastructure.

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Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released From Prison

Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released From Prison

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services(BALTIMORE) -- A Maryland murder suspect was mistakenly released from prison on Friday, and state corrections officials say they didn’t even know the man was missing until Sunday night.Rodriquez Purnell was awaiting trial on murder charges when he was released Friday evening from the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore. Purnell was charged in the St. Patrick’s Day 2013 shooting death of 27-year-old Terrence Rheubottom of Baltimore. Purnell also was convicted of assaulting a Department of Corrections employee after the inmate's arrest on the murder charge. Police have launched a manhunt for Purnell, who was still at large on Monday.Maryland Corrections spokesman Mark Vernarelli says the mistaken release was not discovered by officials until Sunday night. When they realized Purnell was gone, Vernarelli said officials informed law enforcement immediately, and put the information out to the public Monday morning.Investigators are now trying to figure out how Purnell was released, and why no one in the system even knew he was missing for two days.“We just don’t know yet what happened,” Vernarelli told ABC News. “We handle thousands of suspects awaiting trial, and this is very, very rare.”In 2010, another Maryland inmate briefly found his freedom when he was mistakenly released by Maryland Corrections officials. Raymond T. Taylor was serving three life terms for the attempted murders of his girlfriend and her two daughters when he was released by mistake. Taylor pulled off his escape by successfully posing as another inmate. Corrections officials discovered Taylor had stolen the Correction’s Department inmate identification card of a cellmate, and passed himself off as the man, who had finished his sentence and was due to be released.Taylor was captured a day later in West Virginia, and several Corrections Department employees were disciplined in the case.

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Billy Joel Reveals Why He (Probably) Won’t Make Another Album Ever Again

Billy Joel Reveals Why He (Probably) Won’t Make Another Album Ever Again

Courtesy: Library of CongressWhile Billy Joel continues to pack fans into New York's Madison Square Garden every month -- as part of his ongoing residency there -- fans are still hoping that he might one day decide to make a new album.  But in a new interview with The New Yorker, Joel says that's not likely to happen.  "I've had my say," he explains.

"Some people think it's because I'm lazy or I'm just being contrary," the Piano Man tells the magazine, explaining why he hasn't put out an album of original pop songs since 1993's River of Dreams.  "But no, I think it's just -- I've had my say.  If I put out an album now, it would probably sell pretty well, because of who I am, but that's no reason to do it.  I'd want it to be good."

He adds, "I've seen artists on that treadmill, putting out albums year after year, and the albums get worse and worse, less and less interesting, and it's, like, 'Maybe you should stop.'"  In addition, Billy thinks actually recording a new album would just be too much of a hassle.

"I'm not crazy about going into a recording studio and doing that kind of life again, or taking on another project where there's other people involved -- arrangers and orchestrators and conductors and producers," he tells The New Yorker.  "I don't want to deal with it...You have to have a certain amount of ambition to want to do all that.  Joel adds, "And I look back at the guy who was the recording artist, this Billy Joel guy, and I think, Who the f**k was that guy?  He was very ambitious, very driven, and I don't feel like that anymore."

And then there's the personal aspect of it.  Billy says he doesn't want to write songs, only to have people pick them apart for clues to his personal life.

"I had gone through this celebrity craziness with Christie [Brinkley], and the divorce," he says, talking about the time of River of Dreams and its aftermath. "I felt like there was a proctoscope up my butt. Everybody interrogating, analyzing -- everything I wrote was fraught with meanings -- and I said, 'Wait a minute, I don't want to rip myself open and let everyone see everything.'  It was no longer comfortable.  'Enough! I gave you enough!'"

Still, Joel tells The New Yorker that he's been working on a series of "tone poems" called The Scrimshaw Pieces, which are meant to tell the history of Long Island.  However, he has no plans to release that music any time soon. In fact, he hasn't actually recorded a lot of it, and says he's even on the verge of forgetting some of it.

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Fighter Jets Collide over Kansas, No Serious Injuries Reported

Fighter Jets Collide over Kansas, No Serious Injuries Reported

AndersHP84/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOWARD, Kan.) -- A pair of F-16 fighter jets were involved in a mid-air collision on Monday in which one of the planes crashed and the pilot of the other was able to return to its base in Tulsa, Okla. and land safely.According to the Oklahoma National Guard, the planes collided over Howard, about 110 miles away from Tulsa. The two jets were taking part in a training exercise when at the time of the crash. The pilot whose plane crashed was able to eject and was recovered safely.Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma National Guard said Monday that, "neither pilot was seriously injured in the accident," but that the pilot who ejected will be medically evaluated at a Wichita hospital.No further information regarding the crash was immediately available.

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Hannah Graham Abduction Suspect Indicted in 2005 Sex Assault

Hannah Graham Abduction Suspect Indicted in 2005 Sex Assault

Galveston County Sheriff's Office(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The suspect in the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being indicted in a 2005 sexual assault.

Jesse Matthew has been charged with attempted capital murder, abduction and sexual penetration with an object, according to the indictment from the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

The victim, who was 26 at the time, was identified only as "R.G." in court papers.

The indictment claims Matthew "did feloniously, willfully, deliberately, intentionally and with premeditation attempt to kill R.G. in the commission of or subsequent to an abduction with the intent to defile."

Matthew, 32, is being held without bail in Charlottesville for the alleged abduction of Graham with intent to defile. The student has not been found, but a search was called off this weekend after police found human remains. Those remains have not yet been identified.

Virginia State Police earlier said they found a forensic link between Graham's disappearance and the 2009 abduction and murder of Morgan Harrington in 2009. When Harrington's body was found in early 2010, police made a connection to the 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax. The woman survived.Before Monday, police had not made a direct connection between the 2005 assault and Graham's abduction.Matthew has not been charged in connection to the 2009 Harrington abduction and murder, even though the suspect in that case was previously linked to the 2005 case, and the Virginia State Police have already said that there is a forensic link between Harrington's murder and Matthew."Morgan Harrington's case is still ongoing," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Gellar told ABC News.More details about the 2005 assault are expected at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Matthew's attorney Jim Camblos had no comment on the new indictment.

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Woman Trapped in Chimney of Man She Met Online

Woman Trapped in Chimney of Man She Met Online

LAPD(LOS ANGELES) -- A woman was arrested in Thousand Oaks over the weekend after firefighters rescued her from a man's chimney. She had been trying to break into the house and had gotten stuck, police said.

The homeowner told Los Angeles station KABC he had met the woman, Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, online and they had gone out on a few dates, but recently ended the relationship.

Sunday was the second time the woman was found on his roof, he told the station.

Unfortunately, online dating can lead to scary situations and it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman, relationship expert Rachel DeAlto said.

"Guys think they're so much safer and that they don't have to worry about security issues," she said. "But obviously, a woman in a chimney proves that wrong."

"You need to protect yourself and you don't know who's on the other side of the computer until you meet them in person. Have a couple of dates with them before you bring them into your bubble. Be very protective of where you live," DeAlto added.

She suggests people have a separate email address to use for online dating.

"Most of our emails have our full names attached to them and there is a lot of information people can get from that," she said. "Unfortunately in this day and age, it is very easy to find people."

And be wary of red flags like an online dating profile written in all caps, for example.

"It sounds so bad, but it's true," DeAlto said. "When you have a creepy person talking in all caps and not making sense in a sentence, then you might want to question who you're talking to. Don't just look at the photo."

Nunez-Figueroa was arrested for illegal entry and providing false information to a police officer, and later released. ABC News was not able to reach her for comment. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office does not know if has an attorney.

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Indiana Serial Killer Suspect Says Spree Dates Back Two Decades

Indiana Serial Killer Suspect Says Spree Dates Back Two Decades

Gary Police Dept(GARY, Ind.) -- The man suspected of murdering seven women in Indiana told police his crime spree dates back two decades, authorities said at a press conference Monday.Suspect Darren Deon Vann, 43, helped authorities locate the bodies of six victims in Gary, Indiana, after he was arrested in the murder of 19-year-old Afrika Hardy, whose body was found at a Motel 6 in Hammond."He's been giving us descriptions, cooperating and accompanying us to locations," police said."We don't have a specific reason why he does this," a spokesman said.Police said there could be more victims, based on Vann's statements.Vann told police he "messed up" by committing a crime in Hammond.He is cooperating because "he was looking for a type of deal with prosecution," police said.

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LA Kings Player Arrested for Domestic Violence

LA Kings Player Arrested for Domestic Violence

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been arrested in Redondo Beach and accused of domestic violence.

He was immediately suspended by the National Hockey League.

The collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and its players says it can suspend a player during a criminal investigation. Voynov will continue to be paid while the investigation is ongoing, but he will not play. 

The last NHL player arrested for domestic violence was not suspended, but that was before the National Football League was criticized for how it handled Ray Rice's domestic violence arrest.

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Police Trying To Identify Remains Found in Hannah Graham Search

Police Trying To Identify Remains Found in Hannah Graham Search

Charlottesville Police Department(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va.) -- Investigators are working to confirm the identity of remains found on Sunday during the search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, who disappeared last month.Searches for the 18-year-old sophomore have been suspended after police found human remains in a shallow creek bed near a vacant home. Officials said it could take several days to complete the identification process.Jesse Matthew, the only suspect in the case, is being held in the Ablemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail awaiting his Dec. 4 hearing. The Virginia resident was arrested in Galveston, Texas, on charges of abduction with intent to defile.Matthew is being held in isolation in a 6 foot by 9 foot cell with a toilet and a sink. Superintendent Col. Martin Kumer told ABC News that Matthew sleeps on a concrete bed with a plastic covered mattress and a blanket. He can request books from the jail's library, but it isn't clear if he has yet.

Matthew, 32, worked as a technician at the University of Virginia hospital and was seen on surveillance footage with Graham shortly before she vanished.His attorney, Jim Camblos, released a statement Sunday confirming that he had heard of the discovery of the human remains in Ablemarle County, but did not comment on the case.Sgt. Dale Terry of the Chesterfield Sheriff's Department said that his five person team found a skull, bones, and vertebrae that appeared long, making it consistent with a tall person's body. Graham was 5-foot-11. A pair of dark-colored pants similar to those Graham was described as wearing on the night of her disappearance were found near the remains.The remains were found in a dried-up creek bed behind a vacant home off Old Lynchburg Road, roughly 10 miles south of where Graham was last seen in the early morning hours of Saturday Sept. 13.The exact address has not been publicly confirmed, but it is believed to be about 3 miles away from a home where Matthew and his mother lived a few years ago.

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Closing Arguments to Begin in “Dexter” Murder Trial

Closing Arguments to Begin in “Dexter” Murder Trial

iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Closing arguments and jury deliberations are scheduled for Tuesday in the case of a Utah man accused of shooting his wife to death after a night of drinking and watching the TV series Dexter, a show about a serial killer.Conrad Truman, 32, described the moment of his wife's death in court Friday, telling a jury he was inside the house while his wife was taking a bath.Truman said he suddenly heard a pop.His wife Heidy Truman appeared naked in the hallway, bleeding and choking, he said. He says he attempted CPR."I was over her at first, and I was trying to communicate, and there was no communication," he told the court. "There was a lot of choking, like gasping for air, and I checked for a pulse and I just wanted to make sure she was going to stay breathing for when I went to grab the phone."

Truman was questioned about the exact episode of Dexter he was watching the night of the shooting, Sept. 30, 2012, but he testified that he didn't remember the details. He insists he didn't shoot his wife and that she must have accidentally shot herself or been hit by a bullet fired from outside the house.

More ABC news videos | ABC Health NewsEarlier that evening, he says, he heard a disturbance outside, which he investigated with his dog and gun, but said he found nothing and didn't call police.He also admitted to prosecutors that he had argued with his wife that night, but says it wasn't anything serious."We were just bickering back and forth, what dog – if we were to get a dog – what dog it would be," he said.He appeared adamant when questioned Thursday about his innocence."Did you shoot your wife?" a defense attorney asked."No," he said."Did you kill your wife?""No."Much of the trial has focused on Truman's demeanor the night of the shooting, including his incomprehensive speech in his 911 call and behavior around his wife's body."I was just confused," he said in court Thursday. "I didn't know what was going on."

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WATCH: Flames Engulf Calif. Home, Good Samaritans Race to Help

WATCH: Flames Engulf Calif. Home, Good Samaritans Race to Help

Courtesy Beth Lederach (FRESNO, Calif.) -- Michael Alcala wanted to help.The student was passing by a Fresno, California, house fire Saturday when he heard screams; a man trapped inside, his daughter pleading for her father’s safety.“He was yelling for help…nobody was able to see him,” Alcala, 22, told ABC News.The fire started in the garage, quickly spreading, with flames and heavy smoke shooting from the home.Robert Wells was trapped in his kitchen.“He was supposed to be right behind me,” his daughter Roberta Denise Francis said. “I looked behind me, and he wasn’t there.”The only way around the flames was over a side fence, then through the backyard. Alcala found Wells gasping for air, and flagged down a second man to help move Wells.“We were carrying him out, and that’s when we were passing the garage…and just an explosion out of nowhere,” Alcala said.A third good Samaritan -- seen on video wearing a Dodgers baseball hat -- carried Wells the rest of the way to safety. The identities of the men who helped Alcala remain a mystery. Alcala was proud to be a part of the rescue.“I felt good walking away knowing they were safe,” he said.

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School Bus Driver Charged with Third DUI

School Bus Driver Charged with Third DUI

iStock/Thinkstock(ASHLAND, Mass.) -- A Massachusetts school bus driver was charged with driving under the influence after he was allegedly intoxicated while operating a bus full of cross country runners.Robert E. Murphy, 59, of Ashland, Mass., was driving the Hopkinton High School cross country team back from a meet at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday when one of the coaches on board called police with concerns that he was intoxicated.Hopkinton Police Officer Aaron O'Neil met the bus as it was turning into the Hopkinton High School parking lot, and after the 25 team members got off he conducted a series of field sobriety tests on Murphy, police said.After the tests, he arrested Murphy on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle to endanger.It was Murphy's third DUI offense, police said.

Murphy was booked and bail was arranged through the bail commissioner. He is scheduled to appear in Framingham District Court on Monday for arraignment.

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Dozens Cleared from Ebola Monitoring as 21-Day Window Passes

Dozens Cleared from Ebola Monitoring as 21-Day Window PassesiStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The first group of people quarantined and monitored after close contact with Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has been cleared, with the 21-day monitoring period passing for 48 people. Duncan’s relatives and fianc&eacu...

Woman Describes the Chilling Moment She Spotted Shooting Suspect Eric Frein

Woman Describes the Chilling Moment She Spotted Shooting Suspect Eric Frein

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(PARADISE TOWNSHIP, Pa.) -- A woman in northeastern Pennsylvania says she spotted accused police gunman Eric Frein while taking a walk Friday, a “high-credibility” sighting that has authorities re-focusing their search.The woman -- who did not want her identity revealed -- told ABC station WPVI-TV that she was walking in Paradise Township, Monroe County near Pocono Mountain East High School when she noticed a man about 15 to 20 feet away.She didn’t realize, at first, that it was possibly Frein.“He had actually turned towards me and that's where you could tell the mud on his face, you could tell the height he was based on the truck he was standing next to,” she said Sunday. “You could clearly tell it was a gun, a rifle with a scope attached to it. It looked as though he was looking for something or looking which way to go. He avoided making eye contact, I had the light shining on his upper half and his face was kind of confusing. This guy was not startled by me.”The woman called police, and after authorities interviewed her, they shifted the search area for Frein.“The individual's description was consistent with Frein and he was observed carrying a rifle,” Lt. Col. George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police said.Frein, 31, is accused of ambushing state police in early September, killing one and wounding another. Since then, police say he has been hiding in the woods of the Pocono Mountains. Frein attended Pocono Mountain East High School and worked at Camp Minsi, which is also in the vicinity, Bivins said.Schools in the area are scheduled to open today, but with added security. Eighth grader Luke Bokins told WPVI-TV that the search for Frein has been concerning for the local community.“I’ll probably go to school,” Bokins said. “But, I mean, it’s probably not a great idea to keep school open if he’s still going around the school.”Frein, from nearby Canadensis, has been spotted several times, but always evaded police capture because of the thick terrain. He's a self-trained survivalist and war reenactor who focused on Eastern European militaries and weapons.Police found Frein's Jeep in a swamp shortly after the shooting. They have also found two pipe bombs, an AK-47, food, ammunition, clothing and other supplies in the search. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Police in Missing UVA Student Case Search Rural Area Where Remains Found

Police in Missing UVA Student Case Search Rural Area Where Remains Found

iStock/Thinkstock(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va.) -- Police investigating the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham searched a wooded and sparsely populated area a day after human remains were found there.On Sunday forensic teams searched along a road in southern Albemarle County, Virginia, that runs near the vacant home where the remains were discovered. Investigators also interviewed residents in the area.A team of searchers on Saturday found a skull, bones and a pair of tight, dark-colored pants in a dried-up creek bed behind the home. The pants are similar to a pair Graham, 18, was wearing the night she disappeared.According to Lt. Carver of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Department, a vertebrate bone found among the remains matched the length of a tall person's body. Graham was 5 feet and 11 inches tall. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said that forensic testing would be done and the remains transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond.The remains have not yet been identified.Graham disappeared on September 13 and was last seen with Matthew at a bar near the University of Virginia campus, according to police. He was arrested in September and charged with abduction with the intent to defile, or sexually assault, Graham. He is being held without bond.

"It is my understanding that the remains found on the abandoned property in southern Albemarle County have been sent to the medical examiner for positive identification," Jim Camblos, Matthew's attorney, said in a statement Sunday.Police are asking anyone who may have seen Matthew or any suspicious activity in the area to come forward.

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Jurors in Polo Mogul John Goodman’s Retrial Won’t See Cars Involved in Fatal Crash

Jurors in Polo Mogul John Goodman’s Retrial Won’t See Cars Involved in Fatal Crash

iStock/Thinkstock(WELLINGTON, Fla.) -- Neither of the cars at the center of Florida polo mogul John Goodman's DUI manslaughter case will be seen by jurors during his retrial.The Palm Beach Attorney's Office ordered the release of the $200,000 Bentley driven by Goodman and the Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson after Goodman was convicted in the first trial. The two cars were to be crushed.Goodman was speeding when he crashed into Wilson's car in Wellington, Florida, sending it into a canal, prosecutors allege. Wilson, 23, drowned.

Palm Beach Homicide Detective Troy Snelgrove testified earlier this week that Goodman appeared inebriated in the hours after the crash. Goodman had watery eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol, he said.Goodman was not driving while drunk, his lawyers said, but had a drink after the crash to calm his nerves. Goodman has also said the brakes malfunctioned before the crash.Since the jurors are unaware that this is a retrial, they have been told the Bentley was released after thorough testing."His car was a crucial piece of evidence in the first case," said ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams. "This is a much better case for the defense this time around."Goodman was convicted of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in 2012 and sentenced to 16 years in prison, but the conviction was thrown out when a mistrial was declared because of juror misconduct.If convicted again, Goodman faces 16 years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Escaped Inmate Eludes Cops After Traffic Stop

Escaped Inmate Eludes Cops After Traffic Stop

iStock/Thinkstock(SHELBY, N.C.) -- Police were hunting Sunday for a North Carolina man who escaped from prison after five attempts and has so far evaded capture, despite being sought by as many as 45 officers.

Police were conducting an air and ground search for Hoyle Mincey, an inmate at the Wateree Correctional Institution in Shelby, N.C.

Mincey was on the run for a week when he was spotted Saturday morning driving an allegedly stolen van and pulled over by police. But Mincey evaded capture and ran into a wooded area, police told ABC News affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C.

Mincey is supposed to be serving a sentence for a burglary conviction.

This is his fifth attempt at escaping prison, according to WSOC.

Police said that although Mincey is not considered violent, anyone who thinks they see him should still be cautious.

"Nothing in his history is violent, but people do things in desperate times," Shelby Police Chief Jeffrey Ledford said. "Don't engage him. Smile, wave, go back inside (and) call us."

Mincey has tattoos of a snake, dagger, Joker, Vicon, lion's heart, wizard and eagle. His left ring finger is amputated.

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Mother of 5 Convicted of Killing Son Will Face New Capital Murder Trial

Mother of 5 Convicted of Killing Son Will Face New Capital Murder Trial

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Texas prosecutor has announced his intention to retry Hannah Overton, who has spent the last seven years in prison for the 2006 salt poisoning death of her adopted son.The devout Christian was convicted in 2007 of killing her 4-year-old adopted son, Andrew Burd, and sentenced to life in prison. Her family and attorneys have been fighting for her release ever since and just last month, the state appellate court overturned that conviction.Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka said in a news release Saturday that he would retry Overton on the original charge of capital murder and that "no jury, no trial judge and no appellate court has ever found that defendant Hannah Overton is not responsible for the death of Andrew Burd."

Overton's attorney, Cynthia Orr, said that when she read those words she was "outraged.""I think it is clearly unprofessional," Orr told ABC News. "The presumption of innocence is something prosecutors should hold dear because that is what the entire system of justice hinges on."When Orr delivered the news to her client in prison, she said that Overton's reaction was "calm but confident she will be vindicated and looks forward to the opportunity to clear her name."Her husband, Larry Overton, told ABC News on Sunday that after he learned of the DA's decision he was "disappointed.""I had hoped that Mark Skurka would look at the lack of evidence in the case and allow our family to heal from our son's death and my children to have their mother back without wasting time," he said. "This is the same unfortunate and misguided conduct that the DA in Nueces County seems incapable of correcting."Skurka also had the option to retry Overton on lesser charges, offer a plea deal or dismiss the case. It is unclear whether he will try the case himself or assign a new prosecutor.The original prosecutor, Sandra Eastwood, was terminated for reasons unrelated to this case years after the trial concluded. Overton has accused Eastwood of acting unethically in her case, something Eastwood has denied repeatedly.The appellate court did not rule specifically on Overton's claims of prosecutorial misconduct, saying that she deserved a new trial on claims of ineffective counsel.However, three of the judges issued a concurring opinion saying the proceedings in the case were "problematic from the beginning" and cited both issues involving Eastwood, as well as Overton's trial attorneys, who failed to call a salt poisoning expert to the stand.At Overton's original trial in 2007, the prosecution portrayed her as a mother who had lost control. Frustrated with a naughty child, prosecutors said, she tried to punish him with seasoning mixed in water.The defense presented the jury with a medical mystery. They speculated Burd might have had pica, an eating disorder characterized by an obsessive appetite, and that he accidentally poisoned himself by consuming a fatal amount of sodium.Witnesses outside the home said they had seen Burd's bizarre habits, too. The day he died, Overton said she found him in the kitchen pantry but could not determine what he had consumed, if anything.To find Overton guilty, jurors had to believe either of two scenarios: that she force-fed Burd salt knowing it would kill him or that she neglected to get medical help fast enough. They convicted her based on the latter argument, that she did not seek help quickly enough.Overton told 20/20 in 2008 that she did not regret trying to adopt Burd."I wouldn't take that away," she said at the time. "He had brothers and sisters and a mommy and daddy, what he called his forever family, because we had to go through a lot of pain since then. It's not fair to him. Or to us."

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How Six-Year-Old Boy’s Wish to Attend the World Series Came True

How Six-Year-Old Boy’s Wish to Attend the World Series Came True

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Kansas man has been raising money to send his 6-year-old neighbor, a huge Royals fan who suffers from a cancerous tumor in his spine, to see his favorite team play at the World Series -- and all the hard work and effort has worked.In just one day, Ryan Zimmerman, of Olathe, raised more than $8,000 and counting through online crowdfunding -- plenty of cash to send young Noah Wilson and his family to the game.At the same time, Zimmerman said this afternoon that StubHub has decided to donate six tickets so that the entire family can go to a game. The money raised, Zimmerman said, will go towards Noah's hospital bills.

The offers didn't end there.Moments after the StubHub offer was made, former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, who now works for Major League Baseball, invited Noah to the World Series.Torre tweeted, "On behalf of @MLB we would like #NoahWilson to be our guest @ the 2014 #WorldSeries. Save the money for school! @RyanZOnline DM @DanScavino"Noah will be at the hospital when the World Series starts Tuesday, so Zimmerman had been trying to get tickets for Wednesday's game."When you look online, the cheapest tickets are $750, and that's standing room only," Zimmerman said before StubHub made its generous offer.Noah is about halfway through cancer treatment at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, with 14 more weeks of chemotherapy left."So far he's been responding well to it," Wilson said. "The tumor hasn't spread. It's gotten smaller so we're moving forward with high hopes."Noah made headlines last month when he developed a program for the hospital to replace the boring brown bandages with bright colors and superhero patterns."It's a lot of fun. We just got a letter in the mail from a family that received some of the Band-Aids," Wilson said. "And he just smiles real big. It melts our hearts."Zimmerman, who coaches soccer for one of Noah's sisters, said he's impressed by the boy's selflessness even while battling cancer."That's just another part of what makes this kid so special -- that he's dealing with things that I couldn't even fathom and he's still thinking about other kids in the hospital with him," Zimmerman said.Noah couldn't be happier, his dad told ABC News."We're overwhelmed with appreciation," Scott Wilson said today from the hospital, where Noah was getting his last radiation treatment. "I keep telling people I don't have enough words to say thank you."

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